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 - Republicans on the Legislative Council blocked consideration of a bill aimed at overturning a controversial Maine Public Utilities Commission decision that would slash funding for energy efficiency programs.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine House has voted 83 to 62 to give initial approval to legislation requiring that anyone selling a pint of beer to consumers ensure that it really is a pint.

Rep. Louis Luchini, a Democrat from Ellsworth, says it's a consumer protection bill.  "It simply states that if a bar, restaurant, advertises they are going to sell a pint of beer, that they have to serve that beer in a glass that can hold at least 16 fluid ounces," Luchini told colleagues.

WASHINGTON - Maine Sen. Angus King told fellow members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that President Obama's decision to keep about 10,000 troops in Afghanistan for a longer time than first projected is a step in the right direction.

But King said that it will take more than the troop commitment to stabilize Afghanistan.
"They need not only those troops, but they need authorities," King said. "President Ghani talked about air support. I think that is going to be crucial "

WASHINGTON - Maine Sen. Susan Collins says the amount of money being spent on research into Alzheimer's disease and other dementia is woefully inadqueate.

At a hearing of the Senate Aging Committee, which she chairs, Collins told fellow senators that dealing with those with Alzheimer's and other dementia is a growing problem, as the number of older Americans continues to grow.

"It is now estimated that nearly one in two of the baby boomers reaching age 85 will develop Alzheimer's," Collins said.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Sen. Michael Willette, of Presque Isle, has resigned as Senate chairman of the Legislature’s State and Local Government Committee, amid growing criticism from other lawmakers, including members of his own party.