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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.

THE TOP TEN FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2012: #8

THE TOP TEN FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2012


When you run for and win elected office, you form a public record that is subject to scrutiny. By the very nature of the business, not everyone will like or appreciate what you say or do.

Following the school board elections this past year, incumbent board member Judith Bialk lost, Janet Evans kept her seat, and newcomer Aimee Schlueter was elected. At the subsequent organizational meeting, Evans was elected board president and board members Debbie Larson and Jeff Traylor were ousted from their leadership positions as board president and vice president, respectively. However, the two did not relinquish their posts quietly or graciously.


Franklin’s Bryan Maersch blogged that both, primarily Traylor made insulting and derogatory comments on Facebook about Franklin bloggers that have been critical of the school board, including Evans. The bloggers were referred to as cyber bullies.

This went beyond sour grapes. It was petty, personal, and childish.

Franklin voters made clear choices in last April’s election. They wanted a more fiscally responsible, taxpayer-friendly board and board leadership. When Larson and Traylor insulted the bloggers who advocated for such change, they also insulted Franklin citizens who went to the polls.

I’m not surprised that Traylor doesn’t understand the meaning of cyber bully. This is a guy captured on video claiming he doesn’t know what it means to be fiscally responsible. And he's entrusted with overseeing the education of our children? Scary.

The whiny Traylor played the victim card, but for as long as I’ve been blogging, I’ve never received an e-mail or phone call from the oppressed Traylor. He’s never left a comment on my blog. It’s ok for him to rip away on Facebook, but apparently community bloggers are supposed to clam up and ignore the actions of their elected school board.

Larson and Traylor actually give the bloggers too much credit. We can write and opine as passionately and as often as we want. We can’t make people go out and do what we hope and say. No, the voters saw what was transpiring, didn’t like it, and took matters into their hands.

Larson and Traylor hate the very notion that people, the people they work for, and the people who pay the bills are actually paying attention and exercising their First Amendment rights. Next April, both are up for re-election. Here’s hoping quality candidates are thinking about running to replace the big sore losers. Maybe then we can have even more members that truly understand what it means to do what school board folks always promise: providing a great education at a reasonable cost to taxpayers.


THE TOP 10 FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2012

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8) THE RISE OF THE CYBER BULLIES
9) FRANKLIN DEPARTURES
10) A BROCHURE? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

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