Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins

State House Bureau Chief

 
STATE & CAPITOL

Riverview vote casts early cloud over bipartisanship in the new Legislature

on Dec. 01, 2016, at 9:59 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage

Using rare vote, Democratic leaders block LePage’s $3M plan for Riverview

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 30, 2016, at 4:41 p.m.
Construction of a crucial forensic psychiatric unit in Augusta was dealt a blow by Democratic legislative leaders who, using an oft-overlooked oversight power, voted against Gov. Paul LePage’s administration’s plan.
Voting stickers rest on ballot counting machine in Bangor in this October 2009.

Opponents of Question 2, school tax referendum, withdraw bid for recount

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 29, 2016, at 5:20 p.m.
The petitioners cited the recount procedure, along with the cost to the state and the low probability of overturning the result, as reasons for withdrawing the request.
Voting stickers rest on ballot-counting machine. The recount of hundreds of thousands of ballots associated with two referendum questions is set to begin and could take weeks.

Marijuana, school tax ballot recounts to start but may take weeks

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 29, 2016, at 1:42 p.m.
The recount of hundreds of thousands of ballots associated with two referendum questions is set to begin and could take weeks.
STATE & CAPITOL

Maine House GOP leader doubts Legislature has the ‘courage’ for tax reform

on Nov. 29, 2016, at 9:58 a.m.
Over 1,000 Maine Democrats caucus at Bangor High School in this March 2016 file photo.

Leadership candidates aim to help lost Maine Democrats find their way

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 17, 2016, at 6:33 a.m.
Widening political fractures within the Maine Democratic Party have created a three-way leadership race despite some positive results in last week’s elections.
A Bangor High School ballot counted in the statewide mock election can be seen in this October 2016 file photo.

Recounts requested by opponents of legal pot, surtax to support public schools

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 16, 2016, at 3:36 p.m.
Kristen Muszynski, spokeswoman for Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, said the recount requests were received just after 3 p.m. Wednesday.
STATE & CAPITOL

Maine ethics panel aims to close ‘clean election’ loopholes

on Nov. 16, 2016, at 9:59 a.m.
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage keeps pushing to make it harder for citizens to get referendums on ballot

on Nov. 15, 2016, at 9:58 a.m.
Troy Jackson

Democrats elect Troy Jackson to lead them in the Maine Senate

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 14, 2016, at 9:31 p.m.
Democrats also elected Sen. Nathan Libby of Lewiston as their assistant minority leader.
STATE & CAPITOL

Maine marijuana, school funding referendums likely headed for recounts

on Nov. 14, 2016, at 10:52 a.m.
The prospects of recounting up to 750,000 ballots cast for and against marijuana legalization and a new school funding source loom large.
Donald Trump shakes hands with Maine Gov. Paul LePage during a campaign rally in Portland, March 3, 2016.

How a Trump presidency could affect life in Maine

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 12, 2016, at 9:21 a.m.
Here are a few ways a Trump presidency could affect the state that made history by giving the Republican an electoral vote.
Sen. Mike Thibodeau of Winterport

Maine Republicans retain House, Senate leadership teams

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 10, 2016, at 11:41 a.m.

Maine votes to hike tax on high earners to boost school aid

By Christopher Cousins and Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 09, 2016, at 1 p.m.
Question 2, which sought to tax high-earners for the benefit of Maine’s public schools, has emerged victorious.
Senate President Mike Thibodeau

Maine Senate majority stays with Republicans as Democrats retain House control

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 09, 2016, at 10:55 a.m.
Republicans appear to have gain seats in the House of Representatives, but that picture was not yet clear Wednesday morning.
STATE & CAPITOL

Maine is more divided today than it was yesterday

on Nov. 09, 2016, at 9:52 a.m.
Donald Trump supporters bond over the candidate taking another swing state at an election results party hosted by U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin after midnight Wednesday at Dysart's in Bangor.

Clinton wins Maine, but Trump takes one electoral vote

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 09, 2016, at 1:10 a.m.
Donald Trump is in line to snare one of the state’s four Electoral College votes, splitting Maine’s apportionment for the first time in history and fueling his push toward an upset victory.

Unopposed candidates

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 08, 2016, at 9:27 p.m.

Maine AG: LePage’s statements about new voters border on civil rights violations

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 08, 2016, at 9:14 p.m.
This mailer for Ellsworth City Council candidate John Linnehan, which includes a photo of Linnehan (right) standing next to House candidate David Edsall, has prompted a complaint to the state ethics commission from the Maine Democratic Party, which contends the flier and similar newspaper advertisements violate the Maine Clean Election Act.

Maine panel orders GOP candidates to share costs but finds no violation

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 07, 2016, at 3:50 p.m.