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 - A plan by Gov. Paul LePage to reorganize the recently-created Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has run into bipartisan opposition among lawmakers.

WASHINGTON - Maine Sen. Angus King questioned former military leaders and experts about the situation in Iraq, and the ability of the Iraq military to reverse the gains by ISIS.

King told fellow members of the Armed services Committee that, even with U.S. air support, the battle is mostly up to the Iraqi military.

"If the Iraqi security forces don't have the will to fight, and if the local population doesn't have any confidence in the government in Baghdad, it's still a very difficult, if not impossible, proposition," King said.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has proposed a sweeping measure aimed at making Maine more competitive in attracting large companies to the state.

WASHINGTON - Maine U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin says he's troubled by the apparent cooperation between  terrorist groups and organized crime.

The 2nd District Republican made the remarks at a hearing of the Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing on how various terrorist groups are financing their efforts.

"I am a little bit concerned today as we go down this path and now all of a sudden we see a marriage between organized crime and terrorism," Poliquin said. "And so it's an additional source of funding to terrorism."

WASHINGTON - A Maine nurse urged federal lawmakers to put an end to a practice that can saddle seniors on Medicare with unexpected medical bills.

Tori Gaetani of Beacon Health, part of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, testified before a Senate Aging Committee hearing on the problem of Medicare patients who spend time in the hospital under what is called "observation status" but are not actually admitted.

Medicare does not pay for any skilled nursing care a senior under observation status might need. Gaetani asked lawmakers to change the rules.