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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The ongoing dispute between Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage and the state's attorney general, Democrat Janet Mills, intensified this week. On this week's edition of Across the Aisle, Mal Leary gets reaction to the dispute from our panel of analysts: Cynthia Dill, a practicing attorney and former Democratic state senator, Dick Woodbury, an economist and former independent legislator, and Meredith Strange Burgess, a former Republican legislator.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is proposing legislation that would make it easier for small companies and employers to set up pension systems.

The Maine Republican says current laws and regulations make it difficult for employers to band together to offer retirement plans.

"What we are trying to do is to provide incentives for them to do so, to reduce the costs, to make it possible for them to join together," Collins says.

Keith Shortall / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - A week before his so-called "State of the State" address, Gov. Paul lePage is out trying to sell Mainers and the Legislature on his sweeping budget proposal. 

Mark Vogelzang / MPBN

Gov. Paul LePage joins us to discuss his legislative priorities and to answer your questions and comments.

Guest: Gov. Paul LePage

WASHINGTON - At a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Maine Sen. Angus King said leaving Afghanistan prematurely would be a major strategic mistake for the U.S.

"Given all the progress - and I don't think the American people realize the amount of progress that has been made in Afghanistan in terms of the lives of the people - it's fumbling the ball on the 5-yard line," King said.