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
Ian Tibbetts' surgeon
Wauwatosa West high school soccer players
Ohio State football players
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Brian Woods' neighbors
Red Wing High School in Minnesota
Entz Elementary School in Mesa, Arizona
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"The 'Affordable Care Act' is anything but; it will raise premiums on Wisconsinites and limit health care choices without holding down costs. It was passed using a procedural trick, wherein the House never actually voted on the Senate version of the bill. Portions of the bill were upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court using an argument (that the plan is a tax) that Obama himself staunchly denied leading up to the decision. Obama himself has delayed implementation of major portions of the bill using an authority that can't be found anywhere within the U.S. Constitution."
Journal Sentinel columnist Christian Schneider
“Shutdown or no shutdown, we are ready to go, to start enrolling people tomorrow. We are about to make some history and some very positive history for lots of families around the country.”
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
“It’s 12:09 a.m. EDT and the #ObamaCare exchanges do not work.”
A tweet by Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) at 12:09 AM EST that the Obamacare exchanges website was down, nine minutes after various federal government offices shut down and the Affordable Care Act exchanges went into effect.
“We got the heads up that they will be barricaded and specifically asked for an exception for these heroes. We were denied and told, ‘It’s a government shutdown, what do you expect?’ when we contacted the liaison for the White House.”
Mississippi Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo after contacting the Department of The Interior that a group of old, ailing WWII veterans are coming to visit the WWII Monument on the Capital Square. He asked if they can see it despite the coming government shutdown, given that some of them won’t be alive long enough to have another chance.
“It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation. We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”
An angry unidentified Park Service ranger in Washington
“We had no problems whatsoever. Excited? Oh crap yes. I’d re-enlist if they let me.”
World War II veteran Jim Ferencak, 86, of Pascagula, Miss., before he started to cry. He was visiting the WWII Memorial for the first time. War veterans from Mississippi and Iowa broke through barricades to visit the World War II Memorial on the National Mall midday Tuesday, despite all national parks being closed as a result of a partial government shutdown.
“But if you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?”
CNN's Dana Bash questioning Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
“Why would we want to do that? I have 1,100 people at Nellis Air Force Base that are sitting home. They have a few problems of their own.”
Reid’s response to Bash
“It is a risk to the world economy if the US can't properly sort out its spending plans.”
British Prime Minister David Cameron
”A superpower has paralyzed itself.”
In Germany, Der Spiegel Online
"I think you ought to just apply for a job in the Obama administration or the communications department of the DNC.”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to MSNBC host Thomas Roberts.
“I don't think I would lose, other than to Kobe Bryant because he steals all of my moves.”
Former NBA superstar Michael Jordan saying no one could beat him in his prime in a game of one-on-one basketball.
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OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
The WWII Memorial Shutdown
And how about this.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
The war on Christians
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Let's see. You have the partial government shutdown and the final episode of Breaking Badly. Put them together and you've got...
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
The judge sentences a criminal, and then...