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State GOP to meet less often

California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte prepares to address activists at the party’s fall convention in Anaheim on Sunday.
California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte prepares to address activists at the party’s fall convention in Anaheim on Sunday. dsiders@sacbee.com

Fulfilling the dream of many a party chairman grown weary of getting beat up twice each year, the California Republican party elected Sunday not to meet so often anymore.

Party activists approved reducing the number of state party conventions to two annually in odd-numbered years and one annually in even-numbered years, eliminating its convention closest to the general election.

The party has historically held two conventions every year.

Party Chairman Jim Brulte has long argued for a lighter convention schedule.

He said in an email to party leaders last year that conventions are costly and can be unhelpful late in the election cycle, when “the press come looking to write the narrative that Republicans are fighting.”

Many staffers and politicians are busy campaigning during conventions close to elections. But conventions remain popular with the party’s rank-and-file activists, offering an up-close view of candidates and free liquor in the hospitality suites.

The drinks stopped flowing early Sunday morning. The vote to reduce the convention schedule was divided.

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

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