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.


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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Your Vote 2014
5:33 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Spending in Maine Legislative Races on Record-Setting Track

While the race for governor is getting most of the attention - and the money - state legislative races are also shaping up to set spending records. MPBN's Mal Leary has been looking at both candidate campaign finances, and independent spending. He talks with MPBN's Nora Flaherty.

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King overseas trip
3:33 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Sen. King: Progress Being Made in Afghanistan

Sen. Angus King, second from left, meets with Ashraf Ghani, the president of Afghanistan.
Credit Courtesy Sen. Angus King's office

WASHINGTON - Maine Sen. Angus King is back from visits to India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Qatar. He says regional security issues were a major topic, as well as the attempts to contain ISIS.

In an interview with MPBN News, he says he got a surprise when he met the new president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani.

“I shook his hand, and said, 'I am Angus King from Maine.'  He said, 'Oh yes, I know Maine. I got many mosquito bites at your Moosehead Lake,' ” King says.

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