Articles by Matthew Gagnon

 
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Gary Johnson is critically flawed, but deserves to debate

on Sept. 22, 2016, at 5:53 a.m.
The decision to keep him out of the first presidential debate is arbitrary, ridiculous and a disservice to the American republic.
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Whatever the truth of her health, Hillary Clinton’s first instinct is to lie

on Sept. 14, 2016, at 3:56 p.m.
If any other presidential candidate had collapsed on video and been dragged into a van, inquiries about her health would be entirely justified.
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Look for signs of LePage Derangement Syndrome

on Sept. 07, 2016, at 2:45 p.m.
In the wake of the latest controversy surrounding Gov. LePage, it was inevitable that the counter-reaction would ultimately go too far.
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This is all our fault

on Aug. 31, 2016, at 4:11 p.m.
This is becoming our political mainstream, and what do you think the result is?
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The great north sham

on Aug. 24, 2016, at 3:01 p.m.
Well it is finally happening. With the time ticking away on President Barack Obama’s term in office, it was only a matter of time before it happened. Roxanne Quimby has now transferred more than 87,000 acres of land to the federal government, which was followed in short order by a …
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The GOP apparatus is a fraudulent shell game for lazy, incompetent cronies

on Aug. 17, 2016, at 1:48 p.m.
Nearly all fundraising done in the name of the party and anti-establishment outsiders just feeds the beast and does nothing to help.
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Why won’t the left attack its own?

on Aug. 10, 2016, at 3:25 p.m.
While Republicans voice their concerns with their own nominee, the Democrats remain silent, and lecture us that we need to do it more, lest we not be “good people.”
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What’s behind the Trump phenomenon

on Aug. 04, 2016, at 5:51 a.m.
Everyone looks down on them, their lives are not getting better, and no one has spoken specifically to their problems or even acknowledged their existence for a very long time.
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The irreparable disunity of the Democratic Party

on July 27, 2016, at 1:52 p.m.
Today, I bet the Democrats would take the Republican Party’s problems over their own.
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Our political parties are based more and more on absurd tribalism

on July 20, 2016, at 3:56 p.m.
At the end of the day, the partisan food fight is more tribal in nature and less about substance.
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A letter to my daughter as we await you

on July 13, 2016, at 1:48 p.m.
Define yourself by who you are, not the useless labels people hoist upon you.
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Hillary Clinton cannot be president

on July 06, 2016, at 1:19 p.m.
Hillary Clinton’s interests and ambitions, and her own political insulation from scrutiny, are more important to her than the national security secrets of this country.
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Happy Independence Day, Great Britain!

on June 29, 2016, at 3:33 p.m.
When you have to threaten countries to stay in, is your union really worth a damn?
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Something is not better than nothing

on June 22, 2016, at 1:11 p.m.
it was inevitable after the Orlando shooting that our dutiful leaders in Washington would strive to “do something” to make us all feel like “something was done.”
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The gun debate is divorced from reality

on June 15, 2016, at 4:07 p.m.
The Orlando shooting has turned attention to “solutions” that would never produce results, but would succeed in attacking gun ownership in general.
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My daughter can be president — and Hillary has nothing to do with it

on June 08, 2016, at 2:17 p.m.
I’m about to become the father of a daughter next month. I plan to tell her she can be president of the United States. Hillary Clinton possessing the White House has nothing to do with what I would have told her.
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Ranked choice voting: a solution in search of a problem

on June 01, 2016, at 2:21 p.m.
This ballot question will actually make our elections worse. Here’s why.
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The ‘surcharge’ to fund our schools is a destructive gimmick

on May 25, 2016, at 2:51 p.m.
We all want to fix our schools. But are we sure the answer is more money for a broken system while destroying our economy?
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5 observations from a pointless meeting on a Katahdin-area national monument

on May 18, 2016, at 3:41 p.m.
“Vacationers will be mighty surprised when they come around a curve and encounter 250,000 pounds of wood coming towards them.”
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It is time to eliminate superdelegates

on May 11, 2016, at 1:29 p.m.
Superdelegates have never overturned the will of the people before, so clearly there is nothing to worry about. Well, nothing to worry about until there is something to worry about.