Mal Leary

Maine Public Political Correspondent

Journalist Mal Leary spearheads Maine Public's news coverage of politics and government and is based at the State House.

A lifelong journalist and Maine native, Mal has worked as both a reporter and editor in broadcast and in print, in both Washington, D.C. and in Maine. He has won numerous awards for his reporting on state government issues and politics.

For several years he owned and operated Capitol News Service, which was located in the State House complex providing news coverage to radio stations as well as newspapers.

Mal is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters & Editors and has long been an advocate for open government. He is the SPJ Sunshine Chair in Maine and is currently the president of the National Freedom of Information Coalition based at the University of Missouri Journalism School and is a Vice President of the Maine Freedom of Information Coalition.

Mal is married with three grown children, several grandchildren and lives in Augusta, within sight of the Capitol dome.

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And now another edition of Maine's Political Pulse with our politics team in Augusta, Steve Mistler and Mal Leary.  In this episode, Susan Sharon sat down with the team to look at this week's heated debates between the candidates for Maine's 2nd District Congressional seat. 

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While signing into law legislation banning “pharmacy gag clauses,” President Trump praised the bill’s sponsor, Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins.

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The largest group of registered voters in Maine is not enrolled in any political party. They prefer to call themselves “independents,” but studies show that relatively few of these Mainers are truly free of partisan leanings.

Nearly half of all homicides in Maine are the result of domestic violence. That’s the finding of a new report.

It’s the top story in the news — the coming vote on confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court — and it’s presenting Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine with possibly the most consequential vote of her career.

Marty Grohman

The three candidates in Maine’s First District congressional race are facing off over defense spending and, in particular, incumbent Democrat Chellie Pingree’s voting record.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat from Maine’s 1st District, has held her seat and defended it convincingly for a decade.

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A House-Senate conference committee has reached agreement on a measure authorizing $8 billion in spending to combat the nation’s drug crisis.

There is some good economic news for Maine. State revenues are coming in above estimates, and Maine's wage growth is the highest in New England.

Robert F. Bukaty / Maine Public

Gov. Paul LePage has signed legislation that supporters say is aimed at protecting seniors in municipal foreclosures for the non-payment of taxes. But LePage is critical of the bill, and he says he signed it only because it was better than nothing.

Mal Leary / Maine Public

Representatives from Maine’s wood products industry unveiled their plan on Tuesday to grow the state’s forest economy by more than $3 billion over the next seven years. The Forest Opportunity Roadmap is an ambitious plan that relies on innovation and technology.

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A new study by the progressive Maine Center for Economic Policy suggests that an estimated 10,000 Maine children are no longer living in poverty because of an increase in the state’s minimum wage.

The legal battle over implementation of the voter-approved expansion of Medicaid is heating up.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue was in western Maine Wednesday and spent more than an hour listening to comments about the needs of rural areas.

Just before it adjourned earlier this month, the Maine House of Representatives passed an order asking the Maine Supreme Court to interpret a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that could allow casino gambling on tribal lands without state approval. 

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