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 does not want Maine to be a red state — at least when it comes to police car lights

Good morning from Augusta, where some days it’s hard to make sense of what Gov. Paul LePage says during his radio interviews. Today, following a rambling interview on WGAN, is one of those days. After some questions about his education proposals that resulted in a repeat of what LePage said Tuesday during a news conference […]

LePage: One school superintendent per county would still be too many

Good morning from Augusta, where today’s main event will feature verbal sparring over education funding. Gov. Paul LePage will hold a news conference on the issue, followed closely by a second event that has been organized by the Maine Education Association and the Stand Up for Students coalition. LePage previewed his argument this morning during […]

Maine Democrats have a new plan to pay for road, bridge upkeep

Good morning from Augusta, where legislative Democrats are adding details to a number of initiatives from the “Opportunity Agenda” they unveiled last week. In addition to a town hall-style meeting they hosted Thursday evening in Bangor, legislative Democrats are using other means to take their budget priorities public. In this week’s radio address, Rep. Andrew […]

LePage: I don’t know Susan Collins well enough to endorse her for governor

Good morning from Augusta where Gov. Paul LePage perpetuated rumors about the 2018 elections by saying he’s not sure he’d be a good fit for Congress — a few sentences before saying he is considering a run against U.S. Sen. Angus King — or that Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins would be a good governor. […]

LePage: Maine is hurting and government alone can’t ‘fight despair’

Good morning from Augusta, where Tuesday’s summerlike temps and a stuffy Blaine House meeting room were the setting for a sobering discussion about Maine’s coming demographic winter. By “sobering,” I mean depressing. Anyone who has heard much about the fiscal, social and familial challenges that Maine faces as our population ages or moves to better […]

Senators applaud Collins effort to save filibuster but McCain calls it ‘meaningless’

Good morning from Augusta. Another similar week of heavy committee activity awaits, with the major difference being that finally, outside looks to be a more pleasant place than a committee room. Here’s your soundtrack. In Washington, D.C., the ripples are still spreading from last week’s momentous confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. […]

Here are 10 ways legislators want to change Maine’s voter-approved minimum wage law

Good morning from Augusta, where a debate that’s been brewing since November will erupt into a war of words over Maine’s new minimum wage law. A long day of testimony is in store for the Legislature’s Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee with 10 bills aimed at chipping away at or preserving the minimum […]

Lawmakers who oppose new Maine casino hope to grill backers today

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re expecting an intriguing hearing this morning as lawmakers try to get backers of the 2017 ballot initiative for a new casino in York County into a committee room to answer questions. That ballot question is written for the benefit of developer Shawn Scott, a developer from the U.S. Virgin […]

Former Bangor state rep accused of illegal lobbying

Good morning from Augusta, where a Republican representative has called for a Maine Ethics Commission investigation of a former Democratic colleague for allegedly breaking rules that apply to State House lobbyists. Rep. Sheldon Hanington, R-Lincoln, made the request for an investigation into former Rep. Adam Goode, D-Bangor, in a letter Thursday afternoon to the Maine […]