Scott Brown’s Activities: November1-December 9, 2011

It’s important for Massachusetts voters to be informed about Scott Brown’s voting record, policy positions, and political activities.  I will send out an occasional newsletter and blog post,  “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.

Our blog address is:  https://scottbrownsactivities.wordpress.com/

If you would like to receive the newsletter directly in your e-mail, send me your e-mail address.
Christine Ridout, cridout123@gmail.com

POLITICS

Elizabeth Warren soars 7 points over Brown in poll.  http://news.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/20111207poll_elizabeth_warren_soars_7_up_over_scott_brown_new_umass-lowell_herald_poll_shows_attack_ads_harm_both/srvc=home&position=recent

Brown supports payroll tax cut but disagrees with surcharge on rich to pay for the cut.  http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/12/02/380507/scott-brown-payroll-tax/

Brown supports Cordray in fight over who will head the Consumer Financial Protection Board.  Republicans using the fight over Cordray to modify law on CFPB.  http://blog.masslive.com/thefray/2011/12/sen_scott_brown_shows_independ.html

Brown Held Bank of America Stock While Advocating For Big Banks.  Brown positioned himself as a clean-government advocate, co-sponsoring the STOCK Act, which is designed to halt insider trading-like activity by members of Congress.   But Brown’s financial disclosure records show that he has been a large investor in Bank of America, GE and Exxon-Mobil throughout his time in the Senate — even as he secured lucrative legislative protections for the nation’s biggest banks, trading houses and oil companies.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/17/brown-boa-stock_n_1100214.html

Wall Street Rallies for Brown.  The message has ricocheted around the financial world in recent weeks: Elizabeth Warren is a big government liberal while Brown is a a free-market advocate.   http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/19/us/politics/wall-street-rallies-around-scott-brown-for-senate-race.html?_r=1

Massachusetts Democrats use gridlock on the Super Committee as an opening to drive a wedge between Brown and the GOP’s leading anti-tax activist Grover Norquist.  http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/11/with-super-committee-poised-to-fail-mass-dems-press-scott-brown-to-abandon-norquist.php

A Massachusetts-based super PAC organized by unions and Democratic veterans launched its first two ads of the cycle against Brown. Rethink PAC’s effort is dubbed Rethink Scott Brown and features two online ads targeting the freshman senator.  The anti-Brown ads can be seen at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/15/rethink-pac-anti-scott-brown-super-pac_n_1094869.html?ref=politics

JOBS

Brown Backs Aid For The Employed A Year After Blocking Help For Unemployed.  Brown declared that he favors extending a payroll tax cut without finding a way to make up for the lost revenue.  Last year, he opposed extending unemployment benefits unless Congress offset the $56 billion cost.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/29/scott-brown-backs-aid-for-the-employed-year-after-blocking-help-for-unemployed_n_1119565.html

Elizabeth Warren  blasts Brown for protecting the wealthy at the expense of the middle class by voting against President Obama’s jobs bill.    http://news.bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view/2011_1201elizabeth_warren_blasts_sen_scott_brown_as_wall_streets_favorite/

GUN CONTROL

Brown Opposes NRA-Backed Legislation.  Brown opposes a bill that would require states that allow concealed carrying of guns to recognize each other’s permits.   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/07/scott-brown-nra-national-rifle-association_n_1080707.html

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Scott Brown’s Activities: October 1-28, 2011

It’s important for Massachusetts voters to be informed about Scott Brown’s voting record, policy positions, and political activities.  I will send out an occasional newsletter and blog post,  “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.

Our blog address is:  https://scottbrownsactivities.wordpress.com/

If you would like to receive the newsletter directly in your e-mail, send me your e-mail address.
Christine Ridout, cridout123@gmail.com

POLITICS

Ad Targets Brown on Pollution.  League of Conservation Voters runs ad against Brown saying he favors big oil.  http://www.boston.com/Boston/politicalintelligence/2011/10/targets-senator-scott-brown-pollution/K9M1zcU9xp6srEPF1vpsBM/index.html       See video:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/25/scott-brown-gone-washington-league-of-conservation-voters_n_1031288.html

