Bradley Anderson

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In Big Sky Country, a Big Opportunity


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 offices. Potential candidates thus have few ways to gain name recognition and put together a […]

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Scared of Obamacare’s IPAB? Meet the USPSTF!


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 panel” by others. Major policies set by the IPAB will have the force of law […]

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Land Grabs and Buffalo Visions


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 half-million acre Missouri Breaks National Monument in northeastern Montana. Now it appears that groundwork is […]

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The Schweitzer Two-Step


It’s amazing what politicians will say when they think no one back home will find out. Montana’s Democratic governor, Brian Schweitzer, recently drew some unwanted attention when footage made its way onto the Internet from a speech in Ohio, in which he said things that aren’t likely to make many friends back home: All over […]

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Missing the Black Gold Rush


North Dakota has made headlines lately as the Saudi Arabia of the Midwest. Oil production in the state’s now-famous Bakken formation has reached stratospheric levels, approaching 600,000 barrels per day. Companies have been forced to create “man camps” to house the massive influx of workers. While truck drivers making six figures and strippers pulling down […]

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