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.
Here are the topics the panel discusses on InterCHANGE Friday night at 6:30 on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10 with a repeat on Sunday morning at 11:00:
1 -- Obama & Health-Care Reform
Did the president do himself any good with Wednesday night’s press conference? Or with his many other appearances on the topic over the past couple of weeks? Will he get what he wants before Congress’s August recess? Is the reform effort in trouble? If so, is it the Republicans who’ve stalled it, or members of the president’s own party? Should Obama be taking a more active role -- even dictating the details he wants to see -- or is he smart to let Congress hash it all out first?
2 -- “Blowing Up”
Lee Holloway calls for eliminating the position of
3 – School Voucher Standards
Two interesting aspects to this week’s Journal Sentinel article on school vouchers. First, the number voucher programs approved falls dramatically, as tougher standards are applied. Two, the moving force for those higher standards is Howard Fuller, who used to be a strong advocate for much more limited standards.
Are the programs that didn’t get approved right to be annoyed? Is it appropriate to have an outside group (which Fuller heads) wielding so much influence in the process? Are students better served by more voucher schools, or fewer but better voucher schools? And what accounts for Dr. Fuller’s major shift in his approach?
4 – Henry Louis Gates in Cuffs
The police are called to investigate a possible home break-in in Cambridge, Mass, and by the time the incident has played itself out, they’ve got Harvard Prof. Gates -- who lives in the house -- in handcuffs for disorderly conduct. The president says the cops “acted stupidly.” Do you agree? What should they have done? Did Gates make the situation worse when he got angry? Can you blame him? Would this have happened if all parties involved were of the same race?
5 -- Moon Memories
Where were you when they landed 40 years ago this week? What do you remember about the moon landing, and the moon walk? Could/Would we embark on a similar program today? Some of the Apollo astronauts are calling for a return to the Moon, and then a manned mission to Mars. Man’s eternal quest for discovery? Or a budget buster we simply can’t afford?
Our colleague Rick Horowitz will be the guest host filling in for Dan Jones.
Please watch anyway.