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 road toward a federal balanced budget amendment passed through Maine today when one of its chief proponents appealed to state lawmakers to support a constitutional amendment for that purpose.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Advocates for raising Maine's minimum wage from $7.50 an hour packed a legislative committee room for most of the day, trying to make a case that it's just not enough to live on.

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AUGUSTA, Maine — The Portland spokeswoman for the NAACP renewed her call Friday for a meeting with Maine Senate leaders and an investigation into several offensive Facebook messages posted by GOP Sen. Michael Willette of Presque Isle.

Senate President Michael Thibodeau offered to meet with Rachel Talbot Ross as long as the discussion did not include Democrats. But Talbot Ross says that's not acceptable.

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AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage is once again trying to do away with a 100-megawatt limit on hydropower in Maine.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has succeeded in igniting significant public debate around his two-year budget, which aims to reduce the income tax while expanding and raising the sales tax.

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