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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.

We shouldn’t cheer secret recordings in the White House

It is a brave new world out there, ladies and gentlemen, and I don’t think it is a better one. Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former contestant on Donald Trump’s old show, “The Apprentice,” who later became a campaign aide and staffer in the West Wing, has dominated the news cycle this week for taping conversations […]

Medicare for all would be an unmitigated disaster

“Medicare for all,” they say. And by “they” I mean virtually every potential Democratic contender for president in 2020, as well as a disturbingly high number of liberals in Congress, and candidates seeking to be the next wave of elected officials, like socialist “it girl” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Well, last week the Mercatus Center at George Mason […]

We need a true defender of the First Amendment, and it isn’t the ACLU

I have a confession to make, which is sure to set the teeth gnashing of my conservative brethren. I was once a proverbial “card carrying member” of the American Civil Liberties Union. Not something you hear a lot of Republicans admit, I grant you. I was supportive of the ACLU because, despite taking a number […]

Sometimes we need to be offended

Trevor Noah isn’t funny. Since he took over for Jon Stewart at the Daily Show, I have long since stopped watching. Stewart was hostile to my political philosophy and seemed to almost exclusively make fun of people on my side of the ideological fence, but the guy was funny, and entertaining, and I don’t mind […]

Let’s all calm down a bit about the Supreme Court

The siren had sounded, and an all hands on deck alert had been issued. A Supreme Court vacancy had opened up, and a Republican president had just announced a candidate to fill the vacancy. A candidate that must (full stop) be (full stop) defeated (full stop). He was out of the judicial mainstream, you see. […]

Are you really surprised conservatives don’t trust the media?

If you aren’t a conservative, I suppose it can be difficult to understand the source of conservative antipathy about the media. To the outsider, conservatives can often come off like whiny complainers, decrying the “liberal media” as “fake news” when they just don’t like what the news reports. Well, with all due respect to those […]

Supreme Court ruling that workers have a choice on joining union is monumental

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court finally announced a decision on the much anticipated Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) case. It will prove, I suspect, to be one of the most consequential Supreme Court decisions in a generation, given the impact it will have on American society. And make no […]

Ranked-choice ridiculousness

More than a week, and no winner. Glitches. Memory stick problems. Ballots sent by courier from remote Maine towns. And all for likely selecting the winner that would have been selected anyway under the old system? This is really how you want to do elections, Maine? Maine’s first experiment with ranked choice voting hasn’t exactly […]

Moodymentum carries businessman to easy victory in Republican primary

After all that, it turns out the Republicans don’t need to worry about the foolishness of ranked-choice voting after all. The reason for that, of course, is that Shawn Moody became the Republican nominee for governor on Tuesday night by absolutely wiping out his opponents. And that is no small accomplishment this year, because Moody […]