Articles by Matthew Gagnon

 
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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.
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Don’t be surprised if Hillary Clinton ends up a historical footnote like Nixon

on Nov. 02, 2016, at 3:45 p.m.
None of this would even be an issue at all if Hillary Clinton hadn’t done something worthy of an FBI investigation.
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A plurality is a plurality. Why Question 5 is definitely unconstitutional

on Oct. 26, 2016, at 11:05 a.m.
Once any candidate at any point has achieved a plurality of the votes, they have won the election. Plain and simple.
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How a lesson on supply and demand for pizza led to a cesspool of awfulness

on Oct. 19, 2016, at 3:53 p.m.
I was proud of my son. Internet commenters accused him of greed and price-gouging.
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Question 2 is a tool of the special interests

on Oct. 12, 2016, at 4 p.m.
This question is a cynical attempt to dump millions of dollars into the hands of administrators and bureaucrats while crushing the Maine economy.
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We’re at the start of a referendum arms race

on Oct. 05, 2016, at 2:57 p.m.
Government is most effective and efficient when a small number of people are involved in the complexities of making law.
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Trump can’t let this happen again

on Sept. 28, 2016, at 2:38 p.m.
Trump didn’t take advantage of his biggest opportunity to date.
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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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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.