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 - Lawmakers have approved sending an $85 million bond to the voters in November for road and bridge repair and replacement.

The package drew broad bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. But Rep. Andrew McLean, a Gorham Democrat who co-chairs the Transportation Committee, says the measure would only partially address the back log of work at the Department of Transportation.

"We're significantly short every single year," McLean says. "The DOT's own work plan says that we are behind between $120 and $150 million every year."

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Legislature has adjourned until July 16, unless Gov. Paul LePage exercises his ability to line item veto bills with a price tag.

If that happens, lawmakers will be called back to the capitol by House Speaker Mark Eves and Senate President Mike Thibodeau.

"We're not sure if we will have line item vetoes for sure," Thibodeau says, "and if we were to have them we would have to come back in before the 16th, but if not, we will be back in the 16th."

AUGUSTA, Maine - As promised, Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed the $6.7 billion two-year state budget, saying it does not meet the goals he set for the budget last January.

LePage says it has too much spending and not enough tax cuts, and for the first time a veto message to lawmakers includes pictures to illustrate the governor's objections.

AUGUSTA, Maine - For the first time since being accused of orchestrating the firing of Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves as president of the Good Will-Hinckley school in Fairfield, Gov. Paul LePage is speaking out about it, and defending his actions.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Members of the Legislature’s budget-writing Appropriations Committee have tentatively agreed to continue funding for the state's county jails. But the plan is about $2 million a year short of what some believe is necessary to operate them properly. And that could pose serious financial problems for some jails.