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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 echoes Trump in blaming ‘both sides’ for Virginia violence

After remaining largely silent on the past weekend’s violence in Virginia, Gov. Paul LePage erupted Thursday on the radio. Maine’s Republican governor echoed President Donald Trump’s reaction to the Charlottesville conflict, assigning equal blame to white supremacists and counter-protesters who showed up to oppose a rally against removing a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. […]

Former Angus King aide takes job as voice of Maine Democratic Party

The Maine Democratic Party has named a former spokesman for U.S. Sen. Angus King as its new communications director and the Maine Republican Party has brought in a data specialist as Maine’s two major political parties gear up for the 2018 elections. That election will include the entire Legislature, King’s seat in the Senate, both U.S. […]

LePage: Medicaid expansion would ‘kill’ Maine

Gov. Paul LePage has turned his attention squarely at defeating the Medicaid expansion referendum on this November’s ballot, claiming again that broadening eligibility for the government-run program would drive the state into backbreaking debt. LePage’s ardent opposition to Medicaid expansion is nothing new. He has vetoed bids to do so six times during his tenure, […]

Libertarian candidates jump into races to unseat King and Poliquin

The list of candidates for Congress on Maine’s 2018 ballot continues to grow, including some from a new political persuasion for Maine: The Libertarian Party. Chris Lyons of Brunswick has announced that he has launched a campaign to oust fellow Brunswickian Angus King, an independent, from the U.S. Senate. Further north, Brian Kresge of Winterport […]

Trump will decide fate of Susan Collins’ effort to combat Rx price gouging

A bill that includes a provision co-authored by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins to lower drug prices awaits President Donald Trump’s signature. The provision, part of the Food and Drug Administration’s Reauthorization Act, seeks to keep prescription drug prices down by speeding up timelines and inspection procedures for the FDA’s review of applications for generic drug […]

LePage makes sure Veto Day 2017 lives up to its name

Here we are in early August and the Legislature is finally headed to Augusta for what may possibly be its last day of session for 2017, though don’t count on it. There is talk about a special session later this year, but for now, let’s concentrate on today. The Legislature, which by law was supposed […]

Maine Legislature returns to decide on $200M bond package, vetoed bills

The halls of the State House are brimming again with the Legislature back in town for one of its final sessions of 2017. Those hallowed halls have been relatively quiet since the bruising state budget battle ended early July 4. Today’s session will focus mostly on procedural matters, though some of the items on the […]

Former state senator becomes sixth candidate in 2018 Democratic primary for governor

Former state Sen. James Boyle entered the Democratic primary election for governor on Tuesday, bringing the tally of candidates in that contest to six. Boyle, 58, who owns an environmental consulting company, served in the Senate representing Gorham, Scarborough and Westbrook from 2012 to 2014. He was ousted from his seat by then-Rep. Amy Volk of […]

A chicken in a video highlights Mark Eves’ ‘family man’ campaign theme

Former Maine House Speaker Mark Eves announced Thursday morning that he will announce Thursday night his intention to run for governor in 2018. Eves, a Democrat, teased the announcement of his entrance into the already crowded race in a video posted Thursday morning. Why the delay? Probably to build suspense for one of the least […]

So many bills, so little cash: Maine budget panel picks funding winners and losers today

It’s the busiest day of the week at the State House with two committees meeting and the fates of more than 130 bills hanging in the balance. As we’ve reported before, just because bills pass in the Legislature doesn’t mean they’ll go into law. If they cost money, they go to a place called the […]