Articles by Matthew Gagnon

 
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Lawmakers hear just how bad Question 2 really is

on March 22, 2017, at 2:01 p.m.
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To politicians on the left, only certain kinds of money are bad

on March 15, 2017, at 12:30 p.m.
The trouble with banning one source of money is that it does nothing but drive political giving into darker, more troubling places.
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The Obamacare repeal bill Republicans should have proposed

on March 08, 2017, at 12:59 p.m.
The government, insurers, hospitals and armies of bureaucrats hide prices and discourage shopping for care, so costs skyrocket with no accountability. Republicans should have identified this problem.
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Anatomy of a fake news story

on March 01, 2017, at 12:47 p.m.
Those of us on the right are sick of the bias, intentional or unintentional, and sick of the manipulation.
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Academics don’t hold a monopoly on wisdom, insight

on Feb. 15, 2017, at 3:01 p.m.
The supposed authority of advanced study doesn’t really translate to actual expertise.
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It’s time to apply the enemies test to government

on Feb. 08, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.
If the prospect of your enemies with power frightens you, let’s start removing the power that person can have.
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A promise kept, and a worthy heir to Scalia

on Feb. 01, 2017, at 1:44 p.m.
We should view laws passed by the people’s representatives as what they are. If they become outdated or need changing, we should amend them, not reinterpret them.
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Social media makes our society worse, not better

on Jan. 25, 2017, at 1:47 p.m.
Social media may connect people to the world around us, but it also, ironically, pushes us further and further from our fellow man, and has had a corrosive impact on too many of our lives.
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Democrats think Trump’s outsiders are inferior to Obama’s outsiders

on Jan. 18, 2017, at 1:36 p.m.
Some think that, somehow, understanding and connecting with established order provides you a better understanding of how to lead that department. I think it shackles you to the status quo.
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Betsy DeVos: Enemy of the status quo

on Jan. 11, 2017, at 2:50 p.m.
Trump has nominated a tough, courageous reformer for education secretary. No wonder teachers unions are in panic mode.
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A question for Republicans in Augusta: What do you stand for?

on Jan. 04, 2017, at 1:24 p.m.
It can often seem as if lawmakers are bogged down by the smallness of the job and lose sight of the bigness.
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The 2016 Conifer Awards: Superlatives in Maine, U.S. politics

on Dec. 28, 2016, at 12:34 p.m.
The Maine political superlatives that mark the year that was.
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17 bold predictions for 2017

on Dec. 21, 2016, at 1 p.m.
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In politics, money is water. Make sure it doesn’t overflow

on Dec. 14, 2016, at 11:27 a.m.
If you don’t have a message people want to buy, no amount of money will drag you over the finish line.
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Trump’s deal to save Carrier jobs encourages others to game the system

on Dec. 07, 2016, at 10:33 a.m.
This is not free market economics.
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Lawmakers have a duty to overrule the people when they’re wrong

on Nov. 30, 2016, at 4 p.m.
The voters have never been shy about overruling or changing law made by the Legislature. The same should hold true in reverse.
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Giving thanks for a brilliant idea — the Electoral College

on Nov. 23, 2016, at 10:27 a.m.
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How a ballot question ends up on the ballot must change

on Nov. 16, 2016, at 1:16 p.m.
Those peddling a ballot initiative should collect signatures in Washington, Hancock, Aroostook, Piscataquis, Somerset, Franklin and Oxford counties.
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Revenge of the forgotten

on Nov. 09, 2016, at 12:10 p.m.
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Maine could decide the presidential election

on Nov. 02, 2016, at 6:12 p.m.