Fractured California GOP aims to rebuild party

AP News
Posted: Mar 17, 2011 3:03 PM

After major losses in last year's statewide elections, the California Republican Party is trying to regroup and stay relevant in an increasingly diverse state that has been trending away from Republican ideology.

The state GOP's three-day spring convention opens Friday with an address by former United Nations ambassador John Bolton. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a potential Republican presidential candidate, is Saturday's keynote speaker.

Much of the weekend's drama is likely to center around the budget fight across the street at the state Capitol. Party die-hards are pressuring Republican lawmakers not to support Gov. Jerry Brown's budget plan.

Brown, a Democrat, wants to address a $26.6 billion budget shortfall through a mix of spending cuts and a special election in which voters would decide whether to extend recent tax increases.