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Garry Rayno's State House Dome: Saying goodbye
The emotions ranged from House Speaker Terie Norelli's thanks to her family for all the sacrifices they have made so she could perform her duties to Rep. Gary Richardson's light goodbye opening with the line, "My wife informed me she and the dog are going to be in Florida next January."
"In this season of my life, after 20 years in the Senate, I want to spend more time with my family - exploring and enjoying life's other adventures," she said. "So I have decided to finish my time in this beautiful chamber and not run for reelection."
Larsen cited universal kindergarten, constitutionally sound education funding, a new women's prison and the expansion of Medicaid among the accomplishments of the Legislature during her tenure.
Chain Reaction:Larsen's announcement particularly set off a flood of activity, breaking the Senate bottleneck for the Concord area.
The most obvious House members who would be interested, Steve Shurtleff and Candace Bouchard, have other plans. Shurtleff hasn't officially announced, but he will seek the House speaker's post if Democrats maintain control, and Bouchard wants to be House clerk.
Attorney Andru Volinsky, who won the Claremont school suit against the state, is exploring; Kathi Rogers, state representative for Concord's Wards 8, 9 and 10; Amanda Grady Sexton, Concord city councilor and public policy director for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence; Jennifer Frizzell, senior adviser for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England; Paul Hodes, former U.S. representative; and Jay Surdudowski, Concord attorney who was mentored by Larsen's predecessor, Susan McLane.
On the Republican side, Hopkinton Selectman Jim O'Brien is considering a run.
For House speaker on the Democratic side, besides Shurtleff, former state Senator and gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley is running for the House and has said she would be interested.
House Communications and Policy Director Mario Piscatella served his last day Friday and begins Monday morning as the new Managing Editor of Blue Nation Review.
Running for U.S. Senate
The filing period for state and federal office runs through Friday, but Secretary of State Bill Gardner already has a problem.
He received a letter and the $100 filing fee from a Brooklyn NY resident who wants to run for the U.S. Senate in the Granite State.
The primary was won by Raymond Stebbins of Massachusetts with 50,485 votes. He was one of three names on the ballot on the Democratic side. The third was former state Sen. Jack Barnes, R-Raymond.
In his letter to Gardner, Bryk cites several court rulings and notes by the time he is sworn into office he will be a resident of New Hampshire, the only constitutional residency requirement.
Queen City Jobs
The U.S. government released information Friday that the country had finally recovered all the jobs lost to the great recession from 2007 to 2009.
Former Puerto Rican Gov. Luis Fortuno will be the featured speaker at the NH Federation of Republican Women's annual Lilac Luncheon and Flag Day Celebration Saturday (June 14) at the Holiday Inn in Concord.
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