Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins

State House Bureau Chief

 
Chris Lyons, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Maine, seen during a recent registration drive.

What’s next for Maine’s fledgling Libertarian Party?

By Christopher Cousins on July 24, 2016, at 1:01 a.m.
Almost overnight the creation of the Maine Libertarian Party morphed from a months-long slog by a core group of volunteers collecting party registrations to a political shift that is beginning to roll on its own.
Supporters of Bernie Sanders cheer at the Democratic State Convention in Portland in this May 2016 file photo.

Why Maine matters at the Democratic National Convention

By Christopher Cousins on July 23, 2016, at 1 a.m.
The Pine Tree State’s influence on the event this year goes deeper than patriotic chants, anti-Trump rants and balloons.
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Ethics panel considering more sanctions against Portland lawmaker

on July 20, 2016, at 9:53 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where the Maine Ethics Commission has convened with Democratic Rep. Diane Russell of Portland on its agenda. Russell, a four-term legislator who lost a three-way primary to run for a Maine Senate seat in June, is headed out of public office at the end of this …
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage says he’ll cut funding for methadone clinics that don’t offer counseling

on July 19, 2016, at 9:53 a.m.
MaineCare rules already require that methadone clinics provide counseling, though cuts in state funding under Gov. Paul LePage have made that difficult.
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Longtime LePage antagonist asks feds to probe Maine warden service

on July 18, 2016, at 9:50 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where great music is cheap. With my car in the garage, I’m driving my sister’s for the day and I noticed that she has a (an?) “A Decade of Steely Dan” CD in her car with the price tag still on it: $2.97. That’s a lot of …
Speaker of the House Mark Eves, D-North Berwick, talks on the phone in the State House in Augusta, Jan. 14, 2016.

Why it looks like Maine’s lame-duck House speaker is campaigning

By Christopher Cousins on July 18, 2016, at 7:04 a.m.
House Speaker Mark Eves, a Democrat, has less than six months left in office before being forced out by Maine’s term limits law, but you wouldn’t know it by watching him lately.
STATE & CAPITOL

Democrats being investigated for alleged clean elections violations

on July 14, 2016, at 8:22 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where we need music. Let’s pull out the same hot summer soundtrack from Billy Idol that I used one day last year. You can’t have too much Billy in your life, in my opinion. Wow, I just watched that video right to the end. I should …
STATE & CAPITOL

Libertarians become Maine’s fourth political party

on July 13, 2016, at 3:34 p.m.
Secretary of State Matt Dunlap on Wednesday certified that the Libertarian Party of Maine has achieved enough enrollments to qualify as a political party. The Bangor Daily News already reported that on Tuesday based on information from Libertarian officials, but Dunlap has now made it official. According to a news …

Maine Senate to return Aug. 4 for votes on LePage nominees

By Christopher Cousins on July 12, 2016, at 4:09 p.m.
The Maine Senate will return to Augusta next month to consider a series of nominations by Gov. Paul LePage, according to Senate President Mike Thibodeau.
Supporters of U.S. Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson cheer during the "Politicon" convention in Pasadena, California, June 25, 2016.

Maine Libertarians say they have enough registrants to form official party

By Christopher Cousins on July 12, 2016, at 11:04 a.m.
A bid to create a Libertarian Party in Maine is moving forward, with organizers reporting that they have registered enough Libertarians to meet the 5,000-person threshold described in the law.
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage says he’s trying to close methadone clinics

on July 12, 2016, at 9:15 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage said today he would like to close Maine’s methadone clinics.
A dose of Suboxone is seen in this May 1, 2015, BDN file photo.

Advocates say new DHHS draft rules could shutter Maine drug treatment clinics

By Christopher Cousins on July 11, 2016, at 3:40 p.m.
The draft rules, proposed recently by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, would introduce new requirements for medication-assisted treatment facilities that disburse methadone and Suboxone, medications that are used to help people with opioid addictions kick their habits.
Gov. Paul LePage addresses the audience during a town hall meeting at Bucksport Middle School, Sept. 29, 2015.

In town halls and radio calls, LePage controls the message to his audience — and they like it

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on July 10, 2016, at 1:02 a.m.
When it comes to communicating with Mainers, Gov. Paul LePage prefers small groups.
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage rebuffs superintendents’ call for permanent education commissioner

on July 07, 2016, at 4:47 p.m.
In a letter dated June 30, the Maine School Superintendents Association urged Gov. Paul LePage to appoint a permanent education commissioner. LePage, who rescinded his nomination of former Husson University President William Beardsley after Democrats said they would question him during confirmation proceedings about his positions on transgender rights and teaching …
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Gov. Paul LePage

Why LePage wants voters to know Janet Mills is suing him

By Christopher Cousins on July 07, 2016, at 1:28 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage called attention to the fact that Attorney General Janet Mills is filing a complaint against his administration for holding a meeting at the Blaine House in violation of Maine’s open meeting laws.
STATE & CAPITOL

Maine AG to file access law violation complaint against LePage

on July 07, 2016, at 9:40 a.m.
Good morning from the BDN’s one-day-only western Maine bureau, where I’ve reunited with my kids at their nana’s house and where my dog has his tail between his legs with troubled thoughts of going to the groomer later and being separated from most of his fur. Here’s his soundtrack, though my …
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage snuffs Trump VP talk, says he won’t go to convention

on July 05, 2016, at 9:55 a.m.
Crispy. You’re asking yourself, “crispy? What?” The possibilities: Chris is going to KFC later. The lawn needs water. Donuts. Krispy and kremey. Wrong, wrong and wrong. Despite layers of SPF 50, I find myself with an Independence Day weekend sunburn and a few cobwebs upstairs. There’s chlorinated pool water where …
STATE & CAPITOL

Eves takes court battle with LePage to the next level

on July 01, 2016, at 9:54 a.m.
Remember that lawsuit by Democratic Speaker of the House Mark Eves against Republican Gov. Paul LePage? It’s not over.
Supporters of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hold up signs as Trump speaks during a campaign rally on Wednesday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Trump supporters, protesters argue outside Bangor rally

By Christopher Cousins on June 29, 2016, at 7:32 p.m.
“I believe he’s the only person who’s going to actually do something for this country,” Richard Young of Bangor said

Punches thrown outside Trump rally in Bangor

By Christopher Cousins on June 29, 2016, at 7:04 p.m.
Two local residents fought outside a Donald Trump rally at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Bystanders said the fighters were not associated with the rally or an anti-Trump protest on Main Street.