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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 on Fox News: Obamacare has been ‘stealing from the American people’

Good morning from Augusta. Gov. Paul LePage started today in the national media spotlight with an appearance on Fox & Friends. LePage has been in Washington for several days meeting with President Donald Trump and Republican governors and leading a discussion about welfare reform at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday. LePage’s national television […]

What Trump’s reversal on federal transgender safeguards means for Maine

Republican President Donald Trump sent ripples of concern through the nation’s LGBT community on Wednesday when his administration revoked federal guidelines that provided anti-discrimination protections for transgender students. The move reverses a previous decree by Democratic President Barack Obama which protected transgender students’ right to use the restroom of their gender identity. The Justice and […]

The long march to block LePage’s new welfare reforms starts today

Room 228 at the State House will be the center of activity today as the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee begins hours and days and weeks of deliberations over Gov. Paul LePage administration’s latest proposals for the Department of Health and Human Services. The committee will gather to hear testimony beginning at 10 a.m. The […]

Four bills down; 1,796 to go: What the Maine Legislature has accomplished this year

There appears to be a quiet day brewing in Augusta today, with only two committees meeting, and that’s the way it will remain for the next week as the Legislature, for the most part, goes on vacation until Feb. 27. Six weeks into the 128th Legislature, it’s not as if everyone is bushed from exhaustion […]

Solar power critic says he does not want to be LePage’s new utilities regulator

Good morning from Augusta, which will soon be the scene of palace intrigue around what Gov. Paul LePage says will be a new nominee to the Maine Public Utilities Commission. However, you can rule out one person: Jim LaBrecque, a self-taught electrical engineer, heat pump evangelist and alternative energy critic from Bangor who LePage floated […]

LePage administration, providers continue to haggle over mental health care rates

Good morning from Augusta. Pffft. We’re not in Augusta. All state offices and the Legislature are closed today because, well, it’d take a military extraction team to remove us from our homes at this point. It’s snowin’. Regardless, the Daily Brief soldiers on. We hope you are all safe and warm. Here’s your soundtrack. With […]

Bid to force LePage staff to testify for Legislature aired ‘in error’

Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, is one of the most buttoned-down lawmakers in the State House, but on Tuesday, a proposal of his that could be seen as targeting Gov. Paul LePage prematurely saw the light of day. Ahead of the Maine Senate’s session on Tuesday, insiders were surprised to see a proposed rule change from […]