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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.

Once again, the Franklin School Board is being disingenuous about the school tax increase

Franklin residents, I sure hope you paid good attention to Janet Evans’ roundup of the Franklin School Board meeting of 7/23/08. In paragraph four of her blog (I wish the most important part of the meeting would have been mentioned earlier), Janet, who regularly attends Franklin School Board meetings, gave us this information:

“Also, nowhere in the Budget Draft does it clearly state that the proposed Tax Levy is 3.9%.  The last page of the draft has it broken down over a three year period.  But it is not clearly stated for the citizens what the proposed property tax levy will be…which is the main issue the taxpayers want to know.  They shouldn’t have to calculate it…just state it.”


That’s quite a news bulletin, and it’s not surprising coming from the unscrupulous Franklin Public Schools administration.

For several weeks now, it’s been reported that Franklin school officials have been saying the school tax levy increase will be 3.9% but that the figure is subject to change.

You bet it could change. This is the same gang that couldn’t shoot straight that last year stated publicly for months the increase would be 5.6%. Then on the night the School Board voted on the final budget last fall, we were told Board members thought they were voting on, and thought they approved, a 5.9% increase. I reported on This Just In shortly thereafter that taxpayers had literally been lied to and taken. The tax levy increase was actually 11.7% but no one bothered to tell the people who count the most……..the taxpayers.

Here are more details on last year’s budget scandal.

This group can’t be trusted. They will string taxpayers along for the next few months of budget deliberations, then drop a big bomb at the last minute. That is my fear, and it was heightened by Janet Evans’ recent blog.

Notice to the Franklin Public Schools hold-up artists:

We know what happened last year. And we’re watching you again this year.

Janet Evans attends the meetings. She tapes the meetings. Then she returns home and performs a great community service by reporting what happened. You’re not behaving in an empty room anymore. Oh, sure, some of your machine may attend from time to time, especially if there’s talk of even the slightest cuts. But there are vigilant watchdogs keeping a close eye on what the people who work for them do. That’s right. It’s a concept you haven’t quite grasped yet, but you work for us.

If you say the school tax levy increase is going to be 3.9%, it better be in that ballpark, not in another stratosphere.

Putting 90 degrees in perspective

The long range forecast predicts high temperatures in the low 90’s in our area this Saturday and Sunday.

Don’t complain. In Baghdad, Iraq, temperatures will reach 118 degrees this weekend, a full 25 degrees hotter than what we’ll experience.

How do our soldiers in Iraq cope?

Read this from the American Forces Press Service.

Listen to this from NPR.

Here’s what I wrote last summer on this topic.

And come this weekend, think before you say, “It’s too hot.”

Are the Brewers "using" CC Sabathia?

A friend tells me that one of the sportswriters on the Jim Rome program today on ESPN said that new Milwaukee pitcher CC Sabathia is aware and somewhat concerned that the Brewers are “using” him.

“Using” means the club knows Sabathia is gone after this season and the Brewers will pitch him deep into ballgames, wearing him down and burning him out.

Let’s hope this doesn’t become an issue down the stretch.

Ted Thompson taken to the woodshed

Gene Wojciechowski of has written a  no-holds barred, scathing column about Packers GM Ted Thompson saying he and the Packer organization are guilty of what they’re accusing Brett Favre of doing: waffling.

Wojciechowski’s flaming keyboard provides these gems:

“Thompson knows what would have happened if Favre had been issued a helmet and a jersey today. Everybody knows. Favre would have been the best quarterback on the field.”

“Thompson isn't interested in putting the best product on the field. If he were, he'd let Aaron Rodgers, his handpicked successor to Favre, compete for the starting position.”

“If Rodgers can't handle the pressure of Favre's presence and open competition for the job in July, what makes you think he can handle the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in December? But Thompson doesn't want the best man to win. He wants his man to win. So no quarterback bake-off.”

“But nobody has bungled this situation more than Thompson. From the disingenuous ‘We Care About Favre's Legacy’ stance, to the convenient and false statement that Favre could return to the team, Thompson has written the textbook on mismanagement.”

It’s beautiful and dead on. Thompson is the #1 villain in this entire fiasco.

Read the entire column.

I'm not sure if this stuff happens in three's...

But if they do….




I’m a bit concerned.

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