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Thrasher Almost Walks Out As He Is Heckled and Grilled By FSU Students and Staff

| September 16, 2014

During on-campus forums that are part of the presidential selection process, students and faculty often expressed a lack of trust in Thrasher, long considered the front runner for the FSU presidency.

John Thrasher Among Final Four in Run For Florida State Presidency, and Only Floridian

| September 9, 2014

While Thrasher vowed during his interview Tuesday to make the school “proud” if he gets hired, a number of students and faculty members implored the committee to focus on candidates with strong academic backgrounds.

Students and Faculty Don’t Want Him, But Sen. John Thrasher Makes FSU Presidency’s Short List

| September 5, 2014

The committee voted 18-8 against a motion to exclude Thrasher from the interview phase. He is one of 11 candidates on the shortlist, from 38. Supreme Court Justice Ricky Polston and Tallahassee Democrat Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda didn’t make it.

After Thrasher Fracas, Florida Board Rethinks How Universities Search for Presidents

| June 20, 2014

Sen. John Thrasher’s desire for the Florida State University presidency was said to be keeping other potential applicants from putting their name forward for the position while damaging FSU’s reputation.

Florida State University’s Presidential Search Short-Listed to One: Sen. John Thrasher

| May 21, 2014

Thrasher, 70, whose senate district includes all of Flagler County, has long been an influential figure in state politics and serves as chairman of Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election campaign. He served as House speaker from 1998 to 2000 and currently is chairman of the Senate Rules Committee.

Flagler’s Vacation Rental Reform Bill Advances Through 2 Committees, Buoying Chances

| February 5, 2014

The proposed reform of a law that would return control of short-term rental regulations to counties and cities gained additional support at the Legislature Tuesday as it cleared a second Senate committee and its first House committee with solid backing.

Sen. Thrasher Headlining Lunch Celebrating Chamber’s Leadership Flagler Graduation on Nov. 15

| October 30, 2013

State Sen. John Thrasher will join the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce and the county’s economic development department as special guest and speaker at the “Think Flagler First” lunch on Friday, November 15 at Pine Lakes Country Club in Palm Coast.

Bowing to Hammock, Thrasher and Hutson Will File Bills to Restore Vacation-Rental Regulations

| October 16, 2013

Sen. John Thrasher and Rep. Travis Hutson made their pledge to repeal the vacation-rental law during the annual legislative delegation meeting in Flagler Wednesday, which drew more than a full house because of that controversial issue. But repeal is unlikely as the 2011 law, which makes it easier to operate a house as a mini-hotel, passed the Senate unanimously, and the House overwhelmingly.

So Long, Teeny Weeny Bean Plan: Skeletal Health Plan for Florida’s Poor Is Dying

| April 25, 2013

Sen. John Thrasher says he doubts Sen. Aaron Bean’s small-budget plan for some of Florida’s low-income uninsured will get a floor vote. Bean’s plan was criticized as not much of a plan at all, as it would have cost beneficiaries more than they might have benefited.

Sen. Thrasher Calls for Outright Shut-Down Of Internet Cafes in Wake of Scandal

| March 13, 2013

Sen. John Thrasher, an influential senator who represents Flagler County, and who has sought to place a moratorium on new Internet cafes, said Wednesday that criminal allegations of racketeering and other wrongdoing in the industry should spur lawmakers to close the storefront businesses.

Answering Palm Coast, Thrasher Will Pitch Internet Cafe Bill, But Reach May Be Limited

| February 19, 2013

Palm Coast officials want state lawmakers to either ban or more strictly regulate and possibly tax gambling parlor-like internet cafes. Sen. John Thrasher is proposing a moratorium on the parlors, which may not match local demands, as a moratorium was already executed in Palm Coast.

John Thrasher, Travis Hutson, Plus One: Airing Out Flagler’s Legislative Delegation

| January 11, 2013

The inaugural guests on Milissa Holland Live Friday on WNZF will be Holland’s ex-opponent Rep. Travis Hutson, and Sen. John Thrasher, as Holland hosts an informall follow-up to December’s at-times contentious legislative delegation meeting on short-term rentals and other issues of local concern.

Thrasher Won’t Be Florida Senate President as Clearwater’s Latvala Lines Up Votes

| June 16, 2012

John Thrasher, the St. Augustine Republican, now represents all of Flagler County in a newly drawn senate district. Sen. Jack Latvala believes he has enough support to claim the 2016 Senate presidency.

Big Opportunities, and Potential Losses, for Flagler Power in State and Federal Redistricting

| February 7, 2012

Between redistricting and term limits, Flagler County for the first time in years could have its biggest chances at direct representation in Tallahassee and Washington–depending on who runs. Some big names are counting themselves out.

Flagler’s State Lawmakers Lend an Ear to Local Pleas in Annual Wish-Listing Ritual

| October 13, 2011

Gambling regulations, state dollars for Flagler’s roads, warnings against the unintended consequences of state budget cuts and numerous more local concerns busied the nearly two-hour meeting between Flagler’s state lawmakers and local politicians, organizations and citizens.

Condo No-Go: Florida Cabinet Sides With Flagler County Over Hammock Dunes

| August 2, 2011

In a victory for Flagler County, the Florida Cabinet unanimously approved a judge’s order that blocks Ginn-Lubert Adler’s plan to build an oceanfront condominium and hotel at Hammock Dunes, near the 16th Road public park and beach.

Half of Flagler’s Legislative Delegation Listens to Local Pleas Without Quite Hearing Them

| December 15, 2010

Sen. John Thrasher and State Rep. Fred Costello listened to 90 minutes of pleas and policy suggestions from Flagler County officials Wednesday in Bunnell. Whether they heard anything is debatable. And two of Flagler’s legislators didn’t show up.

Citing School Board Flux, Conklin Opts Out of Taking on Thrasher Or Others Until 2012

| June 14, 2010

Her eyes set on higher office in 2012, School Board member Colleen Conklin said she came close to running against John Thrasher but will let a Duval Democrat take him on.

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