Protesters Rally Against Brown at Danvers Event.   http://danvers.patch.com/articles/protestors-rally-against-scott-brown-at-danvers-event

John McCain Raises Funds for Brown.   “The Democrats are coming after Scott with everything they’ve got.  That’s why Brown needs your help.”  http://www.boston.com/Boston/politicalintelligence/2011/10/john-mccain-sends-out-fund-raising-appeal-behalf-scott-brown/h5JldUWWmHvn4pvFClWlvI/index.html

Brown Copies Material From an Elizabeth Dole Speech.  Brown Writes It Off to Technical Error and Blames Summer Intern.   Brown says the accusations of plagiarism on his official Senate website were “getting a little silly” and blamed a summer intern for the mess.  http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/65973.html#ixzz1bWrFCNCE     Video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaEHXtVfkZI&noredirect=1     http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/10/13/scott-brown-lifted-childhood-memories-from-elizabeth-dole/        http://www.mediaite.com/online/scott-brown-blames-his-staff-for-copying-elizabeth-doles-campaign-prose/

Massachusetts GOP Released First Attack Ad Against Elizabeth Warren.  The Web ad comically attempts to use selective quoting and distorting camera effects to make Warren look anti-business, or violent, or like an inarticulate speaker, or… something. They are clearly trying to make her seem like a very scary class warrior.  See videos:   http://crooksandliars.com/mike-lux/scott-brown-republican-party-put-out-fir

Brown Pays Operatives With History of Bare Knuckle Politics.  Brown plays hardball.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/19/scott-brown-elizabeth-warren-bareknuckle-politics_n_1019832.html

Brown Urges Bipartisanship.  http://www.thehoya.com/news/scott-brown-urges-bipartisanship-1.2649005#.TqLyPrLFnIU

Brown Seeks Additional Trucks to Help Him Move His Office.      http://www.boston.com/Boston/politicalintelligence/2011/10/scott-brown-all-people-seeks-sturdy-truck/t52xb8hEsXWFSJyIWN4C9O/index.html

Unions, Democrats Form Anti-Brown PAC. http://www.boston.com/Boston/politicalintelligence/2011/10/unions-democratic-activists-form-new-anti-scott-brown-pac/q9B0pNbXEsOVmx7dg0kYQI/index.html

Brown Takes Heat for Swipe at Elizabeth Warren’s Looks as GOP Women Defend Him.   http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/10/07/gop-female-senators-defend-scott-browns-swipe-at-elizabeth-warrens-looks/?test=latestnews

Brown Making Jobs Priority in Re-election.  http://www.necn.com/10/07/11/Scott-Brown-making-jobs-priority-in-re-e/landing_politics.html?blockID=573950&feedID=4212

Tea Party to Brown:  Good Luck With That Election, Buddyhttp://hotair.com/archives/2011/10/07/tea-party-to-scott-brown-good-luck-with-that-election-buddy/

Brown Attacks Warren But Shoots Himself in the Foothttp://www.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/2011_1007case_clothed_brown_quip_hits_below_belt

JOBS

Brown Votes Against Obama’s $450 Billion Jobs Plan.   Brown told local small business owners yesterday that both Democrat and Republican efforts to fix the ailing US economy are doomed.  Brown said the nation is in the throes of a financial emergency, yet is hobbled by a political obstructionism that he called “disgusting.’’   http://articles.boston.com/2011-10-18/news/30293148_1_jobs-plan-democrats-senate-floor

Brown Voted Against Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 1660, the American Jobs Act on Tuesday, Joining 45 Other Republicans and 2 Democrats in Killing the Bill.    http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/10/scott_brown_senate_vote_on_job.html

Brown Host a Jobs Fair at Roxbury Community College.    http://www.boston.com/Boston/politicalintelligence/2011/10/scott-brown-holding-jobs-fair-roxbury-community-college/Sox3g0ieLIUzfbsO3D4LvI/index.html

IMMIGRATION

Brown:  “Traitors Cannot Be Citizens”  Brown is co-sponsoring a bill that would strip terrorists of their American citizenship if they are found guilty of conspiring against America after two accused homegrown terrorists were arrested in the Bay State.   http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1372961&srvc=rss

