All posts by Christopher Cousins

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.

Collins and Bellows debate illustrates a stark contrast in ideologies

The highlight of Thursday night’s debate between Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Shenna Bellows was discussion about the impact of golf clubs in outer space and massages for rabbits’ feet. More on that later. The race between Collins and Bellows has not been close in the polls, with double-digit splits that are similar […]

Barack, Michelle, Bill, now Hillary for Michaud

Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit Scarborough Friday to personally endorse Mike Michaud’s bid for governor less than two weeks before the election. As former first lady, U.S. Senator, Secretary of State and early front-runner to run for president in 2016, there probably aren’t any bigger-deal Democrats for Michaud to have on the campaign stump. If there are, maybe it’s former […]

All three candidates score victories, endure defeats in first televised debate

For the minority of Mainers who pay close attention to state politics, Wednesday’s first televised debate in the gubernatorial race was full of familiar talking points as well as returns to campaign strategies that have been developing for months. Republican Gov. Paul LePage and independent candidate Eliot Cutler, both of whom will benefit if Mike Michaud’s supporters start abandoning him, launched a series of withering […]

Cain and Poliquin battling for 25 percent of 2nd District voters who remain undecided

More polling data released Tuesday indicates that Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and 1st Congressional District Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree — who are both incumbents — are headed for overwhelming victories next month, though the outcome of the race for Maine’s open 2nd Congressional District seat is far less certain. Data released Tuesday by the Portland-based […]

BDN poll: Despite Maine’s many challenges, 85 percent love it here and won’t leave

A high percentage of Mainers are gravely concerned about the economy, the availability of jobs and access to health care but regardless are overwhelmingly happy to be here, according to data in a new Ipsos/BDN poll conducted earlier this month and released Tuesday. My colleague Mario Moretto reported this morning on the results of questions related to […]

Rasmussen poll finds LePage and Michaud within a percentage point of each other

The results of a Rasmussen Reports poll on Maine’s gubernatorial race released Friday show incumbent Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic nominee Mike Michaud within a point of each other and well within the poll’s 3-percent margin of error. The numbers: LePage, 41 percent support; Michaud, 40 percent and independent Eliot Cutler, 16 percent. The poll […]

New poll shows LePage leading governor’s race and near 20 percent support for Cutler

Republican Gov. Paul LePage has a significant lead over Democratic nominee Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler has near 20 percent support, according to new poll data released Thursday by Pan Atlantic SMS, which surveyed 400 Maine residents in the final week of September. Including “leaning” voters, LePage leads the race with 39.3 percent support, […]

Does LePage deserve ‘third most fiscally responsible governor’ ranking?

Gov. Paul LePage has been named one of the four most fiscally responsible governors in the country by a conservative, anti-tax libertarian think tank called the Cato Institute. LePage ranked third among four Republican governors whose actions over the past two years earned a grade of “A” on the institute’s 2014 Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s […]