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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.

Franklin Common Council to vote on recall election date in Ald. District #4


At this Tuesday’s meeting of the Franklin Common Council, members will vote to set a recall election date of September 8, 2015 in Aldermanic District #4.  Janet Evans currently holds the seat. Enough recall signatures were submitted to force the recall that by state statutes must be held on September 8, 2015.

The winner of the recall serves the rest of the term through the third Tuesday of April in 2017.  Nomination papers are due quickly, August 11, 2015.l

The cost for the recall election according to the city of Franklin’s website could be up to $3,000. The City Clerk’s Office will not be requesting additional funding to cover the cost.  Since this recall will change the upcoming work schedule of the City Clerk’s Office, it is anticipated that funding will be available from accounts where planned expenditures may no longer occur prior to the end of 2015.

So the recall has an effect on city funding, the workload of the City Clerk’s Office, and city services.

More to come.

Photos of the Week (08/02/15)

Photos of the Week


1) An Orthodox Jewish assailant stabs participants in the Jerusalem gay pride parade. Photo: Reuters


2) A caregiver of an elderly patient holds a plastic chair over their heads as they participate in a metropolitan Manila-wide earthquake drill designed to boost preparedness in the country at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Filipinos poured out of buildings and shopping malls in a massive drill across Manila on Thursday to brace for an earthquake that experts fear could kill tens of thousands and displace millions. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)


3) Firefighters inspect a house damaged by a fire after a small plane crashed into a quiet neighborhood in Tokyo last Sunday, killing the pilot, a passenger and a woman on the ground, while three people were pulled alive from the wreckage. The single-engine propeller plane plowed into and set ablaze a row of houses just minutes after taking off from an airport used by small aircraft in Tokyo's western suburb of Chofu. Photo: Jiji Press via AFP - Getty Images


4) Cal Fire firefighter Johnny Miller monitors flames from the Rocky Fire as it approaches a home in Lower Lake, California. Over 900 firefighters are battling the Rocky Fire that erupted to over 15,000 acres since it started on July 29. Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images


5) Volunteers water a tree damaged from the drought at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center Martinez Arena. Photo: AP


6) An activist of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) stages a protest with a sign reading 'Hermes: a style that kills?' in front of the French brand Hermes at Milan's fashion shopping district, in Milan, Italy, July 30, 2015. British singer Jane Birkin asked Hermes to take her name off the crocodile-skin versions of the iconic Birkin handbag, due to alleged 'cruel' slaughtering practices on animals. (EPA/DANIEL DAL ZENNARO)


7) Angelina Jolie pays respect to Buddhist novice monks upon arrival at a monastery to meet with religious leaders from Myanmar Interfaith Group Friday, July 31, 2015, in Yangon, Myanmar. The Hollywood actress arrived in Myanmar, for her first visit to the country Thursday to learn more about the situation in the country and encourage efforts to build a peaceful and inclusive future for all its people. During the four-day visit she will carry out engagements in her capacity as co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, and as UNHCR special envoy will carry out field visits to displaced people in Myanmarâs conflict-affected states. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)


8) University of Florida wildlife biologists recently removed one of the largest Burmese Pythons ever captured in Florida. Pythons present a low risk to visitors to the Florida Everglades, according to officials, but you'd probably still want to steer clear of this mammoth Burmese python recently captured by University of Florida researchers. Caught along a popular wildlife-watching trail in Everglades National Park, the snake was a female measuring 18 feet, 3 inches, and weighing 133 pounds. Photo: Chris Gillette


9) A Chinese tourist screams in fear as a tiger's swishing tail brushes against her back at Tiger Kingdom on July 29, 2015 in Mae Rim, Thailand. Face painting and celebrations marked International Tiger Day at Tiger Kingdom where tourists can pay to pet tigers and pose for photos. (Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)


10) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall react as Zephyr (a bald eagle), the mascot of the Army Air Corps flaps his wings at Sandringham Flower Show on July 29, 2015 in King's Lynn, England. Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images


11) Dairy cows nuzzle a barn cat as they wait to be milked at a farm in Granby, Quebec on Sunday. Pacific Rim officials meet in Hawaii this week for talks which could make or break an ambitious trade deal that aims to boost growth and set common standards across a dozen economies ranging from the United States to Brunei. Canada's refusal so far to accept more dairy imports is a major sticking point in the talks, infuriating the United States as well as New Zealand, which has said it will not sign a deal that fails to open new dairy markets. Photo: Christinne Muschi / Reuters


