KEEPING TABS ON SCOTT BROWN: JANUARY 8-22, 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 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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POLITICS

Brown
in for a close reelection race in 2012. According to an informal poll, just under 55 percent of respondents gave Brown a grade of A or B on his first year in office. The rest rated him at a C or below.   http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/blogs/the_angle/2011/01/readers_weigh_i.html

Republican analyst, Todd Domke, says Brown should be reelected because he’s “a workhorse, not a show horse;’’ Barney Frank gave Brown high marks for collaborating on Wall Street reform; Brown’s contrast with John Kerry— populist versus patrician — makes him more appealing; and Brown’s style is dispassionate and open-minded. http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2011/01/19/deserved_popularity/

Democratic analyst,
Dan Payne, says Brown should not be reelected:
1.  Brown was against providing health benefits for 9/11 Ground Zero workers… Under pressure, he relented and accepted a bill worth half as much as needed for those once called heroes.
2.
Brown calls himself the people’s senator but he opposed extending unemployment benefits to 60,000 Massachusetts residents because he said we can’t afford it. Instead, he backed the Bush tax cuts for millionaires. Cost: $800 billion over 10 years.
3.  Brown called Elena Kagan “brilliant” but voted against her, giving a vote to Mitch McConnell.
4.  On Don’t ask, don’t tell, Brown vacillated for months. Then he held it hostage until he got the Bush tax cuts for the rich.
5.  Brown says he supports Massachusetts’ gun laws, but the NRA gave him a lifetime grade of A+.  After Tucson, Brown said gun control should be left to the states.
6.  Quietly helping insurance industry. Brown opposed legislation to reform Wall Street until he extracte special concessions for two giant Massachusetts insurance        companies. Working to eliminate $19 million in financial industry fees, he was rewarded with $140,000 in campaign contributions from the industry.
7Brown voted with Republicans 83% of the time. http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2011/01/19/an_average_senator/

Vicki Kennedy will not run against Brown in 2012. http://blog.masslive.com/thefray/2011/01/vicki_kennedy_will_not_run_aga.html

Brown to appear on `The View’ on Feb. 21 to coincide with the release of his memoirs, “Against All Odds.”   http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9KISLE01.htm

ECONOMY

Brown and Kerry take aim at corporate income taxes.
Brown says his top priority is revving up the economy and creating jobs. He says cutting the corporate income tax will help create jobs in Massachusetts.   http://www.bostonherald.com/business/general/view/20110119scott_brown_john_kerry_take_aim_at_corporate_income_tax/

ENVIRONMENT
Brown expressed reservations about a proposal for offshore wind farms south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.   http://www.bostonherald.com/business/general/view.bg?articleid=1309643


BROWN REFLECTS ON FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE

In an interview on WBZ-TV Brown states:
1.  He believes he’s won the respect of voters on both sides of the aisle.
2.  His priorities for the coming year are to cut the deficit and grow jobs. He has filed a procurement reform bill to change the way the government gives out contracts.
3.  He will vote to repeal the health care bill.  Brown says, “We already have health care here, and a lot of states want the ability to determine for their own citizens.”
4.  Brown says his “strong family and having Gail with me” keeps him grounded. Also “Being able to get back every weekend, and drive around on the truck–it’s got       216, 000 miles now.”     http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/01/14/sen-scott-brown-reflects-on-first-year-in-office/

BROWN’S LATEST NEWSLETTER

Brown’ latest newsletter to his constituents can be seen at http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2011/1/senator-scott-brown-s-january-2011-e-newsletter

BROWN’S MOST RECENT E-MAIL TO SUBSCRIBERS

Note:  In Brown’s request for donations at the end of this e-mail, the emphasis is Brown’s.

Dear Friend,
It’s hard to believe it’s been one year since we rocked the political establishment with our victory in the Special Election on January 19 for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.

One year ago today, you sent a message to Washington that it was time to say no to business as usual.
Since becoming your Senator, with every vote that I have taken, I have always had a citizen’s perspective with your interests in mind.
This past year, I opposed the federal takeover of our health care system, refused to support economically disastrous Cap and Trade legislation, voted against amnesty for college-aged illegal immigrants, and supported the continuation of the Bush tax cuts, which are vital to our economic future.
I also take serious the challenge of reducing federal spending and debt, which is why I refuse to sponsor spending earmarks.
I campaigned with the promise of making jobs my number one priority. As your Senator, I have been focused on getting our economy back on track and allowing American innovation to flourish without heavy regulations from Washington.

I wanted to send this email to say thank you for all your help. From the bottom of my heart, I am glad to call you a friend and a supporter. I am so grateful to serve you in the United States Senate and I look forward to continuing the work we started a year ago.

Our Massachusetts miracle was the beginning of a Republican revolution that swept the nation this past November. Great victories have been won, but the fight continues.

As you have undoubtedly heard, the political machine in Massachusetts is working hard to defeat us and will spend whatever it takes to unseat me. I need your help to win again.

Please take a moment to make a donation on this anniversary of our Special Election win.  For those who can contribute today, we have some very special gifts.  Donate $19 and receive a specially produced anniversary pin.  Donate $100 today and receive an autographed “Peoples’ Seat” cushion.

Your Senator,

P.S. If you text BROWN to 68398 you will be able to receive infrequent text messages from me while I’m on the road.

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