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Keeping Tabs on Scott Brown: December 24, 2010

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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MEDICAL CARE FOR 9/11 RESPONDERS
Brown had previously joined Republicans earlier this week in helping block the legislation, but a major campaign–including Fox News–to get the bill approved swayed Republicans. Brown stated:  “The first responders on September 11th unselfishly risked their lives when our nation needed them the most.   Their heroic efforts should never be forgotten. I am pleased that we were able to come together and agree upon a workable solution that provides care to these brave Americans. After many months of working on this effort, I am proud to vote for this bill.”     http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2010/12/brown_to_back_b.html?rss_id=Top+Stories

DREAM ACT
Brown views the Dream Act as an unlawful amnesty.
His spokesperson said:  “Brown is opposed to illegal immigration and he is opposed to amnesty.  The Dream Act is back-door amnesty. Senator Brown believes reforms should be made to streamline the process for those who are seeking citizenship through the legal and proper channels.”
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2010/12/20/immigrants_lament_dream_acts_defeat/?page=2
 

NEW START TREATY
With Brown on Board, Momentum Building for START Treaty. After a closed Senate session to discuss classified information, Brown told reporters that he would back the treaty.   http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2010/12/with-sen-scott-brown-on-board-momentum-building-for-start-treaty.html

Brown votes “Yes” on START treaty. Brown joined 7 other Republicans to pass the START treaty. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/12/scott-brown-to-support-start-t.html

DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL
Brown supports repeal of DADT. Along with 8 other Republicans, Brown voted to repeal DADT. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2010/12/senate-gays-in-military–1/1

POLITICS
Brown draws ire on the right. Brown’s decision to buck his party leadership…has set off a new wave of anger among some of the activists who helped elect him — and renewed talk among conservatives that he might face a primary challenge.    http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2010/12/24/brown_draws_ire_on_the_right/?s_campaign=8315

CBS News says Scott Brown was the best candidate of 2010. As part of its “Washington Unplugged” year in review CBS stated:  “Brown came out of nowhere and took the country by storm.” http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20026348-503544.html

The Boston Herald has learned that Robert Pozen, a Democat, has been seriously talking to party insiders about challenging Brown in 2012. Pozen is a legend in the investment world who’s made many millions of dollars helping run huge financial services firms such as Fidelity and MFS Investment.    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view/20101223robert_pozen_could_give_brown_run_for_his_money/

Brown’s Dilemma. Brown faces voters in 2012.  He stunned the Democrats in 2009 but this time they will see him coming.  Faced with a larger than usual number of competitive Republican candidates this past November, Massachusetts Democrats reminded everyone that they are hard to beat without the element of surprise.  Brown must take note.
http://spectator.org/archives/2010/12/20/scott-browns-dilemma

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Keeping Tabs on Scott Brown: December 17, 2010

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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BANKING REFORM
Brown’s campaign coffers fill with money from financial industry.   Banks gave heavily to Brown as he watered down financial reform.
As the fate of the Wall Street regulatory overhaul hung in the balance last summer, Brown used the leverage of his swing vote to win key concessions for banks; he refused to vote for the bill until his demands were met.  State Street Bank was a huge beneficiary.  $140,000 was delivered to Brown’s campaign by the financial sector in return for his vote.  http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2010/12/12/banks_donations_soared_as_brown_negotiated/?rss_id=Boston.com+–+Top+political+stories sought by firms  and  http://thinkprogress.org/2010/12/12/banks-brown/

TAXES, TAXES, TAXES
Brown defies Tea Party to support tax-cut deal.  Brown supports tax compromise to the dismay of the Tea Party which is focused on deficit reduction.    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2010/12/scott-brown-tea-party-tax-cuts-/1

HEALTH CARE
Brown lauds legal setback for Obama health care. “Obama Care violates states’ rights.” http://www.bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view/20101213brown_lauds_unconstitutional_ruling_on_obama_care/srvc=home&position=0

