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.


Your Vote 2014
5:06 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Latest Poll: Maine Governor's Race Too Close to Call

A new poll out from Public Policy Polling continues to show Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud locked in a statistical tie for the governorship, with independent Eliot Cutler lagging behind. The pollster's survey has been dismissed by the Maine Republican Party as biased toward Democrats, but with only 12 days to go before the election, it remains consistent with others that suggest the outcome is just too close to call.


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Poland Springs
4:56 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Maine Regulators Approve Water Deal for Poland Spring Bottler

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Public Utilities Commission says Fryeburg Water Co. can enter into a long-term contract to sell water to Nestle Waters, bottler of Poland Spring.

The commission ruled Thursday that the contract between the privately-owned utility and Nestle could benefit the utility's rate-payers. Nestle would pay higher rates than household customers.

The contract runs for 25 years. Renewals could make it 45 years. Nestle spokesman Mark Dubois says the deal provides the utility "a reliable source of income.''

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Your Vote 2014
4:33 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Cutler Wins BDN Endorsement in Maine Governor's Race - But Does it Matter?

Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler on the campaign trail last month.
Credit Susan Sharon / MPBN

BANGOR, Maine - At the headquarters of independent gubernatorial hopeful Eliot Cutler, staffers are celebrating today's editorial endorsement of their candidate by the Bangor Daily News. Cutler will pick up all of the large daily newspaper endorsements in Maine this year -- but that's because the Bangor Daily News is the only paper that's still carrying on that tradition.

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Your Vote 2014
5:29 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Maine Election Twist: GOP Funds Mailer Touting Independent Cutler

Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler.
Credit Patty Wight / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - With a little more than two weeks until Election Day, another twist in the battle for the Blaine House: Maine Republicans are now paying to distribute mailers favorable to both Republican Gov. Paul LePage and independent Eliot Cutler. The mailers cast doubts on Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud's positions on several issues, and portray Cutler's positions on those same issues in a favorable light. One election watcher says the strategy could not only help Michaud - it could also hurt Cutler.


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Ebola readiness
5:45 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

State Nurses Union: Maine Not Prepared to Deal with Ebola

AUGUSTA, Maine - The president of the Maine State Nurses Association is challenging statements made by the LePage administration concerning the state's ability to confront Ebola cases in Maine. The Nurses Association says the state is not ready, a claim that was first advanced this week by one of Maine's gubernatorial candidates.


As president of the Maine State Nurses Association, Cokie Giles could scarcely believe her ears when she heard that Gov. Paul LePage had issued a statement declaring that the state is prepared to protect Mainers from Ebola.

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