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
Those who tried to rescue trapped miners in Utah
Cal Ripken, Jr.
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
A 41-year-old man stormed a beauty salon and bludgeoned four grandmothers with a hammer.
Salvador and Mable Mangano
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
”No Progress Made In Stalled State Budget Talks. Wisconsin lawmakers are continuing budget negotiations but with no end in sight.”
WISC-TV in Madison report.
”Even though the state budget is nearly seven weeks late and there are no signs a major agreement is in sight, the leader of the state Senate (Judy Robson, D-Beloit) defended the process Thursday, saying the public is being well-served. ‘We are wanting to get a good budget and we are making progress,’ Robson said.”
From an article on www.gmtoday.com
"They're not doing nothing. Meeting, that's it. Meeting after meeting and nothing's been accomplished."
Corrections worker Dale Pierce on the lack of progress on the state budget.
"To come in here and say 'We want our budget' isn't exactly negotiation."
Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch, R-West Salem, said he didn't see where more meetings would lead to a compromise on the state budget.
"The cookies stay."
Midwest Air Chairman and CEO Tim Hoeksema, at the announcement that Midwest reached a sale agreement with TPG Capital/Northwest Airlines Corp. Midwest Airlines will keep its name, identity and independent status.
"I don't know how they're going to be able to tell a 16-year-old from a 20-year-old."
State Representative Amy Sue Vruwink (D-Milladore), on proposed legislation to prevent drivers younger than 18 from using cell phones during the time they have an instruction permit or when they are within the first nine months of holding a probationary license.
” As someone who loves the guy, I’m glad he quit while he was behind rather than stay in a race he was never going to win.”
Mark Belling, on Tommy Thompson’s decision to bow out of the Presidential race after finishing a disappointing 6th in the Iowa straw poll.
” No money, no rationale, no real issues. This isn’t to say that Tommy didn’t occasionally do interesting things on the trail, but they tended to get drowned out by the other stuff, like the gaffe about money and “Jewish tradition,” or his excuse that his hearing aid battery went dead just as he was asked a question about gay rights. Almost nothing else stood out, and the man who dominated Wisconsin politics for nearly a generation, quickly became the “other Thompson” – the guys who wasn’t on television and didn’t have a shot. As Tommy learned, presidential races aren’t won with resumes alone.”
Charlie Sykes, on the failed Thompson bid for the White House.
"Three women in my family have been afflicted with cancer, including my daughter and my wife. I am committed to deploying the vast resources of the United States toward the goal of ending breast cancer by 2015 just like President Kennedy committed our nation to the moon."
Tommy Thompson, quoted, and commended, in an editorial this week in the Boston Globe.
"Between 1985 and 2006, 89 wrestlers have died before the age of 50," U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., told the Baltimore Sun. "Of course, not all of these deaths can be attributed to steroid use. However, this abnormally high number of deaths of young, fit athletes should raise congressional alarms."
U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, (R-Fla.) after the death of former pro wrestler Brian “Crush” Adams. Adams was 43.
"It all comes down to Elvis' relationship with the fans. Elvis connects with people in a very personal and emotional way. It shows that his legacy still has momentum. I'm not going to say we're surprised by the turnout, but it certainly has blown us away by every measure."
Jack Soden, president of Elvis Presley Enterprises on the lawn of Graceland Mansion, as more than 50,000 Elvis fans participated in the annual candlelight vigil on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
The Census Bureau wants raids on illegal immigrants to stop during the 2010 census.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
The upcoming vote by the Franklin School Board on next year’s budget.
Anybody out there?
Thank goodness for the bloggers.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The 30th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley…….AND RIGHTFULLY SO!
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Raising taxes to help wild animals cross the road
From the stupid criminal file: Why would anyone want to rob a nun?
Wisconsin Wiccan in panties chants at the moon.
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