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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Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King says reliving the Jan, 6 insurrection through the impeachment trial of Donald Trump is difficult for all senators, but he says he’s not sure some are listening to the arguments.

Maine law bans noncitizens from voting, but a Republican state lawmaker from Winter Harbor says that doesn’t go far enough. State Rep. Billy Bob Faulkingham wants the prohibition added to the state Constitution.

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Members of the Maine Legislature’s taxation committee split three ways in their efforts to reach a recommendation on how the state should conform its tax laws to reflect changes at the federal level. 

Maine would join a growing number of states that automatically provide absentee ballots to voters under a measure before the state Legislature.

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

While the House and Senate have both approved a budget resolution that includes President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package, independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine says it will take weeks for Congress to finalize the legislation for the president’s signature.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

State officials and advocacy groups have agreed on a plan that could end a court decree that has governed mental health services for more than three decades.

Graeme Jennings / Pool via AP

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins questioned labor secretary nominee Marty Walsh at his confirmation hearing Thursday about the H2B visa program, which she says is important for the Maine’s seasonal hospitality industry.

Kris Bridges / For Maine Public

Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden of Maine’s 2nd District says members of his own party should be working with Republicans on pandemic relief, and not using their slim majorities in the House and Senate to pass their own measure.

Melina Mara / The Washington Post via AP, Pool

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says she is not giving up on the effort to censure former President Donald Trump for allegedly inciting a riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6. But Collins acknowledges the censure measure may not even come up for a vote.

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House Republican leader Kathleen Dillingham of Oxford believes that the Legislature should have more oversight of the governor’s emergency powers, and has submitted a bill she says would make that happen.

Mark Vogelzang / Maine Public file

Gov. Janet Mills has instructed her administration to see if there are federal funds that could be used to pay for state tax breaks on forgivable loans to Maine businesses under the Paycheck Protection Program.

Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says it’s clear that Democrats will not get the 67 votes they need to convict former President Donald Trump in a Senate impeachment trial, and that a proposal to censure Trump should be considered instead.

Kris Bridges / For Maine Public

In her first full day as chair of the interior subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree held a closed-door briefing with more than a dozen law enforcement and military officials on what went wrong with security during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.

Tom Porter / Maine Public file

Maine hospitals are expressing concerns about a reduction in reimbursements that’s included in Gov. Janet Mills proposed supplemental state budget. They say what appears to be a small cut will cost them millions of dollars in future years.

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.