All posts by Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins

About Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins has worked as a journalist in Maine for more than 15 years and covered state government for numerous media organizations before joining the Bangor Daily News in 2009.

LePage scolds lawmakers in letter saying he would meet with them

In a stark departure from past practice, Gov. Paul LePage has kicked off the new legislative session with a personal visit to a legislative committee and he intends to do more — maybe. LePage limits his appearances before committees to high-stakes issues, and those visits became even more infrequent after Democrat Dawn Hill, then Senate […]

LePage: Chellie Pingree should resign, John Lewis should thank white presidents

Republican Gov. Paul LePage had tough words Tuesday morning for Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree regarding her decision to skip President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. “If she won’t attend on Friday, I would advise her to resign,” LePage said during a regular radio interview on WVOM. “To me that’s political rhetoric. Donald Trump is […]

Other than the timing, LePage’s budget offers few surprises

Lawmakers, lobbyists, reporters and the public have had a couple days to study Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s final biennial state budget proposal, which his administration released late Friday night. Breaking from recent tradition, LePage and members of the executive branch opted against presenting the budget by briefing lawmakers or the media, although the written delivery […]

Covering LePage is more complicated than just repeating what he says

Good morning from Augusta, where how we cover Gov. Paul LePage is an ever-evolving challenge. Keen followers of Maine political coverage might have noticed that some media outlets covered LePage’s statement on the radio Thursday that two Maine companies are set to close their doors and eliminate some 400 jobs. The governor’s statement was vague, […]

Ditching tinted glass ban, keeping voters’ hands off wildlife laws among new Legislature’s first items of business

The State House begins its busy season today with the return of the 128th Legislature and its front-loaded agenda. Typically, it takes weeks stretching into months for the Legislature to reach full speed on its task of processing the 1,500 to 2,000 bills that are proposed in a typical two-year session. That will be true […]