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
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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Your Vote 2014
5:18 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Maine Gubernatorial Candidates At Odds Over Energy Bill

AUGUSTA, Maine - An energy bill that Congressman Mike Michaud opposed a month ago is resurfacing in the midst of this year's gubernatorial debates. The owner of an Augusta printing company said rising business electrical rates can't be decided along partisan lines, and that Maine's next governor must be prepared to address those increasing costs. Republican leaders are singling Michaud out for his vote in Congress, but Michaud claims the GOP doesn't understand the impact that the bill could have on private property.  


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Your Vote 2014
4:35 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Christie Pays Third Visit to Maine to Stump for LePage

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, and Maine Gov. Paul LePage address reporters in Lewiston.
Credit A.J. Higgins / MPBN

LEWISTON, Maine - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie returned to Maine today for the third time this year to help Republican Gov. Paul LePage raise more funds in his hard-fought battle for reelection. Christie is convinced the Maine governor is poised to play a larger role in conservative leadership.

As chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Christie told reporters in Lewiston that it's important that GOP governors seeking reelection stay the course to advance Republican ideals. But he he says LePage has a larger role to play for the country.

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