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.

Ways To Connect

AUGUSTA, Maine — The ballot in 2016 could turn out to be one of the busiest ever if new gambling questions are approved by the secretary of state's office.

Two separate efforts are underway to begin the signature gathering process to establish a casino in York County and a racino, or slot machine parlor and harness racing track, somewhere in southern Maine.

Both efforts are designed to compete with a developing gaming industry in Massachusetts.

AUGUSTA, Maine — More than 400 bills are making their way through the legislative pipeline, including several controversial proposals dealing with the disposal of fetal tissue, firearms background checks and new restrictions on the power of the governor's office. But legislative leaders appear inclined to reject the overwhelming majority of the measures.

AUGUSTA, Maine — You might call it a litmus test.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has long opposed using state assistance for a group of people he often mischaracterizes as "illegal aliens." And during a town hall meeting Tuesday night in Bucksport, the governor offered up another example of what he says is welfare fraud being committed by a noncitizen.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine has witnessed the growing influence of out-of-state money in its election in recent years, and has adopted disclosure laws aimed at shining a light on where that money is coming from.