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Inside the Beltway: The Scott Brown intrigue continues
Question of the Day
Voters appear to have a message for Scott Brown. So, run already, OK? The fickle former Massachusetts senator has carried on a serious flirtation with New Hampshire in recent months, prompting speculation that the pickup-driving, former Cosmopolitan centerfold would run for the U.S. Senate seat in the Granite State against incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
Mr. Brown now has a permanent address in a seaside New Hampshire town and recently hosted the state Republican Party’s holiday gala, but not before donating $10,000 to the organization from his own political action committee fund. Chairman Jennifer Horn, meanwhile, describes him as “an outstanding leader and a strong voice for fiscally responsible policies.”
Yes, well. Though undeclared, Mr. Brown currently leads all GOP hopefuls in a primary match-up, garnering the support of 42 percent of likely GOP primary voters. His nearest competitors got 11 percent of the support, according to a Public Policy Polling survey of 1,315 New Hampshire voters released Wednesday. Of note: Mrs. Shaheen leads Mr. Brown among voters overall by a mere 3 percentage points, 46 percent to 43 percent, respectively.
And favorability ratings? Mr. Brown gets a positive nod from 34 percent of voters overall, plus 55 percent of Republicans and a somewhat astonishing 97 percent of conservatives.
“The intrigue in New Hampshire this year really comes down to whether Scott Brown runs or not. The Senate race could be pretty close if he survived the Republican primary,” notes Dean Debnam, president of the polling group.
Mr. Brown, meanwhile, is still being coy. Though it’s not up and running just yet, he has a personal website complete with a rugged portrait, and a telling motto: “Scott Brown: Giving Power Back to the People.”
THE DEMOCRATIC URGE TO SPEND
Notions about big spending could start quite early in Democratic households. And here’s why. A new Harris Poll has asked American parents to name an “appropriate” amount for a weekly allowance in three age groups of children. Republican parents display some fiscal conservatism even when it comes to their children’s spare change. Here’s what the poll of 2,311 U.S. adults had to say.
Overall, respondents say children ages 4-9 should receive an average of $4.10 a week; Republicans say the amount should be $3.60, Democrats say it’s $4.50.
In the 10-13 year old set, parents overall say $8.70 is the proper weekly allowance. Republicans say the amount should be $7.60, Democrats say $9.50.
Last but not least, older children from 14-17 years should get $16 per week, according to all Americans. Republicans say the amount should be $14.10, Democrats $17.50.
“Republicans may not live up to the ‘Party of “No!”’ title their political rivals have been pushing, but they do have lower ‘appropriate’ allowance thresholds than Democrats,” the pollster says.
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