Brown urged full activation of a controversial federal program in Massachusetts to detect and deport illegal immigrants.  http://www.boston.com/Boston/politicalintelligence/2011/09/scott-brown-pushes-napolitano-after-patrick-balks-secure-communities/CWSSuTJygDXUB1HTG1ZhVM/index.html


I received the following email from the Brown campaign:

They’re at it again. The DC/Beacon Hill political establishment is working hard to defeat Scott and his message of job creation, lower taxes, and reduced spending.  Just yesterday, the League of Conservation Voters, a partisan organization whose goal is electing liberal Democratic candidates, launched a nearly $2 million television ad blitz once again attacking and distorting Scott’s pro-jobs record.

All told, left-wing special interests have already spent more than $3 million in negative ads attacking Scott this year alone.  That goes to show that next to only the presidency itself, no race in the country is more important to them than this Senate race and taking back the so-called “Kennedy seat.”

BlowingSmoke

The reason is clear.  In Harvard Professor Elizabeth Warren – who said Tuesday she “provided the intellectual foundation” for the Occupy Wall Street movement – the radical left has found one of their own, and they are putting their money where their mouth is, donating over $3.3 million to her in just the first few weeks of her campaign.

Next week, Professor Warren is rubbing elbows and raising big dollars at an elite Hollywood fundraiser hosted by Barbra Streisand, Norman Lear and other Tinseltown bigwigs.

We need to fight back now! DONATE TODAY

Please help us level the playing field and set the record straight. Visit our site to learn the truth and share this e-mail with your friends. The more people that know the truth, the less impact these negative ads will have. And please considered donating $5 to Scott’s campaign. Every dollar we raised will help Scott hold the Washington establishment accountable.

This is just the beginning of a long campaign and the DC/Beacon Hill political establishment has already made it clear that they will do whatever it takes to defeat Scott to prevent him from standing in the way of their job-killing agenda.

With your support, Scott can continue to make a difference in Washington by fighting for lower taxes, reduced spending, job creation and the time-honored free enterprise principles that built the American economy.”  Please contribute today.

Sincerely,
jimbarnett
Jim Barnett
Campaign Manager

PS – To find out more about Scott’s pro-jobs agenda, please visit our website. Once you have the facts, help us set the record straight by joining the team.

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Scott Brown’s Activities: September 1-24, 2011

It’s important for Massachusetts voters to be informed about Scott Brown’s voting record, policy positions, and political activities.  I will send out an occasional newsletter and blog post,  “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.

If you would like to receive the newsletter directly in your e-mail, send me your e-mail address.
Christine Ridout, cridout123@gmail.com

Editorial Note:  Some Things Don’t Change.  As I noted previously, the news about Brown relates overwhelmingly to the politics of the 2012 election:  how much money he has raised, his standing in the polls,  potential Democratic challengers.  He has done little that is substantive in any direction, conservative, liberal or moderate.  Now, with Elizabeth Warren entering the race, the focus on politics has heightened even more.

POLITICS

Elizabeth Warren enters the race.  To view Warren’s announcement, go to http://elizabethwarren.com/announcement?utm_source=sp4108070&utm_medium=e&sc=sp4108070&refcode=sp4108070

Warren passes Brown in polls, 46%-44%.    http://www.necn.com/09/20/11/Elizabeth-Warren-passes-Scott-Brown-in-p/landing_politics.html?blockID=565344&feedID=4212
http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2011/09/elizabeth-warren-leads-scott-brown-by-2-points-in-latest-poll.html
http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/09/is_scott_brown_mortal.html

Warren’s name recognition surges from 38% to 62%.  http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/elizabeth-warren-takes-lead-over-scott-brow

Bad news for Brown. http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/09/20/keller-large-bad-news-for-scott-brown/

Brown’s secret campaign weapons.  http://www.commonwealthmagazine.org/The-Download/064-Scott-Browns-secret.aspx

Boston Globe Editorial:  Senate race shapes up as a test of vision.   http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/editorials/articles/2011/09/07/with_a_year_to_go_senate_race_shapes_up_as_a_test_of_vision/?s_campaign=8315

ECONOMY

Brown faults Obama on debt plan to tax the rich.  http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/09/sen_scott_brown_faults_obama_d.html

