by Peter Freyne
Citing "a reliable source," yours truly posted the item below about a Vermont visit on Wednesday by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff shortly after 8 a.m. this morning. We also emailed and called Gov. Jim Douglas' Press Secretary Jason Gibbs.
No response from Jason.
Then just before noon, the Vermont Democratic Party Executive Director Jill Krowinski put out this:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Douglas must ask Chertoff serious questions Wednesday
Montpelier, Vt- Today Vermonters learned that Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will be meeting with Governor Douglas in Williston tomorrow. This gives the Governor an opportunity to ask important questions on behalf of Vermonters, such as:
1. There are no federal funds to pay for the enhanced driver's license program. How much will this program cost the State of Vermont? Will thef ederal government provide funds? Implementation of the enhanced driver's license program is scheduled for November 2008, but Secretary Chertoff has
insisted on use of passports for crossing the U.S.-Canada border by June 2008. Since Secretary Chertoff is insisting on passports by June 2008, how will an enhanced driver's license benefit Vermonters 5 months later?
Four more of Krowinsky the Director's questions right here.
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Then we heard the location of Chertoff's 2 p.m. presser with GOP Gov. Scissorhands had been changed - from Williston to Burlington. And The Associated Press Montpeculiar bureau put out this story:
Homeland Security chief in Vermont Wednesday
MONTPELIER, Vt. --Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will be in Burlington Wednesday to sign a memorandum of understanding with the state for the creation of enhanced drivers' licenses that could be used as identification to cross the Canadian border.
Prior to the public event, Chertoff will meet privately with Gov. Jim Douglas and the two will discuss border security issues important to Vermonters.
The public meeting will be at the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicle office in Burlington's North Avenue.
Many Vermonters are concerned that stricter border requirements could hurt businesses that rely on Canadians.
Vermont is working on a license that will include radio frequency ID chips and other features that can be scanned at the border. The license will cost more than a standard driver's license, but will be less expensive than a passport...
Can't wait for the Presidential visit, can you?
Didn't hear a peep about tomorrow's visit by Secretary Chertoff from Marselis Parsons or Kristin Kelly on the WCAX-TV News at Six.
The top story on WGOP, "Vermont's Own" "award-winning" TV news was a moose getting shot by wildlife officers in Burlington.
I'm not making this up....
IT'S OFFICIAL. This went out from Gov. Douglas' office at 7:47 p.m.:
Burlington, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff tomorrow will participate in a joint signing of a Memorandum of Agreement on Enhanced Drivers Licenses.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 – 2:20 p.m.
WHERE: Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, Burlington Office 193 North Avenue
INFO: Media setup begins at 1:45 p.m.
Signing of the MOA will occur promptly at 2:20 pm. It is recommended that journalists be on sight and set up by 2:00 p.m.
Journalists may be asked to present media credentials or valid government-issued photo ID like a driver’s license or passport.