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GOP watch: Palin's not coming...

It's official. Sarah Palin is not attending that Simi Valley Republican women's group talk -- emceed by Palin supporter John Ziegler. Invitations had gone out with her name on them. And it was set to be her first appearance -- though closed to the press -- since she stepped down as governor of Alaska. Palin's people had never confirmed that she was attending.

The Republican Women Federated of Simi Valley released a statement: "We regret to inform you that Governor Sarah Palin is unable to attend our event on August 8, 2009. As stated, we invited her to attend and we were honored by her consideration. We sincerely appreciate the support of our members and guests. We will refund ticket purchases for anyone who chooses not to attend. Contact us by end of business Tuesday, August 4, 2009 … with your name, address, and telephone number for refunds. We apologize for any inconvenience."

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The group had put out a statement July 12 saying Palin was attending. Back then, the group's president said she "respected Palin's right to change her plans at any time," the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote. "She said in an e-mail that correspondence with the governor's office has been 'positive but cautious,' but she added, 'we know she will come.'"

There is an internal spat within the RNC that is playing out at the summer meeting in San Diego. Some RNC old guard would like to limit Michael Steele's ability to hand out consulting contracts.