by Peter Freyne
A number of items have popped up today for sharing:
1. We're hearing from sources (around 2 p.m.) that the controversial Wilderness Bill is now moving. The one Gov. Jim Douglas almost put the kebash to. Yep, got it confirmed. It's passed the Senate and is on to the House.
2. That's good because it'll give Rich Tarrant, the GOP's self-funded ($6.1 million) candidate for the U.S. Senate ( vs. Bernie Sanders), a hook to hang one of his rare press conferences on:
U.S. Senate candidate Rich Tarrant will hold a press conference tomorrow, Saturday, September 30. Tarrant will announce his Sportsmen for Tarrant coalition and talk about the wilderness issue.
Candidate Tarrant is holding it at BJ's Gun and Sporting Goods store in Williston. Wonder if Richie's been a regular customer?
3. Oh, Canada! From the office of U.S. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy we got this:
House Leaders Drop 11th Hour Bid To Kill Leahy Amendment
That Mandates Improvements In New Border-Crossing System
Leahy Also Beats Back Bid
To Curb First-Responder Grants
To Vermont And Other Smaller States
WASHINGTON (Friday, Sept. 29) – Vermont Friday was poised to score twosignificant policy wins engineered by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) as theU.S. House and Senate neared final passage of the annual homelandsecurity budget bill, after key House leaders dropped an 11th-hour bidto strip from the bill Leahy’s amendment to mandate improvements in acontroversial new border-crossing ID system.
Leahy’s legislationwill buy more time to improve implementation of the controversial PASSCard system for border crossings – a system that will require newidentity cards and methods for crossing U.S. borders, including theNorthern Border with Canada. Leahy was joined by Sen. Ted Stevens(R-Alaska) in writing and offering the amendment, which would postponeimplementation of the PASS Card system – part of the Western HemisphereTravel Initiative (WHTI) -- for 17 months, until June 1, 2009....
House and SenateAppropriations Committee conferees on Monday had approved Leahy’samendment and included it in the final bill. Leahy’s amendment hadbeen in the Senate-passed version of the bill but not the House’sversion. Since then, House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and HouseJudiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) have mounteda rare post-conference bid to strip the Leahy-Stevens Amendment fromthe conference agreement. .... The House is expected to pass the billFriday, before adjourning this year’s regular session, and the Senateis expected to follow suit either Friday or Saturday.
4. Remember the Global Warming March over Labor Day Weekend? Been quiet on that topic since, but this arrived today:
Will Vermont Temperatures Feel Like Tennessee?
New Global Warming Report: How We Manage Emissions Today Will Dramatically Affect Changes in Northeast Climate and Quality of Life
At a telephone press conference on Wednesday, October 4, fourteen leading university scientists will release a study that uses state-of-the-art science to project the impacts on the Northeast climate under two scenarios:
1) a continued reliance on energy sources such as
coal and oil that produce high levels of heat-trapping emissions, and
2) a shift to clean and renewable energy to power our economy. These two scenarios lead to starkly different outcomes as children born today reach middle age. More summer heat waves, greatly reduced winter snow, and shortened seasons are just three examples of how global warming will likely change the lifestyles enjoyed by residents of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Took the photo yesterday afternoon. Three busloads of tourists from the South went for a boat ride. They're here to see our fall foliage. Be nice to hang onto it for awhile, eh?
5. Finally, don't you hate to watch law-enforcement types fight?
Re: Chittenden County State's Attorney's Race
AG Praises Donovan’s ‘Energy, Experience and Vision’
BURLINGTON, VT—Today, Vermont’s top law enforcement official, Attorney General William Sorrell, endorsed the candidacy of TJ Donovan for Chittenden County State’s Attorney. The Attorney General, a former Chittenden County State’s Attorney himself, praised Donovan for clearly possessing the attributes necessary to effectively serve as Chittenden County’s top prosecutor.
“I served two different stints as Chittenden County State’s Attorney,” said Attorney General Sorrell. “I know what the job demands. I also know T.J. Donovan. T.J. has the energy, experience and vision to be a great State’s Attorney for our most populous county. He has my vote. ”
Coincidentally, Mr. Donovan's Republican opponent had this letter-to-the-editor in today's Freeps:
As his opponent in the upcoming general election Nov. 7 for State's Attorney, I'd like to congratulate T.J. Donovan on his primary win.
Now, for the first time in many years, there'll be a general election campaign -- and clear choices -- for the honor of becoming Chittenden County's top prosecutor. As Deputy State's Attorney, and entering my 10th year as a prosecutor, I look forward to upcoming debates and forums with Donovan that will highlight the experience and vision of both candidates.
I urge Chittenden County voters to attend these discussions.
All citizens have a stake in the quality, experience, and philosophy of criminal prosecution which the next State's Attorney will bring to the job.
JOHN ST. FRANCIS
The writer is the Republican candidate for Chittenden County state's attorney.
In case you can't read between the lines, St. Francis would like to make "experience" the issue i.e. length of experience. He's been prosecuting for 10 years. Donovan only put it a year or so. St. Francis would like you to think Donovan's too young, but TJ's 33, just one year younger than Chittenden County State's Attorney Patrick Leahy was when St. Pat won the 1974 U.S. Senate race.