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 and blog post, “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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Editorial Note: Some Things Don’t Change. As I noted last month, all the news about Brown relates to the politics of the 2012 election: how much money he has raised, his standing in the polls, potential Democratic challengers. He has done little that is substantive in any direction, conservative, liberal or moderate.
Elizabeth Warren’s possible entry into the 2012 Senate race may send Brown back to Tea Party. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/08/20/elizabeth-warrens-potential-senate-bid-may-reunite-scott-brown-with-tea-party/
Capuano withdraws from race. http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/02/democratic-field-to-challenge-scott-brown-narrows/
Brown adviser admits he was behind fake twitter account mocking challenger. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/25/scott-brown-adviser-admit_n_936147.html
A labor-backed coalition is looking to send Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) a message with a new ad. “Scott Brown promised to be an independent voice for Massachusetts,” says a narrator in the spot from MassUniting. “But instead, we got ‘Bobble Head Brown,’ saying ‘yes’ to Wall Street and the national Republican agenda. Brown said ‘yes’ to shipping jobs overseas. ‘Yes’ to tax breaks for oil companies and billionaires. ‘Yes’ to slashing Medicaid and Social Security. Tell Scott Brown there’s nothing independent about saying ‘yes’ to Wall Street and the Republican leadership.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/22/scott-brown-targeted-in-b_n_932887.html The ad is also being run on bobbleheadbrown.com
Brown is no friend to women and families. Blog Post. http://crooksandliars.com/sarahburris/5-reasons-scott-brown-bad-women-and-fa
According to Mother Jones, Warren will challenge Brown. Blog post. http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/08/elizabeth-warren-vs-scott-brown-massachusetts-senate. Elizabeth Warren’s website: http://elizabethforma.com/splash/
Brown no lock for re-election. Massachusetts voters will consider the fact that voting for Brown could turn the Senate over to the Republicans and Mitch McConnell. http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2011/08/27/1708494/scott-brown-no-lock-for-re-election.html
Brown and GOP on wrong side of history on the debt. An opinion piece in The Tech (MIT ) says Brown is unwilling to accept anything less than 98 percent of his demands. Sometimes taxes are necessary. http://tech.mit.edu/V131/N32/normandin.html
In an op-ed in the Boston Globe, Charles Fried, an avowed Republican, questions Brown. Fried wants to know where Brown stands on issues confronting the nation, the gridlock politics of Washington, and what kind of Republican he is. http://articles.boston.com/2011-08-23/bostonglobe/29919503_1_rate-increases-budget-deal-revenue-increases
DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL
Brown honored by gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans for backing repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=9258&MediaType=1&Category=26