DREAM ACT
Brown will not support the DREAM Act and called the bill aimed at helping illegal immigrant college students “backdoor amnesty.”  Under The DREAM Act, illegal immigrants would qualify for permanent legal residency by graduating from college or trade school, or by joining the military.
http://news.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/20101213sen_brown_says_he_will_not_support_dream_act/srvc=home&position=recent 


NEW START TREATY
Brown votes in favor of moving forward debate on new START Treaty. http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2010/12/brown_votes_in.html

DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL
With procedural obstacles removed, Brown supports repeal of DADT. http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=7105&MediaType=1&Category=25 and http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/17/us/politics/17military.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2010/12/17/brown_says_he_will_vote_to_repeal_dont_ask_dont_tell/?s_campaign=8315

POLITICS
A progressive group, The Agenda Project, aims a new advertisement targeting Brown for his recent vote against lowering taxes for Americans making less than $1 million a year
.  The narrator says:  “Brown said he was like us — he said he would be our Senator. He said he would lower our taxes. But ‘Mister I drive a truck’ is totally full of it,” says the ad’s narrator.    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/10/scott-brown-agenda-project-ad_n_794872.html

In an opinion piece, Boston Herald’s Peter Gelzinis  states:  “A year ago, Brown won our hearts posing as a tribune for the common man.  He was the amiable hunk who canvassed the state in a barn jacket and a pickup truck, promising to be our voice in Washington.  But  “…the barn jacket costs $900 and is made out of glove leather, not canvas.  As for the pickup truck, well, before it became a campaign prop, Scott used it primarily to haul hay for his daughter’s show horse. Like most common men do.” These days, it’s getting harder and harder to determine just who Scott Brown is. Or who he’s working for.
http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1302529&srvc=rss

In a blog post, Jeremy Jacobs says Brown is not as vulnerable in 2012 as you think.  “From his well-formed centrist brand, to his proven ability to raise money, to the lack of a well-funded Democratic challenger, it’s becoming clear that Brown is no dead man walking….”   http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2010/12/why-scott-brown-1.php


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KEEPING TABS ON SCOTT BROWN: DECEMBER 11, 2010

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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This Week’s News:


TAXES, TAXES, TAXES
Brown has not decided whether to support the revised proposal on extending the Bush era tax cuts. Senate leaders made a bid to salvage Obama’s tax package by adding tax breaks, including ones for alternative energy projects, that could clear the way for passage.   http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2010/12/10/senate_scrambles_to_save_tax_plan/?s_campaign=8315

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Brown opposes extension of unemployment benefits. http://www.thebostonchannel.com/chronicle/26011378/detail.html

DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL
Brown joins Republicans in blocking a vote on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Last week, Brown declared his support of the repeal but joined his fellow Republicans yesterday in opposing it because the extension of income-tax cuts had not been passed.  Boston Globe.   http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2010/12/10/republicans_block_vote_on_repealing_dont_ask_dont_tell/?s_campaign=8315

Republicans who support repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell but voiced procedural concerns — Sens. Scott Brown and Lisa Murkowski — voted not to bring the bill to the floor.
http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/12/09/5619090-key-vote-on-dont-ask-dont-tell-repeal-fails

In an opinion piece, the Boston Globe’s Adrian Walker asks Massachusetts voters who elected Brown how they felt about his decision to help kill, or at least delay, the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’’ http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2010/12/11/how_now_brown/

POLITICS
How will Brown’s position on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”–and his vote to prevent it from coming to the floor–affect his re-election bid?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/06/scott-brown-dadt-repeal-reelection_n_792210.html

In his most recent newsletter to his constituents, Brown  asks:  ” Did you see this poll?” Brown states the following on his newsletter:    “A new survey of Massachusetts, conducted by Public Policy Polling, declares Brown to be in good shape heading into his 2012 re-election bid.”    See his newsletter at http://www.scottbrown.com/news/2010-12-06/new-poll-results You can find the poll results at http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/12/ppp-poll-goper-scott-brown-in-good-shape-in-heavily-dem-massachusetts.php If you would like to receive Brown’s newsletter,   go to his campaign web site and sign up: http://www.scottbrown.com/news/2010-12-06/new-poll-results

