- Associated Press - Monday, July 18, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Latest on Tennessee’s Republican National Convention delegation (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

Tennessee state Sen. Bill Ketron has invited controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders to the Republican National Convention.

Wilders tweeted late Sunday that he had arrived in Cleveland. His tweet included a photo of a guest pass from the Tennessee Republican Party.

Ketron, of Murfreesboro, told The Tennessean (https://tnne.ws/2a6RUkx ) the populist anti-Islam and Euro-skeptic lawmaker is his friend.

Wilders has supported a ban on immigrants from Islamic countries to the Netherlands, similar to the idea presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump has floated of temporarily banning foreign Muslims from entering the U.S.

Ketron has sponsored several Tennessee bills aimed at Islam.

The invitation was criticized by Council on American-Islamic Relations spokesman Ibrahim Hooper, who said, “The Republican Party should not be importing foreign anti-Muslim bigots.”


5:00 p.m.

A Tennessee delegate to the Republican National Convention says he is disappointed the presiding officer did not allow a roll call vote on changing party rules.

The roll call vote was supported by delegates opposed to presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump. Those seeking a roll call wanted a chance to change the rules, but the presiding officer declared the rules passed on a voice vote.

Charlie Cato is a Nashville attorney in Cleveland as a delegate for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. He says the leadership should have given everyone a chance to be heard. He would have voted against the rules, although he thinks they would have passed.

Cato says the Trump campaign won a victory “but not in a way that’s likely to bring the party together in November.”

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