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 future of wind energy in Maine is up in the air, as lawmakers consider a comprehensive bill that would ease the state's original goals for wind energy generation.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Members of the LePage administration renewed efforts today to build support for a so-called right-to-work bill. It would eliminate the requirement that employees in unionized workplaces join the collective bargaining unit or pay representation fees to the union.


AUGUSTA, Maine - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has only been a candidate for president for less than 24 hours. But a coalition of progressive Maine Democrats and independents is already rallying around his campaign.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Supporters and opponents of bills that would implement food labeling to disclose the presence of genetically modified organisms were back at the State House Thursday for another showdown on the volatile issue.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A showdown is looming in the Maine Legislature over Gov. Paul LePage's refusal to release about $11.5 million in voter-approved conservation bonds until lawmakers approve his plan to increase timber harvesting on public lands.