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
Two Milwaukee Police officers
Once again, Carlos Arredondo
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Fredonia, WI couple
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“DOMA undermines both the public and private significance of state-sanctioned same-sex marriages; for it tells those couples, and all the world, that their otherwise valid marriages are unworthy of federal recognition.” The law “instructs all federal officials, and indeed all persons with whom same-sex couples interact, including their own children, that their marriage is less worthy than the marriages of others.”
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in the court’s ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.
“If Bill Clinton was ‘the first Black president,’ Anthony Kennedy has now firmly secured his place in history as ‘the first gay Justice.’ As the author of Romer v. Evans, Lawrence v. Texas and now United States v. Windsor, Justice Kennedy makes clear that he not only accepts, but welcomes the task of writing majestic opinions affirming the dignity of gay persons and couples.”
Michael C. Dorf, professor of law at Cornell and a former clerk for Kennedy, said Kennedy’s legacy is secure.
“They’re trying to say nothing, is what they’re trying to say, but in doing that the other side of the coin is there are 34 states that have decided in favor of traditional marriage. Those are affirmed now. … The good side to this ruling is they have affirmed to states that this is a state issue and states can decide.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
“While I am obviously disappointed in the ruling, it is always critical that we protect our system of checks and balances. A robust national debate over marriage will continue in the public square, and it is my hope that states will define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.”
House Speaker John Boehner
“My response to this [decision] will be later this week to file a federal marriage amendment.”
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), speaking at a Tuesday meeting between reporters and conservative lawmakers, said he will file a constitutional amendment in Congress to restore DOMA. Huelskamp said he will be joined by other conservatives.
“After the bad news on gay marriage out of the Supreme Court this week, here's some good news for conservatives: Demographics are on our side!
“Republican states, such as Utah and Kentucky, have been steadily gaining population, while liberal states, such as New York and Vermont, are consistent demographic losers. It should not come as a surprise, though it always does, that people opposed to abortion are out-populating those who consider abortion a right.
“But liberals always have a workaround. For decades, their solution to the left's demographic collapse has been immigration. Idiot Republicans being buffaloed into supporting (Marco) Rubio's amnesty bill are not merely throwing Democrats a lifeline -- they're allowing Democrats to flip an imminent conservative victory into a permanent liberal majority.”
“By overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, the court recognized that discrimination towards any group holds us all back in our efforts to form a more perfect union. We are also encouraged that marriage equality may soon return to California. We applaud the hard work of the advocates who have fought so relentlessly for this day.”
Hillary and Bill Clinton in a joint statement on the DOMA ruling.
"Earlier today, the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act. How about that? [Cheers and applause] There you go.
"In fact, Bill Clinton hailed the Court’s decision today even though he signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law. But in fairness to Clinton, see he didn't totally understand the law. When he signed the bill, he thought the Defense of Marriage Act was defending marriage as if it were really just an act. [Laughter] See, he thought it was something totally different. Totally different. [Applause]
"See, we don't, we don't need a Defense of Marriage Act. What we need in this country is a marriage cap. You're allowed three, that's it, you're done. Three, you're out! [Laughter] You can't do it. You don’t know how to do it. It’s over. You retire."
“I’m not a fan of the whole dynasty thing: Clinton, Clinton, Clinton. If she’s smart, she’ll get her people to tone [their early support for her] down.”
Viktor Kerney, 39, of Los Angeles who attended the Netroots Nation Conference in San Jose, California. Kerney said the early attention on Clinton’s potential candidacy could ultimately be to her detriment come 2016.
“What they just [sic] done is really revoke a lot” of what Martin Luther King, Jr.'s “dream was all about. They just canceled the dream, and the children of the dream are not going to sit by and allow that to happen.”
Rev. Al Sharpton, host of MSNBC's weekday “Politics Nation” program, denouncing the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to overturn Section IV of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which requires regions to submit new apportionment plans to the Justice Department before any changes can be made.
“Obama's hand-picked IRS head, Danny Werfel, released a report on Monday stating that terms like ‘progressive’ and ‘occupy’ were also flagged -- the implication, of course, being that the political targeting (though disgraceful) was at least even-handed.
“Like so much of what has issued from the IRS, this is poppycock. If, in fact, the political targeting was bipartisan (as Werfel and Democrats are now insisting), there's only one real question left: Where are its liberal victims? As you may recall, Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee were unable to produce even one lefty group alleging the kind of mistreatment that was routinely visited upon conservative and Tea Party groups.”
Carol Platt Liebau, an attorney, political commentator and guest radio talk show host based near New York.
"In an age of persistent nuclear proliferation, it is puzzling as to why the commander in chief would endorse shedding a third of our deterrent power. Responsible national security policy requires a realistic recognition of the world as it is, not as we hope it to be. It is naive to believe terrorists and rogue nations will be swayed by the philosophical righteousness some may attach to the president’s new policy. And count me among the skeptics in believing that China or Russia will abandon its own nuclear modernization plans."
US Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.)
“To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?”