Brown endorses extension of payroll tax. http://www.thestatecolumn.com/massachusetts/scott-brown-endorses-extension-of-payroll-tax-cut/
http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/09/us_sen_scott_brown_calls_for_m.html

DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL

Brown defends gay rights record.   http://www.boston.com/Boston/politicalintelligence/2011/09/scott-brown-defends-gay-rights-record-from-democratic-criticism/gT9lH3NRy29Rf88Qn0juBI/index.html

IMMIGRATION

Brown says Massachusetts needs illegal immigrant check.  Brown calls for immediate participation in the federal program that checks the immigration status of those arrested.   http://www.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/20110914sen_scott_brown_mass_needs_illegal_immigrant_checks/srvc=home&position=recent

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FUNDRAISING EMAILS FROM THE BROWN CAMPAIGN

I received the following e-mail from Brown’s campaign:
2012 is a critical year to ensure our values and principles are well represented in the US Senate to reduce spending, lower taxes, and fight for small business.
The political machines in both Washington, DC and Beacon Hill are targeting Scott Brown because they believe they are entitled to this seat, and they want it back. You and I both know that this seat belongs to no one but the people of Massachusetts.
Show your support for the “People’s Seat” to help reelect Scott Brown in 2012 by donating to receive the following item(s):
People’s Seat Cushions: http://www.scottbrown.com/contribute-now-get-your-seat-cushion
Autographed Baseballshttp://www.scottbrown.com/contribute-now-get-your-autographed-baseball
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Scott Brown Bobbleheadshttp://www.scottbrown.com/contribute-now-get-your-bobblehead
Bumper Stickerhttp://www.scottbrown.com/contribute-now-get-your-sticker
Autographed, Limited Edition, Baseball Bathttp://scottbrown.com/baseball-bat
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Brown Value Packhttp://www.scottbrown.com/hat-bat-and-ball

2012 is NOT the year to sit on the sidelines, Scott Brown needs you on the ‘field’ actively supporting his reelection bid to fight back against the political machine which has already spent over $2 Million against Scott in negative attack ads.

Thanks for your support – and thank you for SHOWING your support publicly for Scott Brown with some of our store items.
To Victory,
Kirsten Hughes
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Scott Brown for US Senate

P.S.  Our store items are also great gifts for friends and family that are fellow supporters of Scott – surprise them with one of these items right now.

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I also received this e-mail from Ayla Brown, Brown’s daughter:

I wanted to let you know that my dad is turning 52 today.  Typically, our family would celebrate our dad’s birthday around the kitchen table with cake & candles in Wrentham, MA.
These days, it’s hard to find time for us to get together.  My dad is consumed with his job fighting for more jobs, lower taxes, less spending, and a better economic climate.
While I can’t spend this evening with my dad,  I do want to give him him a call and let him know about this email.  I want to tell him about your $52 donation to help him in his reelection battle in 2012.
Will you donate $52 right now to tell my dad to keep fighting (even though he’s becoming an old man)?  http://scottbrown.com/happy-birthday-scott-brown

Best,
Ayla Brown

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Scott Brown’s Activities: August 2011

It’s important for Massachusetts voters to be informed about Scott Brown’s voting record, policy positions, and political activities.  I will send out an occasional newsletter and blog post,  “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.

If you would like to receive the newsletter directly in your e-mail, send me your e-mail address.
Christine Ridout, cridout123@gmail.com

Editorial Note:  Some Things Don’t Change.  As I noted last month, all the news about Brown relates to the politics of the 2012 election: how much money he has raised, his standing in the polls,  potential Democratic challengers.  He has done little that is substantive in any direction, conservative, liberal or moderate.

