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December 4, 2012
Liberals rejoice, financial sector weeps: With her election to the Senate, Warren became one of the most powerful people in the country; now, she’s headed to one of the most powerful committees in the Senate. Financial regulation is Warren’s specialty; she helped oversee the distribution of TARP funds in 2009 and essentially created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. We can’t imagine the bank lobby wanted her on this committee, but then again, there’s probably not much they could have done to prevent it. (Photo: AP) source

Liberals rejoice, financial sector weeps: With her election to the Senate, Warren became one of the most powerful people in the country; now, she’s headed to one of the most powerful committees in the Senate. Financial regulation is Warren’s specialty; she helped oversee the distribution of TARP funds in 2009 and essentially created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. We can’t imagine the bank lobby wanted her on this committee, but then again, there’s probably not much they could have done to prevent it. (Photo: AP) source

12:58 // 1 year ago
November 9, 2012
Warren to nab powerful committee seat?  According to several Senate sources, Senator-elect and populist hero Elizabeth Warren has a good chance of getting a seat on the powerful Senate Banking Committee. This is a logical fit for Warren, architect of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and would give her great power in her efforts to curb deceptive and unscrupulous practices on the part of financial institutions. "[G]iven her prominent work on those issues, she would certainly have a very good shot" at getting a spot on the committee, an aide tells Reuters. Having Warren on Banking is essentially the Republicans’ worst nightmare, but it’s worth noting that it’s a nightmare entirely of their own short-sited construction. source

Warren to nab powerful committee seat?  According to several Senate sources, Senator-elect and populist hero Elizabeth Warren has a good chance of getting a seat on the powerful Senate Banking Committee. This is a logical fit for Warren, architect of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and would give her great power in her efforts to curb deceptive and unscrupulous practices on the part of financial institutions. "[G]iven her prominent work on those issues, she would certainly have a very good shot" at getting a spot on the committee, an aide tells Reuters. Having Warren on Banking is essentially the Republicans’ worst nightmare, but it’s worth noting that it’s a nightmare entirely of their own short-sited constructionsource

15:39 // 1 year ago
November 6, 2012
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21:08 // 1 year ago
October 30, 2012

Scott Brown says no final debate reschedule needed, Warren camp disagrees

  • then When asked by the media last Friday about concerns the fourth and final Massachusetts senate debate would be cancelled, due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Sandy, Sen. Scott Brown made it clear he wanted the show to go on — even if he had to have a mighty awkward carpool: “That’s why I have a truck. You know it has four-wheel drive. If she needs a ride, I’m happy to pick her up, and I’ll be there, providing the electricity is on.”
  • now The tables have turned, as it’s now Warren’s camp is eager to make up the date in the aftermath of Sandy, while Team Brown demurs. “We’ve already had three debates. There’s only a few days left, and we have a very, very busy schedule,” Brown told reporters today, while touring damage from last night’s storm in Westport. The Warren campaign, according to a spokeswoman, has indicated to debate organizers that she’d be available on Thursday night if so decided. source
19:08 // 1 year ago
September 20, 2012

Harry Reid cancels Senate votes for the day so Scott Brown can make debate

  • Scott Brown ”I’m sure if we don’t make [the debate] tonight, we’ll reschedule it for Monday or something,” the Senator said around 2pm today, just hours before a scheduled debate with his Senate opponent Elizabeth Warren. “Bottom line is, the people have sent me down here to do my job — and that’s to vote.” Democrats immediately accused Brown of attempting to avoid the debate.
  • Harry Reid ”No more votes today. It’s obvious to me what’s going on. I’ve been to a few of these rodeos,” the Majority Leader said shortly after Brown’s comments. “One of the senators who doesn’t want to debate tonight won’t be in a debate. While he can’t use the Senate as an excuse, there will be no more votes today.” Reid canceled the rest of the votes for the day so that Brown could make the debate—which he did. source

The Massachusetts Senate race is shaping up to be one of the closest races of 2012, with Brown and Warren consistently running within just a few points of one another. If you missed tonight’s debate, here are two recaps

21:52 // 1 year ago
July 24, 2012

How the Massachusetts Senate race neutralized outside campaign ads — perhaps too well

Back in January, Republican Sen. Scott Brown and his Senate opponent, Elizabeth Warren, signed a pledge to effectively ban or neutralize outside money — saying that they would donate to charity if a group advertised for them or against their opponent. Brown, who faced a tough 2010 special election for this reason, fought for the deal — which was initially seen as a coup for him because of his war chest. But since then, Warren has had one very prime weak spot — her ancestry controversy — that outside groups weren’t able to exploit because of the document above. Plus, she’s become a huge fundraiser in her own right. So Brown is suddenly having regrets. But is this an example that other campaigns can follow?

8:06 // 1 year ago
June 19, 2012
This non-endorsement pledge is unprecedented and is not being required of any other persons or entities. To us, such a pledge seems inappropriate when a non-media sponsor issues a debate invitation. We can assure both campaigns that the debate will be fair, just as the one we cosponsored between Senator Brown and Attorney General Martha Coakley in 2010 was fair.
A statement by the Edward M. Kennedy Institute • Expressing anger over a main condition set by Sen. Scott Brown that he’ll only take part in senatorial debates to be held at the institute on the condition that Vicki Kennedy, Ted Kennedy’s widow who plays a key role in the institute, not endorse anyone in the campaign. Brown’s campaign manager, upon word of this statement, said Brown would decline the offer to debate: “We respect Vicki Kennedy’s decision but we regret that we cannot accept a debate invitation from someone who plans to endorse Scott Brown’s opponent.” (ht sarahlee310)
21:06 // 2 years ago
June 6, 2012
18:54 // 2 years ago
May 9, 2012

Watch this video. Feel good about Scott Brown. Then, after you’re done watching the clip of the Massachusetts senator draining a three pointer from half-court, know that Democrats in the state are using this as evidence that the Senator is improperly using taxpayer money to shoot campaign videos, as this video was shot by one of his staffers. Now the answer to that is “uh, of course not, because the congressional staffer was just lucky enough to catch Scott Brown shoot an underhand three pointer from half-court.” But Democrats in Massachusetts are facing trouble of their own, with Elizabeth Warren continuing to face questions about whether she improperly claimed to be Native American during her educational career. But maybe you don’t care about any of that. In that case, we recommend you just watch the video. source

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20:37 // 2 years ago