Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Sunday, Mar. 3, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 3, 2013 – 10:56 am

A recent series of statewide polls underscored that when it comes to hot-button social issues such as gay marriage, immigration, marijuana use and abortion, California voters hew to the liberal – or libertarian – side.

That orientation, along with the state’s changing ethnic and cultural makeup, is why the once-dominant California Republican Party has declined to a state of near-irrelevance, with less than 30 percent of the registered voters, no statewide offices and impotent minorities in the Legislature.

State party conventions are typically about accentuating the positive and promising more gains in the future. But this weekend’s state GOP convention in Sacramento has been about acknowledging the party’s sad condition – among other things, it’s broke and deeply in debt – and exploring ways to rebuild itself.

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