POLITICS

Elizabeth Warren’s possible entry into the 2012 Senate race may send Brown back to Tea Party.    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/08/20/elizabeth-warrens-potential-senate-bid-may-reunite-scott-brown-with-tea-party/

Capuano withdraws from race.   http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/02/democratic-field-to-challenge-scott-brown-narrows/

Brown adviser admits he was behind fake twitter account mocking challenger.    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/25/scott-brown-adviser-admit_n_936147.html

A labor-backed coalition is looking to send Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) a message with a new ad“Scott Brown promised to be an independent voice for Massachusetts,” says a narrator in the spot from MassUniting. “But instead, we got ‘Bobble Head Brown,’ saying ‘yes’ to Wall Street and the national Republican agenda. Brown said ‘yes’ to shipping jobs overseas. ‘Yes’ to tax breaks for oil companies and billionaires. ‘Yes’ to slashing Medicaid and Social Security. Tell Scott Brown there’s nothing independent about saying ‘yes’ to Wall Street and the Republican leadership.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/22/scott-brown-targeted-in-b_n_932887.html    The ad is also being run on  bobbleheadbrown.com

Brown is no friend to women and families.  Blog Post.   http://crooksandliars.com/sarahburris/5-reasons-scott-brown-bad-women-and-fa

According to Mother Jones, Warren will challenge Brown.  Blog post.  http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/08/elizabeth-warren-vs-scott-brown-massachusetts-senate.   Elizabeth Warren’s website:  http://elizabethforma.com/splash/

Brown no lock for re-election.  Massachusetts voters will consider the fact that voting for Brown could turn the Senate over to the Republicans and Mitch McConnell.  http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2011/08/27/1708494/scott-brown-no-lock-for-re-election.html

ECONOMY

Brown and GOP on wrong side of history on the debt.  An opinion piece in The Tech (MIT ) says Brown is unwilling to accept anything less than 98 percent of his demands.  Sometimes taxes are necessary.  http://tech.mit.edu/V131/N32/normandin.html

In an op-ed in the Boston Globe, Charles Fried, an avowed Republican, questions Brown.  Fried wants to know where Brown stands on issues confronting the nation, the gridlock politics of Washington, and what kind of Republican he is.    http://articles.boston.com/2011-08-23/bostonglobe/29919503_1_rate-increases-budget-deal-revenue-increases

DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL

Brown honored by gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans for backing repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”   http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=9258&MediaType=1&Category=26

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Scott Brown’s Activities: July 2-29, 2011

It’s important for Massachusetts voters to be informed about Scott Brown’s voting record, policy positions, and political activities.  I will send out an occasional newsletter and blog post,  “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.

If you would like to receive the newsletter directly in your e-mail, send me your e-mail address.
Christine Ridout, cridout123@gmail.com

Editorial Note:  For those of you who have followed this blog, you know that I don’t editorialize.  This time, however, I would like to make a comment:  in the last 6 months, I have been struck by how little there is to report on Brown.  He has done little that is substantive in any direction, conservative, liberal or moderate.  All the news about Brown is political–how much money he has raised, his standing in the polls, and potential Democratic challengers.  Even the conservative Boston Herald has commented on this:  “Brown rarely takes a strong position.  He tends to wait until the final hours of a debate before disclosing his views.   He rarely grants in-depth interviews on substantive subjects.”  (See below)

POLITICS

Elizabeth Warren and a 2012 Challenge to Brown.    Name-calling suggests why the financial industry and Republican Party fear the prospect of a Senator Warren.   http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2011/07/29/the_case_for_elizabeth_warren_for_senator/?s_campaign=8315

Look out Scott.  Elizabeth Warren has friend$ in high places.  Scott Brown must be shaking in his boots.  http://news.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view/2011_0724look_out_scott_challenger_has_friend_in_high_places/srvc=home&position=0

Brown uses “Cut, Cap, and Balance” vote in fundraiser. 
Brown’s vote  was criticized by Democrats eager to align him as a party-line Republican, but Brown used the vote to help solicit campaign donations. Brown’s finance director sent an email to Brown’s supporters asking for $20.12 .   http://www.boston.com/Boston/politicalintelligence/2011/07/brown-uses-cut-cap-and-balance-vote-fundraiser/ZSNqQKU9jboZpRxZpdLYpJ/index.html

Brown Taps Wall Street For Cash In Advance Of Possible Elizabeth Warren Challenge. 
Opposed to Warren, the financial industry is throwing its support behind Brown giving him nearly $315,000 in the most recent fundraising quarter.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/21/scott-brown_n_906132.html

