Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins

State House Bureau Chief

 
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.”
President Donald Trump walks toward Marine One while departing from the White House on Thursday in Washington, D.C.

To counter possible vote to expand MaineCare, DHHS and Mayhew turn to Trump

By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 26, 2017, at 3:24 p.m.
The state’s plan to shrink eligibility for MaineCare — the government health insurance program for low-income Mainers — is a bid to leverage a friendly President Donald Trump administration to combat a likely referendum to expand MaineCare coverage this year.
Gov. Paul LePage answers questions from the audience during a town hall meeting at William S. Cohen School in Bangor in this May 2016 file photo.  LePage had another town hall meeting on Wednesday in Biddeford.

LePage navigates ornery Biddeford crowd in return to town hall tour

By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 25, 2017, at 8:41 p.m.
As the 90-minute event progressed, some members of the audience grew bolder about shouting questions and challenging LePage’s statements while others urged them to be more respectful.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

AG: LePage needs legislative approval to build mental health unit

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on Jan. 25, 2017, at 11:22 a.m.
Attorney General Janet Mills has thrown a new monkey wrench into Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to build a mental health unit in Bangor without legislative approval.
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage’s town hall tour: What a long, strange trip it’s been

on Jan. 25, 2017, at 9:10 a.m.
Betsy DeVos testifies before the Senate Health, Education and Labor Committee confirmation hearing to be next secretary of education on Jan. 17 at Capitol Hill in Washington.

Angus King to oppose Trump’s pick for education secretary

By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 24, 2017, at 6:28 p.m.
Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Department of Education, is a proponent of school voucher systems.
Gov. Paul LePage answers questions from the audience during a town hall meeting at William S. Cohen School in Bangor in this May 2016 file photo.

LePage to resume public town hall series in Biddeford

By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 24, 2017, at 3:11 p.m.
The format of Wednesday’s town hall meeting will be similar to last year’s events: A presentation by the governor followed by a question-and-answer session with attendees.
A woman holds a sign at a rally and lobby day organized by the Maine Peoples Alliance at the State House in Augusta, Jan. 8, 2014.

Looming Obamacare repeal doesn’t stop Maine push to expand Medicaid

By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 23, 2017, at 11:58 a.m.
Proponents of expanding Medicaid in Maine under the provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act will deliver more than 66,000 signatures to the secretary of state’s office Tuesday.
STATE & CAPITOL

Why Maine lawmakers look like ‘hamsters on a treadmill’

on Jan. 23, 2017, at 9:52 a.m.
The ACLU of Maine hosted a reading of the U.S. Constitution on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 at the State House. BDN photo by Christopher Cousins

U.S. Constitution — all of it — read at the State House

By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 20, 2017, at 11:48 a.m.

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