Opinion: Florida redistricting gets murky, and of course DeSantis is involved

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Give it to Florida’s Republican governor: Ron DeSantis has some audacious political timing.

On Jan. 16, the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, DeSantis released his proposed congressional map, which would erase a majority-Black voting district on a stretch of North Florida that once gloried in its antebellum plantations. The area is referred to historically as “the slave belt” and is home to the only Black member of Congress in the Florida Panhandle.

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