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
MIlwaukee Alderman Mike McGee Jr.
Oscar Ayala-Cornejo, alias Jose Morales
Phony military heroes
Whoever did this
Mexican audience at the Miss Universe Pageant
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"That (expletive) needs some quick-sanding”
Milwaukee Alderman Michael McGee in a conversation caught on wiretap discussing a plan to kill a man who burglarized a colleague’s home.
"I don't have a degree in street terminology, but the intent is pretty clear. That is a substantial battery."
Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm, about threatening comments Mike McGee made on tape.
"Big oil has been gouging us for years now. This oil company franchise fee is the way for us to go."
State Senator Russ Decker (D-Schofield) as the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee approved a tax on oil companies. That’s what it is, a tax, even though Decker refused to call it that.
"Let's be honest here: The people we represent are the ones who are going to be paying this franchise fee. At $3.49 a gallon, I'm not really interested in adding 5 or 7 cents a gallon to that price."
State Representative Dan Meyer (R-Eagle River) said drivers would pay up to 7 cents more per gallon of gas when the oil tax was passed on to them.
"Nobody's buying the con job anymore that we're going after big oil.”
State Representative Steve Kestell (R-Elkhart Lake)
“All we’re asking is let us run our businesses as we see fit.”
Ed Thompson, former Governor Tommy Thompson’s brother and owner of Mr. Ed’s Tee-Pee restaurant and bar in Tomah, testifying before a state Senate committee this week against a proposed smoking ban in all public places.
“You can eat too many French fries. Do you close down McDonald’s?”
Sharon Ward, owner of Wardski’s Bar in Milwaukee told the Senate committee a smoking ban would drive smoking customers away, resulting in the loss of up to 70 percent of her revenue.
"I don't expect for people to ever forgive me. I just hope that they understand that I truly never meant to put them in harm."
Andrew Speaker, the Atlanta lawyer quarantined with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis apologized to fellow airline passengers. He insisted he was told before he set out for his wedding in Europe that he was no danger to anyone. Speaker's new father-in-law, Robert C. Cooksey, is a CDC microbiologist whose specialty is TB and other bacteria.
"I appreciate his apology, but I wish he hadn't been so selfish in his actions to get on that plane and put so many people at risk. If somebody told me not to fly, I would not have gotten on a plane."
Caitlin Lindberg, a passenger on board Speaker's flight to Paris.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Not only the entire fiasco surrounding Milwaukee Alderman Mike McGee Jr., but the fact that constituents in his district still support him and are finding all kinds of ridiculous excuses to defend him.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Governor Doyle’s promised property tax freeze failed to do the job……..for the second year in a row.
A politician breaks a promise (I call that lying) for two straight years. Where’s the press coverage?
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
TIE: Rosie O’Donnell leaving “The View,” and this.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Thief robs woman, asks her out
The Associated Press
MILWAUKEE — A thief found out the hard way that robbing a woman isn't the best way to capture her heart.
Two men robbed a U-Haul store around 3 p.m. Sunday, taking an unspecified amount of cash, according the store's owner. But instead of fleeing, one man lingered and tried to strike up a conversation with the woman he had just robbed.
"He stuck around and was trying to get the female employee's number," U-Haul general manager Patrick Sobocinski said. "She said he was just saying, 'Hey baby, you're pretty fine.'"
According to Sobocinski, one robber went behind the counter, put his hands around both employees' waists and demanded money.
The robber forced one employee to open the register and grabbed cash. Then he forced the workers to the ground and fled, but his accomplice waited for a few moments and then asked one clerk whether she'd go out with him, he said.
"She said he was saying, 'Can I get your number and go out sometime,'" Sobocinski said.
No surprise ending here — the woman turned him down, and he fled.
And the shoe-sniffer.
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