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
Jill Stanek, Lucy Talbot, Anita White
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Judges Joan Kessler and Patricia Curley
Milwaukee County Supervisors Clark and Jones
De Pere restaurant
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of the President.”
What the oath is supposed to read.
“”I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear [pause] that I will execute the Office of the President faithfully.”
What US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said while swearing in Barack Obama.
"Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day: when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right."
Text excerpted from the benediction delivered by Rev. Joseph Lowery at the inauguration.
“I would say that he would be Joshua going across to the Promised Land. Martin Luther King Jr. went to the mountaintop like Moses, and he said, ‘I might not get there with you, but I can see the Promised Land.’ But we gonna’ get to the Promised Land. So Joshua carried them across. Martin Luther King, Jr. was prevented from going into the Promised Land.”
Boxing promoter Don King referring to Obama.
"It’s a difficult thing. As a Republican, I am convinced his plans will not work. As an American, I hope they do."
State Representative Robin Vos (R-Racine) on the mixed feelings of conservatives on Inauguration Day.
"I was just one of the fools who stayed too long. I don't understand how people with families can afford this job."
Former State Representative Dave Travis ( D-Waunakee) on news that he benefited from retiring early in order to avoid the market downturn’s effect on his pension. Travis estimated his pension and future Social Security benefits to be about $60,000 a year -- more than his final annual legislative salary of $47,413. Hundreds of other state workers took the same advice and retired before the end of 2008.
"The mayor's resignation today, for all, was viewed as a good thing and allows for the partial closure of one chapter of this book."
Racine City Administrator Ben Hughes on former Racine Mayor Gary Becker's resignation Tuesday. Becker was arrested last week on charges related to possession of child pornography, misconduct in public office and attempting to arrange a sexual liaison with what he thought was a 14-year-old girl.
"Where do you guys find these women, really, seriously. I'd say about every fourth man who comes in here unemployed, no education, is with a woman who is working full-time, going to school. Where do you find these women? Is there a club?"
Former Milwaukee Judge Joseph Wall during sentencing of a drug dealer in 2007. The drug dealer was living with the mother of his one-year old child who was working to support them. Wall's remarks led an appellate court to reverse Wall's ruling. Wall also called the woman a "baby mama."
"The trial court's intemperate sentencing remarks were sarcastic and demeaning, the antithesis of 'patient, dignified and courteous.' As is evident by the many sentencing transcripts that cross my desk, it is possible for a sentencing judge to mete out stiff (and often well-deserved) sentences without belittling the offender."
Appellate Court Judge Patricia Curley ripping former judge Wall's above comments.
"Tell whoever is bellyaching to stop their whining. If they don't like the change, they can find some work somewhere else in the weak economy."
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, responding to a reporter's question about a union official's complaint that staffing changes at the House of Correction could result in safety problems.
"Assuming the Healthy Wisconsin program were to become law in 2009, the regression analysis predicts that between 2009 and 2015, an additional 143,000 people would be drawn to the state by the prospect of readily available health insurance, or would remain in the state so as not to lose their Healthy Wisconsin coverage. In dollar terms, the annual—and currently unbudgeted—cost of adding these 143,000 individuals to Healthy Wisconsin would be $550 million (in 2007 dollars). This figure could be expected to grow rapidly, however, to keep pace with medical inflation, and possibly to accommodate new arrivals with unusually costly health care problems."
From a Wisconsin Policy Reserach Institute report, analyzing the impact if Wisconsin approves government health care.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
No class at the inauguration from poor winners.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Open-carry becoming central gun rights issue.
Oh, and there was that March for Life in Washington...
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The Obama coronation.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Clerk's mistake= $1M
Shelly Koontz is a criminal. Read why.
He wasn't dead after all.
Coming to a civics class near Green Bay...
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.
That didn't take long.
"I don't know of any city that would be thrilled to have Khalid Sheik Mohammed or Abu Zubaydah living down the street," Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., said of two high-level al-Qaida operatives who are being held at Guantanamo.
We are going to sit down and talk nicey-nicey with insane people who want to kill us.
This is just the beginning, folks.