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

AUGUSTA, Maine - The court master in the ongoing consent decree covering mental health services at the Riverview Psychiatric Center says the Department of Health and Human Services has stopped admitting patients in violation of the decree.

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HARTFORD, Conn. - Five of the six New England governors met in Hartford, Connecticut, today to talk about regional energy concerns. While the governors are pledging to cooperate on a strategy that will benefit all, they acknowledge that crafting a regional energy plan will present a challenge.  

HARTFORD, Conn. - Gov. Paul LePage is joining most of his fellow New England governors in Connecticut to discuss a regional approach to energy issues, ranging from natural gas to lowering electric rates.

LePage says his goals are simple. "I hope to get four governors to agree that we need a pipeline and we move together to get a pipe line, and that we get together to buy cheap energy from Canada."

AUGUSTA, Maine - Members of the Legislature's Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee heard more than four hours of testimony on two bills aimed at fixing a one word mistake in the Omnibus Energy bill.

The mistake in the bill passed last year had the effect of reducing the amount of state funding for efficiency programs by about $40 million.

Sen. Roger Katz, a Republican from Augusta, co-sponsored the bill that simply restored the one word left out of the final version of the law.

WASHINGTON - Maine Sen. Susan Collins today criticized U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx for what she said was his agency's failure to provide a blueprint for reforming the Highway Trust Fund. 

Collins, who chaired a hearing on the Transportation Department's budget, said the Highway Trust Fund, which provides billions to build and repair the nation's roads and bridges, will run out of money this year unless action is taken to raise more money for the fund.