Poll:  Brown’s popularity soars.  According to a poll by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Brown’s favorability rating now stands at 62 percent.   http://www.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/2011_0719poll_sen_scott_browns_popularity_soars/srvc=home&position=recent

Brown sticks with reticence on proposals
Rarely takes a strong position.  Brown tends to wait until the final hours of a debate before disclosing his views.   He rarely grants in-depth interviews on substantive subjects.   Reporters typically are provided a few brief moments for questions when he walks out of the Senate chamber after a vote and heads for a Capitol exit.   http://www.boston.com/news/politics/articles/2011/07/28/brown_sticks_with_strategy_of_reticence_on_specifics_of_debt_deal/?s_campaign=8315

No town hall meetings yet from Brown.  Brown has never held a public town hall meeting to take questions from Massachusetts residents.  http://news.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/20110708no_town_hall_meetings_yet_from_sen_scott_brown/

Brown has $9.6 million in the bank to campaign and is a frontrunner in a wide field of possible opponents in 2012.
  http://easton-ma.patch.com/articles/question-of-the-day-scott-brown


BUDGET CRISIS

Debt limit talks a big challenge for Brown.   Brown has a huge leadership opportunity if he were to break ranks with his ideologically rigid Republican colleagues and call for a balanced solution to our debt problem.  Brown could prove that he actually is the common-sense leader he claims to be, and put the country’s interests over narrow political interests. Brown was fond of saying during the campaign that he was running for “the people’s seat.” But before it was the people’s seat, it was Ted Kennedy’s seat, and voters could expect Sen. Kennedy to put politics aside at times like these and lead. Brown tends to wait until an issue is settled, then pick the “winning” side and vote accordingly. The dire consequences of a U.S. default demand much more from Brown this time.   http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view/2011_0718debt_limit_talks_a_bigchallenge_for_brown/

Democrats pounce on Scott Brown for backing  ‘Cut, Cap’ plan.    Democrats slammed Brown for backing a plan to raise the amount the nation can borrow but only if Congress supports a constitutional balanced budget amendment and slashes federal spending.  Brown said his support of the “Cut, Cap and Balance” plan was “symbolic,” but Dems pounced on the measure’s heavy Tea Party support.  http://www.bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view/2011_0723dems_pounce_on_brown_for_backing_cut_cap_plan/


SUPPORT FOR LGBT YOUTH

Brown  was the only member of Massachusetts’ congressional delegation absent from the “It Gets Better” video supporting LGBTQ youth.   Brown voted against the repeal of  Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell before he voted for it. Brown was invited to view the video but snubbed the rest of the delegation.    http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/it-gets-better-scott-brown-snubs-massachusetts-congressional-igb-video/politics/2011/07/28/24505

Opinion Piece:  What did Brown think  he would gain by declining to take part in the latest “It Gets Better” video.   Aimed at gay and lesbian teenagers, this effort features every member of the Massachusetts congressional delegation except Brown, whose office issued a statement that he’s too busy creating jobs and stuff.   http://www.dankennedy.net/2011/07/28/why-did-scott-brown-sit-out-it-gets-better-video/

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Scott Brown’s Activities: June 2-25, 2011

It’s important for Massachusetts voters to be informed about Scott Brown’s voting record, policy positions, and political activities.  I will send out an occasional 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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Christine Ridout, cridout123@gmail.com


POLITICS

Brown earned $700,00 for his book.     http://articles.boston.com/2011-06-16/news/29666577_1_book-advance-lawmakers-student-loans

Elizabeth Warren vs. Scott Brown?   Known in Massachusetts as a professor at Harvard Law School, will Warren challenge Brown?   http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/blog/bottom_line/2011/06/elizabeth-warren-vs-scott-brown-for.html

Brown’s wife rips “sexist” coverage of Sarah Palin.    http://nation.foxnews.com/sarah-palin/2011/06/13/scott-browns-wife-rips-sexist-palin-coverage

Brown is positioning himself to run against Beacon Hill’s “culture of corruption” as exhibited by the guilty verdict in Salvatore DiMasi’s corruption trial.   http://www.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/2011_0616gop_brown_hail_verdicts_2012_reach/

