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How DeSantis Redrew Florida’s Map

The governor’s new map obliterated a majority Black district and triggered a wave of lawsuits, but it’s still in place for the midterms.


Episode Notes

Ron DeSantis broke with tradition when he rejected the Florida legislature’s redistricting map and presented his own. But by splitting a majority Black district in northern Florida into four other districts, he may have violated both Florida and federal laws against gerrymandering.

Guest: Joshua Kaplan, reporter at ProPublica.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.