- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on a media access to the New Mexico Republican convention (all times local):

1:10 p.m.

The Republican Party of New Mexico says a ban on journalists at the state GOP convention has been reversed by tribal leaders overseeing a Native American casino where the event will be held.

State GOP spokesman Tucker Keene says Sandia Pueblo on Wednesday reversed a policy of not allowing news media at Sandia Resort & Casino.

Republican officials say they were caught by surprise earlier when pueblo officials announced that allowing journalists on resort property was against tribal council policy.

The state convention on Saturday will resolve a heated contest for one seat on the Republican National Committee. Republicans also are naming delegates to the national convention.

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1:40 a.m.

The Republican Party of New Mexico says the news media are prohibited from attending its election-year state convention at a Native American-owned casino outside Albuquerque.

A spokesman for the state GOP says Sandia Pueblo has banned journalists from the convention at Sandia Resort & Casino, but it will reconsider the matter Wednesday.

State political conventions from Alaska to Georgia have opened their doors to the media with few restrictions in a tumultuous presidential primary year.

The convention will resolve a heated contest for a seat on the Republican National Committee that has veered into recriminations about the state economy.

Martin Salazar of the New Mexico Press Association says the refusal to allow reporters strikes him as convenient for a party in the midst of a divisive leadership struggle.


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