Articles by Mal Leary

From left, Jennifer Rooks, Mark Holbrook and Ande Smith.

GOP congressional candidate Mark Holbrook rips Pingree, Obama

By Mal Leary on June 11, 2016, at 11:14 a.m.
Mark Holbrook said he’s the more conservative choice in the race.

Radio network used by law enforcement plagued by dropped signals

By Mal Leary on June 03, 2016, at 9:25 a.m.
The system has been plagued with problems and efforts are underway to fix them.
Karl Ward, president and CEO of Nickerson & O'Day Inc., and Brewer school students from kindergarten through eighth grade direct a crane operator to raise the last steel beam on the Brewer Elementary-Middle School campus construction project during a ceremony involving the students, Brewer leaders and contractors on Nov. 12, 2009.

Maine construction companies facing worker shortage

By Mal Leary on May 18, 2016, at 5:38 p.m.
As Maine’s economy continues to improve, construction projects ranging from new single-family homes to large commercial and government buildings are underway in the state, but builders say they are having trouble finding enough workers to meet the demand.
Sen. Angus King

Angus King opposes legislation to limit Facebook sites

By Mal Leary on May 05, 2016, at 5:27 p.m.
Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate to require Facebook and other social media sites to block use of their platforms by groups selling weapons needed by terrorists.
Sen. Susan Collins

Susan Collins doubts Donald Trump will pick her as running mate

By Mal Leary on May 02, 2016, at 5:25 p.m.
The New York Times and other newspapers have picked up on speculation that U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine might be considered as a running mate for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

AG: By meeting in private, Maine education task force violated law

By Mal Leary on April 26, 2016, at 7:59 a.m.
“This entire commission is about public education,” Rep. Sara Gideon said. “Every member of the public should be able to weigh in should they want to.”
Senate Minority Leader Justin Alfond, D-Portland.

LePage’s higher education bills draw broad, bipartisan support

By Mal Leary on March 22, 2016, at 5:38 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage has proposed a package of bills that he says is aimed at increasing the supply of skilled workers.
Rep. Adam Goode, D-Bangor.

Lawmakers try to figure out how to fund Clean Election expansion

By Mal Leary on March 08, 2016, at 6:16 p.m.
House members in Augusta split along party lines over how to fund the expansion of the state’s Clean Elections program, which voters approved last fall.

Panel moves to reverse tax on meals made by nonprofits

By Mal Leary on March 05, 2016, at 1:21 p.m.
Members of the Legislature’s Taxation Committee have voted to draft language that would exempt the tax on prepared meals from small, nonprofit organizations such as churches and American Legion halls.
Narcan can be administered intravenously or through an inhaler, but is used to restore respiratory functions after a heroin overdose.

Legislators to mull bill allowing pharmacists to dispense overdose antidote without prescription

By Mal Leary on Feb. 26, 2016, at 7:53 a.m.
“Narcan has been a lifesaving drug in the hands of medical professionals for years.”
Ben Chin

Maine bill would undo last year’s tax changes

By Mal Leary on Feb. 24, 2016, at 6:51 p.m.
Some Republicans in Augusta are trying to undo tax changes.

Maine officials hike revenue projections

By Mal Leary on Feb. 22, 2016, at 5:02 p.m.
“We have enough information to determine that 2015 was a very, very good year, and that April 15 will probably be fairly strong as well,” Mike Allen said.
Maine Correctional Center at Windham.

LePage administration has modified proposal for Windham prison

By Mal Leary on Feb. 17, 2016, at 5:25 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is making a pitch to lawmakers for a scaled-down plan to replace the Maine Correctional Center in Windham.

Maine’s corrections department outlines major overhaul

By Mal Leary on Feb. 08, 2016, at 6:31 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is proposing an overhaul of the state’s correctional system that would expand the capacity for female inmates and prisoners with substance abuse issues.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage wants pay raise for state law enforcement

By Mal Leary on Feb. 02, 2016, at 8:27 p.m.
The proposed pay hikes will come in the form of a bill before the Legislature this session.
Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt

Contract for private work on Casco Bay bridge defended by transportation chief

By Mal Leary on Jan. 07, 2016, at 7:08 p.m.
“For me, most of all, this represents a significant policy shift,” Rep. Andrew McLean, D-Gorham, said.
Waterville principal Don Reiter

Allegations against Waterville principal trigger legislation

By Mal Leary on Dec. 15, 2015, at 5:19 p.m.
State Sen. Scott Cyrway of Benton says his bill was brought forward in response to constituent concerns about law covering instances of school officials seeking sex with students over 18.

Maine legislative leaders to consider gun ban option

By Mal Leary on Dec. 14, 2015, at 6 p.m.
A Republican state senator from Topsham is asking legislative leaders to consider a new gun bill before the full House and Senate.
John Gallagher, director of the Maine State Housing Authority

State facing housing crisis for low-income Mainers

By Mal Leary on Dec. 07, 2015, at 5:30 p.m.
The state is facing a serious shortage of affordable housing, with more than 38,000 Mainers paying more than half their income for a roof over their head.
Crews work on roads on the Bennoch Road in Orono, Oct. 30, 2013.

Maine delegates support bill to fund road, bridge repairs

By Mal Leary on Dec. 03, 2015, at 8:47 a.m.
Maine’s delegation says that although the bill is not perfect, they are supporting it.