Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins

State House Bureau Chief

 
ANALYSIS
Democrats in the Maine House of Representatives watch votes tally on an amendment to the biennial state budget on June 16, 2015 at the State House in Augusta.

A divided Maine Legislature will decide the fate of ranked-choice voting

By Christopher Cousins on May 26, 2017, at 8:19 a.m.
Senate Republicans and Democrats are approaching the issue from different angles.
STATE & CAPITOL

What’s next for ranked-choice voting in Maine?

on May 26, 2017, at 7:49 a.m.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills.

Mills asks court to dismiss LePage’s lawsuit against her

By Christopher Cousins on May 25, 2017, at 4:33 p.m.
Mills’ motion to have the case dismissed represents a predictable step forward in virtually any civil lawsuit.

Why some Maine Democrats would shut down state government

By Christopher Cousins on May 25, 2017, at 10:20 a.m.
‘Tis the season for government shutdown threats.
STATE & CAPITOL

Maine Democrats make their own state government shutdown threat

on May 25, 2017, at 8:44 a.m.

Mary Mayhew to leave LePage administration

By Christopher Cousins on May 24, 2017, at 2:25 p.m.
Mary Mayhew, who has served as Maine commissioner of Health and Human Services since the early days of Gov. Paul LePage’s tenure, will be leaving that post Friday.
POLL QUESTION
Commissioner Mary Mayhew speaks at the opening of the regional home for state Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor offices in South Portland, Jan. 5, 2015.

Mary Mayhew to leave LePage administration

By Christopher Cousins on May 24, 2017, at 10:32 a.m.
Mary Mayhew, who has served as Maine commissioner of Health and Human Services since the beginning of Gov. Paul LePage’s tenure, will be leaving that post Friday.
A reading lesson adorns the wall in Kimberly Marsh's first grade classroom at Portland's Longfellow Elementary School.

LePage’s push for statewide teachers contract fails its first test

By Christopher Cousins on May 24, 2017, at 10:01 a.m.
Democrats have drawn a line in the sand that could doom the proposal.
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage’s push for a statewide teacher contract fails its first test

on May 24, 2017, at 8:52 a.m.
Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta.

Maine House votes against physician-assisted suicide

By Christopher Cousins on May 23, 2017, at 1:45 p.m.
Another attempt to allow physician-assisted suicide in Maine ended Tuesday with an 85-61 vote against it in the House of Representatives.
A worker walks toward the main office at Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport in February. The state prison will be closed in June, the state announced last week.

Lawmakers want hearings on the closure of Down East prison

By Christopher Cousins on May 22, 2017, at 3:21 p.m.
“It would just give us some additional facts so we don’t just have to read about it in the newspaper,” Gattine said.
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden is the keynote speaker during commencement ceremonies at Colby College Sunday in Waterville.

Biden urges Colby graduates to pursue and spread dignity

By Christopher Cousins on May 21, 2017, at 1:37 p.m.
The former vice president’s words thundered across the college’s Mayflower Hill under pristine blue skies and before hundreds of people who came to support the Waterville institution’s 480 newest graduates.
Northbound traffic at the Maine Turnpike toll plaza in West Gardiner.

How much LePage’s plan to end Maine Turnpike Authority could cost drivers

By Christopher Cousins on May 20, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“The idea that the DOT has the money to take care of 109 miles of four-lane highway is not feasible, it’s not rational and it doesn’t make any economic sense.”
STATE & CAPITOL

About that $6.8 billion budget Maine needs to keep state government running …

on May 19, 2017, at 8:42 a.m.
Republican Sen. Roger Katz of Augusta

Physician-assisted suicide gains Maine Senate OK but is unlikely to be enacted

By Christopher Cousins on May 18, 2017, at 2:18 p.m.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, would legalize an extended process through which a terminally ill patient could end his or her life with the assistance of a doctor.
POLL QUESTION
Northbound traffic at the Maine Turnpike toll plaza in West Gardiner

LePage’s flood of late bills includes bid to spike Maine Turnpike Authority

By Christopher Cousins on May 18, 2017, at 10:38 a.m.
With the end of the legislative session drawing near, Gov. Paul LePage continues to submit new bills for consideration. Thursday was no exception.
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage’s flood of late bills includes bid to end Maine Turnpike Authority

on May 18, 2017, at 8:51 a.m.
POLL QUESTION
Members of the Maine House of Representatives are sworn in for the first session of the 128th Legislature in December.

Democrats block bill to punish lying at Maine State House

By Christopher Cousins on May 17, 2017, at 3:03 p.m.
A bill that would prohibit lying during legislative hearings failed Wednesday in a narrowly divided vote in the Maine House of Representatives.
POLL QUESTION
Ada Yentes-Quinn waves her sign in the air during the Women's March on Maine outside the Burton M. Cross building at the Maine State House in Augusta on Jan. 21.

Maine Republicans block new statewide Equal Rights Amendment vote

By Christopher Cousins on May 16, 2017, at 12:25 p.m.
Republicans in the Legislature have essentially shut the door on the possibility of a referendum to enshrine gender equality in the Maine Constitution.
Gov. Paul LePage

Amid offers to help opiate users, LePage suggests death penalty for dealers

By Christopher Cousins on May 16, 2017, at 10:10 a.m.
“I wish it was murder, and I wish it was capital punishment. We’d get rid of the problem much quicker,” Gov. Paul LePage said.