Articles by Matthew Gagnon

 
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6 days that made Donald Trump the GOP nominee

on May 04, 2016, at 2:42 p.m.
Wednesday wasn’t the day that truly made Donald Trump the Republican nominee for president.
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The increasingly disgusting debate over Narcan

on April 27, 2016, at 3:39 p.m.
This is a topic that deserves real discussion — not demagoguery and hatred and the assumption of the worst motivations in our public servants.
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Donald Trump needs to deal with the unfair rules of the game

on April 20, 2016, at 3:03 p.m.
As president, anyone would be presented plenty of unfair, convoluted situations. Life is unfair. How we deal with unfair situations and still succeed is an important test of our mettle.
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How do you end poverty? By healing Maine’s giant sucking chest wound

on April 13, 2016, at 2:42 p.m.
Policymakers in Augusta have been obsessed with feeding that metaphorical body — our state — painkillers, so we don’t feel the ill effects of the painful injury we have.
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Both Dems, GOP like this solution to high health care costs

on April 06, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
Maine’s Legislature would be mad to pass up this opportunity.
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A mortally wounded presidential nominee, a party that has ripped itself apart

on March 30, 2016, at 1:49 p.m.
The consequences of a contested Republican convention.
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The tragic mistake of President Obama’s Cuba trip

on March 23, 2016, at 12:11 p.m.
The current Cuban government is still a corrupt, broken, violent regime built on oppression and lies. Giving them the honor of a presidential visit serves no one.
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4 key takeaways from Tuesday

on March 16, 2016, at 2:17 p.m.
John Kasich is running interference for Donald Trump, hoping to be his vice president.
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End the caucus, please

on March 09, 2016, at 4:06 p.m.
Caucuses are fun for political junkies like me, but they make participating in the selection of the leader of this country more difficult for everybody else.
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This is how you should vote

on March 02, 2016, at 4:44 p.m.
If you aren’t making solid, logical arguments for someone, and are instead saying things like, I feel, or I am sick of, or I can’t stand, then you are basing your opinion on fairy dust, and your candidate will ultimately disappoint you.
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The ridiculously stupid way we pick presidents

on Feb. 24, 2016, at 1:14 p.m.
We need a complete and total destruction of the current nominating system. Does anyone really disagree with that?
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West Wing’s post-Scalia solution: Two cats on the Supreme Court

on Feb. 17, 2016, at 2:53 p.m.
“Oh my God, you’re putting my mother’s cats on the Supreme Court.”
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I’m not excited about any of the GOP candidates for president

on Feb. 10, 2016, at 2:28 p.m.
So I don’t like Donald Trump. That much isn’t exactly a secret, as I’ve written about my grave concerns with him rather extensively. I find his brand of authoritarianism deeply troubling, and I cannot bring myself to support somebody who so openly shills for the disaster that is government funded, …
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You now live in a purple state

on Feb. 03, 2016, at 4:10 p.m.
Matthew Gagnon: There is a reason that no Democrats have won a majority of voters in a statewide election since 1988 and have lost 14 out of the last 16 statewide elections.
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Good riddance to the State of the State

on Jan. 27, 2016, at 2:10 p.m.
I have to say, I’ve kind of been waiting for somebody to do it, and Gov. Paul LePage just did. He walked away from the pomp and preening phoniness of the State of the State address. I have to admit that at one point in my life, I loved watching …
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Total recall? Just wait for the next election

on Jan. 20, 2016, at 2:34 p.m.
So we can all agree that the far left dream of impeaching the governor was a tremendous waste of time, right? Good. Because it was. And the irony of the entire charade was that it basically amounted to political retribution against a politician some members of the Legislature did not …
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We crave the real and aren’t getting it. Why would politics be different?

on Jan. 13, 2016, at 1:49 p.m.
Many-a-gallon of ink has been spilled trying to figure out just what the American people want, and why they increasingly — on both the left and the right — are rejecting politicians and embracing less polished leaders. Anti-politicians, if you will. You can spend a lot of time trying to …
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With executive order on guns, Obama builds on the imperial presidency

on Jan. 06, 2016, at 1:27 p.m.
Pine Tree Politics: The truth is, our system of government was set up to frustrate and stymie any future dictatorial, autocratic presidents from behaving in exactly such a way.
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16 bold predictions for 2016

on Dec. 30, 2015, at 7:15 a.m.
Pine Tree Politics: My predictive powers are indeed remarkable. Here is what you can expect in 2016.
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16 bold predictions for 2016

on Dec. 30, 2015, at 7:15 a.m.
Traditions. We all hold some very dear. Going on a yearly vacation to somewhere special. Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Putting up your Christmas tree on the same day each year. One of my most time-honored traditions is using my final column of the year to present to you, …