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

It's Thursday, and that means it's time once again for Across the Aisle, our weekly look at Maine politics. Our panel of analysts includes Cynthia Dill, an attorney with the Portland firm of Troubh Heisler and a former Democratic state senator, and former Republican lawmaker Meredith Strang Burgess, of Burgess Advertising and Marketing. They spoke with Mal Leary.

Across the Aisle airs most Thursdays on MPBN Radio.

WASHINGTON - Maine Sen. Susan Collins says the Senate budget for education programs passed earlier this summer has a small increase in funding for special education programs. 

Maine currently gets about $59 million a year and that would likely go up slightly under the proposal. Collins welcomes the increase, but says it falls short of the federal funding goal.

"If there is one thing we could do that would help every school district in this state and in this country it would be for the federal government to meet its obligation."

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage convened his summit on Maine’s drug crisis behind closed doors and left the event without talking to reporters.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage is using his weekly radio address to explain the focus of his "Drug Crisis Summit" on Wednesday. LePage says treatment and prevention are important to solving the overall problem of drug abuse, but his summit has another focus.

"The purpose of this summit is to have a comprehensive law enforcement approach to the exploding number of drug traffickers entering our state."

WASHINGTON - Nearly every weekday, the members of Maine's Congressional Delegation say they are asked by a constituent from back home for help with their application for Social Security disability payments.