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Florida Matters: Student Veterans and the Post 9-11 GI Bill (January 22, 2013)
 

Before WWII – college was a dream for most Americans. Then came the GI Bill and almost 8 million veterans got an education.

Now, there’s the Post 9-11 GI Bill...

 
Race Matters: MLK, Freedom Riders and Bias in the Media (January 15, 2013)
 
A photo from the Florida Sentinel Bulletin dated Nov. 21, 1961. Courtesy of Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative.

He was a familiar face and voice in the 1960s. On Nov. 19, 1961, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa. At the time of the speech, local resident Clarence Fort was a leader in the NAACP's student chapter....

 
Florida Matters: 2013 Legislative Preview (January 8, 2013)
 
House photo by Mark Foley  House members take their oath of office on the House floor. From the left shows: Carl Zimmermann, (D)-District 65; Mark Danish (D)-District 63; Dwight Dudley (D)-District 68; Daniel Raulerson (R)-District 58; and Ross Spano (R)-District 59, on Nov. 20, 2012 in Tallahassee, Florida. Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricky Polston administered the oath.

State lawmakers only have one thing they must do each year and that is to pass a balanced budget. Yet, there are plenty of issues to keep lawmakers busy this year.

Florida Matters offers a preview of the “other” issues lawmakers will...

 
The Last Conversation with Sam Gibbons (December 20, 2012)
 
Sam Gibbons and John F. Germany

Sam Gibbons was re-elected to Congress 16 times, and never lost an election. That came after he parachuted behind enemy lines on D-Day in Normandy, during one of the most harrowing invasions of World War II. He was instrumental in getting the...

 
Best Florida Matters Stories from 2012 (December 20, 2012)
 
Republican National Convention protester

Florida Matters takes a look at our best stories of 2012. The Republicans came to town in August, but Democrats won the day in November. Meanwhile, a group of intrepid environmentalists trekked the length of Florida. We take an in-depth look at...

 
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