Articles by Mal Leary

Republican Sen. Roger Katz of Augusta.

Lawmakers consider regulating fantasy sports gambling in Maine

By Mal Leary on Aug. 14, 2016, at 2 a.m.
Maine will join the growing number of states that will consider legislation next year to regulate fantasy sports gambling.
Sen. David Burns, R-Whiting, is shown in Augusta in January.

Report: DHHS to close Calais office

By Mal Leary on Aug. 01, 2016, at 6 p.m.
State Sen. David Burns says he has been told that the move affects more than a dozen workers.
Gov. Paul LePage

Maine ends budget year with $93 million surplus

By Mal Leary on July 28, 2016, at 5:37 p.m.
The state ended the budget year with a surplus of about $93 million, but Gov. Paul LePage complains it was all spent as soon as it was counted.
Gov. Paul LePage

Memo: LePage seeks to reduce state workforce to cut taxes

By Mal Leary on July 27, 2016, at 1 a.m.
A memo that was sent to commissioners earlier this month and obtained by Maine Public Radio reveals that the governor has set three goals for the budget-writing process that is already underway.
Penobscot County Corrections officer Sgt. Chris Wilson stands near the door of a empty cell at the Penobscot County Jail, July 2, 2013.

Will pay bump be enough to keep Maine prison guards?

By Mal Leary on June 18, 2016, at 2:52 p.m.
Many just decide a career as a prison guard is not for them, even with the increase in pay.
Rep. Bruce Poliquin

Poliquin helps derail GOP bid to gut amendment aimed at aiding Maine shoemakers

By Mal Leary on June 16, 2016, at 5:02 p.m.
“It very simply requires, Mr. Speaker, the Pentagon to issue American-made gear and equipment to men and women in uniform for basic training.”
Ande Smith

Republican Ande Smith aims to oust Pingree in Maine’s 1st District

By Mal Leary on June 12, 2016, at 9:35 a.m.
Ande Smith said he is running because he believes U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree is out of touch with the district.
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.