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Dan Gelber: Do you really want be a member of a club that has Donald Trump as its front-runner?

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True story. When we got through security at LaGuardia airport on the way home from a Thanksgiving in New York City, my kids were treated to the profane-laced diatribe of a woman who had been pulled aside for a random TSA check. She was berating the TSA officer who was politely asking her to extend her arms so she could do her job. “Why are you checking me, I’m an American you @%&$ idiot! You need to check the #@&%…

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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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John Thrasher denies lobbying for testing firms

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From The St. Augustine Record: Two out-of-state companies that offer education testing paid a lobbying firm where state Sen. John Thrasher was a partner between $60,000 and $190,000 over a two-year period, state records indicate. During the current legislative session, Thrasher, a St. Augustine Republican, sponsored Senate Bill 6, which, among other things, would have required school districts to develop or acquire end-of-course assessment tests. After drawing stiff criticism from educators and teachers’ unions, the bill was vetoed Thursday by…

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