GOP: Big Congressional District Changes Needed

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Republican leaders are discounting claims by Democrats that the state Supreme Court’s job of adjusting Connecticut’s five congressional districts is a simple task that involves accounting for relatively minor population changes.

Republicans contend there are glaring flaws in the current congressional map.

In a memorandum filed Friday, the GOP renewed its call that “a qualified, non-partisan special master” be appointed to help the justices ensure redistricting is finished by Feb. 15.

The bipartisan legislative redistricting committee, originally charged with redrawing the boundaries, failed to meet its Wednesday deadline, automatically sending the task to the state Supreme Court to handle.

The court hasn’t said what it plans next. It could tackle the task itself, appoint a special master or demand that the legislators finish the job.

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