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Whither the California Republican Party? Leaders and delegates to this weekend's spring convention in Sacramento will be turning to Karl Rove, among others, for advice. Rove, the headline speaker at Saturday's luncheon, hasn't revealed what he'll talk about, a state party spokesman told Kevin Yamamura in today's Bee.

The luncheon will also feature Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista. Tonight's big names include Travis Brown, author of "How Money Walks" (for which outgoing party chair Tom Del Beccaro wrote an introduction), as well as former California legislator Chuck DeVore, who's now vice president for policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Other business includes choosing a new party chairman, widely expected to be former state Senate Republican leader Jim Brulte, who told The Bee earlier this month the job would be "more like a bankruptcy workout." The event runs today through Sunday at the Hyatt Regency on L Street. Click here to read the schedule. Capitol Alert will be there.

Assemblyman Mike Morrell, meanwhile, is also availing himself of Rove's presence in the Golden State. The "architect" of George W. Bush's two presidential campaigns is billed as the guest speaker at a fundraising dinner tonight in Ontario for Morrell's re-election bid in 2014. The Rancho Cucamonga Republican may need all the help he can get. He squeaked out a second term in the 40th Assembly District by besting Democrat Russ Warner last year by a mere 0.8 percentage points.

Back in Sacramento, one of Issa's colleagues, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, is talking at a Sacramento Press Club luncheon today about the state GOP party's future. The Bakersfield Republican is also expected to opine about current goings-on in Washington. Capitol Alert will be there. Odds are the word "sequestration" will be uttered.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kay Aaron waits for customers at a booth selling pictures of Republican leaders and icons during the California Republican Party convention, Feb. 24, 2012. Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press file, 2012.


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