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Sen. Scott Brown Sees ‘Uphill Battle’ for Seat

Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sen. Scott Brown, the Massachusetts Republican who replaced the late Ted Kennedy in the Senate, plans to formally begin his reelection campaign at a rally on Jan. 19.

The Massachusetts Senate race will be a closely watched contest not only because Brown is a Republican in a liberal state but because of the attention given to Elizabeth Warren, his opponent who left her job as an adviser to President Obama to run in the race.

Brown sent his supporters an invitation to his “campaign kickoff” in Worcester, Mass., Friday, claiming that his reelection bid will be “another uphill battle.”

“Representing Massachusetts in the Senate has been the honor of my life,” the invitation says. "But after only two short years, there is still much work to do to fix a broken Washington, get our economy moving again, and put our nation back on the right track.”

The event will happen exactly two years after Brown defeated Martha Coakley in the Massachusetts special election for Kennedy’s Senate seat. Since then, his strong support within the Tea Party -- which helped propel him into office during the Republicans' historic 2010 miderm election victory -- has waned over what many members see as Brown's support of much of President Obama's agenda.

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GOP Address: Sen. Brown Seeks Repeal of 3% Tax Mandate

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts delivers this week's Republican address, calling on Congress to find common ground and pass legislation that will "revive our nation's economy."

With many Americans out of work and looking for jobs as the holidays approach, Sen. Brown says, "The reality is that we should make a difference here and now, with legislation that could be passed immediately."

Adding that both parties have already reached some accord -- for example, on the passage of free trade agreements with South Korea, Columbia and Panama -- Brown believes bipartisanship can be accomplished in other measures yet to be passed.

"Yes, it took us a lot longer than it should have, but after some give and take, we finally got it done," Brown says. "And just like that, we set in motion a big change that is going to create thousands of jobs in Massachusetts and all across America."

Now, Sen. Brown calls on Senate Democrats to move forward with a vote to pass the jobs bill he says he introduced in January.  He emphasizes that this bill would repeal a three percent withholding mandate that, starting in 2013, would allow the government to withhold "three percent of payments to contractors that provide any product or service to the government."

"Now all the mandate will do is, is take more money out of our economy at a time when quite frankly we can least afford it," Brown says.

Brown adds that the costs of enforcing this measure would be higher than any revenues it would produce by nearly eight to one.

Passed last week in the House, Brown says the decision now comes down to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. to "do something for the American people" instead of letting "politics win out again." Brown recalls occasions when Reid has asked him for his consideration on bills "on their merits," and says he is "always willing to do so."

Asserting that this bill "deserves" a Senate vote and signing by the president, Brown urges, "we must remember we're Americans first and we need to put our country's interests before partisan political interests."

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Massachusetts Senate Race: Money War Is On

Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The money war in the Massachusetts Senate race is officially on and this quarter Elizabeth Warren is the resounding victor.

The consumer advocate and Harvard Law School professor raised $3.15 million in just several weeks of campaigning. Ninety-six percent of the donations were $100 or less, according to her campaign, which said they raised the money from 11,000 donors in Massachusetts with the “vast majority” of donations coming in after she formally announced on Sept. 14, the last two weeks of the quarter.

This is more than many of the GOP presidential candidates raised this quarter.

But despite her big haul, Warren’s accounts are still dwarfed by Scott Brown’s cash on hand. The Brown campaign raised $1.55 million this quarter, less than Warren, but has $10.5 million cash on hand. The Brown campaign’s finance director released a statement pointing out they have quite the war chest they can sit on while Warren has to battle her Democratic rivals before she officially takes on Brown.

“Scott Brown had another strong fundraising quarter and he will have the resources he needs to get out his strong pro-jobs message and run against whomever emerges as the Democratic nominee,” John Cook, Brown’s finance director said in a statement.

Warren’s rise is happening at the same time the Occupy Wall Street protests are going on throughout the country. Just as the tea party movement led directly to conservatives being elected in 2010, could Warren be the first Occupy Wall Street senator? Massachusetts Democratic Party strategist Mary Anne Marsh called Warren’s fundraising numbers “impressive” and pointed out that the issues the protesters are pushing are just the ones that Warren has been working on as a consumer protection advocate and will undoubtedly help her against Brown.

