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.

Daily Brief: Lawmakers give friendly reception to LePage nominees and booking your campsite now

Good morning from Augusta, where the snow is once again falling. It was bound to be a quiet day at the State House anyway, with the Legislature and all of its committees off until next week when the pace of lawmaking will quicken noticeably.  There’s no word yet (as of about 8 a.m. Friday) on whether […]

Daily Brief: Richard Rosen confirmation hearings begin and dissing Dunkin’ Donuts

Good morning from Augusta. The House and Senate return to the State House today for the first time in a week after having their absence extended by two days because of the weather. It’s going to be a busy day.  Some of the more than 1,500 bills proposed by lawmakers and several dozen bills forwarded by […]

Poll: More Democrats think Pats cheated, but national jealousy over team’s success is bipartisan

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady addressees members of the press during media day for Super Bowl XLIX at US Airways Center. Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Sports

Come Sunday evening, just like more than 100 million people around the world, I’ll be watching the Super Bowl and I’ll be wearing my Vince Wilfork jersey. My wife and sons will don jerseys that show similar homage to Edelman, Gronk and Brady. All of this is to say: I’m not your unbiased source for news about the […]

Daily Brief: More changes in Democratic leadership; fashionable and ready for snow

The chatter in the State House for the next couple of days will be the same as the chatter is everywhere else in New England, and at long last I’m not talking about deflated footballs. It’s going to snow and this incoming storm looks to be a doozy. Stay safe, people.  I expect state offices […]

Daily Brief: Poliquin meets Obama and picks up natural gas fight

Bruce Poliquin. BDN file photo by Troy R. Bennett.

For a day without the House and Senate in session, Wednesday was a busy one in Augusta. Legislative committees heard hours of testimony from department heads, who briefed lawmakers about their agencies’ work and the effect Gov. Paul LePage’s biennial budget proposal would have on it.  President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address garnered some conversation, although lawmakers and state […]

Daily Brief: LePage preparing 20 budget bills; clean elections headed back to the ballot

Good morning, folks. We’re still in orientation mode at the State House.  The Legislature’s policy committees are ramping up to full speed this week with a long list of introductory and informational meetings scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. Despite the attention that the House and Senate garner when bills finally make their way there, the […]