Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...
HEROES OF THE WEEK
All the responders in a sad story
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“I don't believe this election is about details. I really don't. I've met with people in 60 counties and done 500 personal events, and my approach is to convey to people who I am, explain my manufacturing background, and then as honestly as I can, let people know what my philosophy is.”
“His company's loaded with government help. He didn't do it completely on his own but yet he criticizes those who get help from the Recovery Act. It's frankly completely phony.”
U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D) reacting to reports that Johnson's plastics company, Oshkosh-based Pacur, has five employees that receive health coverage through BadgerCare.
“We can no longer afford to have a society where the public employees are the haves, and the people who foot the bill as taxpayers are the have-nots.”
Scott Walker in the second gubernatorial debate.
“He's right we have to tackle the problems, but he's been playing flag football.”
Tom Barrett in response.
"You can attack all you want because you're behind.”
Scott Walker to Tom Barrett at one point of their second debate.
“If our radios fail us no one is safe.”
Mark Buetow of the
“I have found him to be a supportive, accessible boss who has been nothing but an ally and supporter in getting this difficult thing done, so I don't know what they're talking about.”
Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn about the new ad.
"I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband. So give it some thought and certainly pray about this and come to understand why you did what you did. OK, have a good day.”
Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in a phone message to Anita Hill asking her to say she was sorry for the allegations that surfaced at Thomas' confirmation hearings for a seat on the high court bench in 1991.
"I have no intention of apologizing because I testified truthfully about my experience and I stand by that testimony."
Anita Hill, now a
“There was Gov. Jan Brewer of
As the politicians droned on and my Irish skin turned toasty brown, I worried that Governor Brewer might make a citizen’s arrest and I would have to run for my life across the desert. She has, after all, declared open season on anyone with a suspicious skin tone in her state.
We are in the era of Republican Mean Girls, grown-up versions of those teenage tormentors who would steal your boyfriend, spray-paint your locker and, just for good measure, spread rumors that you were pregnant.
These women — Jan, Meg, Carly, Sharron, Linda, Michele, Queen Bee Sarah (Palin) and sweet wannabe Christine — have co-opted and ratcheted up the disgust.”
Columnist Maureen Dowd
"That's so funny, because I don't think I've ever met that gal, Maureen Dowd -- O'Dowd -- whatever the heck her name is. I don't think I've ever met her, and I don't think -- she probably hasn't met Jan Brewer or some of these other wonderful, pleasant, gracious, nice, hard-working mama grizzlies who are wanting to turn this country around. So Maureen can say whatever she says. I encourage the other mama grizzlies and liberty-loving Americans to just keep smiling."
Sarah Palin in response to Dowd.
“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”
Juan Williams on the "The O'Reilly Factor." National Public Radio (NPR) immediately fired Williams.
“We’re profoundly sorry that this happened during fundraising week.”
NPR CEO Vivian Schiller in an internal memo on the firing of Juan Williams.
“I don't want to be in
Senator Jim DeMint
“Republicans need to ask blacks, ‘Are you better off?’ Are blacks better off sending their children to assigned government schools — as demanded by the teachers unions and the Democratic Party?”
Columnist Larry Elder
“Climate change — to deny it exists, to just put your head in the sand and, ‘oh no, it doesn’t exist, what are you talking about,’ is about like standing on the floor of Macy’s during the month of December and claiming Santa Claus doesn’t exist.”
Rep. Nick Rahall, Democrat incumbent
“I have been saying (it) for 15 years. Then, you would get back to shoulder blocking and shoulder tackling and you wouldn’t have all those heroes out there. Guys (would) have to worry about broken noses, knocked-out teeth, which we would like to prevent, but you don’t get anything for nothing. We used to have one single bar; now we have a weapon.”
As the debate over NFL player safety suddenly erupted this week, Penn State coach Joe Paterno making a suggestion on how to stem the problem of player safety.
OUTRAGE OF THE
And Jim Doyle's "Get Out of Jail Early" program.
Brett Favre meets with the NFL about his alleged sexting. We still don't know what happened.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
The truth about the Bush tax cuts.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Woman drove around with mummified body......for months.
REMEMBER: Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me