The Warren campaign sent out an email to supporters hoping to raise even more money off the large haul.

“That’s why your support is more important than ever. I need you to help us build the strongest grassroots campaign we can by encouraging your friends and family to join us, too,” the email signed Elizabeth Warren read. “We are in this together. We are fighting back for the middle class families who are getting hammered here in Massachusetts and across the country. We are fighting for the future of America.”

Since the Harvard professor got in the race last month she’s already squeezed out two of her primary opponents: Newton mayor Setti Warren and most recently Democratic activist Bob Massie got out of the race.

Despite the Democratic primary not being until next September -- just two months before the general election --  it’s already getting heated between Warren and Brown, with personal insults being lobbed between the two. Last week at the Democratic debate, the candidates were asked how they paid for college. The moderator pointed out that Brown famously posed for Cosmopolitan in 1982. Warren’s response, which got laughter from the crowd: “I kept my clothes on. I borrowed money.”

When asked by a local radio station to respond to Warren’s dig, Brown replied with his own: “Thank God.”

Massachusetts Republican strategist Rob Gray says the election will be “the most expensive in Massachusetts history.”

“It’s a big splash,” Gray said, referring to Warren’s fundraising. “But, I expect the Brown people expect that they are going to have to win a race where the spending is one to one. That’s what they should expect.”

Gray added that including outside spending the money could get up to $30 million on each side, making the battle for Massachusetts a potentially $60 million race.

The liberal group Progressive Change Campaign Committee also reported Monday that they raised $407,899 for Warren’s campaign.

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Elizabeth Warren Runs for Senate as Democrat, Exerts Independence

Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard law school professor and consumer advocate, has officially entered the Massachusetts Senate race.  She’d been testing the waters for weeks and now faces the ultimate test: Can she connect with Massachusetts voters and withstand a long primary to take the Senate seat held by Republican Scott Brown?

In her announcement video, Warren tried to appeal to the voters by talking about her humble roots and pledging to stand up for the middle class.

Warren said she had ”fought” her whole life for “working families” and she has “stood up to some pretty powerful interests.”

That message, Democrats said, would be the key to success, but as a first time candidate, who angered both Republicans and Democrats as a government watchdog while in Washington, she will undoubtedly have a tough fight against her Democratic rivals and Brown.

Longtime Massachusetts Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh said Warren had a strong message, but as a brand-new, first-time candidate she is still getting her “sea legs.”

Marsh added that despite a crowded primary field, Warren should try to dominate her Democratic rivals early to raise funds to run a campaign directly against Brown before the brief six-week general election gets under way next September.

“She needs to consolidate the Democrats, which would let her take the fight to Scott Brown earlier rather than later,” Marsh said.

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Elizabeth Warren Will Challenge Scott Brown for Senate Seat

Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Consumer advocate and Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren, fresh from her stint helping to set up the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, will officially announce her campaign for the U.S. Senate against Scott Brown on Wednesday.

The exact schedule is still being worked out, but Warren seems intent on learning from the mistakes of Martha Coakley, who lost to Brown in 2010 and was much maligned for not wanting to shake hands in the cold in front of Fenway Park.

Granted, it will be 84 degrees in Boston Wednesday, but Warren will kick her campaign off by greeting commuters in Boston in the morning, then traveling to New Bedford, Framingham, Worcester, Springfield, according to an aide.

“The pressures on middle class families are worse than ever, but it is the big corporations that get their way in Washington,” Warren said in a statement Tuesday.  “I want to change that.  I will work my heart out to earn the trust of the people of Massachusetts.”

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Consumer Advocate Elizabeth Warren May Run for Mass. Senate Seat

Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Democrats are hoping that Elizabeth Warren can take down Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown.

It would be a sweet comeuppance for Warren, a Harvard law professor who was prevented from becoming President Obama's head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau due to powerful GOP opposition.

Brown, a Republican, was elected in January 2010 to occupy the seat vacated by the death of Democrat Ted Kennedy.  Brown won because of support from the Tea Party and a lazy campaign run by challenger Martha Coakley, the state's attorney general.

