VIDEO: Dan Walters, in today's report, talks about the latest effort to change California's workers compensation system -- once again.
The California Republican Party holds its fall convention this weekend in Southern California, with officials expecting about 500 attendees.
The state's Republican National Committeeman Shawn Steel and state party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro will kick things off Saturday morning at the Lincoln Clubs breakfast. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of Huntington Beach will also join California's top two legislative leaders to talk about Republican prospects in the November election.
Listed speakers at Saturday's luncheon include Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway of Tulare, U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Emken and author Joel Kotkin. Saturday's dinner reception will feature Senate Republican leader Bob Huff of Diamond Bar, former U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, and conservative columnist John Fund, who has written extensively on voter fraud and term limits. Board of Equalization Member George Runner will be speaking at Sunday's prayer breakfast.
The convention starts today and runs through Sunday at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport hotel. Click here for a tentative schedule. Saturday's agenda also features workshops whose issues range from new media to precinct operations and from fundraising to the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the new health care law. Learn more at this link.
California Republicans have seen their share of registered voters shrink in recent years, and the state party recently laid off staff members and downsized its Sacramento office space, as Torey Van Oot reported in this Capitol Alert post last week. In the most recent count, 30 percent of voters identified themselves as Republicans, down from 37 percent just before the 1996 presidential primary.
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