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. 
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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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