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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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.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King of Maine say they support increasing direct payments to Americans to ease the financial burden of the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District says part of the $900 billion pandemic relief package only begins to address the growing problem of hunger in America.

Pingree says the legislation provides the unemployed help in buying food, but doesn’t solve the larger need.

“It’s a huge issue, the level of hunger and how much it has increased in the pandemic and it certainly is not going away anytime soon. There is an increase in SNAP benefits,” she says.

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine says the defense bill that President Donald Trump has threatened to veto contains cybersecurity provisions aimed at combating the hacking of government agencies.

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Earlier this week, U.S. Sen. Angus King publicly asked major internet streaming companies such as Netflix and Amazon to provide free access to their programming over the holidays as a way to keep people at home.

The Legislature’s Appropriations Committee got some good news from economic and revenue forecasters on Thursday: Despite the recession, Maine’s economy is still growing.

The ceremony was smaller than past years, but the four members of Maine’s electoral college today cast their votes for president and vice president.

Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King are among a group of House and Senate members pushing a two-part pandemic relief package they hope will break a deadlock in Congress.

Kevin Bennett / For Maine Public

Some federal food programs have already run out of money, and others will run out at the end of the year. Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District says continuation of those programs is a top priority.