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.

A third way on net neutrality?

This fall, my son decided to participate in the speech and debate club at his school, his father beaming with pride. To help encourage him, I also volunteered as a judge. Throughout the year, I had a neat opportunity to watch kids from area schools construct arguments for and against topics, and watch how they […]

A letter to my newest daughter

A little over three years ago, I unknowingly started a tradition of writing letters to my children as they arrived in this world. First was your older brother, Owen. Next came your sister, Aimée. Now it is your turn. You’ll find that your father is kind of like this. He is a sentimental creature. It […]

Making childcare more affordable doesn’t take a government program

The funny thing about Maine politics is that, for the most part, everyone agrees on the same problems. There are two specific instances of that concept which we are constantly presented with: Maine’s economy, and the need to get younger. The Maine economy is strong right now, in relative terms. Unemployment is low, wages are […]

Sometimes, you need to explain yourself

The world of sports, and the world of politics have many similarities. Winners and losers. Fierce competition. Obsessive, almost cult like, devotion to individual people and teams. Cheering crowds. The biggest similarity, though, is the reliance on the public. A football team is a business enterprise that relies on consumers of their product. In the […]

You know less about your children than you think you do

It is a terrifying time to be a parent. Monday evening, I learned that a student in my oldest son’s middle school had passed away. The next day, media reports stated that the State Police were investigating her death as a possible suicide. The girl, 13 years old, was in seventh grade. My son is […]

What would you do if you had a chance to protect young girls?

I’d like to think I’d be different, though I hope I never find out. I think virtually everyone in this country likes to think they would be different, too. Yet it seems, despite that desire and belief in our own good intentions, truly horrendous things continue to happen in this country that were made possible […]

In campaigns, it’s not all about the money

Last July, I wrote a column that implored you to ignore fundraising reports and polls in the gubernatorial contest. Today is your first test to see whether you listened or not. The end of year filing deadline has come and gone, and the January 2018 reports are now public. We now know who has raised […]

Identity politics has been weaponized

It was an otherwise innocent stroll through Frank Harrison Middle School, where my oldest son goes to school, when my eye caught a display on the wall. It appeared to be a project — specifically a survey — conducted by students in the school on the issue of discrimination. The display had six large sections, […]