UPDATED: Brown directs committee to reconsider controversial rules change


(Updated to include more reaction and background with edits throughout)

Republican Party Chairman Mike Brown on Friday morning said he's directed the party's rules committee to reconsider a plan removing top elected officials and groups representing women, Hispanics, African Americans and young adults from key committees.

"I believe this recommendation to reconsider will allow our party to refocus on expanding our party and winning elections," Brown said in an email sent to Republicans.

"Our party, the party of Lincoln . . .


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