KEEPING TABS ON SCOTT BROWN: MARCH 11-APRIL 8, 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. 
Newsletters are posted on our website:   https://scottbrownsactivities.wordpress.com

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Note:  Since January 2011, there has been little news about Scott Brown or about congressional activity in general.  Yesterday, Bob Schieffer of CBS News, said that Congress has done “absolutely nothing” since January.  A good explanation for the dearth of information about Brown since the first of the year.

POLITICS

Labor Unions Look to Peel Away Support for Brown.   Brown will be a key target say Massachusetts organizers Brown’antilabor votes include:

In an op-ed piece, Joan Vennochi says Brown purposely confuses voters.   First he’s for cutting Planned Parenthood and then he’s not;  he’s against the extension of jobless benefits until he voted for a budget that extended them; he was against repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell’’ until he voted for it.  http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2011/03/24/brown_being_brown/?s_campaign=8315

Poll:   Mass. voters would re-elect Sen. Scott Brown.  The poll by Suffolk University in Boston showed 55% of likely Masssachusetts voters say Brown deserves to return to Congress.  http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2011/04/scott-brown-2012-senate-race-poll-/1

Brown boasts $8M war chest.  http://news.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/2011_0406brown_boasts_8m_war_chest/

Brown emerging as key Senate player.  Brown campaigned as the potential 41st GOP vote to halt Obama’s health insurance overhaul. Now, Brown is helping the president make the new law more palatable to its critics. Although Brown insists he still opposes the overall health care measure, his bipartisan plan embraced by the president is one of the most visible examples of Brown’s willingness to rebuff his Tea Party movement roots and work in the Senate as a compromiser.   http://articles.boston.com/2011-03-05/news/29346084_1_repeal-state-senate-post-garrison-nelson

BROWN’S VOTING RECORD

If you are interested in following Brown’s voting record, here are some sites to check.


PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Brown supports family planning and health services for women.   “Given our severe budget problems, I don’t believe any area of the budget is completely immune from cuts. However, the proposal to eliminate all funding for family planning goes too far.”    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20046003-503544.html

BUDGET GAP

Brown Praises Rep. Paul Ryan, Says “Everything is on the Table” for Medicare.   House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s plan to end Medicare and Medicaid as we know them might be slow to accrue supporters within his own party, but Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), a key swing vote in the Senate, indicated he was at least open to the idea. http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/04/scott-brown-praises-paul-ryan-says-everything-is-on-the-table-for-medicare.php

In a letter, Brown called Republican efforts to cut government spending “irresponsible” and urged party leaders to get over their ideology and find an agreement on a final resolution to fund the government through the fiscal year.  The Massachusetts Republican sent the letter to Senate leaders of both parties urging them to end their squabble over the budget, drop the ideological games and come to an agreement, adding that he was “disappointed” in their behavior so far.  http://dailycaller.com/2011/03/31/sen-scott-brown-calls-republican-spending-cuts-irresponsible/#ixzz1Iwl95syv

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KEEPING TABS ON SCOTT BROWN: JANUARY 29-FEBRUARY 12, 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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Don’t forget to watch Brown on “The View” on February 21. 
His appearance coincides with the release of his memoirs,
“Against All Odds.”


POLITICS

“Newsweek” has a big story on Scott Brown (http://www.newsweek.com/2011/02/06/you-call-this-a-republican.html) which is largely positive.
But the article also points out that Brown has a tendency to launch into “peevish rants” about how unfair conservatives are when they criticize him.  See http://blogs.wickedlocal.com/holmesandco/2011/02/09/newsweek-on-scott-brown/ for a critique of Brown and the article.

