WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (WFRV) - Let's take back Wisconsin. That was the message repeated tonight at the State Democratic Convention, underway this weekend in the Wisconsin Dells. Party leaders spending the weekend rallying supporters ahead of Novembers election.
Democrats began the day with a major victory, a federal judge overturning the state's ban on same sex marriage.
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, who's the first openly gay senator in history, applauded the ruling.
"I can proudly say that discrimination doesn't just violate our values, it violates our constitution."
Gubernatorial candidate, and former Trek Bicycle Executive Mary Burke is the star of the weekend. Her speech headlined on Friday.
"You guys have supported me since day one, and that has fueled me over the past 8 months," Burke told supporters.
Democratic leaders and supporters threw their support behind Mary Burke Friday night, and hope she can beat Governor Walker in November.
"Far too often, I hear from people who are working harder and harder, and who are living paycheck to paycheck," the Madison native said. " They're struggling to care for aging parents or to provide a better future for their children. The people I meet know we need new leadership."
But with a Republican governor and Republicans holding majorities in the assembly and the senate, winning open seats will be crucial.
"Democrats in the senate are fighting for everyone's freedom to achieve the American dream, not just the richest," Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson, (D) MIlwaukee, said during his speech. " We believe that by making investments in our shared resources, everyone's opportunity to succeed increases.
Democrat party leaders say spreading their message is crucial.
"We need to make sure that people know more and more about this extreme agenda that they've put forward," Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, (D) Kenosha, told supporters, "but also know about the positive, bold agenda that we've put forward so they can see the alternative that they've been given."
The convention will continue on Saturday.