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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Mal Leary / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - Parents, health care professionals, fire fighters and lawmakers held a State House news conference today to criticize the way the Department of Environmental Protection has implemented the Maine Kid-Safe products law.

Jessica Graham, of Waterville, says the rules don't tell her about all the dangerous substances that are in various products.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine People's Alliance is endorsing legislation that would raise the state's minimum wage to $12 an hour over five years. It's one of seven bills proposing an increase.

Rep. Gina Melargno, an Auburn Democrat, is the bill's prime sponsor. She says the increase needed by the working poor.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine is heading in the wrong direction when it comes to maintaining the condition of its bridges.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Several veterans, and representatives of veterans' organizations, joined Gov. Paul LePage today at a State House news conference to support the governor's proposal to exempt military pensions from the state income tax.

Retired Navy Cmdr. David Patch said retired veterans have a lot to offer the state.

"Retired military personnel have pensions that allow them to be more entrepreneurial," Patch said. "Retired military typically have older children that don't have a significant impact on the educational system."

AUGUSTA, Maine - Opponents of Gov. Paul LePage’s plan to divert tobacco settlement money away from the Fund for a Healthy Maine and move it into more direct smoking cessation treatment through Medicaid, turned out in force in Augusta today.