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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.

Week-ends (03/21/15)

Week-ends


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


Mike Neufeldt


Holly and Alex Graham


Ted Cruz



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Dynel Catrece Lane



Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh


Illegal immigrants


Nevada DMV



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


"I look at Barack Obama and I see the worst president of my lifetime, without question. I used to have significant criticism of Jimmy Carter, but compared to Barack Obama and the damage he is doing to the nation—it’s a tragedy."
Dick Cheney in an interview with Playboy magazine


The one thing that people don’t realize is that we can’t do little things like open windows. I look forward to getting in a car and rolling down the window and just letting the air hit my face. I just want some wind in my face. The windows in our house don’t open.”
Michelle Obama appearing on Ellen, referring to the White House windows that are permanently sealed


“I am going to talk about the deterioration in the quality of journalism you see on TV. I think the primary mission of journalism is to hold the powerful accountable, be they in government or corporate America. There is less and less interest in network television today holding the White House or any other part of government accountable. I fear there is a calculation that the audiences they are trying to reach don’t care that much about the serious news. I think most of the political coverage these days has all the depth of Twitter. I also worry that journalists today appear to have chosen sides when it comes to political coverage. I think you see that in the sagging approval numbers of TV news over the last few years. We’ve seen trust in the media hit its lowest level ever in 2013 or 2014 surveys and I think the lack of depth and the feeling that too many journalists have chosen sides has caused viewers to question whether we are giving it to them straight and whether we are making a politically balanced presentation.”
Former NBC reporter Lisa Myers who was in Iowa recently to give a lecture about television journalism


“I think this is what David Axelrod referred to as a pimple on the ass of progress. Eighteen months from now or 20 months from now, when people go to the polls to vote in the presidential election, I can’t imagine anyone’s going to change their vote because of this.”
Former White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer describing the Hillary Clinton email scandal while quoting his former colleague at the White House David Axelrod


“Here’s my advice to Hillary. Hillary, honey… you’re a horrible liar. As in bad, real bad. You’re also pathetic in the art of blame-shifting. So… next time, and I’m sure it’ll be soon, that you have to con the American public, use Bill. He’s a phenomenal BS artist. You know that. He can bite his bottom lip, earnestly point his thumb, shed a tear, parlay that southern drawl, bear hug an intern, bomb a Sudanese aspirin factory, buy drinks for the ‘journalists’ and then invite everyone over to Hooters for a wet T-shirt contest – and BOOM … the problem is solved.”
Conservative columnist/talk show host/author Doug Giles


With forced membership, unions don't need to be responsive. Right-to-work states force them to be, and when they are, they thrive. Take Culinary Workers Union Local 226, which represents hospitality and casino workers in the Las Vegas gaming industry. It is among the nation's most powerful unions. It operates in Nevada, a right-to-work state. And yet the union is so effective that it has nearly 100% voluntary participation. Unions have important roles in fighting for better wages and working conditions. In right-to-work states, they just have to try harder to prove their worth to prospective members.”
USA TODAY Editorial Board


"First of all, it (marijuana) shouldn't be young people's biggest priority. Young people: I understand this is important to you, but as you be thinking about climate change, the economy and jobs, war and peace, maybe way at the bottom you should be thinking about marijuana."
President Obama chided an interviewer from Vice News who suggested that young people would view legalizing marijuana as a top item when considering the president's legacy


“From what I’ve researched and what I’ve experienced, I don’t think it’s worth the risk. I feel largely the same, as sharp as I’ve ever been. For me, it’s wanting to be proactive. I’m concerned that if you wait till you have symptoms, it’s too late.”
San Francisco 49ers linebacker and former Wisconsin Badger Chris Borland announced that after one rookie season he’s retiring from the NFL, worried about head trauma


“Your 2015 NCAA tournament office pool will almost surely be won by someone in the office who has not watched a college-basketball game since…well, they have never watched a college-basketball game. They cut their cable-TV cord in 2007. They care about gardening. They own big books about spiders. Ask them to name a current college-basketball player, and they pause for a moment before saying ‘Dr. J.’ They are not picking the Kentucky Wildcats to go all the way in Indianapolis because the Kentucky Wildcats are undefeated. They are picking the Kentucky Wildcats because, you know, cats.”
Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Gay



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


The EPA wants to spy on you...in the shower.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Imagine that...fewer folks want to be police officers.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


March Madness, and that's ok.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Smell like a Whopper.

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Have you heard what Stevie Wonder is doing?

