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
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/
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?
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.
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