Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins

State House Bureau Chief

Maine State Lottery tickets.

Report: Maine lottery does not target vulnerable gamblers

By Christopher Cousins on April 28, 2017, at 4:55 p.m.
A watchdog agency concluded a months-long probe with the finding that the Maine Lottery Commission does not target vulnerable socio-economic populations within Maine.
Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill that will put Maine on track to complying with federal Real ID standards and avoiding problems for Mainers accessing federal facilities or boarding domestic flights.

LePage signs bill to bring Maine into Real ID compliance

By Christopher Cousins on April 28, 2017, at 11:20 a.m.
“It is in the best interest of Mainers for state officials to unite in going forward with Real ID implementation,” LePage said.

Maine bids to rename Columbus Day, Clean Election system falter

on April 28, 2017, at 8:29 a.m.
The Lincoln Mill tower in Biddeford

Maine House supports time zone switch, dumping daylight saving

By Christopher Cousins on April 27, 2017, at 12:38 p.m.
Maine could shift to the Atlantic time zone without a statewide referendum if preliminary votes Thursday in the House of Representatives hold.

LePage does not want Maine to be a red state — at least when it comes to police car lights

on April 20, 2017, at 8:58 a.m.
Adam Cote

Democrat Adam Cote to run for governor in Maine as political outsider

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on April 19, 2017, at 11:58 a.m.
Democrat Adam Cote has made his long-contemplated 2018 run for governor official.

LePage: One school superintendent per county would still be too many

on April 18, 2017, at 8:40 a.m.

Is Maine too soft on vicious dogs?

By Christopher Cousins on April 17, 2017, at 4:46 p.m.
Before the husky named Dakota started making headlines, Maine Welfare Advisory Council was already planning to advise the Legislature on whether Maine’s “dangerous dog” law should be tougher.
Vice President Joe Biden talks to Navy personnel at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery in a 2014 file photo.

Former Vice President Joe Biden to speak at Colby College graduation

By Christopher Cousins on April 17, 2017, at 8:46 a.m.
Former Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. will speak at Colby College’s commencement ceremonies.
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.

It’s about to get wild at the Maine State House

By Christopher Cousins on April 17, 2017, at 6:06 a.m.
With just over 60 days left before the statutory end of this year’s legislative session, there’s a $6.8 billion problem to solve and lots of other work to do.

Maine Democrats have a new plan to pay for road, bridge upkeep

on April 14, 2017, at 8:40 a.m.

LePage: I don’t know Susan Collins well enough to endorse her for governor

on April 13, 2017, at 8:44 a.m.
FILE PHOTO - Immigration activists, including members of the DC Justice for Muslims Coalition, rally against the Trump administration's new ban against travelers from six Muslim-majority nations, outside of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters in Washington, U.S. on March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Thayer/File Photo

Maine ACLU joins lawsuit to gain Trump Muslim ban documents

By Christopher Cousins on April 12, 2017, at 12:46 p.m.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine has joined a lawsuit that demands government documents that would describe what President Donald Trump’s administration is doing in regards banning people from certain Muslim countries from traveling to the United States.
Scott Moody, chief economist for the Maine Heritage Policy Center, talks about Maine's job growth during a press conference Wednesday, July 14, 2010 in Brewer. (Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown)

LePage: Maine is hurting and government alone can’t ‘fight despair’

on April 12, 2017, at 8:27 a.m.
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) departs after a vote at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Senators applaud Collins effort to save filibuster but McCain calls it ‘meaningless’

on April 10, 2017, at 8:46 a.m.
Maine Education Commissioner Robert Hasson Jr. announces $3 million worth of grants to help Maine school districts with consolidation projects during an April 3, 2017 ceremony in Augusta.

Frustrated by politics, LePage turns to a veteran educator to leave his mark on Maine schools

By Christopher Cousins on April 09, 2017, at 7:18 a.m.
Less than two weeks into the job, Robert Hasson Jr. is tasked with promoting big and bold LePage initiatives that would change the face of public education in Maine.
Maine Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, speaks during the first session of the 128th Legislature at the State House in Augusta, Dec. 7, 2016.

Democrats counterpunch LePage, roll out alternative budget

By Christopher Cousins on April 06, 2017, at 12:27 p.m.
Legislative Democrats quantified their opposition to Gov. Paul LePage’s state budget priorities Thursday when they unveiled an alternative budget plan they call “The Opportunity Agenda.”

Maine is poised to weaken its minimum wage law. What will Democrats allow?

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd, BDN Staff on April 05, 2017, at 4:07 p.m.
The key group of Democrats who support re-establishing the tip credit is holding firm.

10 ways legislators want to change Maine’s voter-approved minimum wage law

on April 05, 2017, at 8:40 a.m.

LePage administration picks 7 projects for new school efficiency grants

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on April 04, 2017, at 12:25 p.m.
The Maine Department of Education announced it’ll fund a round of seven school consolidation projects estimated to save $16.2 million.