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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.

As the baseball season gets ready to start...

This is tough to see:

CC Sabathia, Baseball, New York Yankees

Dog lovers of Franklin, unite!

The agenda for the April 7, 2009 meeting of the Franklin Common Council is out and item G-17 is Alderman Steve Taylor’s wacky proposal to put all dogs and cats on leashes.

I referenced Alderman Taylor’s proposal in today’s Barking Lot.

I suggest respectfully calling your alderman and expressing your opinion on this matter. Alderman Wilhelm, you know how I feel. I'd be interested to hear any feedback you receive.

Here are my previous blogs on Alderman Taylor’s proposed ordinance:

How about this, Franklin dog lovers...

Put a leash on this dog of an idea

This is always worth a read.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

Here are, in my view, interesting, noteworthy columns and articles from the past week that I highly recommend (You will note that on occasion, I do not endorse the opinions of the author and may point that out. Despite my disagreements, I still feel the piece is worth a read).

Financial industry paid millions to Obama aide

"Lawrence Summers, the top economic adviser to President Obama, earned more than $5 million last year from the hedge fund D. E. Shaw and collected $2.7 million in speaking fees from Wall Street companies that received government bailout money, the White House disclosed Friday in releasing financial information about top officials."

Europe's giddiness ease a bit for President O-BA-MA

"Barack Obama is back in Europe. Only this time, he's president. On the Continent, the giddiness on display last summer, when 200,000 turned out to hear candidate Obama give a speech in Berlin, has subsided as the weight of the economic crisis unfolds."

Rejecting aid, one governor irks his own

"For a millionaire, Gov. Mark Sanford has a reputation for frugality that borders on the extreme.Former employees say he has been known to require his staff to use both sides of a Post-it note. When Mr. Sanford was a congressman, he slept on a futon in his office and returned his housing allowance. And when, after he moved into the Governor’s Mansion here, tax collectors declared his family’s home on Sullivan’s Island a secondary residence subject to a higher tax rate, he appealed and won. Now, with his threat to refuse more than $700 million in federal money to stimulate the economy, Mr. Sanford’s contrarian streak is taking him from South Carolina, which is second only to Michigan in unemployment, to the national stage."

Wisconsin's transformational governor

"Wisconsin enters the age of Obama with a governor who is exactly on the same page with the new president.  Governor Doyle has been building the foundation for the expansive government that will be needed to carry out Obama’s transformational agenda. What’s that you say, the media is full of stories about upcoming cuts state government?   Well check the facts."

Obama census plan: No illegal alien left behind

"The immediate agenda of the left-wing census volunteer groups: freezing immigration raids. The long-term goal: Exploiting the massive population of illegal aliens to redraw the political map and secure a permanent ruling majority."

Why Obama is losing a faith

"Among Catholics as a whole, his (Obama's) disapproval rating jumped 14 points. And among white, non-Hispanic Catholics, the figure doubled -- from 20 percent to 41 percent. Catholics are having second thoughts, but it could get much worse. If the president and Congress are not careful on several issues, these concerns could open a major rift between the Catholic Church and the Democratic Party."

Our problem is immorality

"Most of our nation's great problems, including our economic problems, have as their root decaying moral values. Whether we have the stomach to own up to it or not, we have become an immoral people left with little more than the pretense of morality."

Spend it in Vegas or die paying taxes

"Today in America you can take your after-tax income and go to Las Vegas and carouse, gamble, drink and smoke, and as far as our government is concerned that's just fine. But if you take that same after-tax income and leave it to your children and grandchildren, the government will tax that after-tax income one additional time at rates up to 55%."

Learning from dummies

"For years, we've heard advice about the glaringly self-evident ills of excessive drinking and drug use. Fine. But because I already have a wife, two daughters and 3,000 years of guilt to keep me perpetually harassed, the last thing I want to see popping up on TV is my 'green'  governor -- who lives in a mansion on the taxpayers' dime -- scolding me about the temperature reading of my thermostat."

'Grandfamilies' come under pressure

"Today, more and more children are being raised by their grandparents. These grandparents provide a crucial safety net, allowing children whose parents can't provide for them to remain in families, instead of winding up as wards of the state. But as the recession hits 'grandfamilies,' that safety net is under stress."

The Obama-Matic (TM) Content-free Euphemism Generator

"Sometimes you just have to hand it to the Obama administration.  What better way to signal a new beginning than to rename the boring old War on Terror as the Overseas Contingency Operation?"

And finally,

Death by DMV

UNC is very lucky...

That this didn't turn out to be more disastrous, or they probably wouldn't be in the Final Four.

Every cent you make

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