Is it just me, or is the Maine Heritage Policy Center a woefully inadequate voice for conservative policymaking in Maine? Aside from holding a few events a year to fund-raise (and occasionally, half-heartedly engaging on ballot initiatives), what do they do? Their rival on the left, the Maine Center for Economic Policy, produces a steady stream of op-eds in major newspapers and policy briefs, providing policy talking points to virtually every democratic politician in Augusta. From what I've heard, MHPC doesn't come close to having that kind of clout at the State House.
Maybe it's because MHPC has mostly political people (like Matt Gagnon, former DC strategist, and Mike Quatrano, former ED of the Maine GOP), and MECEP actually has people trained in public policy and economics.
Isn't it time for the conservative movement in Maine to come up with a decent think tank to champion its ideas?