Articles by Matthew Gagnon

 
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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.
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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.