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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.

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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

The female bartender and bar patrons at Hank's Again Bar on 7th and Cleveland on Milwaukee's south side who fought with two would-be robbers Tuesday evening.

After sitting down for a beer, one of the men walked behind the bar and tried to steal money. That's when the workers and patrons fought back. The bartender, a woman in her 40's, fought the robber, eventually putting him in a headlock. Other customers helped hold the man down. So many piled on top of him, that when police got there, they couldn't even see the suspect. Another regular customer fought the second bad guy.

I played a sound bite of the female bartender on one of my shows this week on WISN. She said that her blue-collar place was patronized by neighbors who wouldn't stand for robbers barging in. If they did, she said they'd better be ready for a fight.

See the WTMJ-TV news story here.

Oh, and I would add this little girl, too.


VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Whoever called the state Division of Gaming to tattle on the senior citizen Bingo games at the Cream City Cafeteria at Southridge's Boston Store. They ought to be ashamed of themselves.

I would include Bob Sloey, the head of the State Department of Administration's Division of Gaming. After receiving the calls from the snitches, he contacted the local authorities in Greendale and ordered them to shut down the games immediately, and they did.

Sloey claims he read about the games in an ad in a local shopper. I'm sorry but that's hard to believe. I don't think this pencil-pushing bureaucrat sitting in his office in Madison is reading a Greendale shopper. Besides, the bingo games reportedly haven't been advertised for years. So, we know that Sloey is not only a bureaucrat with too much time on his hands, he may be lying as well.

When confronted with calls from the news media, he softened his tone, suggesting that if only Boston Store would contact him, maybe a solution could be worked out. Why does Boston Store or anyone else have to kowtow to Sloey, call him, genuflect and kiss his ring? Isn't he there to help the taxpaying public? He should be calling Boston Store and telling their officials what needs to be done so the games can be reinstated as quickly as possible.

Is it any wonder people hate government?



QUOTES OF THE WEEK

Nothing short of returning his dirty casino money can restore even the slightest degree of confidence in Doyle's administration.
Mark Jefferson, executive director of the state Republican Party, after Dennis Troha, Kenosha businessman who has contributed $500,000 to Governor Doyle, was indicted Jefferson said Doyle had been re- elected with the help of "dirty money," and called on the governor to get rid of it. Both Doyle and Troha have denied that the donations had anything to do with Troha's proposal for an $808-million casino in Kenosha, a deal that needs Doyle's approval.

I called the head of Boston Store security and told him that either this stops right at this moment or we start making arrests.
Greendale Police Chief Robert Dams, after the state Division of Gaming instructed him to shut down senior citizen bingo games at the Boston Store at Southridge.


I just think this is a tragic message, a race to the bottom, demeaning this profession.
State Representative Frank Boyle (D-Superior) voting against a bill in the Assembly to put an end to lawmakers accumulating unused sick leave to buy health care coverage when they retire.

This is not sick leave, it is a post-retirement health care benefit.
State Representative Pat Strachota (R-West Bend), the author of the bill to end the sick leave benefit.

It is an incentive to keep quality members and it is, in my view unfair, for my staff to get this benefit and that it be denied to me. This is not about me in spite of the way the press reports my ripping off the taxpayers. I have already earned this benefit after 37 years and it cannot be taken away and I turn 66 next year and reach full Social Security age and Medicare age anyway. It is about attracting and keeping younger people in the legislature.

It is Sunday morning and I am working from home. Not to whine just to point out that nearly every weekend I am called upon for some activity or other, I work all week in the Capitol, and take calls at night and on weekends... as I'm sure you must as well.

I work nearly every day and have not had a real vacation in 37 years. I'm not complaining I love it....

State Representative Marlin (snarlin')Schneider (D-Wisconsin Rapids) in an e-mail to an inquiry as to why he opposes the bill to end sick leave. Never in the e-mail does he mention he's accumulated over $100,000 in unused leave.

He says he's not complaining. Sounds like he is to me...

