Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins

State House Bureau Chief

 
A guest looks over miniature liquor bottle collections in Long Beach, Miss., on April 8, 2016.

Maine drinkers, get ready to start paying a deposit on your nip bottles

By Christopher Cousins on June 07, 2017, at 11:23 a.m.
Maine will require a 5-cent deposit on tiny “nip” bottles of liquor.
Lighted paper bags stand as memorials to those lost at a drug overdose victims' vigil in Portland's Monument Square, Aug. 31, 2015.

Mainers can still get arrested when calling 911 if someone overdoses

By Christopher Cousins on June 06, 2017, at 12:33 p.m.
A bill meant to encourage calling emergency workers for drug overdose victims died Tuesday when the House of Representatives upheld Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of the measure.
Mary Mayhew

Mayhew postures herself as heir to the LePage legacy in her bid for governor

By Christopher Cousins on June 06, 2017, at 12:07 p.m.
To the surprise of few in Maine’s political world, former Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew entered the 2018 governor’s race Tuesday morning as a Republican.
A bottle of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky

Maine House rejects LePage veto of nip bottle deposit bill

By Christopher Cousins on June 06, 2017, at 11:23 a.m.
Consideration of LePage’s veto now goes to the Senate.
STATE & CAPITOL

Candidate Mayhew portrays herself as heir to LePage legacy

on June 06, 2017, at 8:08 a.m.
Rep. Scott Hamann, D-South Portland

Bid to soften LePage welfare rules passes House but faces long odds

By Christopher Cousins on June 05, 2017, at 1:08 p.m.
The bills are unlikely to be enacted with most Republicans and Gov. Paul LePage leaning hard against program expansions.
STATE & CAPITOL

Maine’s budget panel seems poised to walk away without accord

on June 02, 2017, at 8:50 a.m.
ANALYSIS
Senate President Mike Thibodeau

Why Maine’s budget talks are going nowhere fast

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on June 01, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.
Senate President Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport, is caught in heavy crossfire as the Legislature nears an informal deadline.
Rep. Stephen Stanley, D-Medway

Maine won’t be joining states that want a constitutional convention

By Christopher Cousins on May 30, 2017, at 3:43 p.m.
The resolution called for the imposition of new fiscal restraints at the federal level and limiting the power of Congress.
A tug-of-war contest held at Belfast Common during the Sixth Maine Celtic Celebration in 2012.

Maine looks to funnel more tourism dollars to smaller communities

By Christopher Cousins on May 30, 2017, at 2:28 p.m.
A bill that would boost tourism marketing in Maine’s small towns could be headed for enactment.
Sen. Joyce Maker, R-Machias, at the statehouse in Augusta in mid-March.

LePage blasts GOP state senator for backing away from prison closure deal

By Christopher Cousins on May 30, 2017, at 10:36 a.m.
Republican Gov. Paul LePage claimed Tuesday that legislators, including members of his own party, are reneging on a deal regarding the closure of the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport but didn’t provide many details.
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage rips GOP state senator over prison closure dispute

on May 30, 2017, at 8:58 a.m.
ANALYSIS
Democrats in the Maine House of Representatives watch votes tally on an amendment to the biennial state budget on June 16, 2015 at the State House in Augusta.

A divided Maine Legislature will decide the fate of ranked-choice voting

By Christopher Cousins on May 26, 2017, at 8:19 a.m.
Senate Republicans and Democrats are approaching the issue from different angles.
STATE & CAPITOL

What’s next for ranked-choice voting in Maine?

on May 26, 2017, at 7:49 a.m.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills.

Mills asks court to dismiss LePage’s lawsuit against her

By Christopher Cousins on May 25, 2017, at 4:33 p.m.
Mills’ motion to have the case dismissed represents a predictable step forward in virtually any civil lawsuit.

Why some Maine Democrats would shut down state government

By Christopher Cousins on May 25, 2017, at 10:20 a.m.
‘Tis the season for government shutdown threats.
STATE & CAPITOL

Maine Democrats make their own state government shutdown threat

on May 25, 2017, at 8:44 a.m.

Mary Mayhew to leave LePage administration

By Christopher Cousins on May 24, 2017, at 2:25 p.m.
Mary Mayhew, who has served as Maine commissioner of Health and Human Services since the early days of Gov. Paul LePage’s tenure, will be leaving that post Friday.
POLL QUESTION
Commissioner Mary Mayhew speaks at the opening of the regional home for state Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor offices in South Portland, Jan. 5, 2015.

Mary Mayhew to leave LePage administration

By Christopher Cousins on May 24, 2017, at 10:32 a.m.
Mary Mayhew, who has served as Maine commissioner of Health and Human Services since the beginning of Gov. Paul LePage’s tenure, will be leaving that post Friday.
A reading lesson adorns the wall in Kimberly Marsh's first grade classroom at Portland's Longfellow Elementary School.

LePage’s push for statewide teachers contract fails its first test

By Christopher Cousins on May 24, 2017, at 10:01 a.m.
Democrats have drawn a line in the sand that could doom the proposal.