All posts by Matthew Gagnon

Matthew Gagnon

About Matthew Gagnon

Matthew Gagnon, of Yarmouth, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Maine Heritage Policy Center, a free market policy think tank based in Portland. Prior to Maine Heritage, he served as a senior strategist for the Republican Governors Association in Washington, D.C. Originally from Hampden, he has been involved with Maine politics for more than a decade.

Why hasn’t Roy Moore’s support fallen off a cliff?

Roy Moore, the beleaguered US Senate candidate in Alabama, has had a couple of bad weeks. This week, Beverly Young Nelson and her lawyer Gloria Allred — ugh — held a packed news conference where she accused Moore of sexual assault when she was a teenager and he was a 30-year-old prosecutor. This makes five […]

Tuesday’s election was bad for Republicans, but not catastrophic

A rejection of Donald Trump! A rejection of the establishment Republicans! A validation of Obamacare! A harbinger of a coming wave election! Speaker Nancy Pelosi! The revenge of the Democrats! An election that means so much! An election that means nothing! There is no shortage of hot takes about what happened on Tuesday night, almost […]

What, and who, do the Democrats really want?

A couple weeks ago, I took a look at the Republicans looking to succeed Gov. Paul LePage in next year’s gubernatorial election. The Democratic primary is, in many ways, a much more difficult one to handicap. The Democratic Party, much like the Republican Party several years ago, is going through a bit of an identity […]

The devil of the moment in the White House

Looking back, they seem like hazy years that I barely remember. Quaint, almost, in retrospect. I was younger, I actually had hair, and I didn’t really understand everything that I saw. But still, I remember. I’m talking about only a short time ago, though once I stop to think of it, the period began almost […]

So begins Maine’s ‘Game of Thrones’

Sen. Susan Collins has now ended months of speculation, and decided not to seek election to become Maine’s next governor. Remaining in the US Senate means that the die is more or less cast in both parties, and the race to replace Gov. Paul LePage can truly begin. On the Republican side, the field is […]

In Weinstein case, rules for thee, but not for me

Harvey Weinstein is scum. Absolute scum. Unfortunately for countless women in Hollywood, the public at large is just now learning of his sick, twisted perversions, even though his behavior was, according to countless people inside the industry, an “open secret.” So why didn’t we know? Simple. Because powerful figures in Hollywood and media intervened on […]

Why can’t we ‘do something’ after Las Vegas shooting?

You’ll have to forgive me, because I’m as tired of writing this column as you likely are of reading it. Yet, with a sickening frequency, I inevitably have to write some kind of reaction to an act of mass murder, and try to bring some rational thought to the most emotional of issues. But that […]

Pigskin players have right to protest, but that doesn’t mean they should

I don’t think that athletes and entertainers need to stay silent about issues they care about, nor do I begrudge them using their fame and wealth to advance causes they believe in. That tolerance for their opinions, however, does not mean that I need to celebrate what they say, or the means with which they […]

The future of freedom of speech

Recently, I have come to believe that the issue of free expression on college campuses, and specifically how it is today restricted, is the biggest threat to the future of the American republic that we face. Never was this more apparent to me than when I read the findings of a new study conducted by […]

Hillary Clinton’s alternative universe

Hillary Clinton is out with a new book. Haven’t you heard? Democrats certainly have. That noise you hear is the collective groan of the entire party establishment, activist base, and allied media. Hearing a bitter, vanquished candidate who doesn’t understand why she lost, nor have anything particularly insightful to say, is the last thing they want to […]