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.
First, this prelude.
The news media, especially those in print, report as though the only time the Legislature is in action, it’s akin to a pro wrestling cage match.
I can assure you that legislators from both parties and their staff members actually like each other, respect each other, and play nice together most of the time. But that certainly wouldn’t sell any papers when your circulation has dropped lower than the Equator
I chuckle at the dozens of bloggers (liberal, conservative and a few who claim they are conservative but really aren’t) who actually think they have a clue about Madison politics despite the fact they never venture out of their own SE WI zip code.
Driving to Madison today, I heard state Senator Jeff Plale (D-South Milwaukee) spilling his guts to WTMJ Radio that probably made Governor (choo-choo) Doyle and every light rail-loving liberal go into orbit.
Plale wants $200,000,000 or more of that $800,000,000 in federal stimulus for a choo-choo train between
Incidentally, I blogged about this issue on June 16, 2010 after it was reported in the Daily Reporter, a full three weeks before the snoozing Milwaukee Journal Sentinel caught on.
Joining Plale is state Representative Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee)
Now, I’ve known both Plale and Sinicki for years and years and years, Sinicki more than Plale. That dates back to my public radio years (Sorry, Christine).
The press would have you believe that Plale, Sinicki, and I would never be caught dead enjoying each other’s company in the same room or phone booth.
Plale and Sinicki are right.
Why should we spend over $800,000 on a dubious project years down the road that few will ride rather than fix a lifeline that is vital to our local economy?
By the way, I work in politics. I get that both Plale and Sinicki are up for election. Hello, idiots in the mainstream media and blogosphere. I’ve also known them both and we have called ourselves friends for years. I believe Plale and Sinicki truly mean what they say. And they’re right.
Fix the damn
BTW: This blog has nothing to do with the fact that on the day before Ash Wednesday, Senator Plale invites me into his office for paczkis and Polish sausage.