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
Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program.
State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay). One day after attending the funeral of his granddaughter whom he had accidentally driven over when she ran behind his car as he was backing up, Hansen was at his desk on the Senate floor for the scheduled state Senate session. He could have stayed away, given the very brief Senate calendar. But instead, he was at the capitol, made an adjournment announcement in honor of his granddaughter, and then asked all Senators to stand in a moment of silence. I can’t imagine what Senator Hansen must be going through, or how this will affect him the rest of his life. I give Hansen (audio of Hansen on Senate floor) credit for attending the Senate session when it was certainly understandable if he would have chosen to take a leave of absence.
Returning Wisconsin National Guard troops.
Jerry Mehalopoulous of Sheboygan.
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Geese. And more geese.
The punks who keyed all the cars at the Waukesha County Fair.
Former Milwaukee Police officer Joseph Schabel. Once thought to be a good guy, we now learn he lied about his actions the night Frank Jude was beaten. It’s very good that Schabel is off the force.
Michelle Rendino of Syracuse.
Alaska Congressman Don Young, a Republican, for yelling on the floor of the House that taxpayer funding was, “My money, my money.” He’s more than sadly mistaken. It’s OUR money, and Don Young needs to be tossed out of office for failing to understand that.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
”She truly was our little princess, she is truly our little angel today.”
State Senator Dave Hansen (D-green Bay) on the floor of the state Senate this week. referring to his granddaughter who was accidentally killed when she ran behind Hansen’s car while he was backing out of a driveway. Hansen asked that all 33 senators stand in a silent tribute to his granddaughter, who would have been two years old this week.
"I intend to veto the things that I don't agree with."
Governor Doyle, on the state budget. God help us.
"I need to do everything I can to make sure that every person in the state of Wisconsin has access to the same benefits that I have, as a legislator.”
State Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Eau Claire). In a glowing piece in the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, we learned that Vinehout turned down insurance for her family when they moved to Wisconsin. Vinehout and her family went without health insurance for 23 months. In September, Vinehout's husband called from a hospital emergency room in Wabasha, Minn., where physicians said their son, Nathan, needed surgery to remove his appendix. Nathan had the surgery, and is fine. The hospital first billed them $15,000 but settled for about $10,000. His parents refinanced the farm's mortgage to pay it. Now, because Vinehout had a choice and made the wrong decision, a bad decision, she feels it’s the state’s obligation to insure everyone and is pushing a $15.2 billion universal health care plan.
"Senator Vinehout's story is heartfelt. But their plan is completely misguided. They've decided to blow up a health care system that is the best in the nation."
State Senator Ted Kanavas (R-Brookfield).
“The Senate Democrats evidently aren’t content with raising taxes on gasoline, buying a home, selling a home, owning a home, downloading music, getting sick or living in a nursing home. Now they want to tax you for being successful and doing a good job at work. Senate Democrats want to make sure that if you do well, they get a piece of the action. Republicans think that success should be rewarded and encouraged, not punished and taxed.”
Senate Minority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, calling the senate Democrats’ $15.2 billion government-run health care plan the “Success Tax.” Fitzgerald says it would punish Wisconsin workers every time they received a pay raise or a promotion by forcing them to pay more for the same health care coverage.
”What this does is make little ghettos of sex offenders that not everyone would be happy to live next to."
Milwaukee Alderman Terry Witkowski, who voted in committee against a proposed ordinance to limit where sex offenders can live.
"Nobody wants a sex offender in their neighborhood. Unfortunately, there's 22,000 sex offenders in the state of Wisconsin, and I'd much rather know where they live than not know where they live."
Milwaukee Alderman Michael Murphy, who supports an ordinance to restrict sex offenders in the city of Milwaukee.
"I don't want Milwaukee to be a magnet for sex offenders."
Milwaukee Alderman Tony Zielinski noted that Franklin, Glendale, and Menomonee Falls have enacted similar ordinances and other suburbs might follow.
"Alderman McGee is a good man and a wonderful brother. He is not a thug. He is a warrior of justice and an advocate of the poor and voiceless."
William Muhammad, minister of Muhammad's Mosque No. 3, speaking at a rally in support of Alderman Michael McGee, Jr.
When Barack Obama said we should have sex education in kindergarten, Mitt Romney responded.
"On the downside, winter is tough, and there's not great ethnic diversity."
Money Magazine, ranking Middleton, Wisconsin as the best place to live in America, had to also admit there were some drawbacks.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Former Milwaukee Police officer Joseph Schabel lied for two years. On the witness stand this week, he admitted he stomped Frank Jude in the head with his foot. (See VILLAINS OF THE WEEK). Our police force has no place for officers like Schabel, who gives the rest of the department a bad name.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Lots of stories in the news this week about abuse by Catholic priests. But as I predicted not too long ago, you didn’t hear a peep about this.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The new Harry Potter installment. It’s a book for cryin’ out loud!
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
80-year old woman enters home to find intruder, sitting on the toilet, and proceeds to ask him, “How long are you going to be?”
From the, ‘YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME” file: Uhh, excuse me your honor, but I can’t come to court today, or any day for that matter because…..I’m afraid. Here are the details.
REMEMBER: Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me.
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