Brown’s growing war chest — now topping $7 million — is bolstering the Republican’s status as a political powerhouse,
and pushing Democrats to find the strongest candidate.   http://www.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view.bg?articleid=1313186

ECONOMY

Brown has a 6 point proposal to increase jobs in Massachusetts.
1.  Hire a Hero
2.  The Medical Device Tax Relief Act
would repeal a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device makers that takes effect on product sales after Dec. 31, 2012.
3.  The Innovate America Act co-sponsored with Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) that would cut spending and red tape and help businesses use research and development for new    products, boost education programs and promote U.S. exports in new markets to strengthen American economic leadership.
4.  The Tax Withholding Relief Act would repeal the 3 percent tax on any company with federal, state or local government contracts.
5.  The Expediting Lifesaving Medicines Act would require the Food and Drug Administration to speed approvals of life-saving drugs.
6. A measure that would require the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Commerce Department to acknowledge that their catch-share regulations are strangling the Bay State fishing industry.
http://news.bostonherald.com/business/general/view/20110201brown_outlines_proposalsto_grow_jobs_in_bay_state/srvc=home&position=recent and  http://www.wbur.org/2011/01/31/scott-brown-woburn-jobs

Brown has been named to the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
http://www.wickedlocal.com/foxborough/news/x1896056205/Scott-Brown-named-to-Senate-Small-Business-Committee

Brown touted his job creation strategy while decrying an anti-business climate in Massachusetts during a speech to local business leaders.
http://www.patriotledger.com/business/x199971637/Sen-Scott-Brown-decries-anti-business-climate-in-Massachusetts


Brown said he was open to raising the debt limit.
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2011/02/10/in_patriot_act_vote_glimpse_of_rift_in_gop/?page=2

HEATING ASSISTANCE

Brown joined his Democratic Congressional colleagues from Massachusetts yesterday to oppose a proposed $2.5 billion cut by the Obama administration to home heating fuel assistance for low-income households, which would jeopardize aid to thousands of state residents.   http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2011/02/11/brown_opposes__us_cuts_to_heat_aid/?s_campaign=8315


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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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KEEPING TABS ON SCOTT BROWN: JANUARY 8, 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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This week’s news is all political.

POLITICS
Boston Globe Magazine names Scott Brown Bostonian of the year. The cover story of this week’s magazine features Brown as the Globe’s pick for Bostonian of the Year.  A lengthy article includes a short bio, a review of his election and his record so far.   http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/articles/2011/01/02/the_life_of_the_party_scott_brown/

NECN airs an interview with the The Boston Globe Magazine’s editor on how they selected Brown to be Man of the Year. http://www.necn.com/12/31/10/Scott-Brown-named-Bostonian-of-the-Year/landing_politics.html?blockID=382585&feedID=4212

MassLive picks Brown as one of the top 10 news stories of the year. http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/12/top_10_news_stories_2010_scott_brown_elected_us_senate.html

Could Martha Coakley curse befall Scott Brown? A discussion of the reasons why Brown could  be defeated in 2012.    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/20110103could_martha_coakley_curse_befall_scott_brown/srvc=home&position=0

Mass. GOP feuds in post-Brown era. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47103.html

President Obama reaches out to Sen. Scott Brown
President Obama, in a phone call from Air Force One, spoke with Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown, praising his work on the Arlington National Cemetery legislation.    http://www.thestatecolumn.com/articles/president-obama-reaches-out-to-sen-scott-brown/

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Keeping Tabs on Scott Brown: December 31, 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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HEALTH CARE
Brown and Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) will team up to tweak health care. The proposed legislation would allow states to opt out of the federal health law in 2014 instead of 2017, provided they meet minimum coverage benchmarks. The argument, Wyden said, is that the bill would give both conservatives and liberals a chance to prove their theories on how best to run health care.   http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/28/AR2010122803927.html

POLITICS

Brown will start book tour in February. “Against All Odds” relates the challenges Brown faced as a young man and how he overcame them.  The book deal is in the seven figures; the tour will  jump start his 2012 campaign.    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/senate/scott-brown-to-kick-off-book-t.html