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Why Janet Evans is the Right Choice for Franklin School Board


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Franklin E-News, March 2015, from Alderman Kristen Wilhelm

 
Dear Residents, 
 
These past few months have kept me quite busy with city projects and issues. For the less active Facebook followers, I've posted information on some new restaurants that should be opening soon in the 3rd District. You can view these posts by clicking here.

We're reviewing several areas for possible business districts and have requested a traffic study that may identify changes to the Loomis Road on/off ramps. Possible road reconfigurations could help spur better traffic patterns to support business development at the intersection of 76th and Rawson.  And, we have finally moved forward with the search for an economic development director. I'm looking forward to positive results that can help bring the amenities residents have been asking for. While we aren't getting the $5.5M yearly payout (Business Journal) our sister city of Oak Creek receives from the power plant, we are staying within our budget. 
 
Best,
Kristen
In the News 
Spring Elections - April 7th
Residents will be casting ballots for two seats on the Franklin School Board (a separate governmental body than the city). You can learn more about the candidates for School Board by visiting the FranklinNOW.

Stormwater Pond Seminar for homeowners - April 15th
A free pond inspection and maintenance seminar will be held at the Franklin Public Library Wednesday, April 15th from 6-8pm. For additional information, go here.

Kayla's Playground (kaylaskrew.org)
The Council made important decisions Tuesday evening regarding the Kayla's Krew all-accessible playground. In the wake of these decisions, there have been some misrepresentations about the results. I would like to clarify some of the critical factors involved in arriving at these decisions.
  
While costs were cited as being the sole reason for not being able to proceed with the Victory of the Lamb location, there were many other reasons for why the church site was eliminated as an option. The site has size challenges due to multiple wetlands. Also, it was not an optimal design to have a public park dependent on private road access. The access road leading to the playground became a project to be handled by the city, driving up costs. Another challenge is that presently, there is no sewer or water that far down Loomis Road causing the need to extend these utilities. Due to these and other issues, the project was not keeping track with the Victory of the Lamb Church delaying their ability to break ground. Therefore, the Council directed staff to review other possible locations that may already have existing facilities.
 
During the days leading up to the March 17th Council discussion of possible sites, many residents were given a false impression that Pleasant View Park had already been chosen. This was not the case. Unfortunately, Ms. Runte declared on her own that instead of Victory of the Lamb, she'd prefer locating the playground at Pleasant View Park, and didn't provide any alternate sites to that option.
 
In reviewing staff's suggested alternate sites, it was determined that Lions Legend Park was the only city park on the list serving as a regional destination and capable to support the Kayla’s Playground unique draw. Froemming Park, a county park, due to its size and accessibility, is also currently serving as a regional destination park. The other three parks are serving as neighborhood parks as part of a subdivision or nestled within residential areas, designed to serve a .5 to 1 mile radius. Repurposing a neighborhood park for this type of regional destination is not a simple matter and would increase costs, neighborhood traffic, and delay construction.  
 
When it became clear that the Victory of the Lamb site was not cost effective ($1.3M), timely or a viable option, the Council chose Froemming Park as the primary location for Kayla's Playground. Lions Legend Park was selected as the alternate site if county partnering became complicated. The Council’s allocation of $650,000 and $930,000 respectively (includes the Krew's $200,000 donation), and an additional $15,000 to qualify the park for matching city funds, demonstrates solid support behind building a wonderful playground. I wholly believe this should not be viewed as a city project or a county project but a community project to be built in memory of a very special little girl. 
 
Pleasant View Neighborhood Park

(Site layout today not exactly as depicted.)

Recall the "draft" layout of Pleasant View Neighborhood Park from my previous newsletter. This project took years to assemble lands, gain road access, and design and install the trail system.  Due to site grading, the installation of the larger all-inclusive park at this site would have resulted in removal of the newly installed tennis courts; an estimated loss of $50,000. 
COMMUNITY EVENTS

Additional community event information can be found at:  www.Franklinwi.gov

 

Arbor Day Event

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I support Janet Evans for re-election to the Franklin School Board


You may not be aware, especially if you live in Franklin where a rather sizable portion of the electorate is apathetic. But April will bring elections.

In Franklin, four candidates are running for two school board seats, including two incumbents.

I wholeheartedly announce my support for and ask you to join me in re-electing School Board President Janet Evans.

Janet Evans is a sensible, practical, responsible advocate for students and taxpayers. She has achieved what very few school board members have attained: Reaching that balance between matching the education provided with the taxpayers’ ability to afford.

Janet Evans has earned being returned to a school board she has led effectively. As the president of the school board, Evans recognizes that the heavy-handed superintendent works for the board, the district and the district taxpayers, and not the other way around.



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Franklin voters get to choose two candidates for the school board in April. I’ll be blogging soon about my second choice for school board.

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