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 young 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
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VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Whoever screwed this up
Wisconsin Assembly Democrats
The Grammy Awards
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"No single nation should pick and choose which nations hold nuclear weapons."
"9/11 was an enormous trauma to our country. The fear and anger that it provoked was understandable, but in some cases, it led us to act contrary to our ideals."
“I reject the view of some in the west that a woman who chooses to cover her hair is somehow less equal.”
Quotes from President Obama’s speech in
"We need to be aware of the creation of a fearful population, and fearful lawmakers, being led to believe that big government is the answer, to bail out the private sector, because then government gets to get in there and control it. And mark my words, this is going to be next, I fear, bail out next debt-ridden states. Then government gets to get in there and control the people."
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin
“I hope that we can count on some Republican votes with all the cuts in this budget. This is what they ask for all the time. But what I've seen so far, I'm not counting on that.”
Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan (D-Janesville), announcing the state budget will be taken up next Wednesday.
“It would have to be changed more dramatically than you could probably imagine for me to vote for it. ... You never say 100 percent, but it's pretty close to that.”
State Representative Bob Ziegelbauer (D-Manitowoc), who has joined Republicans in criticizing the Joint Finance Committee budget.
“Our job is to be Paul Revere. That’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to go statewide and talk to people because we have nine days to try to get some of the most egregious parts out.”
State Representative Robin Vos (R-Caledonia). The GOP says the JFC budget will increase property taxes by $459 on a $250,000 home.
“Number one, it’s basic safety on the roads. Everybody should know how to drive. … Number two, we should know the identity of people behind the wheel.”
State Representative Pedro Colon (D-Milwaukee) defending a budget provision allowing the state to give limited use driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.
“Permission to drive equals mobility to go around and get a job and do whatever you want to do.”
Wisconsin Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (
“I can tell you what’s wrong with it (the state budget) in just one sentence.
The Democratic budget will drive high-income earners out of the state by raising the income tax and the state’s tax on capital gains while forcing further layoffs at major manufacturers like Harley-Davidson by increasing the taxes on their out-of-state earnings and will drive up the cost of senior living by doubling the state’s tax on nursing home residency and gouge motorists by costing them 6 cents for every gallon of gas with a new oil franchise fee along with exploding the cost of telephone service by creating a new $9-a-year tax on every single cellular or landline phone which will be especially tough on university students because University of Wisconsin tuition is being raised 5 percent while financial aid is being slashed for all students except illegal immigrants because they will be given in-state tuition at the same time the state becomes a lawsuit haven with the toxic provision that individuals who are only 20 percent at fault can be forced to be responsible for 100 percent of the damages in any civil award which will benefit trial lawyers who also get a windfall with the new requirement that motorists increase their auto liability insurance which will raise premiums at the same time property owners are going to be hammered by massive local tax increases as their communities deal with major cuts in state aid but have to pay for the doubling of the state garbage tax on landfill dumping which will only partially be offset by earmarks like $43,000 for recycling bins in Wrightstown which seems like a small amount when compared to the creation of a Regional Transit Authority in southeastern Wisconsin which is being funded by an increase of a full 1 percent in the Milwaukee County sales tax with half the money going to the parks system although the biggest increase of all will be in school property taxes because the budget gets rid of the so-called QEO or Qualified Economic Offer which put limits on annual increases in teacher pay which will now be passed on to taxpayers because revenue limits on local school districts will be increased with a series of new exemptions at the same time the brand new hospital tax that was enacted a mere four months ago is raised another 20 percent before its ink was even dry just as social policy is radicalized by allowing all gay and unmarried heterosexual couples to tap lavish state health insurance benefits by registering their domestic partnerships even though those couples will have to pay dramatically higher electric and gas bills along with the rest of us because of the big increase in the state low-income energy assistance program which seems like a crime but the actual criminals will be getting a giant break because the budget will release thousands of felons from prison before their sentences are up while development is going to be slowed on many new construction projects because of the new requirement that all workers be paid union scale on any project that receives public subsidies even as a terrible new provision is created that will result in the unionization of every single home health care worker in the state which will make it much harder for seniors in need of services to remain in their own homes and will drive out of business many of the smaller home health care agencies but even younger people are hit hard with a big tax on all digital downloads even as the cost of both birth and death certificates is doubled and the tax exemption for health insurance is eliminated.”
WISN talk show host Mark Belling in his weekly column in the Waukesha Freeman
“I'm not going to let him tell you lies about me.”
A Milwaukee police officer quoting State Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) in a civil complaint that accuses Taylor of being present at a polling place in November for purposes other than voting during an election in which her name was on the ballot.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
The government posts a listing of our nuclear sites online.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
The killing of an Army private outside a recruiting office in Arkansas.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The murder of abortionist George Tiller. The liberal mainstream media used this legitimate news story to villify and demonize the right.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Bodega man's amazing grace
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