It’s important for Massachusetts voters to be informed about Scott Brown’s voting record, policy positions, and political activities. I will send out a weekly newsletter: “Keeping Tabs on Scott Brown.” The newsletter reports only facts, does not editorialize, and provides links to additional information. Please feel free to forward it to friends, family and other interested people. My hope is that Massachusetts voters will have the facts about Brown so they can make an informed decision during the next election. If you want to contact Brown directly, his phone # is 202 -224-4543. His official website is http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/ You must type this address into the URL yourself. If you simply click it, you will be directed to a campaign site. On his official site, you must fill out a contact form. No direct e-mail address is given.
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Note: Since January 2011, there has been little news about Scott Brown or about congressional activity in general. Yesterday, Bob Schieffer of CBS News, said that Congress has done “absolutely nothing” since January. A good explanation for the dearth of information about Brown since the first of the year.
Labor Unions Look to Peel Away Support for Brown. Brown will be a key target say Massachusetts organizers. Brown’antilabor votes include:
- Voting against an extension of jobless benefits.
- Voting against a summer jobs program for youth.
In an op-ed piece, Joan Vennochi says Brown purposely confuses voters. First he’s for cutting Planned Parenthood and then he’s not; he’s against the extension of jobless benefits until he voted for a budget that extended them; he was against repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell’’ until he voted for it. http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2011/03/24/brown_being_brown/?s_campaign=8315
Poll: Mass. voters would re-elect Sen. Scott Brown. The poll by Suffolk University in Boston showed 55% of likely Masssachusetts voters say Brown deserves to return to Congress. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2011/04/scott-brown-2012-senate-race-poll-/1
Brown boasts $8M war chest. http://news.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/2011_0406brown_boasts_8m_war_chest/
Brown emerging as key Senate player. Brown campaigned as the potential 41st GOP vote to halt Obama’s health insurance overhaul. Now, Brown is helping the president make the new law more palatable to its critics. Although Brown insists he still opposes the overall health care measure, his bipartisan plan embraced by the president is one of the most visible examples of Brown’s willingness to rebuff his Tea Party movement roots and work in the Senate as a compromiser. http://articles.boston.com/2011-03-05/news/29346084_1_repeal-state-senate-post-garrison-nelson
BROWN’S VOTING RECORD
If you are interested in following Brown’s voting record, here are some sites to check.
Brown supports family planning and health services for women. “Given our severe budget problems, I don’t believe any area of the budget is completely immune from cuts. However, the proposal to eliminate all funding for family planning goes too far.” http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20046003-503544.html
Brown Praises Rep. Paul Ryan, Says “Everything is on the Table” for Medicare. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s plan to end Medicare and Medicaid as we know them might be slow to accrue supporters within his own party, but Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), a key swing vote in the Senate, indicated he was at least open to the idea. http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/04/scott-brown-praises-paul-ryan-says-everything-is-on-the-table-for-medicare.php
In a letter, Brown called Republican efforts to cut government spending “irresponsible” and urged party leaders to get over their ideology and find an agreement on a final resolution to fund the government through the fiscal year. The Massachusetts Republican sent the letter to Senate leaders of both parties urging them to end their squabble over the budget, drop the ideological games and come to an agreement, adding that he was “disappointed” in their behavior so far. http://dailycaller.com/2011/03/31/sen-scott-brown-calls-republican-spending-cuts-irresponsible/#ixzz1Iwl95syv