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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Ebola vigilance
10:51 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Mayhew: State to Seek Court Order to Quarantine Ebola Nurse

Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew, left, and Maine CDC Director Dr. Sheila Pinette at an Augusta press conference Wednesday.
Credit Mal Leary / MPBN

Maine Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew told reporters at a briefing Wednesday that the state will seek a court order to quarantine Kaci Hickox if she refuses to self-quarantine, as she has stated she will do. Mayhew says even though Hickox does not have any symptoms, such as a fever or nausea, she is still a public health risk until the 21-day incubation period is over.

"This individual has come out and announced that she no longer intends to voluntarily comply," Mayhew said. "We, out of an abundance of caution, need to be prepared to enforce this protocol."

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Business and Economy
3:37 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Economic Commission Projects Slow Growth for Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine - The state Economic Forecasting Commission today heard from several sectors of Maine’s economy at a State House meeting.  Representatives  of bankers, doctors, hospitals, energy companies, car dealers and manufacturers all made presentations to the panel on how their sector of the economy is doing.

The message from all was one of slow and steady growth, and some concerns about what actions Congress may take that could have an impact on Maine.

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Business and Economy
4:03 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

State Revenues Up Slightly, Income Tax Falters

AUGUSTA, Maine — State revenues were above budget in September, and after the first three months of the budget year, they are overall nearly $10 million above projections. Finance Commissioner Richard Rosen said he is pleased to be ahead of projections but cautions some sources of revenues are doing better than others.

“Within that there are certainly elements that we have to continue to look at with some care," he said in an interview with MPBN News. “One is the withholding number in the individual income tax.”

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Across the Aisle
5:35 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Across the Aisle: Winners and Losers in the 2nd District Debate

And now to our weekly review of Maine politics, "Across the Aisle."  Usually a Thursday feature, it moves to Fridays for the election season to allow for some reflection on MPBN Your Vote 2014 Debates, as well as other debates being held this year. Last night featured a face-off between the candidates in the 2nd Congressional District race here on MPBN.

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Your Vote 2014
2:43 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Maine U.S. Senate Candidates Differ on Ebola Measures

WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Shenna Bellows differ on how the federal government should be handling the Ebola epidemic. Collins says it's time to have travel to and from countries hit hardest limited to essential personnel, like doctors and aid workers.

"It is not easy to make the travel restrictions effective because they can be evaded when a person goes to another country first. but there is no reason why you can't track the travel of individuals," Collins says.

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