12) Zoo staff and members of a veterinary team prepare an eight-year-old lion named Samuni for a surgical procedure to remove a tumor from his abdomen at the Ramat Gan Safari Zoo, near Tel Aviv, Israel. Photo: Baz Ratner / Reuters


13) Four white lion cubs, born two weeks ago, sit in a basket at the Taigan Safari Park, in Belogorsk, Ukraine. The cubs were shown to the media for the first time Wednesday. Photo: Alexander Polegenko / AP


14) A dolphin shoots hoops at the Nuremberg Zoo. Photo: EPA


15) The first Humboldt penguin ever born in the Philippines, Kaya, poses with her fish cake in a Manila zoo .Photo:AP


16) Panda triplets celebrate their first birthday in a Guangzhou, China, zoo. Photo: Splash News


17) A police officer advises a festival goer  of the new route that has been set for the parade following a bomb scare during Brighton Pride 2015 on August 1, 2015 in Brighton, England. (Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images)


18) Athlete Destiny Sanchez carries the torch during the opening ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, CA, on July 25. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)


19) A diver jumps from a 22-meter-high bridge during the traditional high-diving competition near the town of Gjakova on July 26, 2015. Photo: Armend Nimani / AFP - Getty Images


20) Participants spray water guns at each other during the 3rd Water Gun Festival in Seoul, South Korea, on Sunday. Thousands of people enjoyed the annual festival which is held from July 25 to July 26 to avoid the summer heat. Photo: Lee Jin-man / AP


21) 164 skydivers fly heads-down over Ottawa, Illinois on July 31, setting a new record over the previous one of 138 people skydiving together. Photo: Mickey Nuttall / Handout / EPA


22) Hot-air balloons fly during the international Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons festival, in Chambley-Bussieres, eastern France, on July 26, 2015. More than 300,000 visitors are expected to attend from July 24 to August 2. Photo: Mathieu Cugnot / EPA


23) Flowers form Vincent van Gogh’s face in Amsterdam on the 125th anniversary of his death. Photo: EPA


24) A general view shows a "smiling" sunflower in a field in Tokyo on July 30, 2015. Some 20,000 sunflowers were enjoyed by visitors to the area. Photo: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images


25) Artist Dirk Hantschmann works on a Pinocchio sculpture at the International Wood Sculpture Competition in Tornau, Germany. Photo: EPA


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Recommended Reading (08/01/15)

Recommended Reading


Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read (even if, on occasion, I do not agree with the author)

Why Dems don't want to talk about Planned Parenthood

Considering the history of abortion politics, the reason for this silence seems almost obvious: Democrats fear another 1996.  The debate over “partial-birth” abortion had an immediate impact on American public opinion.


Abortion word games come to end

(In perhaps the worst defense of late-term abortion ever conceived, Chris Taylor wrapped her floor speech up with, "You (Republicans) say you're concerned about fetal pain, well you might want to do something about when the babies go through the birth canal then — cause that can't be a joyride." As if a child would prefer having its skull crushed and its organs ripped apart over the brief discomfort needed to be born.)


They really, really don't like him

Obama’s job approval in this poll was a paltry 43 percent, with 55 percent disapproval. This is hardly a public “closely divided,” but it is typical of the media’s approach. They prefer to gloss over his bad numbers, point out the weakness of the GOP, or emphasize how popular he is among Democrats.


The Lafayette Theater shooting is why I carry wherever I go

Yep, thanks to whiny and violent dipsticks no place is safe in the United States of Acrimony. Seemingly, there’s no lack of Housers, Holmes or Michael Browns in our land who’ll go from zero to Mad Max on your noggin for looking at them weird or because “the voices” told them to do so. Ergo … I’m packing.

Indeed, places that were pretty much a given a few years ago, that you could go to without fear of having a 125 grain hollow point coursing through your lung tissue, are now potential killing fields.


Gun control: Eating steak with teaspoons

We should submissively fall in line, believing the government will protect us. And crazy people who prey on the innocent in gun free zones like schools, theaters, churches and military facilities will voluntarily lay down their arms, too. Sure.


Kids don't need two parents. They need a mom and a dad.

Part of that argument hinges on the reality that there is no such thing as “parenting.” There is mothering, and there is fathering, and children do best with both.


Give parents back their rights to let kids walk free


Parents who want to let their kids play outside but don’t, for fear of someone calling 911, need relief. And it looks like they just may get it.

Last week, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) added an amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act giving parents the right to let their kids walk or bike to school without threat of criminal or civil action.


What gun should I get?

Dr. Seuss’ new book, “What Pet Should I Get?” inspired me to write a Seuss-style poem from the perspective of a mother who wants a gun to defend her family.

