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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AUGUSTA, Maine — Last November, when Gov. Paul LePage was re-elected by five percentage points in a three-way race, most political observers believed that he had earned political capital that he could use in the new Legislature to accomplish some of his goals.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Several individuals and groups have joined the leadership of the Maine House and Senate in filing briefs with the state Supreme Court over what's become known as the governor's veto dispute.

At issue is whether the governor's assertion that he can veto 65 bills is correct or whether those bills have become law.

The written arguments are the first round of the legal battle that Gov. Paul LePage triggered when he asked the state Supreme Court for an opinion on whether he was prevented from vetoing 65 bills.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate meets in a rare Sunday session this weekend to try and complete work on a six-year transportation funding bill.

Maine Sen. Angus King says he is supporting the bill, after some objectionable funding sources were removed.

"There was a provision in there that involved Social Security," he says. "People were worried about the precedent of taking money from Social Security and giving it to highways. I shared that concern and it is gone."

WASHINGTON - Since it was created in the 1930's, the Export-Import bank has provided financing to U.S. companies - including many in Maine - to export goods all over the world.

The bank's authorization ran out last month and there is an attempt to revive it in the Senate. Republican 2nd District Congressman Bruce Poliquin  opposes  continuing the bank, saying it has been plagued by corruption.

WASHINGTON - Maine is one of the states that have laws requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods that would be pre-empted under a bill passed Wednesday by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Both of Maine's congressional representatives, from opposite parties, rejected the legislation.

"Not only does this bill make it very unlikely that we would ever see labeling of GMO products on a national basis," says 1st District Democrat Chellie Pingree, "it goes after those laws that have already been passed at the state level, like my state of Maine."