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Peter Pitts
by | Jul 23, 2013

In a state as thinly populated as Montana, there aren’t many surprises in major political races, especially when it comes to the top prize — a U.S. Senate seat. Montana has only one congressional district and a handful of statewide…

by | Feb 27, 2013

In the fight over Obamacare, one of the hottest points of contention has been the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), an unelected body with powers so broad that it has been called a “super-legislature” by some, and a potential “death…

by | Feb 22, 2013

Three days before George W. Bush took office in January 2001, President Bill Clinton, with the stroke of a pen, created eight new national monuments that amounted to more than a million acres of land. One of these was the…

by | Aug 20, 2009

Now that Uncle Sam is in the automotive business, some members of Congress are beginning to behave like used car salesmen (my apologies to used car salesmen). Specifically, some of our elected representatives are trying to sell the American public…

by | Feb 5, 2009

Picture a typical morning. If you’re like me, you head into the kitchen, pour yourself a cup of coffee, scan the newspaper, and take your vitamins and prescription drugs. Imagine if, after washing down those pills with your coffee, you…

by | Nov 6, 2008

Yesterday, Wednesday, I woke up, shaved, and drove to work. My EZ Pass still worked. Barack Obama is our President-Elect. Please note the possessive — “our” — because he will shortly be the new President of the United States. The…

by | Oct 30, 2008

You’ve probably seen a lot of pink ribbons around lately. Maybe you’re even wearing one. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, after all. But which presidential candidate deserves to wear that pink ribbon? In other words, which of the two…

by | Nov 26, 2007

Ah, the glorious patent — such a simple concept, and yet so utterly essential to a properly functioning society. In basements and R&D departments across the country, innovators are hatching newfangled gadgets, widgets, and services — products that will fuel…

by | Jul 6, 2007

Prescription drugs cost too much! Or at least that’s what we hear, day-in and day-out, on television, in the news, and, of course, in Sicko. Some health-care activists have rallied around high drug costs to agitate for more government regulation…

by | May 23, 2007

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled to make it more difficult to invalidate a patent. Essentially, the court decided that “obvious” combinations of previous inventions do not warrant protection under U.S. patent law. The case before the…

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