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.
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HEROES OF THE WEEK
State Senator Glenn Grothman
The Orlando-based Liberty Counsel
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Each week, I bring more stress on myself wondering if this is too good to be true.I want to continue the streak and winning. When I talk about the streak, it's not the (consecutive) starts; it's the hot streak we are on. Then, I ask what can I do better? I am trying to enjoy it because this could be my last game in Green Bay. For the first time in three years, I haven't thought this could be my last game. I would like to continue longer."
"Breleigh then spoke up and said, 'Dad, don't retire.' And Brittany said, 'Dad, I think you need to play one more year."'
"You want us to invalidate a statute on the ground that it's a minor inconvenience to a small percentage of voters?"
The U.S. Supreme Court's swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy questioning the lawyer for the Indiana state Democratic Party and ACLU about Indiana’s photo ID law.
(If) "this was a cleverly designed mechanism by the Republican Party to disadvantage the Democratic Party, at least in 2006 it looks like it went pretty far awry."
U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement, responding to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens during oral arguments on Indiana’s photo ID law. Stevens asked Clement whether Democrats were adversely impacted more than Republicans because of the state's photo ID requirement.
“There is no voter fraud.”
Joel McNally, my co-panelist on last night’s InterCHANGE program on Channel 10.
“In Milwaukee, Wis., investigators found that, in the state's close 2004 presidential election, more than 200 felons voted illegally and more than 100 people voted twice.”
Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund.
"You're likeable enough, Hillary."
Barack Obama, taking a swipe at Hillary Clinton during a debate. Some pundits feel the remark helped Hillary win New Hampshire.
"It's not a fairy tale; he might win. I think he's a very impressive man, and he's run a great campaign."
Bill Clinton, who is now under fire for using the words "fairy tale" in connection with Barack Obama. South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn told Friday's New York Times that he saw the remark as a slap at the image of a black candidate running on a theme of unity and optimism. Clyburn is now reconsidering his neutral stance in South Carolina's Jan. 26 Democratic primary. The former president explained to Al Sharpton that his comment was not a swipe at Obama reaching for the White House but rather a reference to the fawning press treatment Obama has received.
“Iron My shirt!”
“Am I the only one who has a problem with putting our nation's fate in the hands of Iowans? A bushel of corn, sure. But the presidency? No way.I think we're all perfectly happy to let the Hawkeyes have all the hubbub, but it sure would be nice for the rest of us to participate in a primary that means something once in a while. By the time Wisconsinites vote Feb. 19, the candidates will be selecting running mates and setting rates for overnight stays in the Lincoln bedroom.”
Baraboo News Republic columnist Ben Bromley.
"I really think it's way too much government. It's dumb to take a job at a tavern and then complain smoking bothers you."
Pamela Chahdi, a smoker from Schofield who used to own The Office, adding she's concerned about the slippery-slope it could create. Business owners ought to decide what to allow; non-smoking patrons and employees can decide whether they want to visit or work at establishments that allow smoking.
"Now it's kind of on life support.”
Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker on the statewide smoking ban legislation.
"The smoking ban has a long way to go and frankly a short time to get there. It has an uphill battle in this house and in the Senate."
Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch.
"All that to-do last year and the state turns around and does it again. I got pretty upset. ... Who's not doing their job?"
Jane Marvin, 66, of Sun Prairie. Social Security numbers were printed on about 260,000 informational brochures sent by a vendor hired by the state to recipients of SeniorCare and other state programs. The gaffe is the second time in 13 months that mailings including the recipients' Social Security numbers on address labels were sent from state departments.
"Like all Packer fans, I am thrilled that Brett Favre will return to action next year for the green and gold … with this announcement behind us, Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers can focus on the task at hand: defeating the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday."
Governor Jim Doyle, reacting to a newspaper story on Favre. The clock, though, is still running on Favre's announcement about next year and his return for another season is not a sure thing. The Sun Herald quoted Favre as saying "this could be my last game in Green Bay." Doyle spokeswoman Carla Vigue said Doyle's office made a mistake. "We misread the article," she said.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
This.......which was then followed by this.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Two-way tie this week.
Photo Id does not prevent people from voting.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Get your as-cot out of my courtroom
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.