Brown’s campaign war chest. Since 2005, Brown has raised $35,000,000.00; spent $21.5m; and has $12.8 cash on hand. His top 5 contributors are:FMR Corp, Bain Capital, Affiliated Managers Group, Credit Suisse, and Las Vegas Sands.   Additional information:  http://www.usnews.com/congress/brown-scott-p/donors

Brown vulnerable in 2012. Voter turnout will be heavy in a presidential election year–heavy turnout helps the Democrats; Brown may face a challenge from the right for the nomination; Vicki Kennedy is a possible candidate.  http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/senate/scott-brown-to-kick-off-book-t.html http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2010/12/16/the_toast__and_talk__of_the_town/

A Tea Party challenge. “I think that there will be a primary challenge,” said Christen Varley, president of the Greater Boston Tea Party.  http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2010/12/27/scott_brown_tea_party/index.html http://www.frumforum.com/scott-brown-frustrates-tea-party

Will Brown turn out to be a transitional figure, a one-hit wonder remembered vaguely as that former nude Cosmo model who once snared the seemingly bluest seat in the country for Team Red? Too soon to tell.    A year-end summary of Brown’s campaign and legislative record.  http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/articles/2011/01/02/the_life_of_the_party_scott_brown/?page=6

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Keeping Tabs on Scott Brown: December 24, 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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MEDICAL CARE FOR 9/11 RESPONDERS
Brown had previously joined Republicans earlier this week in helping block the legislation, but a major campaign–including Fox News–to get the bill approved swayed Republicans. Brown stated:  “The first responders on September 11th unselfishly risked their lives when our nation needed them the most.   Their heroic efforts should never be forgotten. I am pleased that we were able to come together and agree upon a workable solution that provides care to these brave Americans. After many months of working on this effort, I am proud to vote for this bill.”     http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2010/12/brown_to_back_b.html?rss_id=Top+Stories

DREAM ACT
Brown views the Dream Act as an unlawful amnesty.
His spokesperson said:  “Brown is opposed to illegal immigration and he is opposed to amnesty.  The Dream Act is back-door amnesty. Senator Brown believes reforms should be made to streamline the process for those who are seeking citizenship through the legal and proper channels.”
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2010/12/20/immigrants_lament_dream_acts_defeat/?page=2
 

NEW START TREATY
With Brown on Board, Momentum Building for START Treaty. After a closed Senate session to discuss classified information, Brown told reporters that he would back the treaty.   http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2010/12/with-sen-scott-brown-on-board-momentum-building-for-start-treaty.html

Brown votes “Yes” on START treaty. Brown joined 7 other Republicans to pass the START treaty. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/12/scott-brown-to-support-start-t.html

DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL
Brown supports repeal of DADT. Along with 8 other Republicans, Brown voted to repeal DADT. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2010/12/senate-gays-in-military–1/1

POLITICS
Brown draws ire on the right. Brown’s decision to buck his party leadership…has set off a new wave of anger among some of the activists who helped elect him — and renewed talk among conservatives that he might face a primary challenge.    http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2010/12/24/brown_draws_ire_on_the_right/?s_campaign=8315

CBS News says Scott Brown was the best candidate of 2010. As part of its “Washington Unplugged” year in review CBS stated:  “Brown came out of nowhere and took the country by storm.” http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20026348-503544.html

The Boston Herald has learned that Robert Pozen, a Democat, has been seriously talking to party insiders about challenging Brown in 2012. Pozen is a legend in the investment world who’s made many millions of dollars helping run huge financial services firms such as Fidelity and MFS Investment.    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view/20101223robert_pozen_could_give_brown_run_for_his_money/

Brown’s Dilemma. Brown faces voters in 2012.  He stunned the Democrats in 2009 but this time they will see him coming.  Faced with a larger than usual number of competitive Republican candidates this past November, Massachusetts Democrats reminded everyone that they are hard to beat without the element of surprise.  Brown must take note.
http://spectator.org/archives/2010/12/20/scott-browns-dilemma

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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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