WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee wants to take more control over how the party picks a nominee.
The RNC is scheduled to convene Wednesday in Memphis, Tennessee, to name a committee that will effectively set the calendar for 2016's long list of potential presidential contenders. If the party gets its way, the GOP will have fewer debates and pick a nominee more quickly than during past contests.
The RNC is also set to put in place penalties for candidates who don't follow the committee's plans.
Senior RNC officials described the agenda ahead of the three-day meeting. They insisted on anonymity because the entire 168-member central party has not yet been briefed on the proposal.