Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins

State House Bureau Chief

 
POLL QUESTION
Mary Mayhew, commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

LePage asks Trump to let Maine ban candy, soda from food stamps

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd, BDN Staff on Feb. 17, 2017, at 11:33 a.m.
Gov. LePage’s administration asked the USDA on Friday to OK banning soft drink and candy purchases with food stamps.
STATE & CAPITOL

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

on Feb. 17, 2017, at 8:33 a.m.
About a hundred people wait in line before the polls open at the Portland Expo on Nov. 8, 2016.

The latest voter ID attempt in Maine appears doomed to fail

By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 15, 2017, at 3:33 p.m.
There are some differences this year compared with past attempts.
STATE & CAPITOL

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

on Feb. 15, 2017, at 8:51 a.m.
Angela Young gets supplies to treat a patient at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor in this May 2016 file photo.

Study: Maine’s going to have to find 3,200 new nurses by 2025

By Christopher Cousins and Jackie Farwell on Feb. 14, 2017, at 4 p.m.
Maine nurses are aging alongside the patients they treat, setting the stage for a critical shortage of nurses across the state by 2025, officials announced Tuesday.
STATE & CAPITOL

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

on Feb. 13, 2017, at 8:52 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage wants to fix Maine, but his to-do list is built on shaky history, data

By Christopher Cousins, Darren Fishell and Michael Shepherd on Feb. 12, 2017, at 7:41 a.m.
Here are four lessons the governor wanted you to take home, but with a fuller picture.
STATE & CAPITOL
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage says he went easy on foes in State of the State

on Feb. 09, 2017, at 8:58 a.m.
STATE & CAPITOL

Can you guess LePage’s new favorite word? He used it 16 times in State of the State

on Feb. 08, 2017, at 8:54 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage addresses the chamber during the 2017 State of the State address at the State House in Augusta Tuesday.

LePage uses State of State to rip ‘liberal’ attack on Maine way of life

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on Feb. 07, 2017, at 8:42 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage tore into his political opponents in a State of the State address Tuesday that sought to delegitimize the Legislature and accuse special interest groups of preying on needy and elderly Mainers.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court can be seen in this 2016 file photo.

Maine high court sets hearing on legality of ranked-choice voting

By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 07, 2017, at 4:15 p.m.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has set April 13 as the day it will hear oral arguments regarding the constitutionality of Maine’s ranked-choice voting system.
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage calls Legislature irrelevant on day he is to deliver State of the State

on Feb. 07, 2017, at 9:44 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage speaks to the Maine House of Representatives before swearing them in for the first session of the 128th Legislature on Dec. 7 at the State House in Augusta.

Reading between the lines of the LePage budget

By Christopher Cousins, Darren Fishell, Jackie Farwell and Michael Shepherd on Feb. 06, 2017, at 11:32 a.m.
Tristan Pelletier of Bethel gets his picture taken with Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson (right) and his running mate, Bill Weld, at a campaign event in Portland.

Maine Libertarians’ bid for party status hits a snag

By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 02, 2017, at 12:15 p.m.
The creation story of the Libertarian Party in Maine is now moving into the hands of the Legislature.
STATE & CAPITOL

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

on Feb. 01, 2017, at 8:41 a.m.
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage takes aim at asylum seekers, says he might sue federal government

on Jan. 31, 2017, at 8:46 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage shifts pot sales oversight with executive order, says he can’t trust Legislature

By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 30, 2017, at 4:35 p.m.
“The longer Democratic leadership plays these political games, the more they show the Maine people who they really are.”
Don Christen of Starks smokes marijuana outside the Somerset County Courthouse during the 26th annual Patriot's Day Rally smoke-in on April 18, 2016.

These 17 legislators will sort through dozens of Maine marijuana laws

By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 30, 2017, at 1:52 p.m.
The lawmakers who will be at the center of debate around the implementation of Maine’s marijuana legalization laws were named Monday.
STATE & CAPITOL

Yes, Maine’s latest political showdown may let kids have pot

on Jan. 27, 2017, at 9:25 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage

Pot sales moratorium bill passes Legislature, but LePage refuses to sign it

By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 26, 2017, at 6:54 p.m.
After meeting with legislative leaders late Thursday afternoon, LePage said he won’t sign the bill until lawmakers “fix it.”