A dicey dynamic for Brown. By encouraging the Republicans’ instinct for brinksmanship, Brown faces a difficult dynamic.  Brown signed a letter declaring Republican senators would block all legislative action until the Bush taxcuts for upper income earners were extended.  Elected with significant labor support, he found himself looking for cover in the battle over unemployment benefits. He also must balance his position on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the tax cut debate which symbolizes  a choice between the interests of the middle class and those of the well-to-do.
http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2010/12/08/a_dicey_dynamic_for_brown/

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Keeping Tabs on Scott Brown: December 3, 2010

Last week, a newsletter reader suggested contacting Brown directly on issues of concern.  I think it’s a good idea.  His official web site is http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/ You must type this address into the URL yourself.   If you just click on it, you are directed to a campaign site. His phone # is 202 -224-4543.   To contact him by e-mail, you must go to his web site and fill out a contact form.   No e-mail address is given.

This Week’s News:

Extending Unemployment Insurance

Boston Globe: Brown will not support extension of unemployment benefits but will support tax cuts for the wealthy. In an opinion piece, Joan Vennochi blasts Brown for playing Scrooge to the middle class and Santa to the wealthy.
http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2010/12/02/scrooged/?s_campaign=8315

New York Times:  Brown tries to block extension of unemployment benefits with the Scott Brown Unemployment Compensation Funding Plan. In an opinion piece,  Gail Collins castigated Brown for complaining about having to return to Washington to vote on the new food safety legislation while complaining that the Senate was not focusing on his unemployment proposal.  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/02/opinion/02collins.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper

New York Daily News :  Brown blocks unemployment benefits, then throws swanky party.   In a scathing article,  NY Daily News’ Michael Daly, blasted Brown for voting to prevent Congress from extending unemployment benefits “that will now run out for 2 million Americans during the holiday season.  And that is not counting their kids.  Ted Kennedy will never seem more dead than when his successor follows this monumental callousness with a big holiday bash at the Park Plaza Hotel.”   $100/person.    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2010/1/2010-12-02_gop_senator_scott_brown_channels_scrooge_blocks_unemployment_benefits_then_throw.html#ixzz16yQuDamc

The Hill
:   Brown invites 26,000 to Christmas party.
Entertainment will be provided by two Massachusetts celebs:  Brown’s daughter, 2006 “American Idol” finalist Ayla Brown and former Boston College and NFL quarterback Doug Flutie who supported Brown during his campaign.   http://thehill.com/capital-living/in-the-know/131529-sen-scott-brown-invites-26000-to-christmas-party-

Politics
New York Times: Senate Republicans Threaten Tax Dispute Blockade.  Brown joins 41 other Republicans in ultimatum. The blunt threat was made in a letter to Harry Reid.  Republicans threatened to block any legislation until a deal is reached to extend the expiring the Bush tax cuts, potentially derailing ratification of the New Start Treat, repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a measure to extend jobless benefits, and a food safety bill.   http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/02/us/politics/02cong.html?scp=5&sq=December+01+2010&st=nyt

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

The Sun Chronicle (
Attleboro, MA
):  Brown is still undecided on whether the “don’t-ask-don’t-tell”  ban on gays serving openly in the military should be repealed.   http://www.thesunchronicle.com/articles/2010/12/01/news/8477080.txt

Brown’s Military Service

Chicago Sun-Times
:    Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) has resumed his Navy Reserve duty, after taking time off for his Senate election. Kirk is now one of three Senators who drill regularly in the reserves: Kirk, in the Navy; Sen. Lindsey Grahm (R-N.C.) in the Air Force and Sen.  Scott Brown in the Army.   http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2010/11/mark_kirk_lindsey_graham_scott.html

 

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