Long considered a progressive, Warren took a major stride Thursday to running for the U.S. Senate by forming an exploratory committee to gauge voter interest in a possible candidacy, and also determine if she can raise the funds for what would be a very expensive race.

Warren's main strength is her consumer advocacy.  However, she has never before run for elected office and there are at least six other Democrats who may also seek the party nomination.

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GOP Weekly Address: Sen. Brown Commends Military on bin Laden Killing

Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The killing of Osama bin Laden was the main focus of the weekly Republican address, which was delivered on Saturday by U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.).

Senator Brown said while bin Laden’s death can’t compensate for the loss of lives at the hands of the al Qaeda leader, it is “always a victory” when Justice has the final word.

“This was a man who rejoiced in the suffering and death of others, who set in motion all the horror and grief of 9/11 and considered it just a start,” Brown said. “He was a teacher of evil, and now, for him, the lesson is over. It ends not in the fulfillment of some fanatical vision, but in the depths of the Arabian Sea.”

Brown commended members of the U.S. military and the intelligence community for their role in the killing of bin Laden, and said that anyone seeking to do Americans harm will be dealt with.

“The operation was a model of sustained, concentrated military action, and the example will not be lost on other terrorists,” he said. “Any escape they make will be temporary. Any sanctuary they find will be uncovered.  Those who harm or threaten the American people will be dealt with, on our terms, however long it takes.”

The Massachusetts senator said one lesson that can be learned from the killing of bin Laden by Navy SEALs in Pakistan early Monday is that commitment to even the hardest objectives is rewarded.

“We all heard it said that bin Laden was beyond our reach, in some remote corner of the earth, and after almost a decade we could surely never find him. Let me tell you it’s always a mistake to bet against American resourcefulness and determination.”

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Sen. Scott Brown Will Get National Guard Training in Afghanistan

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., revealed Monday that he will head to Afghanistan later this year for his annual National Guard training.

Brown, a lieutenant colonel in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, said he requested the overseas assignment.

“Following in the tradition of other lawmakers who have completed their military service requirements overseas, this year I have requested to conduct my annual training in Afghanistan,” Brown said in a statement. “Doing so will help me to better understand our ongoing mission in that country, and provide me first-hand experience for my duties on the Senate Armed Services, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs committees.”

The annual training is set to take place this summer in the war-torn country.

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GOP Sen. Scott Brown Opposes Slashing Planned Parenthood Funds

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Scott Brown is breaking from the GOP by opposing a plan to cut all federal funding to Planned Parenthood.

In a statement, the Massachusetts Republican said, "I support family planning and health services for women...the proposal to eliminate all funding for family planning goes too far."

House Republicans want to attach a provision to a long-term spending bill being debated in Congress that would eliminate $300 million in federal aid and grants to Planned Parenthood.  Their rationale is that the organization is the country's main provider of abortions.

Brown joins Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski as the second Republican who has publicly come out against the Planned Parenthood cuts.  However, it's unclear whether he'll still vote in favor of the provision attached to the bill, as he did earlier this month with the stopgap spending bill.

Brown won a special election in Massachusetts in January 2010 to complete the term of the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy.  He plans on running for reelection next year and his stance on Planned Parenthood could help his chances in the state, which usually leans left on social issues.

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Health Care Faces Rocky Road in New Congress

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- New provisions under the health care law will roll out starting Jan. 1, but the the debate over health care reform is far from over as lawmakers in both chambers craft ways to tweak the controversial legislation.

In the Senate, an unusual alliance has formed between Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, who voted for the health care legislation, and Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, whose election to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat nearly derailed the law.

The two senators are crafting a plan that would allow states to opt out of the Affordable Care Act if their programs meet the standards of the federal health care law and do not add to the deficit.

It's designed to throw a bone to conservatives who want to repeal the law.  But rather than give states all the power to make their decisions, states would still have to meet guidelines set by the federal government, even if they don't want to carry out the new law.

Wyden and Brown have hailed their work as a sign of bipartisanship.  There's little so far to indicate whether others are on board, but the two senators' effort has kicked off a debate that has simmered underneath the surface in the Senate.

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