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 - After leading the state's Department of Environmental Protection for the past four years, Commissioner Patricia Aho is stepping down to take a position as a state office representative for Sen. Susan Collins in Augusta.

A former lobbyist for chemical and drug companies, Aho presided over the DEP at a time when the state was challenging federal water quality standards, re-evaluating the use of toxic chemicals in many products and reforming a wide range of regulatory standards.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Time is running out for a former Republican lawmaker from Lewiston to undertake his announced "people's veto" of a law that provides welfare benefits to asylum seekers.

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap says Stavros Mendros has yet to pick up the petitions that must be returned to the state before Oct. 14 with 61,000 signatures in order to suspend the implementation of the law.

Meanwhile, the Maine Republican Party is working on a ballot question to address several issues, including welfare.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Up until now, the Maine Green Independent Party has followed the practice of the state's two major parties by allowing only enrolled members to vote in their primaries. But at its state convention last weekend, the Greens decided to welcome all unenrolled Maine voters to help decide nominees in gubernatorial and legislative contests.  

AUGUSTA, Maine — A five-year legal battle over campaign funding disclosure came to an official end today as the national group behind an effort to repeal same-sex marriage in Maine submitted a list of contributors to state officials.

FREEPORT, Maine - Maine Democrats will converge on Freeport Sunday for the annual Muskie Lobster Bake fundraiser, where Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will deliver the keynote address.

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