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.

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 […]

Supreme Court punts important questions in cake shop case

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” That, of course, is the text of the First Amendment […]

A real chance at peace in North Korea will be born from thinking differently

Having recently finished a book, I was looking for something to read. I have a rather eclectic taste, that varies from historical biographies, to science fiction and fantasy. And of course, there is my my insatiable appetite for political books. But it is summer, and I’m feeling a bit burned out lately, so I thought […]

Beyond guns, we must look at rotten core of society to reduce violence

I’ve authored more than my share of columns on the issue of gun violence, usually written in the aftermath of a horrific tragedy perpetrated by a deranged individual who inflicted massive harm on a large group of people. Obviously, America once again had to face the ugly reality of gun violence when, last Friday, Dimitrios […]

To recall, or not to recall, that is the question

After months of controversy, residents of Scarborough voted Tuesday — by a wide margin — to recall three members of its school board. Ejected were members Donna Beely, Cari Lyford and Jodi Shea. For those unaware of the insurrection that had been brewing in the town, the reason for the recall basically came down to […]

Why I had a problem with the John Williams photo

John Williams is an accused cop-killer. The police believe, with a great deal of very credible evidence, that Williams is responsible for the shooting death of Cpl. Eugene Cole, after a confrontation in Norridgewock. After days in hiding, he was apprehended alive and a photo of his arrest was released. It showed an emaciated Williams on […]

The shocking, horrifying case of Alfie Evans

If you haven’t been reading about the case of Alfie Evans in Great Britain, you have missed a truly horrifying story. Alfie’s story shares a lot in common with the story of Charlie Gard — also of Great Britain — who was born with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, an incredibly rare disorder that typically causes infant […]