David Gregory questioning Glenn Greenwald on last Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”
“I think it’s pretty extraordinary that anybody who would call themself a journalist would publicly muse about whether or not other journalists should be charged with felonies. The assumption in your question, David, is completely without evidence, the idea that I’ve aided and abetted him in any way.”
Glenn Greenwald responding to Gregory.
“IRS employees like Lois Lerner can take the 5th Amendment when they're asked to testify about breaking the law to go after American citizens, but we're not allowed to take the 5th Amendment when the IRS demands information from us.
“The average government employee makes more than the people who are paying his salary.
“If the economy goes bad, you may have to tighten your belt, but our government NEVER thinks it should have to cut back on its spending.
“Our Congress REGULARLY votes on pork-laden bills written in legalese that NO ONE has actually read cover to cover.
“We have so many laws and regulations that almost every American is breaking the law somehow on a daily basis.
“Our overbearing politicians and bureaucrats feel entitled to tell you how to run almost every aspect of your life. They think they know better than you what health care you should have, where your kids should be allowed to go to school, what you should be able to do with your own property, what TV, toilet or shower head you should be allowed to buy, what light bulb you should have and even what size of soda you should be able to drink.
“We have government employees whom we put into office, whose salaries we pay, telling US what to do and acting as if we work for them.”
Columnist/blogger John Hawkins offering reasons he detests government.
"…it just reveals an administration that seems more and more incompetent by the day."
WI Congressman Paul Ryan
"GOP proponents maintain that we have to support this (immigration) bill in order to increase our share of the growing Hispanic vote. That is absurd on its face because it ignores a) that they said the same thing in support of the 1986 amnesty bill and the opposite occurred, b) that any thinking Hispanic would see right through such opportunistic pandering, c) the incalculable damage that the GOP's support for this bill would do to the existing base, d) that Obama and Democrats would get exclusive credit for passing the bill, e) that Obama and Democrats would continue to bludgeon the GOP after the bill passed, saying that if it hadn't been for nativist Republicans, unconditional amnesty would have been achieved, f) that Obama and Democrats would use the same ruthless charges of racism and nativism to pressure Republicans into relaxing or eliminating the law's phantom enforcement triggers and other obstacles in the path to full-blown citizenship for the former illegals, and g) that tens of millions of largely new Democratic voters would eventually destroy the GOP."
Columnist David Limbuagh
"It's disappointing. Nothing helps you sleep better at night than knowing you have money tucked away for unplanned expenses."
Greg McBride, Bankrate.com's senior financial analyst reacting to news that fewer than one in four Americans have enough money in their savings account to cover at least six months of expenses, enough to help cushion the blow of a job loss, medical emergency or some other unexpected event, according to a survey of 1,000 adults. Meanwhile, 50% of those surveyed have less than a three-month cushion and 27% had no savings at all.
"Would I have fired me? Knowing me? No. I am so very thankful for the partners I have who believe in me. No, I am not (a racist). The day I used that word (the n-word) it was a world ago.”
Paula Deen on the Today Show.
"Our culture has become celebrity-obsessed. Too often, what’s cool is more important than what is right. Unfortunately, we live in a world where our President calls Sandra Fluke on the phone, but ignores the families of Benghazi. Where he immediately comments on a basketball player coming out as gay, but has to read in the paper about his IRS targeting conservatives. Where the office of the President of the United States puts out memes to promote policy positions, but doesn’t meet with members of Congress or the media to discuss those proposals."
Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life in America
"Suppose that in 1965, the tobacco tyrants demanded that Congress enact a law banning smoking in bars, in workplaces, in restaurants, in apartments, within 25 feet of entrances, in ballparks, on beaches, on sidewalks and in other places. Had they revealed and demanded their full agenda back in 1965, there would have been so much resistance that they wouldn't have gotten anything. By the way, much of their later success was a result of a bogus Environmental Protection Agency study on secondhand smoke. I'd like to hear whether EPA scientists are willing to declare that people can die from secondhand smoke at a beach, on a sidewalk, in a park or within 25 feet of a building."
Walter Williams serves on the faculty of George Mason University as John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics and is the author of 'Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination?' and 'Up from the Projects: An Autobiography.'
"If we banned every activity that had the potential to become addictive, we’d have to ban fatty foods, sex, alcohol and investing in the stock market. Life means risk. Sometimes puritans want to ban things without any evidence that the activity is harmful. After every mass shooting, someone wants to tax, or ban, violent video games. Yet violent offenses by youth fell by more than half over the past two decades, while video game sales doubled. If there’s a causal relationship, maybe playing video games prevents kids from behaving violently."
"Best thing you can make a difference in people's lives. Worst thing is a lot of people lie."
WI Congressman Paul Ryan about working in Congress.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Texas abortion bill shouted down by protesters.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
The other side of the story about the victories by same-sex marriage advocates in the Supreme Court.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The victories by same-sex marriage advocates in the Supreme Court.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Celebrities really don't die in 3's, but you think they do.
I vote NO.
That's it for Week-ends.
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