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Mary Thomas leans hard on “conservative” label, while omitting her ties to Charlie Crist

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Republican Mary Thomas, running for Florida’s 2nd Congressional District, would be happy to have supporters think her state government career began with the election of Gov. Rick Scott. It doesn’t. The North Florida attorney is working hard to promote her staunch conservative credentials as she seeks to unseat Democrat Gwen Graham. Campaign materials are quick to point out her service in Scott administration as General Counsel for the Department of Elder Affairs. Yet, the same material provides little insight on her time after graduating the University…

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PSTA makes major addition to hybrid bus fleet

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Thirteen new hybrid-electric buses have begun to arrive at the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority‘s North St. Petersburg headquarters. “Smartbuses,” as they’re called, will be replacing the 13 oldest diesel buses now used by the PSTA. The new addition brings the PSTA hybrid-bus-count up to 61, which equates to 30 percent of the entire Pinellas County public bus fleet — which is valued at more than $37 million. “This is the healthiest fleet we have ever had,” said Henry Lukasik, PSTA…

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