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2022 Freedom & Opportunity Luncheon

October 31 @ 12:00 PM 2:00 PM

Please join us for our 2022 Freedom & Opportunity Luncheon featuring Mr. Jason Riley, Columnist for the Wall Street Journal and Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute.


2022 Freedom & Opportunity Keynote Speaker:
Mr. Jason Riley

Mr. Jason Riley is an opinion columnist at The Wall Street Journal, where his column, Upward Mobility, has run since 2016 and covers topics of politics, economics, education, immigration, and race. He has also served as a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute since 2015 and provides television commentary for various news outlets, including Fox News. He also speaks frequently on ABC, NBC, CNN, PBS, and NPR.

Mr. Riley is the author of five books: “Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders” (2008), which argues for a more free-market-oriented U.S. immigration policy; “Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed” (2014), which discusses the track record of government efforts to help the black underclass; “False Black Power?” (2017), an assessment of why black political success has not translated into more economic success; “Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell” (2021), which tells the story of one of America’s most influential conservative thinkers; and “The Black Boom” (2022), an examination of economic inequality and what policies helped close racial gaps in joblessness, income, poverty, and more, prior to the pandemic.

Mr. Riley joined the Journal in 1994 as a copy reader on the national desk in New York. He moved to the editorial page in 1995, was named a senior editorial page writer in 2000, and became a member of the Editorial Board in 2005. Born in Buffalo, New York, Mr. Riley earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the SUNY-Buffalo. He also previously worked for USA Today and the Buffalo News.


2022 Freedom & Opportunity Award Winner

Mr. Shawn Moody


Please RSVP by Friday, October 21


Maine Policy Institute thanks our Sponsors and Hosts for making this event possible.


Flagship Sponsors To Date:

Free to Choose Network

Sponsors To Date:

Anania & Associates Investment Company
Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine
Susan Collins, United States Senator
Scott Forrey
National Distributors
Oxford Casino
Patient Advocates
Strategic Maintenance Solutions
Volk Packaging Corporation
Nancy and Don Vose

Hosts To Date:

John Atkinson
Dirigo Partners
Estes Oil & Propane
H.A. Mapes
Mailings Unlimited
Maine Civic Action
Maine Hospital Association
Maine Motor Transport Association
Mainers for Affordable Energy
Noyes Hall & Allen Insurance
Patriot Consulting Group LLC
Chris and Nancy Pierce
Bruce Poliquin
PretiFlaherty
Pembroke Schaeffer
Strategic Advocacy
The Allumbaugh Agency

Media Sponsors To Date:

The Ray Richardson Show – WLOB Radio 100.5 FM


Past Freedom & Opportunity Award Recipients

2021 | Linda Bean | Port Clyde
2020 | Puritan Medical Products | Guilford
2019 | Peter Anastos | Yarmouth
2018 | Heidi Sampson | Alfred
2017 | Neal B. Freeman | York
2016 | Rupert & Suzanne Grover | Norway
2015 | Richard E. Dyke | Windham
2014 | Mary Mayhew | China
2013 | Gordon Colby | Waldoboro
2012 | Michael Duddy | Cape Elizabeth
2011 | Dan Billings | Bowdoinham
2010 | W.R. Jackson, Jr. | Yarmouth
2009 | David Crocker | Portland
2008 | Key Bank | Portland
2007 | Paul LePage | Waterville
2006 | Barber Foods | Portland
2005 | Ray Richardson | Westbrook
2004 | Mary Adams | Garland

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