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.

What Mike Thibodeau’s entry means to the 2018 Maine governor’s race

Republican Senate President Mike Thibodeau announced Tuesday morning that he is running for governor, setting up a June Republican primary that includes the Legislature’s top three Republicans, plus at least one other heavyweight.

Maine lawmakers take another stab at figuring out how they will be elected in 2018

In 2016, Maine voters endorsed switching to a ranked-choice voting system, but how it will be implemented remains in limbo. Legislators, who could not agree on a solution during their regular session earlier this year, will now try to come up with a fix in a special session starting Oct. 23.

We asked about LePage’s recent radio silence. And got no response.

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re wondering where Gov. Paul LePage is in the run-up to the November referendum on expanding Medicaid in Maine. We’re used to the governor’s stony silence toward Maine’s newspapers and other reporters, but he has been largely absent from the public eye since late August. That’s after months of him […]

Republican state senator to co-host fundraiser for Democrat Janet Mills

Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, said Tuesday that he has not decided who he will endorse for governor in the 2018 election, but for now he’s helping raise campaign cash for Janet Mills, who is running as a Democrat. Saviello, who has been friends with Mills for more than 20 years, confirmed rumors that he and […]

How early endorsements affect the race to replace LePage

There’s still more than a year before the election to succeed Republican Gov. Paul LePage, but candidates for the Blaine House are already jump-starting the endorsements game. There will be flood of endorsements for various candidates from lawmakers, organizations, newspapers, national groups and everyday Mainers. In many cases, their importance in the outcome of elections […]

Get ready for Round 7 in Maine’s Medicaid expansion fight

The parties on both sides of the debate over expanding Medicaid in Maine dug new trenchlines on Wednesday as Maine careens toward a referendum in November that some see as a potential national barometer on health care and conservative principles. The question of whether to expand the taxpayer-funded health care system here comes to the Nov. […]

LePage challenges state workers to match $50,000 pledge for hurricane relief

Gov. Paul LePage announced Wednesday that his office will match up to $50,000 in donations made by state employees for hurricane relief efforts in Florida and Texas. LePage spokeswoman Julie Rabinowitz said LePage made the announcement that he would match donations using his official contingency account Wednesday morning during an event at the Blaine House […]