The Latest: Walker issues warning to Wisconsin Republicans

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin Republican Party convention (all times local):

11 a.m.

Gov. Scott Walker is telling Republican to “wake up” and the upcoming fall election is “going to be tougher than any we’ve faced so far.”

Walker issued the warnings Saturday at the Wisconsin state party convention.

He and a host of other Republicans are warning party activists that GOP policies enacted in recent years are in jeopardy if Democrats win in November.

Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel says “If there’s a blue wave coming, our conservative reforms will be among the first thing to go.”

Walker is running for a third term and Schimel is seeking a second. There are more than a dozen Democrats seeking the nomination to take on Walker.

He says if a Democrat wins, Republicans are also likely to lose majorities in the state Legislature.


10 a.m.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel says his Democratic opponent is a “liberal activist” who would advance the Hillary Clinton agenda.

Schimel faces Democrat Josh Kaul in November. Schimel told Republicans at the state party convention on Saturday that Kaul would be a “liberal activist” who would undo laws he doesn’t agree with.

Schimel says given the GOP record in Wisconsin “this year should be a walk off home run for us.”

But he warned that “up and down the ballot there are big challenges ahead of us.”

Schimel says as attorney general he has delivered on every promise he made in the 2014 campaign, including fighting opioids and creating a stable regulatory environment for employers, farmers and manufacturers.


9:32 a.m.

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker says he’s confident Republicans will maintain their majority in the Assembly, despite concerns over a “blue wave.”

Vos said at Saturday’s Republican Party convention that “there will be no waves crashing in Wisconsin.”

Vos says he is confident voters will reject Democrats once they learn what they want to do.

Vos says Democrats will raise taxes, increase the size of government, fund Planned Parenthood, eliminate school choice and repeal the Act 10 collective bargaining law.

Other speakers at the convention have struck a cautionary tone, saying Democrats are more energized and could undo Republican policies with wins in November.


12:01 a.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is coming to bid farewell.

Gov. Scott Walker is asking for another vote.

And the two Republicans running for U.S. Senate are trying to win an endorsement from the party faithful.

Republican activists across the state are gathering Saturday for the annual GOP convention in Milwaukee.

It comes as Ryan is ending his 20-year career in Congress and Walker is running for a third term in November.

State Sen. Leah Vukmir and former Marine Kevin Nicholson are seeking the state party endorsement as they run for a chance to take on Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

The convention will feature speeches from all of them, as well as from other state and federal office holders.

The Democratic convention is in three weeks in Oshkosh.