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
Jung Cha Woong
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Frieda Kay Shade
Chicago Public Schools
Univ of Hawaii-Hilo
Five alarmist celebs
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"I very much support this. This seems like a very complex issue, but, really, it's very simple. If you don't move forward with the TIF district for The Rock Sports Complex with the stadium, nothing's going to happen and you're still going to have that very ugly eyesore sitting there."
Former Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor. The Franklin Common Council unanimously rejected a plan to build a minor league baseball stadium as part of a proposal to develop a downtown district.
“This deal is dead. In my opinion, this is an epic failure by our elected officials. They lost a stadium, a downtown and other new development I was lining up. I am concerned as a resident of Franklin that no developer will want to come to the city and waste their time and money chasing their tails with this group.”
Developer Mike Zimmerman. Under the rejected proposal, Zimmerman would have provided the upfront costs for the stadium. He could then recover up to $10.5 million through property taxes generated by new commercial development at The Rock and nearby properties. City officials said commercial development, such as a hotel, apartments, stores and restaurants, could eventually total around $100 million and create a downtown area for Franklin.
"Ultimately, those unknowns were too numerous for the aldermen to support the proposal.”
Franklin City Administrator Mark Luberda said Zimmerman's time line was driven by his construction schedule and the city's typical decision-making process on financing a major project would generally require more time.
“My dad’s been out of a job for three years, and I wanted to give you his résumé.”
10-year-old Charlotte Bell, addressing first lady Michelle Obama during a Q&A at the White House’s annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
“There are parts of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, that were postponed because they are unpalatable. As these provisions come into effect, the administration thus far is saying, ‘Gee, we really can’t handle this right now so we’re going to delay it.’ These obligations keep piling up. Any individual with an individual healthcare plan that exceeds $10,200 is in a Cadillac plan situation. They’re going to have to pay — that employer, if they provide that, and many do today let alone in 2018 — will have to pay a 40 percent tax on the amount over the minimum established — excuse me, the maximum established under the Affordable Care Act.
“That is a huge tax. It’s the first time in this country’s history that we have actually taxed health care. We used to treat it like food, that people would die without it. Well, we’re in a new day now.
“We will lose seats in the House. I am fairly certain of that based on the poll numbers that are coming out from the more experienced pollsters down there. And I think we may lose the Senate.”
The only member of Massachusetts’ all-Democrat congressional delegation to vote against the 2010 health care reform law, Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA)
“You know -- Democrats. You know, the same party that passed and defended and implemented the most sweeping social policy in decades, who can say that millions of people now have affordable health insurance that they didn't have before. And they're not even owning it. No confidence, no swagger. No, ‘Yeah, you can't keep your crappy plans. Just deal with that!’"
MSNBC host Harris-Perry chastised Democrats for not bragging about ObamaCare for the year's midterm elections, at one point mocking Americans angry about having their health insurance plans cancelled
“I didn’t sense any resistance to doing stories that were perceived to be negative to the Bush administration – by anybody, ever. I have done stories that were not received well because people thought they would reflect poorly upon this administration.”
Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson was blunt in her interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter on “Reliable Sources.” Stelter tried to ask if CBS lost interest in investigative journalism to favor Obama or every administration.
"In a visit this month to the University of Michigan, the president stopped at the local deli Zingerman's. He raved about its Reuben sandwich as well as the generous wages that the business offers. Zingerman's co-founder Paul Saginaw supports hiking the minimum wage. He posted a minimum-wage manifesto on a company website last September.
"As Mr. Obama relished the perfect sandwich prepared by well-paid employees, he neglected to mention how much he paid for the happy experience: Zingerman's Reuben costs $14. That's about three times as much as a Subway foot-long. When I was an undergraduate student at Michigan, I rarely dined at Zingerman's because it was so expensive.
"If every deli could charge $14 a sandwich, then perhaps an $11 or $12 minimum wage would be feasible. But your local sandwich shop cannot match the price points of a shop serving a parent-subsidized clientele in a college town. Expecting restaurants everywhere to do so is a recipe for business failure.
Michael Saltsman is research director at the Employment Policies Institute, which receives support from foundations, businesses and individuals.
“We’re marathon runners. We know how to endure.”
Dennis Murray, who ran in the Boston Marathon last year, where bombings killed three and wounded more than 260, and then returned to run again this year
“I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy?”
Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, explaining “one more thing I know about the Negro”
“His comments are beyond repugnant to me. His comments were beyond despicable to me, beyond ignorant to me.”
Former Bundy supporter Sean Hannity
“That’s exactly what I said. I said I’m wondering if they’re better off under government subsidy, and their young women are having the abortions and their young men are in jail, and their older women and their children are standing, sitting out on the cement porch without nothing to do, you know, I’m wondering: Are they happier now under this government subsidy system than they were when they were slaves, and they was able to have their family structure together, and the chickens and garden, and the people had something to do? And so, in my mind I’m wondering, are they better off being slaves, in that sense, or better off being slaves to the United States government, in the sense of the subsidies. I’m wondering. That’s what. And the statement was right. I am wondering.”
Cliven Bundy explaining his comments, saying they were edited and taken out of context
“44 Shot this Easter weekend with 8 murders (in Chicago). Seems to me that the problem isn't guns as the media and politicians claim. Seems like there is a problem with values and morals...”
WGN meteorologist Paul Konrad
"Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change. A $500,000 study paid for by the federal government and released Sunday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change concludes that biofuels made with corn residue release 7 percent more greenhouse gases in the early years compared with conventional gasoline.
The Associated Press
“I’m saying because there are no hotel rooms, you can sleep literally anywhere in Los Angeles because we’re kind of a socialist state. If you sleep on the street out here, you stay long enough, they start giving you free stuff. You’ll get a cell phone, Birkenstocks, cargo shorts and if you stay long enough – you get a free Tesla.”
Actor Tim Allen commenting on ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel’s show after Kimmel pointed out that Los Angeles tourism is being hit due to a lack of hotel rooms in the area.
Mockery that never gets old
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
IRS hands out bonuses to scofflaws
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
How are those religious movies doing?
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
NBC did what?
It's a miracle.