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Christopher Cousins

About Christopher Cousins

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

Poliquin defends votes on austere GOP budget bills, touts constitutional amendment

Bruce Poliquin, Maine’s freshman 2nd District congressman, voted on the side of austerity Wednesday evening when he cast his support behind the so-called Price 1 and Price 2 budget bills. The votes spurred Democrats to call Poliquin a “one-term wonder” and a rubber stamp for GOP policies that would slash social safety nets and curtail programs […]

Daily Brief: Veterans returning to State House one day after National Guard chief’s firing

Good morning. Do you feel like you’re adequately represented in the Legislature? How far do you live from your state senator? If you live in one of the rural parts of the state, chances are your senator lives miles away but if you live in a city, she’s probably within a few miles. That’s because […]

Maine lawmaker stars in Washington Post column penned by publisher of The Nation

Democratic Rep. Diane Russell of Portland showed up in the Washington Post this morning as the primary subject of a column by journalism titan Katrina vanden Heuvel. Russell, who is serving her fourth term in the House of Representatives, has carved out her own niche as a lawmaker who is willing to buck the will of party […]

Daily Brief: Blitz to raise minimum wage takes off today at the State House

Good morning and welcome to your Monday Daily Brief. It’s minimum wage day in Augusta and if you need a sound track, check out this old, 47-second, three-word (including “HEEYA!”) song from They Might Be Giants. Thanks to myself, I’ll be humming it all morning. Maybe you will too? Seriously, though, supporters of raising Maine’s minimum […]

Daily Brief: NAACP continuing call for discipline of Sen. Willette over Obama remarks

Good morning from Augusta, where the Legislature is capping off a busy week with a smattering of committee activity today. The House and Senate are not in session again until Tuesday. The saga of Republican Sen. Mike Willette of Presque Isle and his history of inflammatory Facebook posts continues today with an expected press conference […]

LePage corrects radio address after pushback from Stephen King

Paul LePage vs. Stephen King. It’s an irresistible confrontation, right? Judging by all the attention it’s gotten today, I’d say so. It should come as no surprise that Maine’s most famous resident (I’m talking about King here) garners a lot of attention. Everything he writes is a best-seller. Especially when he begins a public statement by saying […]

Daily Brief: LePage isn’t the first Maine governor to oppose methadone

Good morning. It’ll be a somber day in the Hall of Flags today when cancer patients, survivors and their families gather to advocate against the ghastly disease.  Specifically, the American Cancer Society will use its annual lobbying day to ask lawmakers to support legislation improving palliative care, oppose cuts proposed by Gov. Paul LePage to […]

Daily Brief: Poliquin promotes balanced budget amendment

Four years of high school French and the best I can do is this: Bonjour from Augusta, where it’s Franco-American Day! For the 14th year running, lawmakers and everyone else at the State House complex will honor the Francais among us. Dignitaries from France and Canada will be here to usher a special proclamation through […]