John Thrasher

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with Bloomberg News senior editor and author of “True Gentlemen: The Broken Pledge of American Fraternities,” John Hechinger about Florida State University suspending all greek life on campus indefinitely (01:13).   

We heard the story of Glorious Bethlehem Temple church in Jacksonville that took on the Florida Department of Transportation and won with pastor Donald Richardson (24:10).        

Planned Giving Officer Cliff Evans with the Catholic Foundation, Diocese of St. Augustine and Annie Tutt with the United Way talked about the 25h anniversary of the Planned Giving Council (34:16).           

Patty Smith and Chuck Oliva told us about the upcoming  Amelia Island Rendezvous Film Festival (46:00).


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Florida House of Representatives

Republicans easily won a trio of Northeast Florida legislative seats Tuesday during special elections triggered by the resignation last year of former Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, to become president of Florida State University.

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Florida House of Representatives

Northeast Florida Republicans have elected three candidates to vie for legislative seats in a special election. One former House member is also out of the job after losing in Tuesday’s Senate primary.

Campaign Cash Flowing In Special Elections

Dec 11, 2014
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When St. Augustine Republican John Thrasher left the Senate last month to become president of Florida State University, his departure created a domino effect that will lead to three special legislative elections in early 2015.

But it hasn't taken long for campaign donors in Northeast Florida and Tallahassee to start pouring money into the races, newly filed finance reports show.

Former State Senator John Thrasher assumed his new role as President of Florida State University this week.  Thrasher says running a university is far different from running the legislature, and all of his actions are being scrutinized.

State of Florida

Florida's two best-known universities — fiercely competitive on the athletic field and among their alumni — are each getting new presidents that vary significantly in their background and experience.

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Michael Dunn, Mayor Alvin Brown and Senator John Thrasher are making headlines this week.

Florida State University has selected Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine) as its next president. Many on the FSU Board of Trustees say Thrasher is a proven fundraiser who loves the university.

Thrasher is also chairman of Gov. Rick Scott’s reelection campaign, a post the FSU trustees have asked him to resign immediately. Thrasher’s legislative connections and ability to raise money are what board members cited again and again Tuesday before voting for him 11-to-2.

Thrasher Faces Foes As He Makes Pitch For FSU Presidency

Sep 15, 2014
The Florida Senate

Hundreds of students, faculty and staff came out Monday directing pointed questions to Sen. John Thrasher, an influential political figure who is the lone non-academic finalist for the job of Florida State University president.

With FSU Appointment Expected, Thrasher District Already In Play

May 30, 2014
The Florida Senate

TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — Sen. John Thrasher hasn't been named president of Florida State University. At least not yet.

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    State Senator John Thrasher says he expects a bill to ban Internet cafes in Florida

will sail through to passage.

Thrasher had introduced a bill that would have placed a moratorium on new cafes, but on the heels of the Allied Veterans of the World arrests he says the legislature should take stronger action.

Thrasher’s moratorium bill is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Gaming Committee on Monday. He expects a move to close all the cafes will be discussed at that meeting.