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...
HEROES OF THE WEEK
Dennis and Jennifer Renz and their twins
Bill Donohue of the Catholic League
14-year old Indianpolis boy
Dr. Jack Cassell
Soldiers that read
A good friend of mine, Dick Koch.
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Federal Judge Charles Clevert
Some troopers in some states.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“We are beginning to turn the corner. The worst of the storm is over; brighter days are still ahead. We’ve still got a long ways to go … eight million people have lost jobs over the last two years – that’s a staggering sum.”
President Obama, speaking in
“That’s not the federal government’s place. It’s tax dollars, my money, being used to prop up other businesses. They’re taking our money and using it as they see fit. Because it’s not market driven, it’s artificial.”
Steve Sweigart of Charlotte, a Marine Corps veteran who works in information technology, picketing President Obama’s visit to
“Why is he lying to the American public? This law was crammed down the throats of the American public behind closed doors.”
Dr. James McGukin, a cardiologist from High Point clad in blue hospital scrubs, carried a sign with tea bags dangling from it outside President Obama’s
Jews "know from experience what it means to be victims of collective violence and also because of this they are quick to recognize the recurring symptoms.”
Pope Benedict’s personal preacher, the Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa likened accusations against the pontiff and the Catholic church in sex abuse scandals in Europe, the U.S. and elsewhere to "collective violence" suffered by the Jews.
“Shame on Father Cantalamessa. The
Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants.
"There's no way the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment actually requires that taxpayers fund sex change operations for prisoners.”
State Rep. Mark Gundrum (R-New Berlin), a co-sponsor of the Sex Change Prevention Act, reacting to Federal Judge Charles Clevert’s ruling that the Act prohibiting hormone treatment and therapy and drugs for prison inmates seeking a sex change is unconstitutional. Gundrum said he expects Clevert's ruling will be appealed.
"This ruling puts a higher priority on helping inmate Tommy become Tammy than protecting the pocketbooks of law abiding citizens.”
Rep. Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford), another sponsor of the law, reacting to Clevert’s ruling.
"I'm not going to take a day and hold a hearing on this because whatever we do in committee, if it passes, fails, we do nothing, it will in the end be a waste of time, simply because it doesn't matter what we do here in this state."
State Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Waunakee) who chairs the Senate Health Committee, telling dozens of Wisconsin residents he refuses to hold a public hearing on a proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit any level of government from requiring
"It's clear he has an agenda, and he has no intention of letting this bill go through."
Oriannah Paul of Sheboygan, reacting to Erpenbach.
"I do not think he understands the issue, and I don't think he understands his responsibility as a senator."
Kirsten Lombard of Madison, also reacting to Erpenbach.
“What you folks are saying is, ‘we didn’t read the ordinances, we don’t know what you’re talking about, but we’re going to ban them anyway.“
Franklin alderman Steve Olson, testifying at a public hearing at the state Capitol in opposition to a bill that would repeal over 100 local ordinances around the state including
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
1) Bill aims to LOOSEN anti-fraud rules for child-care providers.
2) Sweeping election reform moving quickly through Legislature.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Apparently sex abuse only takes place in the Catholic Church and not in other denominations.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The continuing smear cmapaign against the Pope. Where's the proof?
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
British media revel in April Fool's Day tradition.
Lucky # 7.
Rabbit costume traffic sting draws criticism.
Linda Fischer vs. John Fischer.
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