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.
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HEROES OF THE WEEK
That's USC Trojans quarterback Mark Sanchez as he warms up before the start of the 95th Rose Bowl game against the Penn State Nittany Lions in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2009. USC won easily, continuing the Big Ten's pattern of laying eggs in bowl games.
Take a look at the message underneath Sanchez's eyes.
What does it mean? Here's the answer with details from September and November......and this video.
Also, Wisconsin troops.
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Kenneth Quintana and Robert Aragon
Medics in the UK
They look like such a nice, elderly couple, the Rosenblats, don't they?
Jim Doyle, the Taxman. And if that isn't bad enough, where does the governor think all this money is going to come from? Oh, yeh. Us.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"I would simply point out that I've supported going to a higher level in the past."
Wisconsin Governor Doyle, hinting he would favor another increase in the state's cigarette tax. It went up $1.00 per pack in the last state budget. Doyle at the time favored a $1.77 per pack increase.
"The simple fact is that where Wisconsin went, where Republicans took us, is unsustainable for transportation (infrastructure), where you say, that's basically it on the gas tax, regardless of what the costs are and what the needs are."
Wisconsin Governor Doyle, saying he wants a return to the automatic annual increase in the state's gas tax, one of the highest in the nation.
"They're both horrible ideas, especially with where the economy sits today."
State Representative Scott Newcomer (R-Hartland) on Governor Doyle wanting to increase the cigarette and gas taxes.
"Gutless, a political cop-out."
State Senator Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) on Governor Doyle's desire to automatically raise the state's gas tax annually without a vote.
"I just don't think stopping somebody without just cause is the way for us to work in a democracy."
State Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker (D-Weston) voicing opposition to sobriety checkpoints.
"Compared to that, the pay raise is peanuts."
State Senator Alan Lasee (R-De Pere) saying he will accept a legislative pay raise.Lasee said he's earned the $2,530 annual increase, to $49,943, that over a two-year period is comparable to increases offered state workers. He also said he has saved taxpayers more than $90,000 over the last 10 years by not spending all of the money allocated to him for office expenses.
"You're not going to get me in the middle of that. They're independently elected. I'm not their boss. They're each going to make that decision on their own."
Governor Doyle on the legislative pay raise issue.
"As at every Christmas, lots of statues of Jesus have been stolen from Nativity scenes -- in parks, outside churches, even at an emergency room in La Crosse the other day. A man took the statue, got in a car and fled, say staffers. Why? We're told it's mainly pranksters and vandals. Yes, but fascinating that, come summer, birdbaths or zinnias don't seem similarly singled out by pranksters. jesus, even in plaster, remains a special target because he is sespecially meaningful. Even vandals know it."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Patrick McIlheran
"We're a team and we win together ... but at the same time, you can't turn the ball over and expect to win.If somebody is not playing well, they need to come out of the game.You're jeopardizing the whole team because you're having a bad day. To me, that's not fair to everybody else. You're not the only one. So when you get to the wire and somebody is just giving the game up, I mean, it's just not [fair]."
New York Jets RB Thomas Jones blasting QB Brett Favre for his performance in the Jets' 24-17 loss to Miami last Sunday.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Calls for higher gas taxes
Illegal immigrants living in public housing
Should the government pay for your TV?
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Wisconsin is broke
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
New Year resolutions. Does anyone make them anymore? And if they do, how long do they keep them? Would someone please pass the doggone chip dip!!
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
No, he's not dead. Director George Butler attends the New York Premiere of George Butler's Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry, held at the Asia Society, Friday, Oct 1, 2004 in New York. Butler wants his friends to know he's very much alive, despite his premature obituary on "The Charlie Rose Show" this week. During his annual New Year's Eve tribute on PBS to notable figures who during the year, Rose included Butler, whose 1977 film "Pumping Iron" featured a then-unknown bodybuilder named Arnold Schwarzenegger. The screen even flashed a Butler tombstone, 1943-2008. (AP Photo/Jennifer Graylock)
IRS leaves lawyer confused
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