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How Ron DeSantis Blew Up Black-Held Congressional Districts and May Have Broken Florida Law
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How Ron DeSantis Blew Up Black-Held Congressional Districts and May Have Broken Florida Law

This story was originally published by ProPublica. Originally published Oct. 11, 2022. By Joshua Kaplan, ProPublica Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was incensed. Late last year, the state’s Republican legislature had drawn congressional maps that largely kept districts intact, leaving the GOP with only a modest electoral advantage. DeSantis threw out the legislature’s work and redrew Florida’s congressional districts, making them far more favorable to Republicans. The plan was so aggressive that the Republican-controlled legislature balked and fought DeSantis for months. The governor overruled lawmakers and pushed his map through. DeSantis' office has publicly stressed that partisan considerations played no role and that partisan operatives were not involved in the new map. ...
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Family members of victims in Buffalo Massacre, Uvalde mass shooting, give emotional testimony

Family members of the victims of the Buffalo Massacre and Uvalde mass shooting gave emotional testimony to Congress today. One of the people who provided testimony was the mother of a young man who was injured in the Buffalo Massacre. In her gripping testimony, she invited congress members to clean her son’s bullet wounds if they didn’t find her words moving enough to pass stricter gun laws. Ten black people were killed and 3 more people were wounded when an 18-year-old White supremacist entered a grocery store in Buffalo, New York last month and opened fire. The man was wearing a bulletproof vest while armed with an AR-15 and a semi-automatic handgun. A week later 21 people were killed at an elementary school in Uvalde, including 19 children and two teachers when an 18-year-old man ar...
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President Biden signs executive order to bolster police accountability on anniversary of George Floyd’s death

President Biden signed an executive order today intended to improve accountability within police agencies across America. The order was signed on the second anniversary of the death of George Floyd, who was killed by police in Minnesota in 2020. Biden was joined by Vice President Kamala Harris and family members of Floyd in the audience. The executive order has a limited effect, primarily impacting federal law enforcement agencies. According to the White House, the order includes a provision that requires a database which would track misconduct by police officers — an action civil rights activists have long sought after. It’s unclear if the database would be accessible to the public. Biden, in his comments, admitted the changes to police standards and policies appeared to be sl...
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Racially-tinged redistricting efforts in Florida face legal challenges

Republican-led efforts to dismantle Black voting power in Florida may have to contend with a new round of legal challenges to overturn a key ruling over redistricting congressional maps. Changes to Florida’s congressional districts, signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday, are already facing a legal challenge initiated by the League of Women Voters of Florida, Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute and several additional plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit April 22 contending the redistricting plan does not abide by existing laws (Amendment 6, the 2010 “Fair Districts” amendment to the state constitution.) The new congressional maps would  chop the existing four Black congressional seats held by Democrats down to two. The latest legal challenges come on the heels of a protest April 21 ...