Mal Leary

Managing Editor and Director of the Maine Capitol Connection

Journalist Mal Leary spearheads the Maine Capitol Connection project and serves as the Managing Editor and Director of the initiative.

Mal Leary has been a journalist throughout his life, working in both Washington D.C. and in Maine as both a reporter and editor. He has won numerous awards for his reporting, both in broadcast and in print and currently reports on state government issues in Maine on radio throughout the state and in several state newspapers. He owned and operated Capitol News Service, which was located in the State House complex.

Mal has been a long time member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors. He is the SPJ Sunshine Chair in Maine and is currently the president of the Maine Freedom of Information Coalition and is a director of NFOIC. Mal is married with three grown children, several grandchildren and lives in Augusta, within sight of the Capitol dome.

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WASHINGTON - Maine U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin says he is not giving up on efforts to block the Iran nuclear agreement negotiated by the Obama administration.

The 2nd District Republican says even though there are now enough announced votes in the Senate to assure the agreement will take effect, he's not giving up trying to block the deal until the votes are actually cast later this month.

"This is a bad deal," Poliquin says. "It threatens our national security, it threatens Israel. We should stop this and I will be voting against this deal."

AUGUSTA, Maine - The state has started its new budget year with July revenues coming in $13.2 million above projections.

Both the income tax and the sales tax are showing strength, says Finance Commissioner Richard Rosen. He says 5 percent growth in sales tax revenue over a year ago is good news.

"Five percent is significant," Rosen says. "When you look back over pre-Great Recession, we are back to indicating real strength from the consumer when we are seeing growth in the 5 percent range."

Hydro Quebec has announced plans to team with Eversource, a major energy distribution company based in Massachusetts, to build a 1,000-megawatt transmission line to New England.

Maine Energy Office Director Patrick Woodcock says there are competing routes for the lines, which Maine Gov. Paul Lepage believes could benefit ratepayers.

AUGUSTA, Maine - If you commit a crime in Maine and don't have money to pay for an attorney the state will cover the cost. But unlike many other states, which use public defenders, Maine assigns indigent cases to private practice attorneys and pays them an hourly rate.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A ruling by the National Labor Relations Board is causing concern among Maine employers and regulators, and winning praise from state labor groups.

The NLRB has refined the relationship between companies and their employees, ruling that when larger companies use temporary staffing agencies to provide employers for certain tasks, both the larger company and the temp agency are considered employers.