Newton Mayor, Setti Warren, fires verbal shots at Brown.   Warren, a Democrat and Iraq War veteran who previously served in the Clinton administration and as the New England Director of the FEMA, said Brown marketed himself as an independent voice, but has primarily voted with Republicans.      http://westroxbury.patch.com/articles/senate-race-newton-mayor-setti-warren-fires-verbal-shots-at-scott-brown


ETHANOL

Brown breaks “No Tax” pledge and votes to repeal ethanol tax breaks.     http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/166429-mass-dems-bash-sen-scott-brown-on-ethanol-vote


REGULATION

Brown says that excessive and arbitrary FDA regulation is “crushing” Massachusetts biotech firms.   http://www.bostonherald.com/business/technology/general/view/2011_0622fda_fends_off_browns_attacks/srvc=home&position=also

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KEEPING TABS ON SCOTT BROWN: APRIL 15-JUNE 2, 2011

It’s important for Massachusetts voters to be informed about Scott Brown’s voting record, policy positions, and political activities.  I will send out an occasional 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. 
Newsletters are posted on our website:   https://scottbrownsactivities.wordpress.com

If you want to be removed from my e-mail list, please let me know.  Christine Ridout,  cridout123@gmail.com


HEALTH CARE

Democrats hit Brown on health care.    Brown flip-flops on health care.  Democrats are reminding voters that Brown supported Massachusetts health care but says he will vote to repeal the national law.   http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2011/04/scott-brown-2012-senate-race-massachusetts-health-care-/1
Brown hails GOP plan to cut Medicaid spending.   Brown praises GOP plan to ease the federal deficit by restructuring Medicare and cutting spending on Medicaid and food stamps.    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view/20110428sen_scott_brown_hails_gop_plan_to_cut_medicaid_spending/srvc=home&position=recent

After praising Ryan’s Medicare reform proposal, Brown opposed the plan in a “Politico”
op-ed:   “Why I don’t back Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan.”   http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0511/55477.html
Brown won’t commit on Medicare reform.  
Brown refused to say if he supports turning Medicare into a voucher system.   Brown’s comments came four days after he told a luncheon crowd in Georgetown, MA,. that he would vote for the Ryan budget.  http://www.bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view/20110517scott_brown_wont_say_if_he_supports_medicare_overhaul/

Brown said he would vote against Ryan’s plan to reform Medicare, citing fears that the plan would require seniors to bear a disproportionate burden of its costs and put them at risk of not being able to afford coverage.  http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20065354-503544.html

Brown in a heap of trouble after he told local business leaders in Massachusetts that he would vote “for” the House-passed GOP budget when it hits the Senate floor.   After a week’s worth of blowback, his staff now says he meant to say he will vote “on” that budget — but he hasn’t yet figured out how.   http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/05/scott-brown-i-will-on-the-gops-medicare-privatizing-budget—-not-for-it.php

Brown takes on Paul Ryan, opposes GOP Medicare reform plan.   http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/23/scott-brown-takes-on-paul-ryan-opposes-gop-medicare-reform-plan/
CLIMATE CHANGE/ENVIRONMENT

The League of Women Voters launched a $1.4 million ad blitz blasting Brown for voting for a measure that would weaken federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.  The dramatic ad shows a young, wheezing girl wearing an oxygen mask, cradled by her mother. “When Scott Brown voted to eliminate clean air standards that reduce smokestack and tailpipe emissions, just imagine what it could have done to her.   Scott Brown should protect people, not polluters,” the ad states.   http://news.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/2011_0505over-the-top_attack_ad_draws_fire_from_brown/
The ad can be seen at  http://hubbub.wbur.org/2011/05/06/women-voters-scott-brown

Brown Plays the Victim.  Brown accuses the League of Women Voters of abandoning non-partisanship in “phony attacks.”   http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/paltman/scott_brown_plays_the_victim_t.html

Brown writes op-ed in Boston Herald attacking League of Women Voters.  “League pollutes public discourse.”   http://bostonherald.com/news/opinion/op_ed/view.bg?articleid=1335366

