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.

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 […]

We must deny the urge to ruin each other

Mayor Nick Isgro of Waterville is 36 years old, married, and has five children. By all accounts he is intelligent, respectful and concerned about his community. He is also now, apparently, unemployed. The mayor of Waterville is not a full time position, and so Isgro actually earns his living in private employment. It is this […]

Is this really how we want to do elections?

Well, the legal battles over ranked-choice voting have already gotten absurdly messy and confusing, and the system hasn’t even been used in an actual election yet. Just wait until the loser ends up miraculously becoming a winner in an election. That should be fun. In the last week a lot has happened, and to fully […]