by Thane Carios
(Wake Station) The STCC voted today to extend the terms of Speakers from 3 years to 6 years. “For many years there was tremendous year-over-year stability in the Speakers’ Chairs,” said one STCC member. “But recenly, challengers have been scoring surprising victories. We want the people to have a strong voice but three years is just not long enough to get political traction.”
The terms will increase gradually, with the next election for Soria coming in 122 (a 4-year term); the election for Hellion being in 124 (a 4-year term); and then completing the cycle with the next election for Amanra being in 126 — the full 6-year term.
“I think this is a win for Solrain,” said Premier-Emeritus Cristofore Parce. “We need to give these fine Speakers enough time to get their agendas in place and their programs running. The Premier may be the ‘face’ of our great Commonwealth. But the Speakers … they are the ones who can really get things done. They are the heart and soul of our government.”
by Yaz Shanndar
(Solrain Core) In 085 a 28-year-old Demeter Garreth was elected Speaker for Soria. Today, at age 60, she took over as Premier, replacing the retiring Cristofore Parce, who made the following statement at the transition ceremony:
Today, with mixed emotions, I leave this great office. It has been my honor to lead the STCC for 20 years. Since that time, we’ve faced our fair share of challenges, and come through them stronger. That’s because we have never let go of a belief that has guided us ever since the inception of the Reconstruction Initiative — our conviction that, together, we can change anything and everything . . . for the better.
I have great confidence in Premier Garreth’s abilities as a leader — which she has demonstrated over and over. And it gives me great comfort in transferring this Office to her.
Some believed that Garreth, who is turning 61 shortly, may retire from political office at the end of her current Speaker’s term in two months. When asked about that, she replied: “To be honest, I had not decided. I certainly have not been campaigning the way I had in the past at this time. But when this entirely new challenge was presented . . . well, this old girl just loves new challenges.”
(UUNN HQ) Sources within the STCC have indicated that Demeter Garreth has been the leading candidate to replace the retiring Cristofore Parce as Premier. Garreth has served as the Speaker for Soria for 10 terms and would be up for re-election in two months.
It is not known whether Garreth actually wants the position, since in some ways, the Speaker holds more political power. The Council will need to finalize its decision soon, as Parce leaves office in just 11 days.
by Yaz Shanndar
(Solrain Core) Solrain Premier Crtistofore Parce was very blunt in his assessment of the recent Reconstruction Days holiday. “It was a huge disappointment,” said Parce. “I don’t know what’s going on — whether the election protests has something to do with this, or something else. But the bottom line is we had almost no participation in our space-based public events — and dirtside it was not much better.”
“Nonetheless,” he continued, ” we do need to recognize two people for holiday awards. Hammer-BS was the single entrant in our ‘Name the Heroes’ contest — the one to name the at least five of the Solrain members of the Thrice Seven. In fact, Hammer-BS was able to name all seven. Quite an accomplishment. He will be receiving 5 million credits, a Seeker of Knowledge medal and a PCS-4 for his efforts.” Continue reading