Ben Shapiro will speak at state GOP convention dinner
Conservative commentator and writer Ben Shapiro has been added to the agenda for the California Republican Party's spring convention.
Shapiro, who is the editor-at-large of breitbart.com, will fill a dinner speaking slot that was originally set to feature GOP strategist Karl Rove. Rove's talk has been moved to the Saturday luncheon because of a scheduling conflict.
Shapiro won praise from the right for an exchange with CNN's Piers Morgan, in which he accused the host of being a bully on gun control.
The GOP had been seeking to book a conservative in light of a rift caused by Rove's newly announced Conservative Victory Project, a super PAC criticized by tea party supporters. Former GOP Senate leader Jim Brulte, who is expected to be elected chairman at the convention, told The Bee that the party extended an invitation to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, but that a scheduling issue prevented the tea party favorite from accepting.
Other speakers at the convention, which starts March 1 in Sacramento, include conservative comedians Eric Golub and Evan Sayet, author Travis Brown and former GOP Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, who moved to Texas to take a job with a think tank after leaving the Legislature.
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The Joint Legislative Audit Committee today will review the latest audit of the state Department of Parks and Recreation, which found that the agency kept a hidden cash pot for nearly two decades and is unable to say how much it costs to operate the parks. State Auditor Elaine Howle is among the witnesses at 1 p.m. in Room 447 of the Capitol.
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