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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AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Legislature's government watchdog panel has authorized investigators to begin a probe into allegations that Gov. Paul lePage abused his power in pressuring a Maine charter school to take a job away from a political adversary.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - The day started out pretty well for Gov. LePage. He greeted nearly 100 supporters at the State House during an impromptu rally praising his budget priorities and "get tough" approach with legislators.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's Government Oversight Committee will soon decide whether the state will launch an investigation into Republican Gov. Paul LePage's interference in a school's personnel affairs.

The committee will meet Wednesday to discuss Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves' allegation that LePage pressured Good Will-Hinckley into removing him as president by threatening to withhold more than $500,000 a year in state funds.

AUGUSTA, Maine - As a 24-hour deadline looms over the state budget, Maine's chief executive finds himself increasingly isolated. Lawmakers are calling for an investigation that they say could trigger impeachment proceedings, and a citizens' rally has been scheduled for Tuesday at the State House.

LEWISTON, Maine - Volunteers with Mainers for Fair Wages, kicked off their Lewiston-area signature collection effort Friday to place a minimum wage increase on the ballot in 2016.

The initiative undertaken by the Maine People's Alliance and Maine AFL-CIO would raise the state's minimum wage from the current $7.50 an hour to $9 in 2017, and then by $1 a year until it reaches $12 by 2020, with future increases tied to the consumer price index.

Andrew Francis, deputy communication director at the MPA, explained why his organization got involved.