Matthew Stone

Matthew Stone

Opinion Page Editor

An illustration picture taken in Paris shows cigarettes in a pack.

Maine made a dent in teen smoking, but it’s changing course

By Matthew Stone on Feb. 20, 2015, at 10:31 a.m.

Bangor at $9.75 an hour: More for low-wage workers, likely minimal job loss

By Matthew Stone on Feb. 13, 2015, at 12:29 p.m.

We annotated Gov. Paul LePage’s State of the State speech

By Matthew Stone on Feb. 04, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick speaks to reporters during the New England Patriots press conference at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass on Thursday.

Did the Pats become impossibly better after 2006? The Super Bowl could be our answer

By Matthew Stone and Susan Young on Jan. 29, 2015, at 3:49 p.m.

A tax on tax preparers, dog groomers, plow guys: The makings of a modern tax code?

By Matthew Stone on Jan. 16, 2015, at 5:20 a.m.
Jim Zaffiro, left, and his daughter Emily Zaffiro, 17, a student at Pius Catholic High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, work on filling out a FAFSA form, which determines how much and what types of financial aid students are eligible for when starting college.

It’s financial aid season for college applicants, a time when deadlines rule

By Matthew Stone on Jan. 09, 2015, at 10:34 a.m.
The Maine Legislature's party makeup over the years.

When the Senate had no Democrats: Maine Legislature’s party makeup over the years

By Eric Zelz and Matthew Stone on Dec. 08, 2014, at 2:29 p.m.
An image from a disputed ballot in the Senate District 25 race.

Can you discern voter intent? 9 disputed ballots from Maine’s unsettled Senate race

By Matthew Stone on Dec. 05, 2014, at 3:18 p.m.
Jennifer Bersdale, left, and Rachael Bersdale apply for a marriage license at City Hall in St. Louis, Missouri on Nov. 5, 2014.

Setbacks, then success: Maine’s ‘powerful role’ in the fight for same-sex marriage

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 28, 2014, at 12:09 p.m.
In a remade and divided Augusta, what's the path to progress?

In a remade and divided Augusta, what’s the path to progress?

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 07, 2014, at 10:22 a.m.
Bangor residents cast their votes at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Tuesday during Election Day.

Republicans lead in Maine Senate seats, Democrats may lose seats in the House

By Darren Fishell and Matthew Stone on Nov. 04, 2014, at 7:13 p.m.

A debate on Maine’s status as oldest, whitest

on Oct. 03, 2014, at 8:49 a.m.

Mike and Cynthia debate, well, debates

on Sept. 29, 2014, at 5:21 p.m.

Maine hasn’t remade its university system in 46 years: Will it now?

By Matthew Stone on Sept. 26, 2014, at 7:01 a.m.

Mike and Cynthia debate LePage’s education policies in TV debut

on Sept. 18, 2014, at 7:44 p.m.

Can Angus King be Eliot Cutler’s Oprah? Or, do endorsements matter?

By Matthew Stone on Aug. 22, 2014, at 1:14 p.m.

Hiking the gas tax doesn’t need to hurt low-income drivers

By Matthew Stone on Aug. 08, 2014, at 10:42 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage discusses his welfare reform proposals on Monday, March 24.

From welfare queens to welfare expansion: LePage and welfare’s rhetorical power

By Matthew Stone on July 03, 2014, at 10:51 a.m.
This University of Southern Maine aerial photograph depicts the school's Gorham campus. USM also has campuses in Portland and Lewiston.

Why USM’s budget crunch is more complicated than you might think

By Matthew Stone on June 20, 2014, at 1:07 p.m.

Similar party tensions, challenges at play in Maine’s GOP, Democratic primaries

By Matthew Stone on June 06, 2014, at 12:46 p.m.