Brown’s record is complicated.  He often votes along party lines, but he has gone the opposite way on several occasions, including Wednesday’s vote on a contentious bill that would reshape Medicare.  Brown was one of four in his party to vote against it, reflecting the cautious line he walks as a Republican in a Democratic state.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/28/us/politics/28massachusetts.html

League of Women Voters Flexes Muscle in Ad Aimed at Senator.  Brown on the receiving end of a hard-hitting, big-money television campaign taking him to task for votes to limit the regulatory power of the Environmental Protection Agency.   http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/26/us/politics/26league.html?_r=1

Massachusetts Greens seeing red over Scott Brown’s anti-EPA votes.  http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0511/55152.html

Brown Tries to Distract From the Real Issue—Clean Air.  Brown attacks funding of League of Women Voters advertisement.  But Brown is in no position to cast aspersions about donors.  He has opposed measures to require disclosure of donors. And from what he has had to reveal, we know of at least $133,000 that he has received from bit polluters and their corporate front groups.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/heather-taylormiesle/senator-brown-tries-to-di_b_860719.html

Boston Globe hits Brown on climate vote ahead of 2012 race.    Globe editorial criticizes Brown’s vote in favor of Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky) plan to kill the EPA’s climate change rules.  http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/155727-boston-globe-hits-scott-brown-on-climate-vote-ahead-of-2012-race

Boston Globe calls Brown’s vote on climate change “a sad turnaround on environmental matters.”   http://articles.boston.com/2011-04-13/bostonglobe/29414551_1_greenhouse-gases-greenhouse-gas-emissions-scott-brown

Brown promotes tax credit to retrofit vehicles.   Brown plans to introduce legislation that would give businesses a tax credit to retro-fit vehicle fleets to hybrid vans, cars and trucks.     http://news.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/20110419sen_brown_promotes_tax_credit_to_retrofit_vehicles/srvc=home&position=recent

POLITICS

Brown’s record is complicated.  He often votes along party lines, but he has gone the opposite way on several occasions, including Wednesday’s vote on a contentious bill that would reshape Medicare.  Brown was one of four in his party to vote against it, reflecting the cautious line he walks as a Republican in a Democratic state.  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/28/us/politics/28massachusetts.html

Brown’s media control backfires.  Brown and his team made a strategic decision early in his term to strictly limit the way he communicates with the public. Brown’s communications strategy is based upon delivering his message through press releases, speeches, op-eds, and carefully chosen “friendly” media interviews.   He often refuses to answer media questions at public appearances, or do press conferences to respond to the issue of the day.   But this week, we saw the limits of this approach.  For further information on this topic, see  http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view/2011_0509headlinegoes/srvc=home&position=0

Brown raises $264,000 from political PACs.  http://www.bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view/20110420us_sen_scott_brown_raises_264000_from_political_pacs/srvc=home&position=recent

Brown asks state lawmakers to create a super minority congressional district centered in Boston — a move that could carry political advantages for Republicans one political expert said.  
http://news.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/20110419sen_brown_promotes_tax_credit_to_retrofit_vehicles/srvc=home&position=recent

Democrats pushing consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren to run for Brown’s seat.  http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-warren-senate-20110524,0,1663789.story?track=rss

PLANNED PARENTHOOD

“Brown was interrupted in his ‘fence-sitting’ by a vote on federal funding of Planned Parenthood.”  He voted against de-funding the organization.  
http://spectator.org/blog/2011/04/15/scott-brown-and-pro-life-polit#

BUDGET GAP

Brown in a heap of trouble after he told local business leaders in Massachusetts that he would vote “for” the House-passed GOP budget when it hits the Senate floor.   After a week’s worth of blowback, his staff now says he meant to say he will vote “on” that budget — but he hasn’t yet figured out how.  http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/05/scott-brown-i-will-on-the-gops-medicare-privatizing-budget—-not-for-it.php

Brown remains opposed to raising the nation’s cap unless the vote is tied to “serious spending reforms,’’ despite warnings from economists that not raising the cap would devastate the US economy and shake markets across the globe.   http://articles.boston.com/2011-04-20/news/29451967_1_spending-cuts-spending-concessions-entitlement-programs

LIBYA

Brown stopped short of joining demands that the Obama administration intensify its military role against Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy, saying the president must first m

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