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Internal tensions are already rising at the California Republican Party convention getting under way here in San Diego.

The conservative California Republican Assembly had planned to hold a news conference at 3 p.m. at the convention to tout its resolution supporting the 1994 voter-backed anti-illegal immigration measure Proposition 187 and Arizona's recent law requiring law enforcement check the legal status of people they suspect of being illegal immigrants.

However, former CRA President Mike Spence just told The Bee that the party has refused his group a room at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, where the convention is being held, for the news conference.

"I guess they don't want this to be discussed," Spence said.

State party press secretary Crystal Feldman said the convention has other priorities. "The CRP convention is fully focused on the candidates," she said.

The CRA is now searching for another venue for their news conference.


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