That's so gay
Rebekah Rice actually said it in 2002 when other students razzed her about being Mormon. It got her in trouble. Read the story here.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

The New American magazine exposing the state DMV for assisting illegal aliens to get state ID's and driver's licenses, a story I talked about on WISN Radio this week that generated tremendous response... There's a DMV center at Loomis and Grange. Right down the road, at Southridge Mall, heavy-handed state bureaucrats shut down harmless senior citizen bingo games at a cafeteria inside Boston Store. But at the DMV center less than a mile away, the state knowingly and willingly is complicit in breaking the law by issuing legal documents to people they know are here illegally.


MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

I thought we got rid of welfare as we know it..... maybe not.
One out of six Americans receives government assistance. And yet some argue we need to spend more?
Read the story here.


MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Al Gore getting an Oscar. Oh my God, Democrats were orgasmic! Should he run for President?!


STRANGEST STORY OF THE WEEK

If you watched the Wisconsin-Ohio State basketball game last Sunday, you saw it. And you probably said to yourself, "Did that coach just do what I think he did?"



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Week-ends

Week-ends

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

6-year old Jadon Shaikh of West Bend. Calm, cool, and collected, he helped save his aunt’s life. Remember, Jadon is just 6-years old.

Two Beaver Dam firefighters get honored for ice rescue. See their story here. Click on the play button on the far left of the video screen.

Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. He’s donating money he received from indicted businessman Dennis Troha to the Boys and Girls Club. On last week’s edition of INTERchange on Channel 10, I said the above-board Ryan would not keep the money. Jim Doyle got a lot more money from Troha than Ryan did. Will Doyle give the money back? Are you kidding!!!

Elvis impersonator Tom Green of Milwaukee. Too talented to die so young. He was 50.


VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Wisconsin Congressman David Obey. Obey was caught on video outside his office in Washington yelling at the mother of a soldier in Iraq who tried to commit suicide.

Nice touch, Congressman.

This guy makes the villains list: Milwaukee police are warning east side residents near Oakland and North to be on alert after a woman who went on her porch to check her mailbox was forced back into her home and sexually assaulted by a stranger.

I hope they nab him before he assaults again.


QUOTES OF THE WEEK

”I was going to have a few comments about the other Democratic Presidential candidate, John Edwards but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word, “faggot,” so I……so kind of an impasse, can’t really talk about Edwards”
Ann Coulter, speaking at the annual meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. She was totally wrong and out of line.

”I am not impressed by emails from Pennsylvania and Nevada officials thanking your department for your efforts to resolve their tax issues. ... If you are so interested in serving the taxpayers of Nevada and Pennsylvania, you may want to peruse the want ads for jobs in those states.”
State Senator Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) in a letter to state Department of Transportation Secretary Frank Busalacchi, calling for a detailed accounting of the assistance the DOT gave indicted businessman Dennis Troha on his tax dispute in other states.

“What's troubling is that at a time of fiscal crisis, when Doyle has proposed more than $1 billion in new taxes and fees to support the state government, he turns down more than a half-million dollars in revenue for apparently ideological reasons.”
The Green Bay Press Gazette, editorializing on Governor Doyle’s rejection of $600-thousand in federal aid for abstinence instruction.

"You don't look any better in person than you do on TV."
An elderly gentleman laughingly said that to me last night at a restaurant bar as my wife and I were waiting to be seated.


OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

The outcry from the left against Ann Coulter’s incredibly over-the-top comments about John Edwards, accompanied by their lack of criticism about Bill Maher commenting that it might be best if VP Cheney was dead.

Can you say, “Hypocrite?”



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Where is the coverage of the most important election of the year, the state Supreme Court race? What little coverage there is certainly isn’t about issues.


MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

American Idol.

Why do people watch this junk!?


STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

From the Eau Claire Leader -Telegram. The story got national attention:

Don’t try this at home
Eau Claire man burns genitals while drunkenly copying stunt


Trying to duplicate a movie stunt landed a man in the hospital with burns to his hands and genitals and left a second man facing criminal charges.

Randell D. Peterson, 43, of 1822 Vine St., was charged Tuesday in Eau Claire County Court with felony counts of battery and first-degree reckless endangerment.

