GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Latest on the Wisconsin Democratic Party convention (all times local):
Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Brad Courtney is blasting Democratic leaders as the state party holds its annual convention in Green Bay.
Courtney issued a statement Friday as the Democratic convention began, branding Senate candidate Russ Feingold and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as "decades-long career politicians championing yesterday's policies."
Courtney says Feingold is a hypocrite running a "desperate campaign to return to Washington" while Clinton represents the "Washington status quo."
Feingold is running against Republican Sen. Ron Johnson.
Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair Martha Laning is kicking off the annual state convention calling for unity.
Laning said Friday at the beginning of the Democratic Party convention that there has been a vigorous debate about how to achieve the party's goals. But she says, "Now it's time to turn the page and unite, vote and win in November."
Her comments came after delegates were shown a video highlighting President Obama's tenure and also the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
Laning says "The time is now for us to begin to come together and remember that we're all Democrats because of our shared values and goals."
Democratic Senate candidate Russ Feingold plans to take digs at his political opponents in his speech at the Wisconsin Democratic Party convention, while also promising to be bipartisan.
Feingold's campaign released excerpts of his address before he was to deliver it Friday night in Green Bay.
Feingold is slated to say that "Showing up on Fox News doesn't clean our drinking water." He also plans to say that "sitting behind a desk deciding which ethnic or religious group to blame won't move Wisconsin forward."
Feingold is running in a rematch against Republican Sen. Ron Johnson.
Feingold also plans to preach unity, saying in his travels across the state people are ready to come together and he pledges to "reach across the aisle and get things done."
Wisconsin Democrats are gathering for their annual state convention, hoping to win back a U.S. Senate seat and chip away at Republican majorities in the Legislature.
The convention begins Friday night in Green Bay and is scheduled to conclude Saturday.
Senate candidate Russ Feingold is among those slated to speak on Friday. His rematch with Republican Sen. Ron Johnson is the marquee race in Wisconsin this year.
Democrats are also eyeing the open 8th Congressional District seat in northeast Wisconsin following the retirement of Republican Rep. Reid Ribble.
Others scheduled to talk on Friday include congressmen Mark Pocan and Ron Kind and Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
The keynote speaker is U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez.
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