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.

Maine lawmakers again consider a cap on the number of bills they can submit

Observers in both parties think it’s a good idea, but the Legislature has long been loathe to limit its responsibilities.

Maine’s already twisted path to legalized pot just got hazier

Good morning from Augusta, where the news doesn’t stop for a snowstorm. Though the State House was snowbound, national events churned Maine’s political waters. Namely, President Donald Trump’s attorney general did what he has been threatening to do for months: End an Obama-era stance of tolerance for recreational marijuana, sort of. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, […]

LePage moves to extend endangered jobs program but will Democrats back it?

Good morning from Augusta, where controversy around a tense issue for the Legislature in 2018 might have been diffused, or at least put off for five years. The Pine Tree Development Zone program will end in 2018 unless it is extended or altered. The program was implemented in 2003 under Democratic Gov. John Baldacci to […]

It’s beginning to look a lot like … campaign season

Good morning from Augusta, where there’s not much going on this week but Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap’s office is poised and ready to kick the 2018 election season into gear. Tomorrow. Most state offices, including Dunlap’s, remain closed today. We were going to check on when Boxing Day became a state holiday. But state […]

Latest call to rein in how Maine PAC money can be spent fizzles

A Democratic state senator’s bill to bar legislators from using political action committees for personal gain stalled amid a dispute with Senate President Mike Thibodeau, who wanted to investigate the use of public campaign money.