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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