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 baby 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
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
The Milwaukee County Board. My friend Brian Fraley broke this story on WISN this week and, as you see here, on his blog.
The person who stabbed LaShanda Calloway to death at a convenience store in Wichita, Kansas, and the people in the store who did nothing to help her as she was on the floor, bleeding to death. Disgusting.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"I respect the jury's verdict. But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive."
President Bush, after he commuted the sentence of Scooter Libby. Bush commuted Libby's 30-month sentence after an appellate panel Monday rejected Libby's request to delay the start of his jail time while he appealed his March jury conviction. In announcing a commutation that experts did not expect so soon, Bush said Libby will still have to face "harsh punishment," including a $250,000 fine, two years probation, and damage to his reputation and family suffering.
"Taxpayers are definitely getting ripped off by the tribe on this. That money is owed to the taxpayers. It should have been paid long ago. They should at this point pay it back in full with interest."
Assistant Assembly Majority Leader Mark Gundrum (R-New Berlin) after the state ended its fiscal year without a payment from the Ho-Chunk Nation for its casino operations - pushing that tribe's unpaid invoice to more than $70 million. The tribe counters that it doesn't owe anywhere near that amount because a 2004 state Supreme Court ruling greatly diminished the value of its casino agreement with the state. The dispute has cost taxpayers $837,355 in legal bills so far.
"There's no doubt that I'm not a fan of light rail, and I doubt that's going to change significantly because of this trip."
Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. Philanthropist Michael Cudahy took to the skies with a planeload of local leaders, this time to check out the light rail and streetcar systems in Portland, Ore., and Denver in hopes of finding a solution to this region's transit problems. Cudahy announced plans to use his private plane to fly Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and Tim Sheehy, president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, to visit the two cities this week. The mayor has called for using $91.5 million in long-idle federal transit aid to build a 3-mile modern streetcar loop around downtown and to create two new Milwaukee County Transit System express bus routes. Walker - who has consistently opposed light rail, streetcars and rail-guided electric buses - wants all of the federal cash spent on express buses.
"I am telling you all, we aren't going to take this. We are just going to act as naughty as (prosecutors) are.”
Former Milwaukee Alderman Mike McGee Sr. McGee, father of the jailed alderman, called his son's incarceration unjust, and promised to run again if his son is removed from office.
“This would be the greatest moment in the history of American sports.”
ESPN color analyst Richard Shea, describing the finals seconds of American Joey Chestnut’s victory over six-time winner Takeru Kobayashi in a record-setting triumph in the national hot dog eating contest. Shea’s comment was an outrageous exaggeration. Shea is President of the International Federation of Competitive Eating.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
The Milwaukee County Board wants a pay raise. If there was ever a group that didn’t deserve a pay raise, it’s this bunch.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Governor Doyle, who supposedly despises Big Oil and Big Tobacco, invests heavily in both.
Still waiting for the Journal/Sentinel Pulitzer Prize winners to figure out this is news.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The National Hot Dog Eating Contest.
An American beat the defending champion from Japan. So what!
This isn’t the Olympics. It’s not even a sport. Or has gluttony and making a complete pig of yourself suddenly become synonymous with athletic competition?
Live Earth also fits into this category for the week.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Irish bookie loses on the wrong Al Gore.
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.