My poem is a plea for 2nd Amendment rights in the wake of recent mass tragedies committed by Dylann Roof, Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez and John Houser. Please share this column with any “compassionate liberals” in your life so that they may see that your ideas come from your heart as well as your mind.


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Week-ends (08/01/15)

Week-ends

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


Ron Lynch


Clay Higgins



Jim Craig



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Students at the University of New Hampshire


Members of the Ohio State marching band


Bill Cosby


Jennifer Beals



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“I actually think I'm a pretty good president. I think if I ran, I could win. But I can't.”
President Barack Obama, explaining two-term constitutional limits on the U.S. presidency, in an address to African leaders


“Believe me. I will beat Hillary.”
Real estate mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump


“I don’t care if he says the wrong thing. He says what's on his mind. He gives honest answers rather than prepared answers. This is more important than anything any candidate has done in years.”
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, on Donald Trump


“No, I don’t think so. … My job is not to call balls and strikes, but to treat everyone respectfully and fairly. But certainly I think our candidates should pledge not to run as a third party candidate. I don’t see that happening. I think everyone understands that, if Hillary Clinton’s going to get beat, she’s going to get beat by a Republican. And most people that run for president run to win. And if our candidates want to win, then they’ll have to run as a Republican. But, I don’t fear that. I think you’ve even seen Donald Trump walk that back over the last few days as well.”
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus responding to a question of whether he fears Donald Trump running as an Independent and has to “tiptoe” around Trump to make sure he doesn’t run as a third party candidate


"This secretary of state, Kerry, negotiated with them for a year-and-a-half and accomplished nothing. He ought to give us back for all the trips he made. He cost us millions of dollars in airplane fares and he came back with nothing except a bad foot.

"The real agreement he made, I’m sure he (Obama) said to them, 'Listen, could you keep the bomb quiet for a year and a half. Because if you don’t bomb us for a year and a half, I’ll be the big winner. Everyone will see I made a fantastic agreement. If you bomb us after I leave I could always say it’s the other guy’s fault. Because if it’s not for him, this never would have happened.

"First Obama said we can inspect them any time, any place, whenever we please. Now it turns out ‘whenever we please’ except when they don’t allow it.  If they don’t want it it’s up to them. So then we have to wait 28 days to inspect, as if to say for the 28 days we can trust them completely, because they’ll do nothing. They’ll just hold the bomb in front of us waiting for us to come so they can show it to us. That’s how stupid this negotiation is to us.

"Do you know that in the restaurants of New York, they have an inspection system. You can surprise any restaurant without notice that you can walk in and inspect them… So we are protected in this city from a bad tuna fish.  We’re not protected from a bomb but we’re protected from a bad quality of a tuna fish.”
Legendary Jewish comic Jackie Mason criticizing the nuclear deal signed between world powers and Iran


If, as has been reported, this dentist and his guides lured Cecil out of the park with food so as to shoot him on private property, because shooting him in the park would have been illegal, he needs to be extradited, charged, and, preferably, hanged.”
Ingrid Newkirk, president of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals


“Look at all this outrage over a dead lion, but where is all the outrage over the planned parenthood dead babies.”
Tweet from GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida


Banning transgender students from bathrooms that do not align with their sex at birth “reinforce[s] cruel policies that deny dignity to some of the most vulnerable students and subject them to more bullying and stigmatization. Access to public restrooms has been a divisive issue in past civil rights struggles. African-Americans challenged Jim Crow laws that barred them from so-called white restrooms.  When advocates for Americans with disabilities began getting traction in their quest for equal access to public accommodations, many questioned the cost and burden of building special restroom facilities. It may seem inconceivable today that people on the forefront of those struggles were dismissed, mocked and shunned for years. Yet each was a hard-fought victory.”
The NY Times editorial board


“The liberal paper dismissed concerns about transgenders using bathrooms that do not align with their sex as ‘alarmist.’ The editorial seemed to reject worries about sexual assault that could arise as a result of more liberal restroom policies. It’s extreme to compare laws that an individual should use the bathroom of the sex he or she was born with – and still is – to the denial of public accommodations to African-Americans.”
Connor Williams, NewsBusters


“It’s not how you want to play the game.”
Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister, after the ballclub was walloped by the Yankees, 21-5


What you have there is basically raw sewage.”
Marine biologist John Griffith, on test results on water from Olympic venues where athletes will compete in the 2016 Rio Games



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


The latest on the PP scandal



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


PP videos



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


The lion and the dentist



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Do not pee here

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