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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Susan Walsh / Associated Press

Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says negotiations are underway between Republicans and Democrats over a third stimulus package to help provide loans and other relief to small businesses and their employees affected by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Maine’s Congressional delegation is urging the Navy to take steps to protect workers at Bath Iron Works and the Portsmouth Naval shipyard from the spread of the coronavirus.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Before ending the legislative session Tuesday, Maine lawmakers voted overwhelmingly for a bill that gives sweeping powers to Gov. Janet Mills to address the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is sponsoring legislation would provide loans to help keep small businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic up and running.

Gov. Janet Mills has high praise for legislative members of both parties who have come together on an emergency spending bill of $73 million. The measure changes a variety of state laws to address the coronavirus pandemic.

Mal Leary / Maine Public

Gov. Janet Mills declared a civil state of emergency in Maine Sunday, the same day the state Center for Disease Control increased the number of confirmed and presumptive positive cases of coronavirus in the state to 12. On Monday, that number was revised upward again to 17.

Patty Wight

Updated 4:33 p.m. 

 

The Maine Center for Disease Control says that tests on two Mainers are “presumptive positive” for the coronavirus, and a third is being reviewed. Meanwhile public health officials are recommending steps to minimize the spread of the virus.

It was supposed to be the day for organized labor to lobby state legislators on perennial issues of interest to unions. Instead, their focus Thursday turned to the plight of Mainers hurt economically by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Responding to the state’s first presumptive case of the new coronavirus, legislative leaders have taken a number of steps including closing sessions of the legislature.

Adrienne Bennett for Congress

There are currently three Republicans seeking their party's nomination to challenge incumbent Democrat Jared Golden in this November's 2nd District Congressional contest. As part of our Your Vote 2020 election coverage Maine Public is asking each of them about the issues that pollsters have identified as being most important to Republican voters.

Senior Political Correspondent Mal Leary spoke with Adrienne Bennett, who served as Press Secretary to former Gov. Paul LePage about health care, the opioid crisis and — of most concern to Republicans — taxes and spending:

Mal Leary / Maine Public

State health officials say there are still no confirmed cases of Covid -19 in Maine, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

There are currently three Republicans seeking their party’s nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Jared Golden in this November’s 2nd District Congressional contest.

As part of our Your Vote 2020 election coverage, Maine Public is asking each of them about the issues that pollsters have identified as being most important to Republican voters.

Mal Leary / Maine Public

The initial batch of tests for the novel coronavirus in Maine have come back negative.

Gage Skidmore / Flickr/Creative Commons

There are currently three Republicans seeking their party’s nomination to challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden in this November’s 2nd District Congressional contest.

Emera Maine

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has rejected a proposal by Canadian company Enmax to buy the electric utility that serves more than 150,000 customers in Northern Maine.

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