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 — A handwritten note that is purportedly from Gov. Paul LePage appears to chastise a woman from Cape Elizabeth who asked him to resign from office.

In a copy of the July 16 memo featuring the governor's letterhead, posted on The Beacon website, LePage responds to the woman, saying "You live in the south who exploit those who are not so fortunate, or understand the level of corruption that southern Mainers ignore and welcome!"

AUGUSTA, Maine — A threat allegedly made two years ago by Gov. Paul LePage to a group known as the World Acadian Congress is generating more scrutiny about the governor's use of power.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Some of the top managers in the LePage administration are getting a pay raise this month, as part of an effort that the governor says is designed to maintain what he refers to as pay parity with top legislative staffers.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The LePage administration is describing a record drop in overall crime in Maine as nothing short of a phenomenon.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine Public Utilities Commission staff report has prompted the city of Augusta to seek intervenor status in a Maine Natural Gas rate increase request.

The PUC staff recommends that costs associated with the company's expansion in the Augusta area be funded only by customers living in that area of service, rather than all of the state's customers served by MNG.

Augusta City Manager Bill Bridgeo says that would raise Augusta gas rates by 9 percent.