It’s All About the (Coach’s) Benjamins: BC$ Championship Coaches Cash In!

In one of the most exciting championship games in recent memory, the Florida State Seminoles and their Heisman-winning quarterback,  Jameis Winston, won the 2013 BCS National Championship Monday night, beating the Auburn Tigers 34-31.  However, according to USA Today, the real winners Monday night were the coaching staffs of both Auburn and Florida State who received huge bonuses for their successes on the field …

Judge: Florida Lawmakers Ilegally Gerrymandered Districts, Must Redraw By August 15, 2014

Source: AP / CBS News TALLAHASSEE, Fla.– Confronted with a judge’s ruling to swiftly redraw the state’s congressional districts, Florida’s House speaker disclosed extraordinary plans late Sunday to convene a rare summer special session to devise a new map. The speaker, Will Weatherford, sent out an email to legislators advising that they will hold a special session starting Thursday to address …

Marissa Alexander Denied New Stand Your Ground Hearing

Source: Irin Carmon/MSNBC.COM Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law will once again be no refuge for Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman who fired what she said was a warning shot near her abusive husband, Rico Gray, and his two sons. On Friday, Circuit judge James H. Daniel denied her request for a new hearing to seek immunity from prosecution under the law, …

Florida Appeals Court: Stand Your Ground Law Applies to Everyone, Even Convicted Felons

Source: Marc Freeman/Sun Sentinel Gun-toting felons have the same rights as law-abiding citizens to use the Stand Your Ground law to avoid criminal charges, according to a new appeals court ruling. Reversing an opinion from 2012, the 4th District Court of Appeal said Wednesday a felon from Riviera Beach now can try to get his 2009 aggravated battery with a …