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
Anthony Anderson and Tom Voss
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
People on Twitter
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"The Tom Perkins system is: You don't get to vote unless you pay a dollar of taxes. But what I really think is, it should be like a corporation. You pay a million dollars in taxes, you get a million votes. How's that?"
Venture capitalist Tom Perkins offered the unorthodox proposal when asked to name one idea that would "change the world" at a speaking engagement in San Francisco moderated by Fortune's Adam Lashinsky. The audience at the Commonwealth Club reacted with laughter. But Perkins offered no immediate indication that he was joking. Asked offstage if the proposal was serious, Perkins said: "I intended to be outrageous, and it was."
“Once again, the president is giving a break to corporations while individuals and families are still stuck under the mandates of his health care law. And, once again, the president is rewriting law on a whim. If the administration doesn’t believe employers can manage the burden of the law, how can struggling families be expected to? This continued manipulation by the president breeds confusion and erodes Americans’ confidence in him and his health care law. We need fairness for all, with relief from ObamaCare for every American.”
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released this statement after the administration announced that the president has again unilaterally altered the implementation of ObamaCare.
“This is stuff you do in a banana republic. It’s as if the law is simply a blackboard on which Obama writes any number he wants, any delay he wants, and any provision.”
Charles Krauthammer making his case for the lawlessness of delaying part of Obamacare again
“Where is the mainstream media on this? Can you imagine if this were George W. Bush? I mean, we would be talking about a constitutional crisis, front page New York Times splashed above the fold, ‘George W. Bush: Dictator President.’ You’re seeing none of that.”
Steve Hayes of The Weekly Standard referring to President Obama’s latest decision to change the ObamaCare law.
"Sorry we're breaking protocol here. That's the good thing as President, I can do whatever I want."
During a trip to Thomas Jefferson's home in Virginia with visiting French President Francois Hollande, President Obama joked about breaking protocol because he's the president. Just a few minutes before Obama cracked the "joke," his administration announced it would again be going around Congress to further delay the Obamacare mandate for medium-sized businesses.
“My sadness is that we are probably today more race and difference-conscious than I was in the 1960s when I went to school. To my knowledge, I was the first black kid in Savannah, Georgia, to go to a white school. Rarely did the issue of race come up. Now, name a day it doesn’t come up. Differences in race, differences in sex, somebody doesn’t look at you right, somebody says something. Everybody is sensitive. If I had been as sensitive as that in the 1960s, I’d still be in Savannah. Every person in this room has endured a slight. Every person. Somebody has said something that has hurt their feelings or did something to them — left them out. That’s a part of the deal.
“The worst I have been treated was by northern liberal elites. The absolute worst I have ever been treated. The worst things that have been done to me, the worst things that have been said about me, by northern liberal elites, not by the people of Savannah, Georgia.”
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaking at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday. Thomas, the second black justice to serve on the court, lamented what he considers a society that is more “conscious” of racial differences than it was when he grew up in segregated Georgia in the days before — and during — the civil rights era.
"It's crazy. The kids are going to school at the end of June. Most of the schools aren't air-conditioned, so it's not really a conducive learning environment."
Jonathan Selig, a stay-at-home dad from Halifax, Mass., reacting to the possibility that students will have to go to school longer to make up for snow days.
“There’s no playing around with the life of a child.”
Barbara Brady, the community relations coordinator for Boone County said she agreed with every day called off.
"None of the network evening newscasts identified ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin as a Democrat when reporting on his conviction of 20 counts of corruption on Wednesday. The ABC World News called him 'the face and voice of a city in ruins" post-Katrina, and joined CBS in simply labeling him the 'former mayor' of New Orleans without the Democratic label.
“It is, in fact, an insult to Native Americans.”
Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., told NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a letter that the league is on the “wrong side of history” in allowing the Washington Redskins to keep their name, which some see as a slur.
“Senator Cantwell should be aware that there are many challenges facing Native Americans, including an extremely cold winter with high energy bills, high unemployment, life threatening health problems, inadequate education and many other issues more pressing than the name of a football team which has received strong support from Native Americans. Surely, with all the issues Congress is supposed to work on such as the economy, jobs, war and health care, the Senator must have more important things to do.”
From a statement by the Redskins
“Eight out of 10 Americans in the general population would not like us to change the name. So we are listening. We are being respectful to people who disagree. But let’s not forget this is the name of a football team.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
“This is all very salacious. And Rand Paul wants us to think about Hillary and Bill as a doublette in a salacious, slightly sleazy way, right? Come on, don't attack the woman through her husband.”
CNN’s Piers Morgan bemoaning Rand Paul’s “sleazy” attack on Bill Clinton’s promiscuity.
“I mean, it's not just Bill Clinton, though that was spectacular. There's Teddy Kennedy, there’s John Edwards, there’s the San Diego mayor that was just gotten rid of. There's Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner. It goes on and on. Then to turn around and say because you Republicans don't support abortion rights you hate women? Wait a second. Can we look at your cast of characters here?”
Morgan’s guest Ann Coulter roasted Clinton and other Democrats for their own attacks on women.
"It is fascinating to see academics full of indignation over the 'exploitation' of low-wage workers by multinational corporations in Third World countries, when it is common on their own academic campuses to have young men get paid nothing at all for risking their health, and sometimes their lives, playing football that brings in millions of dollars to the college and often gets coaches paid higher salaries than the president of the college or university."
Conservative columnist Thomas Sowell
"Remember when you could disagree with liberals and not get smeared as extreme and/or dishonest? Me neither."
Katie Yoder, a Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow, is a staff writer for the Culture and Media Institute
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Obama ambassador nominees
Not using gender neutral pronouns? You can be sued
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Planned Parenthood's big payoff
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Michael Sam's announcement
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
This church holds naked services.
They did it with a kiss.
It wasn't deodorant.