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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State Senator Shenna Bellows, a Democrat from Manchester, has introduced emergency legislation to increase funding for home-based care programs.

Maine Senate President Troy Jackson, a Democrat from Allagash, wants to require state agencies and institutions to buy American products, such as iron and steel, when contracting for construction or maintenance projects.

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A survey of just over 1,000 Mainers conducted for Colby College indicates U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders holds the lead in the Maine Democratic presidential primary March 3. But the race is still far from over.

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Major General Douglas Farnham used his annual state of the National Guard speech to lawmakers to praise past and current members of the Guard and its predecessor, the Maine Militia.

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Gov. Janet Mills says she has not yet decided which Democrat she’ll vote for in the upcoming presidential primary.

A recent report indicates that many of the U.S. Navy’s cargo ships, needed to move supplies in support of future military operations, require repairs or should be replaced.

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Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine told fellow members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that anti-terrorist efforts will require some level of troop support in certain areas of the world, including Afghanistan.

The Maine House of Representatives has upheld Gov. Janet Mills veto of legislation that would have allowed sports betting in Maine.

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The U.S. House has passed a pro-labor measure backed by Maine's two Democratic representatives. Supporters say the measure would empower workers.

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Some Republican state lawmakers say they want to use a portion of the sales tax to fund road and bridge improvements and repairs.

The State Senate has voted to override Gov. Janet Mills’ veto of legislation that would allow sports gambling in Maine.

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The Impeachment drama has continued right up to the actual Senate votes to acquit President Donald Trump.

Maine Public Radio Senior Political Reporter Mal Leary spoke Wednesday afternoon before the vote with Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins about her decision to acquit the President on both charges and about what she has been hearing from constituents. 

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Opponents turned out in force at the State House Wednesday to speak out against legislation that would ban the sale of vaping devices and supplies in Maine until the devices are approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

A state commission is calling for significant pay increases and more training for long-term care workers.

Gov. Janet Mills on Monday unveiled a nearly $127 million supplemental spending plan for the next 18 months as well as a significant bonding package.