Today on Context Florida: Reubin Askew, lower tuition, read it later and CD 13 myths

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Today on Context Florida: Martin Dyckman offers one way to tribute the memory of former Gov. Reubin Askew, who died Thursday at the age 85. Not just with effusive praise, but also with concrete steps to defend something he cared deeply about: the integrity of Florida’s courts.

Keeping tuition costs down is a laudable act, writes Cary McMullen, but it is also true that, for decades, the Legislature has been slowly starving our public colleges, a trend that cannot continue if the schools are to remain viable.

Bookmarking articles to “read later” could be the secret to immortality, says Nathan Holic. However, as the number of things to read later grows, he asks if there will ever be enough time to get to it all.

Political consultant Fred Piccolo dispels three myths about the race for Florida’s 13th Congressional district, including the belief that Big Data is king. Nothing can replace likeable candidates, fundraising, and retail politics.

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