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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.

New poll on seat belts

Thanks to a grant from the state Department of Transportation, the Franklin Police Department will be stepping up its enforcement of seat belt violations through March 20.

This week, the MacIver Institute released a poll on seat belt laws. It found, “slightly more than half the people polled say they oppose plans to allow police to stop and ticket people for no other reason than not wearing a seatbelt. 41% of the respondents said they ‘definitely’ oppose the plan, and another 13% ‘probably’ oppose the idea. Governor Doyle's budget would allow police to make stops strictly on the seatbelt issue. 45% of the people polled say they support the budget idea.”

I wonder if buckling up applies to a mannequin as well.



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...


Carol Haertlein Sells


Blind bowlers


Donovan Espinosa

Alex Edwards

Brian Jay Nellis


"If  we see (stimulus) money being misspent, we're going to put a stop to it."
President Obama speaking to a gathering of state officials.

"The needs far outweigh the money."
Gary Wolter, MG&E executive and head of the state Office of Recovery and Reinvestment, warning that some worthy projects may get shut out of billions in federal stimulus money reserved for the state. 

"It tells small businesses, it tells consumers, it tells the markets: Guess what, big tax increases are coming. So if you're a small business, an entrepreneur; you want to take risk, you want to start a business? Don't bother because we're going to raise your taxes."
Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, criticizing President Obama’s federal budget bill.

I am tired of talking about doughnut holes. Let me know when you want to get back to substance."
Wisconsin Congressman Dave Obey on the nearly 8,500 earmarks in the omnibus budget bill signed by President Obama. 

An "individual choice."
A reference to abortion made by Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele in an interview with GQ magazine. 

"Chairman Steele needs to reread the Bible, the U.S. Constitution and the 2008 GOP platform. He then needs to get to work or get out of the way."
Former Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, who endorsed Steele in the RNC chairman's race.

"I tried to present why I am pro-life while recognizing that my mother had a 'choice' before deciding to put me up for adoption. I thank her every day for supporting life."
Steele in a statement after his GQ comment caused controversy.

"When you wrestle with a gorilla, you don't quit when you're tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired."
The slogan for Siren High School at this week's state girl's basketball tournament.


Whitefish Bay police


State Republicans have invited businesspeople to speak out about their concerns with Wisconsin's horrible business climate. Here's the story.


American Idol. ENOUGH!


Monkeys flossing teeth with human hair

The curse of Colonel Sanders

Check out the last item in this column about the New Jersey Nets.

"If you are a golfer who has played for any length of time, this story may make you want to quit the game. Or throw your morning coffee in disgust."

REMEMBER: Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me.

The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of this just in
Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then its DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY:  Lots of sunshine. Warmer. High of 48.  "C"

SUNDAY: Sunny with some passing clouds. High near 50.  "C"

Heres a special announcement from the barking lot co-blogger, jennifer fischer:

For quite some time, I had been after Kevin to write a weekly dog blog.  I knew that certainly I am not the only person obsessed with all things canine, so I thought it would be an interesting feature for his readers. 

He refused.

Not because he didn’t think it was a good idea.  He, in fact, thought it was a great idea… but only if I would write it.  He often tells me, and others looking to write or speak about something, that if you are passionate about a topic it will show in your work.  I hope that my weekly Barking Lot blog has done that.  I have wanted to touch hearts, educate, entertain, enlighten, and share my passion for dogs.  I have also said that for now, the closest thing I will get to OWNING a dog is to write about them.

I know that my life is going to change dramatically in the coming weeks, and I am looking forward to every new adventure our baby is going to bring.  I plan on taking an extended period off of work, so that I can focus on our baby and everything he or she will need.

I am also going to take a temporary “leave of absence” from writing the Barking Lot.  I am the type of person who wants to give 110% to everything I do, and that includes writing my weekly installment about man’s best friend.  Since my attention and focus will be elsewhere I feel it is in my best interests to take some time off from writing, even if it IS just one small, weekly feature. 

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Goodnight everyone, and have a great weekend

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