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.

Ways To Connect

WASHINGTON — Nearly 40 percent of all the spending on transportation infrastructure in Maine, including roads, bridges and airports, comes from the federal government.

In July Congress extended authorization for transportation programs, but it's scheduled to run out at the end of this month. And there may need to be yet another short-term fix.

Last summer, after the House stood in the way of a three-year spending bill, Congress passed a short-term measure to fund transportation programs through December. The Senate reluctantly went along.

WASHINGTON - Maine 2nd District Rep. Bruce Poliquin, who serves on the House Financial Services Committee, is proposing to strengthen pending legislation to reform the Export-Import Bank.

Poliquin, a Republican, says while the proposals now before Congress are a start, they don't go far enough.
"I've requested that additional reforms be included in his legislation including replacing senior management at the bank," he said.

WASHINGTON - Members of the state's congressional delegation have been briefed by the National Transportation Safety Board about the ongoing investigation into the loss of the cargo ship El Faro off the coast of Florida.

The captain and three crew members are from Maine.  "They just kind of explained to us all of the facets of what is going on and how they intend to look for every possible piece of information," says 1st District Representative Chellie Pingree.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House has approved legislation Tuesday introduced by 2nd District U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin aimed at stopping deadbeat parents from hiding assets to avoid paying child support.

The bill allows states to immediately move to freeze assets instead of having to wait ten days under current law.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Opponents of a plan to test the assets of Mainers seeking food stamp benefits turned out a public hearing in Augusta, urging the Department of Health and Human Services to either alter the plan or abandon it altogether.