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.
This is a special year-end edition of Week-ends, a look back at the people and events that made news the past year. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...
HEROES OF THE YEAR
Steve St. Bernard
Dylan Smith ...and others.
VILLAINS OF THE YEAR
The mass shooters
QUOTES OF THE YEAR
Remember one of Paul Ryan's great lines at the RNC...
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it -- that that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. ... These are people who pay no income tax. ... [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
Mitt Romney at a private fundraiser in May that was secretly recorded and posted online in September by Mother Jones magazine.
"We took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet [in Massachusetts]. I went to a number of women's groups and said, 'Can you help us find folks?' and they brought us whole binders full of women."
Mitt Romney during the second presidential debate in
President Obama at a campaign appearance in
President Obama during the third presidential debate in
"You hit a reset button for the fall campaign; everything changes. It's almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again."
Romney senior campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom during a CNN interview, March 21.
"I'm an honorary consul general, so I have inviolability."
Socialite Jill Kelley, telephone call to a 911 dispatcher,
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifying before the House Committee on Financial Services hearing, Feb. 29.
"I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge."
Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss about the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
“No… [applause], but I will. I think the destructive, negative, vicious nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public office, and I am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that.”
Newt Gingrich after being asked during a CNN debate if he’d like to respond to allegations by an ex-wife that he wanted an open marriage.
“You know, back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraception. The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn’t that costly.”
Foster Friess, a Rick Santorum supporter.
“Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs actually.”
“This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.”
President Obama to Russian President Medvedev.
“Well, you know, I guess we better unzip him and let the real Mitt Romney out because he is not!”
Ann Romney when asked by a radio host about the criticism that her husband “comes off stiff.”
“Guess what? His wife has actually never worked a day in her life.”
Hilary Rosen, Democratic strategist, referring to Ann Romney.
“The private sector is doing fine.”
President Obama in June.
“The highest Court in the land has now spoken. We will continue to implement this law. And we'll work together to improve on it where we can. But what we won’t do -- what the country can’t afford to do -- is refight the political battles of two years ago, or go back to the way things were.”
President Obama on the health-care law being upheld, 5-4, by the Supreme Court with Chief Justice Roberts being the deciding vote.
“Join me in welcoming the next president of the
Mitt Romney introducing Ryan as his vice presidential pick. Romney came back on stage: "Every now and then I'm known to make a mistake. I did not make a mistake with this guy. But I can tell you this. He's going to be the next vice president of the
"They gonna put y’all back in chains."
VP Joe Biden
“I’m a Catholic deer hunter. I am happy to be clinging to my guns and to my religion.”
“I’ve got a little bumper sticker for you: Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.”
VP Joe Biden
“It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”
“I think the best answer is as little as possible.”
Mitt Romney when asked what he wears to bed at night.
“And congratulations to you, Mr. President, on your anniversary. I’m sure this was the most romantic place you could imagine — here with me!”
Mitt Romney during the first presidential debate.
“I like PBS, I love Big Bird. I actually like you, too.”
Mitt Romney to moderator Jim Lehrer of PBS in the first presidential debate.
“Obviously, I had an off-night.”
President Obama to Jon Stewart in reference to his first debate performance.
“Life is that gift from God. And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
“The president has been all over this and he deserves great credit”
Chris Christie on the response to Hurricane
“I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation.”
Mitt Romney in his concession speech.
“He was a charismatic African American president with a billion dollars, no primary and media that often felt morally conflicted about being critical.”
“He [Mitt Romney] wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to . . . run.”
OUTRAGE OF THE YEAR
The mass shootings.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE YEAR
Election polls, many of which were wrong.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE YEAR
Locally, Governor Walker's constant visits to businesses that are adding jobs.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE YEAR
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