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John Thrasher camp calls ethics complaint ‘politically motivated’

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A former educator says that because a firm where state Sen. John Thrasher worked received up to $190,000 to lobby for educational testing companies, the St. Augustine Republican’s recent push for more state standardized tests is a conflict of interest. That claim was formally laid out Thursday in a state ethics complaint filed by former teacher Todd Byars. “John Thrasher was a paid [lobbyist] for the firms until very recently. As such he is paid to promote these causes,” the…

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