Peterson is free on a $2,000 signature bond and returns to court April 16.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police were called to Luther Hospital to meet with Jared W. Anderson, 20, who had serious burns to both his hands and genitals. Anderson said he didn’t want anyone to get in trouble because of what happened.

Police then spoke with witnesses, who said a group of people, including Anderson, were at Peterson’s house Sunday night watching a “Jackass” movie, in which the characters perform outrageous stunts, sometimes ending up injured.

One of the characters in the movie lit his genitals on fire as a stunt.

Anderson, who was drunk, wanted to duplicate the stunt. Peterson was willing to oblige.

Anderson pulled his pants down in Peterson’s kitchen. Peterson sprayed lighter fluid on Anderson’s genitals.

After he was unable to start a fire, Peterson sprayed more lighter fluid on Anderson, and some of the fluid got on Anderson’s clothing.

Peterson tried again and a fire started. Anderson’s genitals, hands and clothing all caught fire.

Anderson ran into the bathroom, jumped in the bathtub and put the flames out.

Anderson’s burns were serious enough that skin was peeling off his hands. Two witnesses forced Anderson to go to the hospital.

Anderson eventually was taken to the Regions Hospital Burn Unit in St. Paul with second-degree burns.

Peterson later admitted his involvement in the incident.

Peterson, if convicted, could face up to 10½ years in prison.


This story came in a close second.


STUPID CROOK OF THE WEEK

Read what an idiot from Racine did to try to get on the Jerry Springer show.


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 desrving of recognition, please e-mail me.



THE VOTE IS NO APRIL 3

Week-ends

Week-ends

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...

HERO OF THE WEEK

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. He came on my WISN program Friday to say he will not accept a huge salary increase if the Milwaukee County Board approves pay raises for County Supervisors and the County Executive.

An audit for the county issued a report saying the salaries for Walker and the County Board are significantly lower than those of the Milwaukee Mayor and Milwaukee aldermen. The auditor is recommending supervisors, who make over $50-thousand and receive sweet benefits, get a raise in excess of 40% and that Walker get an 11% raise.

Some supervisors, most notably Jim “Luigi” Schmitt of Wauwatosa, have pulled out the crying towel, whining about grossly underpaid and over-worked they are and thus, are deserving of the taxpayers popping for a big hike in their pay.

Remember, 11 of these supervisors were around when Tom Ament and the County Board perpetrated that massive pension heist that we’re still paying for. If there’s a public body of elected officials unworthy of a pay increase, it’s the brain-dead Milwaukee County Board.

Bravo to Scott Walker who flat out told me on WISN that he would not accept a pay raise and that he will continue to give back $60-thousand of his salary every year.

Walker gets it. The supervisors don’t.


VILLAIN OF THE WEEK

Without a doubt, this guy.


QUOTES OF THE WEEK

” I was responsible for the 9/ll operation, from A to Z.” “I’m very sorry they been killed kids in 9/11.”
Al Queida leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to the military tribunal hearing his case.

"There's no reason for me to testify. Everybody knows I'm innocent.”
Steven Avery at his murder trial.

"Teresa Halbach, by her DNA and where it's found, is telling a story. She's telling you, this is where I was, she's telling you, this is what happened to me, she's telling you, this is how I was killed.”
Lead prosecutor in the Steven Avery trial Kenneth Kratz, during closing arguments to the jury.

”I'm not interested in the civil liberties of a pedophile. When you rape a child, you give up those rights."
State Representative Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc), who is authoring legislation to require sex offenders to have bright green fluorescent license plates on their cars.

”The real March Madness is that Wisconsin continues to criminalize one of the rites of spring.”.”
State Senator Jeff Plale (D-South Milwaukee) who will introduce a bill to legalize NCAA College Basketball Tournament office pools. Such pools are illegal in Wisconsin. Violators can be fined, imprisoned, or both. Ridiculous.

