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Reubin Askew

Written by  Team SCPA

Updated March 16, 2014 at 11am

Florida needs another Reubin Askew, desperately.
-- SCPA Editor


Former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew dies at 85

By Steve Bousquet, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Tampa Bay Times
Friday, March 2014


Reubin Askew, one of the most popular and effective governors in Florida history and a fiercely determined advocate for tax fairness, racial equality, managed growth and ethical government, died early Thursday in Tallahassee. He was 85.

He had battled pneumonia and hip replacement surgery in recent months and was admitted to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare on Saturday, where he suffered a stroke. He died shortly after 3:30 a.m. Thursday, surrounded by family members.

A Democrat who served from 1971 to 1979, Askew is a transformational figure in the modern history of Florida, the first governor to serve two successive four-year terms and a champion of open and accessible government.

"He changed the trajectory of the state for the better," former U.S. Sen. and Gov. Bob Graham said.

"Reubin Askew never underestimated the people of Florida, and that's why they loved him," said former U.S. Rep. Jim Bacchus, an Orlando lawyer who was an aide to Askew. "He had certain gifts God gave him and believed he had an obligation to use those gifts to help other people."

Historians generally regard Askew and LeRoy Collins (1955-61) as the two strongest governors in Florida history...



'Rubin' Askew in Florida Today

Only Florida Today can write a story similar to above, and yet never once directly state that Gov. Reubin Askew was a Democrat -- and even misspell his first name in their online headline. Be the first to tell 'em!


Reubin Askew in New York Times


Reubin Askew, a progressive “New South” Democrat who promoted racial equality and ethics overhauls as a two-term governor of Florida in the 1970s and campaigned briefly for the presidency in 1984 and for the Senate in 1988, died on Thursday in Tallahassee. He was 85…

Along with former Presidents Jimmy Carter of Georgia and Bill Clinton of Arkansas, Mr. Askew was part of a wave of moderate Southern governors in the 1970s and ’80s who embraced progressive ideas on racial issues, the environment, education, crime, taxes and economic growth...


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