Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins

State House Bureau Chief

 
Mark Holbrook of Brunswick, 2016 Republican nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives, Maine's 1st Congressional District

Underdog in Maine’s 1st District follows campaign trail blazed by LePage, Trump

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 25, 2016, at 7 a.m.
With the chips stacked against him in his challenge of fourth-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, Republican Mark Holbrook is convinced there are factors lurking outside conventional wisdom that will lead to his victory.
STATE & CAPITOL

As a 50-50 U.S. Senate looms, spotlight shines on King, Collins

on Sept. 22, 2016, at 9:45 a.m.
A Politico story has us contemplating Maine having the two most powerful U.S. senators in the country.
Sen. Justin Alfond (left) and Speaker of the House Mark Eves give a presentation on the Democrats' budget proposal during a town hall meeting at the Hammond Street Congregational Church in Bangor in this April 2015 file photo.

Maine Democrats’ reworked strategy focuses less on LePage

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 22, 2016, at 6:52 a.m.
Democratic legislative leaders hopeful of securing significant House and Senate majorities in November sought to launch a new narrative about their vision for the future of Maine.
Gov. Paul R. LePage

LePage joins court challenge to Obama’s new overtime rule

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 20, 2016, at 3:57 p.m.
LePage has signed on to a legal complaint by 21 states against new overtime rules proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor.
STATE & CAPITOL

Angus King: Trump’s immigrant ban would come at ‘terrible cost’

on Sept. 20, 2016, at 12:27 p.m.
Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King on Tuesday rejected Donald Trump’s argument that the United States should close its borders to immigrants. King, the former governor whom Maine voters overwhelmingly elected to the Senate in 2012, said on CNN’s “New Day” program, which was subsequently summarized by The Hill, that ending …
STATE & CAPITOL
Fairchild Semiconductor wafer fabrication building in South Portland.

LePage says Fairchild sale will lead to job cuts he predicted in April

on Sept. 20, 2016, at 9:57 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage is saying “told ya so” (that’s a paraphrase) regarding major manufacturing job losses in southern Maine. During his weekly radio appearance Tuesday morning on WVOM, LePage said he’s known about the sale of Fairchild Semiconductor of South Portland to an Arizona-based company …
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage rips ‘PC’ Clinton, predicts Trump will win Maine

on Sept. 16, 2016, at 9:48 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage has made a prediction about the results of the presidential race in Maine: Donald Trump will secure three of Maine’s four electoral votes. LePage, who has said recently he won’t speak to reporters anymore, told a reporter for Brietbart News, a conservative …
STATE & CAPITOL

No one shows at hearing for Maine welfare-to-work program changes

on Sept. 14, 2016, at 1:54 p.m.
No one turned out Wednesday in Augusta to discuss rule changes proposed by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services for a welfare-to-work program that the state is moving toward privatizing. DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew said the proposed rule changes have little or nothing to do with the state’s …
Maine Correctional Center at Windham

LePage to meet recovering mom who says it’s wrong to punish people for addiction

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 14, 2016, at 12:28 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage has invited a woman who is recovering from heroin addiction to Augusta to discuss how the state can address its drug addiction problem.
STATE & CAPITOL

New Maine poll offers good news for Trump, Poliquin

on Sept. 14, 2016, at 9:09 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where a new Colby College/Boston Globe poll has again raised the prospect of Donald Trump winning in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District and taking one of our coveted electoral votes. Maine, one of two states that splits electoral votes by congressional district — giving one each to …
Sue Sapiel, customer service representative at the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Family Independence, prints out a new EBT card that includes a photo in this April 2014 file photo.

LePage welfare privatization bid puts 51 state jobs on chopping block

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 12, 2016, at 5:42 p.m.
LePage and his administration have been discussing privatizing the state’s ASPIRE program for months and are nearing approval of a $62.5 million contract.
STATE & CAPITOL

Susan Collins did not OK her appearance in Clinton’s new anti-Trump ad

on Sept. 12, 2016, at 9:46 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where non-endorsements can be more influential on a candidate’s campaign than an endorsement. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has launched a new advertisement that lines up a number of Republicans who oppose Republican nominee Donald Trump. Maine Sen. Susan Collins is featured in it, delivering the “I …
Gov. Paul LePage takes the stage at a campaign rally in Portland where he introduced presidential candidate Donald Trump, March 3, 2016.

LePage dominates 2016 Maine elections, even if he is not on ballot

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 11, 2016, at 7:02 a.m.
“Paul LePage is, you might say, the magnetic north of almost all political thought in the state of Maine,” Paul Mills said. “The needles are all pointing at him, one way or the other.”
STATE & CAPITOL

Green Party presidential candidate schedules Maine campaign stops

on Sept. 08, 2016, at 2:40 p.m.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein announced Thursday that she will come to Maine next week for a tour of college campuses. Stein’s swing through Maine on Sept. 14 is part of a wider tour of New England college campuses and part of her long-shot presidential run. A number of …
Rep. Jeff Evangelos, I-Friendship, speaks at a rally calling for the impeachment of Gov. Paul LePage on Jan. 6 outside the State House in Augusta.

Independent legislator’s effort to oust LePage collapses

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 08, 2016, at 2:25 p.m.
In a letter Thursday morning to the Bangor Daily News, Evangelos wrote that Democratic legislative leaders in the House and Senate have “joined the cowardly Republicans to reject our appeal.”
STATE & CAPITOL

Clinton recruits another ’80s child film star to stump for her in Maine

on Sept. 08, 2016, at 9:55 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where sweet 16 birthday parties and how pretty my wife is when she wears pink are on my mind. I’ve been with her for going on 25 years, 14 of those years in marriage. She was 14 and I was 15 when we started dating and …
STATE & CAPITOL

Contest erupts among Democrats for House leadership post

on Sept. 07, 2016, at 1:07 p.m.
Even with the election still two months away and the results far from certain, a contest is brewing over who will become the next speaker of the House of Representatives.
Rep. Jeff Evangelos, I-Friendship, speaks at a rally calling for an investigation into potential wrongdoing by Gov. Paul LePage outside the State House in Augusta, June 30, 2015.

As special session gambit fails, LePage foe launches new removal effort

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on Sept. 06, 2016, at 10:56 a.m.
Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos has invited members of the Legislature to sign on to his request, which questions Gov. Paul LePage’s “mental competency.”
DAILY BRIEF

LePage says he expects GOP to lose Maine Senate majority in November

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 06, 2016, at 9:59 a.m.
Daily Brief: All eyes are on the November elections and how they’ll affect the balance of power in the Democrat-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate. LePage said today he is not expecting the situation to improve, at least from Republicans’ perspective.
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage says he expects GOP to lose Maine Senate majority in November

on Sept. 06, 2016, at 9:31 a.m.
All eyes are on the November elections and how they’ll affect the balance of power in the Democrat-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate. LePage said today he is not expecting the situation to improve, at least from Republicans’ perspective.