Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 18, 2011

A push to adopt a more moderate California Republican Party platform was was defeated in the final hours of the party’s fall convention in Los Angeles today.

The proposed language, which downplayed traditional GOP positions on gun rights, abortion and same-sex marriage, had come under fire from conservatives. Supporters had argued that the changes emphasized jobs and the economy and presented the party’s issue stances in a way that would appeal to more voters.

The plan, backed by wealthy GOP donor Charles T. Munger Jr., failed to win approval from the CRP Platform Committee Sunday afternoon.

The committee instead approved an updated version of the current state GOP platform, which includes more detailed language sought by conservatives.

“The platform committee reversed the horrendous decisions of the drafting committee and restored core principles of the party platform,” said Mike Spence, a leading critic of the more moderate plan. “It’s proof that people that care about issues can beat money.”

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