A.J. Higgins

State House Bureau Chief

A.J. came to MPBN in August 2007 after a recent stint as a staff writer for Blethen Maine Newspapers, where his work for the Kennebec Journal in Augusta also appeared in the Waterville Morning Sentinel, the Portland Press Herald and the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Prior to joining the Kennebec Journal, Higgins served for 13 years as Political Editor and State House Bureau Chief for the Bangor Daily News.

He began working for the BDN in 1972 while still a senior at Bangor High School when his first job was casting the lead plates for the printing presses in the paper’s stereotype department. In the ensuing 34 years, Higgins moved up to the Editorial Department where he quickly immersed himself in nearly every facet of news reporting, editing and photography.

In addition to his extensive coverage in the greater Bangor area, he also worked in the paper’s Presque Isle Bureau and was named bureau chief of the paper’s Hancock County operations in Ellsworth in 1988. He was assigned to the State House in 1993.

A.J. resides in Manchester with his wife, Diane.

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The discovery of 21 so-called "phantom ballots" in state Senate District 25 has Democrats crying foul.

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The president's decision to act unilaterally on immigration Thursday night - and to spare nearly 5 million undocumented people in the U.S. from deportation - is not sitting well with Maine's two U.S. Senators. 

Courtesy Kennebec County DA's Office

Last month, Maine quietly began electronic monitoring of domestic violence offenders by authorizing the one-time use of the device in Somerset County. Now, all of Maine's counties will be invited to submit proposals for active electronic monitoring for additional pilot projects that could be in place by January. Authorized by the Maine Board of Corrections, the $36,000 start-up pool could also be significantly increased by a bill proposed by one Maine lawmaker.


Courtesy Maine Democratic Party

In an election cycle that saw Republicans post significant gains at the expense of Maine Democrats, some pundits have concluded that it's time for the state's progressives to move to the center. But Maine Democrats are doubling down, retaining progressive leaders in the House and Senate. And the party's new choice for state chair continues a liberal ideological preference.