Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins

State House Bureau Chief

 
Waldo County District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau delivered opening arguments at Waldo County Superior Court, Jan. 7, 2011.

LePage taps longtime prosecutor to become district court judge

By Christopher Cousins on March 29, 2017, at 12:09 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage has nominated the district attorney for four coastal counties to serve as a Maine District Court judge.
STATE & CAPITOL
BANGOR, MAINE -- 10/19/2016 -- A person signs a petition that is related to "An Act to Allow Slot Mchines or a Casino in York County" on Oct. 19 in Bangor. Micky Bedell | BDN

Lawmakers who oppose new Maine casino hope to grill backers today

on March 29, 2017, at 8:16 a.m.
Rear Adm. Steve Poulin, 1st Coast Guard District commander (at podium) honors Sgt. Matt Talbot and Specialist Corrie Roberts (immediate left of Poulin) during a ceremony at the State House. Talbot and Roberts were honored for their role in stopping a runaway lobster boat in October 2015 off the coast of North Haven.

Maine Marine Patrol officers honored for stopping runaway lobster boat

By Christopher Cousins on March 28, 2017, at 5:38 p.m.
Two Maine Marine Patrol officers were honored Tuesday for their attempt to rescue a distressed fisherman off North Haven in 2015.
Gov. Paul LePage answers questions from broadcast media following a maple tree tapping ceremony on the Blaine House lawn in mid-March.

LePage seeks to lock tougher welfare rules into law

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on March 28, 2017, at 10:55 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage unveiled a bill that represents his latest effort to incorporate tougher welfare policies into Maine law.
STATE & CAPITOL

An Allagash White-fueled evening with Paul LePage

on March 28, 2017, at 8:56 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage addresses the chamber during the 2017 State of the State address at the State House in Augusta, Feb. 7, 2017.

Why Maine lawmakers spend so much time on bills that have no chance

By Christopher Cousins on March 26, 2017, at 7:20 a.m.
For the sake of stability, the failure of bad ideas and the formation of consensus, democracy is supposed to be hard.
STATE & CAPITOL

Former Bangor state rep accused of illegal lobbying

on March 24, 2017, at 8:40 a.m.
POLL QUESTION
Governor Paul LePage attends a maple tree tapping ceremony on a cold day in mid-March. LePage now backs the American Health Care Act and is urging Maine's senators to support it.

LePage now backs GOP health plan, urges support from King, Collins

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on March 23, 2017, at 2:22 p.m.
Earlier this month, LePage sent a letter to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan which said of the bill, “early signs do not look encouraging.”
STATE & CAPITOL
KATAHDIN WOODS AND WATERS NATIONAL MONUMENT -- 02/22/17 -- The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument offers a spectacular view of Mount Katahdin and other natural beauties in this November picture. Photo courtesy of Mark Picard

LePage will take his fight against North Woods monument to DC

on March 23, 2017, at 9:03 a.m.
STATE & CAPITOL
AUGUSTA, MAINE -- 03/13/2017 -- Governor Paul LePage talks to the people gathered on the Blaine House lawn for a maple tree tapping ceremony on a cold day in mid-March. Micky Bedell | BDN

Fight to stifle Maine’s voter-approved school aid surtax intensifies

on March 20, 2017, at 8:39 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage answers questions from broadcast media following a maple tree tapping ceremony on the Blaine House lawn in mid-March.

Why LePage is spending more time talking to national conservative media

By Christopher Cousins on March 19, 2017, at 7:26 a.m.
“[Gov. Paul LePage is] good about keeping the guessing game going. That’s a good approach no matter what you’re planning next. Keep them guessing.”
STATE & CAPITOL
AUGUSTA, Maine -- 02/07/2017 -- Gov. Paul LePage addresses the chamber during the 2017 State of the State address at the State House in Augusta Tuesday. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

LePage says he didn’t sign emergency budget bill because of provision he proposed

on March 16, 2017, at 12:32 p.m.
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage didn’t sign his own supplemental budget bill

on March 16, 2017, at 8:32 a.m.
Daniel Wathen in a 2012 file photo

LePage: Decertification of state psych hospital was ‘retaliation’ by Obama

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on March 14, 2017, at 10:52 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage made an explosive but unsupported suggestion on Tuesday.
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage blames Democrats for refusing to let him handle Maine’s opiate crisis

on March 14, 2017, at 8:53 a.m.
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage blasts Paul Ryan, GOP health plan in Breitbart interview

on March 13, 2017, at 8:37 a.m.
Michael Thibodeau (from left), Sara Gideon and Gov. Paul LePage.

Here’s where the fight will get real on LePage’s budget

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on March 12, 2017, at 7:23 a.m.
Here are some of the big pressure points and where legislative leaders are lining up before any grand bargain.
POLL QUESTION
A bill co-sponsored by Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to work in logging operations under parental supervision.

Poliquin-backed bill would allow 16-year-olds to work in logging industry

By Christopher Cousins on March 10, 2017, at 2:56 p.m.
“Outdated regulations from Washington haven’t kept up, preventing young Mainers from pursuing careers in the trade in Maine.”
Gov. Paul LePage addresses the chamber during the 2017 State of the State address at the State House in Augusta in February.

LePage: People who want government aid must work

By Christopher Cousins on March 08, 2017, at 8:32 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage said at a town hall meeting Wednesday night that anyone who receives welfare, including subsidized health care, should be required to work.
Gov. Paul LePage addresses the chamber during the 2017 State of the State address at the State House in Augusta in early February.

LePage glosses over facts with claims about Medicaid expansion

By Christopher Cousins on March 07, 2017, at 1:07 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage did not mention that only about 15,000 Mainers would not be covered under the enhanced rates, compared to what proponents say would be more than 77,000 who would receive health care coverage under Medicaid expansion.