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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Your Vote 2014
5:41 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Cutler Campaign Faces Collapse as Supporters Retreat

Eliot Cutler tells supporters a Portland news conference Wednesday that they should vote for someone else if they think he can't win.
Credit A.J. Higgins / MPBN

With six days remaining before Election Day, independent candidate Eliot Cutler said today that the odds are against him in his bid to become Maine's next governor. Reiterating a statement he made about the three-way race earlier this year, Cutler says Mainers must vote their conscience, and if they're concerned that a vote for him will wind up electing another candidate, they're free to make a different choice. And late today, his most prominent backer did just that.

 

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Your Vote 2014
5:12 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Republican Gov's Association Touts Cutler in New Ad for LePage

Last week, Republican Gov. Paul LePage predicted that he could win reelection over Democrat Mike Michaud -- even if independent Eliot Cutler dropped out of the race. But after spending nearly $5 million on LePage's behalf, the Republican Governors Association isn't taking any chances.

The RGA has launched a new TV ad attacking Michaud, and at the same time bolstering at least some support for Cutler.

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Your Vote 2014
3:19 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Bear Hunting Portion of New Poll Retracted

PORTLAND, Maine - A Portland polling company has retracted a portion of its election survey released today.  The Pan Atlantic SMS has pulled the part of the poll that deals with this year's proposed ban on several bear-hunting methods after it posed an outdated question to respondents.

Patrick Murphy, president of Pan Atlantic SMS, says he pulled the information gained through the poll after learning that the survey quoted a 2004 referendum question that criminalized hunting bear by traps, bait or dogs.

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Your Vote 2014
5:10 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Allegiances Shifting in Final Week of Maine's 3-Way Governor's Race

Former supporters of independent Eliot Cutler demonstrate their shift to Democrat Mike Michaud in Monument Square in Portland Monday.
Credit Tom Porter / MPBN

The debates are over in this year's three-way battle for the Blaine House. And with a week to go in the governor's race, the campaigns have moved away from the policy messaging and are focused on working hard to deplete each other's base of support. And the get-out-the-vote effort is also in full frenzy.

 

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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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