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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Ed Morin / Maine Public file

Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District has been named chair of the Interior subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee. Her first hearing will examine the role of the federal Park Police in responding to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol earlier in the month.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Gov. Janet Mills is proposing to accept only a portion of the federal tax cuts being offered to small businesses that received Paycheck Protection Program loans under the stimulus bill last year.

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Maine’s two U.S. senators say President Joe Biden’s nearly $2 trillion pandemic relief package will not make it through the Senate without some potentially significant changes.

State revenues are up $65 million over estimates for the first half of the budget year.

Jim Lo Scalzo / Pool via AP

On a voice vote, the Senate Armed Services Committee has recommended confirmation of retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as secretary of defense. Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine was among those who voted in support.

As part of his $1.9 trillion-dollar pandemic relief package, President-elect Joe Biden wants the federal minimum wage to more than double, from $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour.

Saying she is acting out of an abundance of caution, Maine Gov. Janet Mills has activated the Maine National Guard to provide backup to police agencies should they be needed at expected protests at the state Capitol in Augusta.

Kevin Dietsch / Pool via AP

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says even though she witnessed the insurrection at the Capitol that was provoked by President Donald Trump, she is not ready to decide how she will vote at the impeachment trial.

Ed Morin / Maine Public File Photo

The House of Representatives is considering an impeachment resolution charging President Doland Trump with inciting the riot at the Capitol last week. Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine says it is one of many options being considered to ensure that the president is held to account for his actions.

Kris Bridges / For Maine Public

Support for removing President Donald Trump from office within the next two weeks is growing on Capitol Hill.

Kris Bridges / For Maine Public

More than a dozen Republicans in the U.S. Senate and over a hundred in the house are planning to challenge the presidential electoral vote at a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. Federal lawmakers from Maine say that effort will fail.

Former Democratic state Sen. Shenna Bellows sworn in on Monday as Maine’s secretary of state.

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King is sharply critical efforts by some Republican lawmakers to challenge the electoral votes of the states when Congress convenes to certify them this week.

State Public Advocate Barry Hobbins has submitted legislation that would exempt low-income Mainers from the sales tax on electricity.

Gabriella Demczuk / New York Times via AP/Pool

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King say they will both vote to override President Donald Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act.