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 — 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.

AUGUSTA, Maine - At an impromptu hallway meeting with reporters, Gov. Paul LePage lashed out at critics over his involvement in the firing of House Speaker Mark Eves as president of  Good Will-Hinckley.

LePage, a Republican, was asked about the public report released by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability.

"This is a witch hunt by Sen. Roger Katz," LePage said. "He's been chasing me down since January 2011. I have no reason why."

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage’s chief legal counsel, Cynthia Montgomery, has written the Legislature's Government Oversight Committee saying two members the governor's staff must "respectfully decline" an invitation to appear before the panel next week because of a pending lawsuit.

A recent fact-finding report concluded that the LePage administration withheld money from Good Will-Hinckley after learning that the private school hired Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves. The board of the school later rescinded Eves' job offer.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Chief Justice Leigh Saufley says a proposal would increase the pay for lawyers who represent children in some cases to the same level as lawyers representing adults.

"Simple, straightforward effort to assure that attorneys who represent children in child protective proceedings are paid exactly the same as attorneys are paid to represent adults," she says.

Saufley says it was an oversight that has left those representing children feeling they are less valued than those representing adults.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Some key politicians in Maine are taking positions on either side of Question 1 on next month's statewide ballot, a measure that supporters say will bolster laws governing public campaign financing.