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 - Patricia Sutherland drove for four hours to make the Thursday afternoon meeting with legislative leaders. Sutherland chairs the board of selectmen for the town of Chapman, which borders Presque Isle in northern Maine.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's non-profits turned out at the State House today for an informal meet and greet with lawmakers, and a chance to highlight their contributions to Maine's economy.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The LePage administration is digging in to defend a plan that would cut $20 million from the Fund for a Healthy Maine, an entity created to promote smoking cessation efforts.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage is proposing to change the way the state's so-called constitutional officers, including the attorney general, are selected. LePage says he also wants to create a lieutenant governor position to replace Maine's secretary of state.

Compared to the rest of the country, Maine is an outlier when it comes to its constitutional officers. It is the only state that requires a majority vote of the Legislature to determine who will hold the posts of attorney general, treasurer and secretary of state.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Members of the Legislature's Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee voted unanimously Thursday to approve the nomination of Carlie McLean to serve on the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

McLean, Gov. Paul LePage's chief legal counsel, was nominated to fill the seat vacated by PUC Chairman Thomas Welch, who resigned before his term ends in 2017.

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