Activists sympathetic to Democrats made a pitch at the state Capitol today for the bipartisan redistricting commission to keep Bridgeport in the 4th CD. In other words, stick with the status quo reflected in the Democratic version of the map, not the major changes sought by Republicans.

The Democrats have proposed only the adjustments necessary to equalize the population of the five districts. The GOP has drafted a map that makes sense geographically, but it is calculated to give Republicans an edge in the 4th by moving Bridgeport into the 3rd.

The commission has until noon Wednesday to come up with a map, then the job goes to the Connecticut Supreme Court.

How are things going? Everyone on the panel is being discreet, but Sen. John McKinney, R-Fairfield, did say this to one of my Mirror colleagues: “Christmas is a piece of cake compared to redistricting. I’m longing for lines at the mall.”

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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