I shall post videos, graphs, news stories, and other material. We shall use some of this material in class, and you may review the rest at your convenience. You will all receive invitations to post to the blog. I encourage you to use the blog in these ways:

· To post questions or comments;

· To follow up on class discussions;

· To post relevant news items or videos.

There are only two major limitations: no coarse language, and no derogatory comments about people at the Claremont Colleges.

The syllabus is at http://www1.cmc.edu/pages/faculty/JPitney/gov106-fall15.html


Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Politico article talking about PhRMA and its lobbying efforts. The article discusses some of the ideas we discussed in class about the importance of being able to work with both Republicans and Democrats. PhRMA was too close with Republicans in the past, so when Democrats took control, PhRMA did not have any influence. Billy Tauzin has "been aggressively moving it toward the center of the political spectrum," and now PhRMA is giving almost equal amounts of money to Republicans and Democrats. Tauzin and Pelosi now "have a cordial working relationship" and PhRMA seems to be gaining influence among Democrats. An interesting change of tactics by PhRMA.

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