”I bet on my team every night. I didn’t bet on my team four nights a week. I was wrong.”
Pete Rose

"I know there are odds today on who's gonna make the final four, but I'm taking odds that this administration, this governor, won't serve out his four years."
State Senator Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) on the floor of the state Senate, blasting the Governor’s state Department of Transportation Secretary Frank Busalacchi for using DOT personnel to help indicted businessman Dennis Troha on his tax dispute in other states. Ellis’ comments came as the Senate debated and later approved the Busalacchi’s confirmation as DOT Secretary.

"I'm calling on the mayor to contact the governor in an effort to deploy between 50 to 75 National Guardsmen to the streets of Milwaukee to help augment the efforts of the Milwaukee police this summer.”
Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan


OUTRAGES OF THE WEEK

Governor Doyle gutting the GPS law. He used the public’s concern over sex offenders as a re-election tool, only to turn his back on the very bill he signed. He’s a liar and a phony.

Also, the defense in the Steven Avery trial, specifically their disgusting, despicable, and desperate O.J.-like argument that the police planted the evidence. How do these guys sleep at night?


MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

The ridiculously lazy bureaucrats at the State Justice Department. Another reason people hate government.


MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

The NCAA College Basketball Tournament….and rightfully so. Every year, it captures the imagination of the entire country and deserves all the attention it gets.


STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

This story was mighty strange.

This story was just unusual.


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.



THE VOTE IS NO APRIL 3

Week-ends

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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

Gandalf, the wonder dog.

The Tauers of Hurley, Wisconsin.

Several people are credited with helping nab suspects in the shooting death of a local boxing coach.


VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

These punks.


QUOTES OF THE WEEK

”As far as criticisms go, not much.”
Franklin School Superintendent Bill Szakacs in the Journal/Sentinel, discussing public reaction to the $78-million referendum. Apparently he’s not paying attention.

”This is a modest increase.”
Governor Doyle spokesman Matt Canter reacting to news that property taxes on a median-valued Wisconsin home would rise by $94 - or 3.4% - in December bills under Gov. Jim Doyle's proposed state budget, according to a report made public Friday by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

"It doesn't do any good to go build some new great Cadillac program and then go, 'Oh, by the way we can't afford this.' Now you've put people's lives at risk, and you haven't governed."
Joint Finance Committee co-chair Kitty Rhoades, saying the Governor’s proposed state budget spends too much.

"This is nothing we did on purpose. It was a mistake that occurred."
Chris Klein, aide to state Department of Transportation Secretary Frank Busalacchi after it was reported calendar entries for Busalacchi and his top assistant had been erased, making it impossible to know where they were for their first two years in office. The very next day, Klein said an IT worker found a copy of the calendar on a server that had not been checked.

”When he gets out, we have to find him a place to live. Don’t shut him out.”
Pat Jansen of De Pere, talking about her stepson who sexually assaulted another relative and is now undergoing treatment. She begged the Green Bay Common Council not to approve an ordinance to ban sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of public places where people gather.

”Every parent has a right to feel safe about letting their kids play outside. Those of you who are against this: How many of you would be willing to sit with the family of a victim and explain why you’re against this?”
Tim Watermolen of Green Bay. The Green Bay Common Council adopted the strict residency ordinance for sex offenders, 9-2.


OUTRAGES OF THE WEEK

The vandalism at the Army Recruiting Center in Milwaukee, for sure.

This story was also outrageous.


MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

A new report by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance that Wisconsin residents paid an average of more than $500 per person last year in mostly small, "hidden" taxes that are often misunderstood or go virtually unnoticed.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

The angst in the U.S. House of Representatives this week amongst Democrats who were split on how to vote on a bill to continue funding wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and set a timetable for U.S. troop withdrawal. Even NPR’s All Things Considered reported on the inner turmoil of Democrats in a segment I referenced on InterCHANGE on Channel 10 Friday night. You can hear the report by going here and clicking on “Listen.”

In the end, for all the agonizing that divided House Democrats supposedly endured, they voted along party lines for the bill. President Bush was right when he said the Democrats were engaging in “political theater,” substituting their thirst to curry favor with the public for the military intelligence of our ground forces in Iraq.


STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

I could list a dozen of these each week. I’ve selected this story for this week’s entry, and you could also call it the most galling story of the week: a serial killer demands a discount on his newspaper subscription because he claims he helped sell papers. Read about it here.


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.



THE VOTE IS NO APRIL 3

Week-ends

Week-ends

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

Everyone participating (and there’s still time for you to get involved as well) in the Books for Soldiers project today at the Franklin Public Library.


VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

The mugger of an 81-year old woman outside a Milwaukee Walgreen’s AND all the Walgreen’s employees inside who watched, and did nothing to help. Watch the Channel 6 story. Click on the play button after opening this link.



QUOTES OF THE WEEK

” I have two children in the Franklin school district, one in high school and one in grade school. As a parent, I can see the need for expansion of the middle school and the high school but we need to go back to the drawing board and realize that the average Franklin taxpayer can not afford the extra taxes that this referendum will cost.”
Bryan Maersch of Franklin on this web site, about his opposition to the referenda.

“It would prevent Racine from becoming the dumping ground like they tried to do in Franklin, I guess. It just seems like common sense. If enough communities band together, if all the advocates want to make the state look at changing things to keep people away from our kids more long-term.”
Racine Aldermanic candidate Fred Dooley. If elected, he promises to push for an ordinance in Racine similar to Franklin’s that strictly limits where released sex offenders can live and travel within the city.

"I'm here to stand up for all Latinos, who are going to need licenses to do all kinds of things, from driving a car to opening a bank account. This law will further marginalize a group that is already on edge."
Amanda Postel, speaking at a rally in Madison protesting the Real ID law that goes into effect April 1. The law requires that applicants for Wisconsin driver’s licenses show proof of U.S. citizenship.

"The 9/11 hijackers could have used their passports to board the planes, but only one did. Those murderers chose our driver's licenses and state IDs as their forms of identification because these documents allowed them to blend in and not raise suspicion or concern.”
Wisconsin Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, saying he authored the Real ID law to prevent another 911-type attack.

“One, there would be a film crew of 30, 40, 50 people who would come for two weeks to two months. They rent cars, eat in restaurants and stay in hotels. They use limousines and go to Menards to buy lumber to build sets. They’re spending money left and right. Two, you get curiosity seekers, creating tourism. And three, and most significant, when the movie hits the big screen ...”
Dave Clements, executive director of the La Crosse Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Clements said a production featuring a big movie star has been making inquiries about filming in this part of Wisconsin. They need tax breaks, however, to lure them to Wisconsin and they want them now. If they can’t film this year, they will move their cameras down river. Those tax breaks were made possible by Senate Bill 563 but won’t go into effect until January 2008. A new Senate Bill 24 would move up the tax credit date to Jan. 1, 2007. But Democrat state Senator Russ Decker, co-chair of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee is holding up the bill.



OUTRAGES OF THE WEEK

Sex offenders being treated at the Sand Ridge facility near Madison are moaning and groaning that their pay has been cut below minimum wage. That takes a lot of nerve. They’re lucky to get that. I’m outraged that they’re outraged. Read about it here.

And the teacher who saw a student with a gun, and did nothing. The teacher should be terminated, but will get strong backing from the teachers’ union.


MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

From the Tax Foundation in Washington D.C.: Tax Freedom Day will arrive on April 30 this year, the 120th day of 2007. That means Americans will work four months of the year, from January 1 to April 30, before they have earned enough money to pay this year's tax obligations at the federal, state and local levels.

Americans work a significant number of days each year to pay for things other than government, but nothing else is so expensive. Americans will work longer to pay for government (120 days) than they will for food, clothing and housing combined (105 days). Since 1986 taxes have cost more than these basic necessities. In fact, Americans will work longer to afford federal taxes alone (79 days) than they will to afford housing (62 days).

Wisconsin’s Tax Freedom Day is May 2 this year, a few days later than the average Tax Freedom Day in America of April 30. Last year, Wisconsin's Tax Freedom Day fell on April 28. Read more about Tax Freedom Day here.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

This kid.


STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

And the most disgusting, despicable story of the week…..



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.



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