Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins

State House Bureau Chief

 
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.
Ballot clerks pass time at Ellsworth City Hall on June 11, 2015, waiting for voters to show up.

From lawn signs to TV spots, this election is just starting to ramp up

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 05, 2016, at 6:15 a.m.
Unless you turn off your television and radio and stay offline for the next two months, you can’t escape it.

Lord of the Rings, ‘Goonies’ star to stump in Maine for Clinton

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 02, 2016, at 4:04 p.m.
He was Mikey in “The Goonies,” Samwise Gamgee in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and the title character in “Rudy.”
STATE & CAPITOL

Lord of the Rings, Goonies star to stump in Maine for Hillary Clinton

on Sept. 02, 2016, at 3:51 p.m.
A face from the silver screen will act as surrogate for Hillary Clinton Tuesday in Orono and Bangor. Actor Sean Astin will host organizing meetings, including touting Clinton’s agenda and registering voters at the University of Maine. The visit is part of Clinton’s pledge to register three million new voters across …
DAILY BRIEF
Maine Gov. Paul LePage listens while speaking with an attendee to the 23rd Annual Energy Trade & Technology Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, Nov. 13, 2015.

As LePage moves on, Democrats keep pushing to oust him

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 01, 2016, at 10:02 a.m.
Democrats aren’t backing down on their calls for consequences against Gov. Paul LePage for his most recent verbal gaffes.
STATE & CAPITOL

As LePage moves on, Democrats keep pushing to oust him

on Sept. 01, 2016, at 9:34 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where Democrats aren’t backing down on their calls for consequences against Gov. Paul LePage for his most recent controversial statements, even though it’s becoming clear he won’t have to face action by the Legislature for the comments that have caused one of the greatest furors of …
POLL QUESTION
Gov. Paul LePage answers questions from the audience during a town hall meeting at William S. Cohen School in Bangor on May 25.

LePage rejects calls to resign, says he has ‘backbone,’ not problems

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on Aug. 31, 2016, at 3:46 p.m.
“I’m not an alcoholic. I’m not a drug addict. I don’t have mental issues,” LePage said.

BDN coverage recap: A whirlwind week for politics in Maine

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 31, 2016, at 1:39 p.m.
It’s been a whirlwind week in Maine politics. Have you had enough yet? If not, here’s a recap of some of the Bangor Daily News’ coverage. (Aug. 25) New controversy erupts over LePage comments about Muslim, blacks, Hispanics (Aug. 26) People in Bangor react to LePage’s obscenity-laced tirade (Aug. 26) …

Here’s a link to a radio interview LePage did this morning

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 31, 2016, at 12:41 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic Sen. Bill Diamond of Windham appeared for a 25-minute radio interview Wednesday morning on WLOB. To listen to the interview, which is posted in three parts, click here.

Thibodeau: Decision about a path forward will come in 24 hours

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 31, 2016, at 12:36 p.m.
Republican Senate President Mike Thibodeau said Wednesday that he is personally struggling over whether Gov. Paul LePage’s response Wednesday morning to the controversy surrounding him was enough. “We’d be in denial if we didn’t think this was a disappointing situation,” said Thibodeau to a gaggle of reporters in the Maine …

Thibodeau poised to speak with the press

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 31, 2016, at 11:52 a.m.
Senate President Mike Thibodeau has just announced that he will answer questions from reporters at noon. Stay tuned.

What the Maine Constitution says about removing a governor

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 31, 2016, at 11:47 a.m.
Impeachment isn’t the only way Gov. LePage could be forced out of office. According to Article 5 of the Maine Constitution, the Secretary of State has the authority to initiate removal of a governor if he or she has “reason to believe that the governor is unable to discharge the …

Rift between House and Senate Republicans widens

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 31, 2016, at 11:16 a.m.
The controversy around Gov. Paul LePage’s comments over the past week deepens the divide between he and Senate Republicans, with whom he’s clashed on a number of issues in recent years. Senate President Mike Thibodeau has come out in direct opposition with House Minority Leader Ken Fredette over the latest …
POLL QUESTION
Members of the community hold up signs during a rally to show opposition to Gov. Paul LePage Tuesday in Capitol Park, across from the State House, in Augusta. Hundreds of people came out to listen to speakers and show support for LePage resigning from office.

Hundreds rally in effort to convince LePage to resign

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 30, 2016, at 9:04 p.m.
The Augusta rally was organized in response to a string of public statements by Gov. Paul LePage that have attracted negative national attention.