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.


Your Vote 2014
4:40 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Record Spending Forecast for Maine Races, as Ad Barrage Intensifies

Spending in the race for governor is already setting new records, and spending in other top-of-the-ticket races may also set new records. What impact will all that cash buying up all available television airtime have on other contests?  

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ISIS strategy
5:40 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Maine Delegation: Obama Should Seek Congress' Approval for Action Against ISIS

As President Obama prepares to address the nation on U.S. policy in response to the risks imposed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, members of Maine’s congressional delegation are expressing concerns about his assertion that he can act without congressional approval.

President Obama has already made it clear to leaders in Congress that his policy is to degrade and eventually destroy ISIS through a series of diplomatic and military actions. And while he says he'd welcome the support of Congress, he has stated that he has the authority to take action without its approval.

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High speed Internet
5:03 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Advocates: Maine Bringing up the Rear in Digital Services Race

Maine is falling behind in the digital services race, advocates say.
Credit Davenportdesign

As recently as 10 years ago, Maine was ranking near the middle of the pack nationally for the level of Internet access offered to the public. Since then, Maine has slipped, and, to restore itself, observers say the state's digital services industry will have to take steps to improve the average speed of its Internet connections.


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Universal Service Fund
4:36 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

PUC Rejects FairPoint's Plan for 'Last Resort' Service

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Public Utilities commissioners have unanimously rejected FairPoint's request to get about $67 million a year from the so-called Universal Service Fund to pay for what's called "provider of last resort service" to nearly 30,000 Mainers.

It's a good decision, says Maine Public Advocate Tim Schnieder.

"We think the commission reached the right outcome," he says. "But, really, this is just the beginning of an ongoing process to figure out how to make sure Mainers have continued availability, universal access, to quality telecommunications."

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BIW Future
5:51 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Looming Sequestration Cuts Cast Cloud Over BIW's Future

Vice Adm. William Hilarides at a change of command ceremony in Bath.
Credit Mal Leary / MPBN

BATH, Maine - The top admiral in charge of Navy ship construction says 300 ships will be needed to meet future needs around the world, and that Bath Iron Works is crucial to achieving that goal. But Vice Adm. William Hilarides, who was on hand for a change of command ceremony in Bath today, acknowledges that the Navy is being asked to do more with less.

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4:09 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Maine's Congressional Delegation Wants New Budget, not Continuing Resolution

The federal government’s budget runs out at the end of the month and Maine’s congressional delegation say that likely means another continuing resolution to keep government going. But as Mal Leary reports, none of Maine's members of Congress want a CR, they want a new budget.

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11:03 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Angus King Urges Caution with ISIS

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Angus King, an independent that serves on both the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee, says President Barack Obama is right to be cautious in policies aimed at containing ISIS, the radical group that calls itself The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

"These guys are really dangerous," he said in an interview with MPBN News. "No. 1, they are smart and very well led, No. 2, they are absolutely dedicated and passionate, and No. 3, apparently they have no scruples, totally brutal."

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5:25 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Mass. Healthy Food Pilot Program Catches Maine Delegation's Attention

WASHINGTON - Sometimes you have to wonder about the bill titles they think up in Washington:  How about the VARIETY Act?  That’s the "Vegetables Are Really Important Eating Tools For You Act."  But there is an interesting policy proposal behind the awkward title.

What’s behind the bill is the attempt to convince those on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - known as SNAP for short, and otherwise known as food stamps - to eat more healthy foods.  It offers an incentive to do that by giving recipients more benefits each month.

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Net neutrality
5:06 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Maine Congressional Delegates Wary of FCC Internet Proposal

A proposal before the Federal Communications Commission that would allow Internet providers to set different prices for access has members of Maine's congressional delegation concerned. But that concern may not translate into support for legislation to override a decision by the FCC.


So many Americans are concerned about possible changes to the Internet that more than a million comments have been filed with the FCC, crashing the agency’s Web site in July, and leading to a deadline extension now set for Sept. 15.

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Pay Dispute
5:35 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Maine Gov Clashes With Attorney General Over Pay Increases, AG's Role

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Gov. Paul LePage and Attorney General Janet Mills just don't see eye-to-eye on the role of the AG's office in representing the governor and other parts of the executive branch of government.  The dispute has become quite vocal, as both Mills and LePage seem willing to make their feelings known.


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