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.
A look back at the people and events that made news the past week.
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HEROES OF THE WEEK
Jane and Timothy Strand
Franklin City Attorney Jesse Wesolowski, Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor, current Franklin aldermen Steve Olson, Lyle Sohns, Ken Skowronski, Tim Solomon, and former Franklin aldermen Al Hammelman and Pete Kosovich. They are responsible for Franklin's two restrictive sex offender ordinances that have become the model for the rest of the state.
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Whoever did this
Saturday Night Live
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"We are in the midst of a serious financial crisis. Our entire economy is in danger. I propose that the federal government reduce the risk posed by the troubled assets and supply urgently needed money so banks and other financial institutions can avoid collapse and resume lending."
President Bush in an address to the nation Wednesday night.
"He admits he still doesn't know how to use a computer, can't send an e-mail, still doesn't understand the economy, and favors $200 billion in new tax cuts for corporations, but almost nothing for the middle class."
A campaign ad mocking John McCain
"I thought that was terrible, by the way. I didn't know we did it and if I had anything to do with it, we'd have never done it."
Joe Biden, condemning the above-mentioned campaign ad
"You are even more gorgeous than you are on the [TV]. Now I know why the whole of America is crazy about you.I might hug."
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari gushing while greeting GOP vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin at the InterContinental hotel in New York.
"I do not want to cut 56 police officers, and I do not want to close any neighborhood libraries in this budget. I didn't set the stage for this. It's the way that I'm required to submit the budget."
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who submitted two budget proposals to the Milwaukee Common Council.In one budget, the city would close two neighborhood libraries, leave 56 police officers' jobs vacant and eliminate two firefighting companies.In the other budget, the city would raise the garbage fee by 28%, keep all 12 neighborhood libraries open and maintain current police strength, but would still shut down one fire company.Both budgets would raise property taxes by 4.8%, reduce library hours, slice into public works services and trim ladder truck crews from five firefighters to four in every company that hasn't already been cut back.
"You have two bad choices here."
Milwaukee Alderman Michael Murphy, reacting to the pair of budgets submitted by Barrett.
"We understand some people really truly need absentee ballots but some folks are just plain lazy. They don't want to be bothered by having to stand in line."
Brookfield City Clerk Kristine Schmidt, who is doubling her staff to eight full-time employees to handle the influx of absentee ballots.
"I know it won't get done. There's no way it can get done with the amount of absentee voters and the amount of work surrounding this election. That extra level of work process physically cannot get accomplished."
Appleton City Clerk Cindi Hesse. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has sued the Government Accountability Board, demanding checks of thousands of voters' identities back to Jan. 1, 2006. A judge isn't expected to make any rulings in the case until 12 days before the election.
"The unelected GAB,(Government Accountability Board) made up of former judges, was instituted by the Wisconsin Legislature in 2007, in order to more aggressively enforce existing elections laws. Instead, the Board has deigned it necessary to make new laws which have never been considered by the Legislature. (Also known as those who represent the people of Wisconsin.) For instance, the GAB is trying to make itself the sole group that decides what can and can’t be said during an election. They are looking into promulgating rules that would allow them to regulate the timing and content of political speech in Wisconsin by determining what is and what is not 'express advocacy.'"
Christian Schneider of the Wisconsin Policy Reserach Institute
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
In America's waiting rooms, you wait, and wait, and wait, and wait, and wait, and wait....
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Racism in the Democrat Party. Why wasn't this a 3, 4, 5-day story? Well, we know why.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
John McCain single-handedly ruined approval of a financial institution bailout. Oh, really?
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
He was charged with battery on a police officer because he......passed gas.
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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.
Congratulations to my colleague, Dan Jones, the host of Milwaukee Public Television’s InterCHANGE, one of five veteran Milwaukee broadcasters to be inducted into the Silver Circle of The Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).
I have worked with or met four of the five inductees (I’ve never met Vince Condella) and they’re all very deserving of this prestigious honor. Congratulations to all!
Here are the topics this week on InterCHANGE, 6:30 Friday night and 11:00 Sunday morning on Channel 10:
1 – Presidential Race & Wall Street.
Was it a smart move by John McCain to say he was going to suspend his campaign, skip the debate, and head to D.C. to work on the Wall Street bailout? How will it be perceived? Was it noble and honorable, or just a dirty campaign tactic? What was his intent? Do you think the public thinks the economic meltdown is as pressing as Washington insiders are making it out to be?
2 – Walker Budget.
For the 7th time Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker introduces a no tax levy increase budget. Yes, the county board will increase the taxes, and yes Walker will sign it and use it as his base again next year, but how high would the tax levy be if Walker didn’t make this stand every year? Once again Walker is proposing privatizing more things, and downsizing the county workforce. If he is able to cut the county workforce by his proposed 235 employees next year, there will be nearly 2000 fewer county workers than there were when he took office in 2001. Is it a good time to give some of your top administrators big raises, you’re your telling all of your departments to cut back?
3 - Brewers.
Are the Brewers up to the task? Do they have new life? Will they be able to handle what the Cubs throw their way? Are the Mets in meltdown mode? Is this Major League baseball at its best?
I’ll be joined by Joel McNally, former Journal political reporter Ken Lamke, and state Representative Tamara Grigsby.
Wednesday afternoon while filling in for Mark Belling on Newstalk 1130 WISN, I recognized the famous voice in my headphones during some of the spot breaks. Legendary Milwaukee radio celebrity Bob Barry was promoting a new restaurant in Oconomowoc called, “Porticello.”
With glee, I smiled. You have no idea how happy I am that Porticello is up, operating, has a website, and is advertising on a 50-thousand watt radio station like WISN. It has to be driving the tyrannical Department of Natural Resources (DNR) out of their power-hungry minds.
For months, the owner of Porticello, located on Silver Lake, desperately tried to open but ran into roadblocks from the state agency that absolutely loves making life for ordinary citizens as miserable as possible. That would be the DNR, not so affectionately referred to by some as Damn Near Russia.
The DNR tried to put its collective foot down (as always) that a restaurant couldn’t open in what was a vacant, deteriorating building because it was just too darn close to the lake. After all, who ever heard of a restaurant with a water view? How preposterous! We can't have that!
But in the end, the DNR lost, and a persistent and patient entrepreneur won, and it’s just got to grind the DNR’s beans. They had an opportunity to not only make it agonizing for a business, but prevent it from opening altogether. But like Eric Gagne in the 8th inning, the DNR blew it.
They have to be kicking themselves knowing that this…..