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...
HERO OF THE WEEK
Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. He came on my WISN program Friday to say he will not accept a huge salary increase if the Milwaukee County Board approves pay raises for County Supervisors and the County Executive.
An audit for the county issued a report saying the salaries for Walker and the County Board are significantly lower than those of the Milwaukee Mayor and Milwaukee aldermen. The auditor is recommending supervisors, who make over $50-thousand and receive sweet benefits, get a raise in excess of 40% and that Walker get an 11% raise.
Some supervisors, most notably Jim “Luigi” Schmitt of Wauwatosa, have pulled out the crying towel, whining about grossly underpaid and over-worked they are and thus, are deserving of the taxpayers popping for a big hike in their pay.
Remember, 11 of these supervisors were around when Tom Ament and the County Board perpetrated that massive pension heist that we’re still paying for. If there’s a public body of elected officials unworthy of a pay increase, it’s the brain-dead Milwaukee County Board.
Bravo to Scott Walker who flat out told me on WISN that he would not accept a pay raise and that he will continue to give back $60-thousand of his salary every year.
Walker gets it. The supervisors don’t.
VILLAIN OF THE WEEK
Without a doubt, this guy.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
” I was responsible for the 9/ll operation, from A to Z.” “I’m very sorry they been killed kids in 9/11.”
Al Queida leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to the military tribunal hearing his case.
"There's no reason for me to testify. Everybody knows I'm innocent.”
Steven Avery at his murder trial.
"Teresa Halbach, by her DNA and where it's found, is telling a story. She's telling you, this is where I was, she's telling you, this is what happened to me, she's telling you, this is how I was killed.”
Lead prosecutor in the Steven Avery trial Kenneth Kratz, during closing arguments to the jury.
”I'm not interested in the civil liberties of a pedophile. When you rape a child, you give up those rights."
State Representative Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc), who is authoring legislation to require sex offenders to have bright green fluorescent license plates on their cars.
”The real March Madness is that Wisconsin continues to criminalize one of the rites of spring.”.”
State Senator Jeff Plale (D-South Milwaukee) who will introduce a bill to legalize NCAA College Basketball Tournament office pools. Such pools are illegal in Wisconsin. Violators can be fined, imprisoned, or both. Ridiculous.
”I bet on my team every night. I didn’t bet on my team four nights a week. I was wrong.”
"I know there are odds today on who's gonna make the final four, but I'm taking odds that this administration, this governor, won't serve out his four years."
State Senator Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) on the floor of the state Senate, blasting the Governor’s state Department of Transportation Secretary Frank Busalacchi for using DOT personnel to help indicted businessman Dennis Troha on his tax dispute in other states. Ellis’ comments came as the Senate debated and later approved the Busalacchi’s confirmation as DOT Secretary.
"I'm calling on the mayor to contact the governor in an effort to deploy between 50 to 75 National Guardsmen to the streets of Milwaukee to help augment the efforts of the Milwaukee police this summer.”
Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan
OUTRAGES OF THE WEEK
Governor Doyle gutting the GPS law. He used the public’s concern over sex offenders as a re-election tool, only to turn his back on the very bill he signed. He’s a liar and a phony.
Also, the defense in the Steven Avery trial, specifically their disgusting, despicable, and desperate O.J.-like argument that the police planted the evidence. How do these guys sleep at night?
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
The ridiculously lazy bureaucrats at the State Justice Department. Another reason people hate government.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The NCAA College Basketball Tournament….and rightfully so. Every year, it captures the imagination of the entire country and deserves all the attention it gets.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
This story was mighty strange.
This story was just unusual.
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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