Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins

State House Bureau Chief

 

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STATE & CAPITOL

Will Maine’s new Legislature get off to a better start than the last one?

on Dec. 07, 2016, at 9:06 a.m.
POLL QUESTION
The State House in Augusta can be seen in this January 2016 file photo.

Lawmakers pan LePage threat to build psychiatric unit outside Augusta

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 06, 2016, at 4:08 p.m.
“I’m looking for another location,” Gov. Paul LePage said. “They could only stop me on the East Campus [in Augusta]. Already I’m looking at Freeport right now. We’re looking up in the Bangor area. We’re looking down south.”
STATE & CAPITOL

Out-of-state campaign spending explosion prompts call for new Maine rules

on Dec. 05, 2016, at 9:59 a.m.
STATE & CAPITOL

Riverview vote casts early cloud over bipartisanship in the new Legislature

on Dec. 01, 2016, at 9:59 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage

Using rare vote, Democratic leaders block LePage’s $3M plan for Riverview

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 30, 2016, at 4:41 p.m.
Construction of a crucial forensic psychiatric unit in Augusta was dealt a blow by Democratic legislative leaders who, using an oft-overlooked oversight power, voted against Gov. Paul LePage’s administration’s plan.
Voting stickers rest on ballot counting machine in Bangor in this October 2009.

Opponents of Question 2, school tax referendum, withdraw bid for recount

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 29, 2016, at 5:20 p.m.
The petitioners cited the recount procedure, along with the cost to the state and the low probability of overturning the result, as reasons for withdrawing the request.
Voting stickers rest on ballot-counting machine. The recount of hundreds of thousands of ballots associated with two referendum questions is set to begin and could take weeks.

Marijuana, school tax ballot recounts to start but may take weeks

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 29, 2016, at 1:42 p.m.
The recount of hundreds of thousands of ballots associated with two referendum questions is set to begin and could take weeks.
STATE & CAPITOL

Maine House GOP leader doubts Legislature has the ‘courage’ for tax reform

on Nov. 29, 2016, at 9:58 a.m.
Over 1,000 Maine Democrats caucus at Bangor High School in this March 2016 file photo.

Leadership candidates aim to help lost Maine Democrats find their way

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 17, 2016, at 6:33 a.m.
Widening political fractures within the Maine Democratic Party have created a three-way leadership race despite some positive results in last week’s elections.
A Bangor High School ballot counted in the statewide mock election can be seen in this October 2016 file photo.

Recounts requested by opponents of legal pot, surtax to support public schools

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 16, 2016, at 3:36 p.m.
Kristen Muszynski, spokeswoman for Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, said the recount requests were received just after 3 p.m. Wednesday.
STATE & CAPITOL

Maine ethics panel aims to close ‘clean election’ loopholes

on Nov. 16, 2016, at 9:59 a.m.
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage keeps pushing to make it harder for citizens to get referendums on ballot

on Nov. 15, 2016, at 9:58 a.m.
Troy Jackson

Democrats elect Troy Jackson to lead them in the Maine Senate

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 14, 2016, at 9:31 p.m.
Democrats also elected Sen. Nathan Libby of Lewiston as their assistant minority leader.
STATE & CAPITOL

Maine marijuana, school funding referendums likely headed for recounts

on Nov. 14, 2016, at 10:52 a.m.
The prospects of recounting up to 750,000 ballots cast for and against marijuana legalization and a new school funding source loom large.