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.

Can someone please define emergency for me?

As I write this column, Maine’s Legislative Council — which consists of 10 lawmakers, six Democrats and four Republicans — is beginning to work through the process of considering the roughly 400 bill requests submitted by lawmakers for the second session of the Legislature. The second session, for those not up to speed on Maine’s […]

Risk everything, even if it means sacrificing money from China

“A threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” These two quotes, both from the late Martin Luther King, Jr., were widely posted — among others — on social media to mark the 50th anniversary of his assassination. The […]

A tale of two China scandals

On two separate occasions this week, Americans have offended China, and prompted the country to react. First, the National Basketball Association was put in an awkward position when the General Manager for the Houston Rockets, Daryl Morey, tweeted an image with the message “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.” The Rockets, at the time, were […]

The unstoppable impeachment train

Let’s be honest, this was always the way this was going to happen. As we all know by now, on Aug. 12, a whistleblower complaint was filed with the inspector general of the intelligence community by a CIA officer who had worked at the White House. The complaint, as we now know, alleged wrongdoing by […]

Climate change skepticism 101

On Monday, the United Nations held its 2019 UN Climate Action Summit, which was intended to push the world into advancing “climate action” on greenhouse gas emissions. It featured government officials, speakers, activists, intellectuals and academics, and of course plenty of scientists. On Tuesday, I had a long conversation with a friend of mine, who […]

Cancel culture claims Shane Gillis

I will admit that I have not been a regular viewer of Saturday Night Live for a long, long time. In my opinion, it has been about 15 years since it was consistently funny and featured cast members that I actually like. But I do still keep track of what they do occasionally, and will […]

As our memory fades, so too does our understanding

I don’t remember Pearl Harbor. Nor should I. I was born in 1980, three days after the 39th anniversary of the event. I wasn’t alive when it happened. I didn’t see it. I didn’t feel it. My knowledge of Pearl Harbor comes from news footage, dozens of documentaries, and some famous lines uttered by an […]

No one should be targeted for supporting a political candidate

About a month ago, Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas made a controversial decision when he began releasing the names of Trump supporters that were residents of his San Antonio-based district. “Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump,” he wrote on Twitter before specifically naming several, and including […]

Tearing down educational achievement in the name of equality is wrong

New York City is frequently a place where bad policy is dreamed up, but I have to admit to occasionally still being shocked to see some of the things that are proposed under the watch of Mayor Bill de Blasio. This week, one of those proposals involved New York City schools.The New York mayor and […]

If there’s anything worse than excessive spending, it’s excessive debt

In June, Gov. Janet Mills proposed a package of bonds that amounted to a whopping $239 million in new debt for the state of Maine. On Monday, Mills called for a special session of the Legislature to vote on many of these bonds, highlighting the most popular and widely supported among them by emphasizing the […]