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.
Here are, in my view, interesting, noteworthy columns from the past week that I highly recommend:
A MUST READ FROM BADGER BLOGGER
A tax increase? In this economy?
Not so fast on tax hike talk
Spendthrift states don't need a bailout
Who killed Detroit?
In defense of the oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP
The media gets giddy over Obama
A look back at the people and events that made news the past week.
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HEROES OF THE WEEK
State Representative Mark Gundrum
Eagle Scout Simon Sharp
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Former Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland. He sure has a lot of nerve.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“I hope we get a good deal of help. A lot of what's happened with the national economy falls on the states.”
Governor Doyle on the possibility of a federal package to provide relief to states facing budget deficits. Doyle announced the state budget deficit is at $5.4 billion, the largest ever in Wisconsin history.
“The least President Bush could do before he leaves is to get on board plans to send relief to the states.”
Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker (D-Weston).
“The mother of all gimmicks is that the feds are going to bail us out.”
Senate Minority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), on the prospect of the federal government coming to the rescue.
“While Governor Doyle listed some new agency guidelines as steps to modestly reduce spending, his first legislative requests will unfortunately be tax increases. As Democrats control all aspects of state government, he will likely get his wish.”
Assembly Minority Leader-elect Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon). Fitzgerald opposes tax increases as a means of covering the deficit, saying Wisconsin families “have been dealing with tight budgets for quite some time.”
“(A 10 percent cut would) reduce this office to a dog-and-pony show and undermine Wisconsin's strong railroad tradition.”
State Railroad Commissioner Roger Breske responding to Governor Doyle’s direction to trim an additional 10 percent from state agencies. Breske later retracted his statement, saying his staff would do whatever it could to “come up with a solution.”
“The last thing you want to do is go to the taxpayers that have been displaced and lost their job in Niagara and lost their job in Kimberly, and ask these taxpayers who are now without a job to then fund the Chrysler corporation which is owned by the same company that displaced them.”
Wisconsin Congressman Steve Kagen (D-Appleton), calling for Chrysler to be left out of any bailout proposal.
“Other opportunities to be fiscally responsible were missed. Tough times require tight budgets, and we will continue to work to make it affordable to live, work, play and retire in Milwaukee County.”
Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, one of the few sane political voices in our area, on his budget vetoes.
“Kathleen Falk's poor judgment cost a couple of lives.”
Former Madison School Board member Nancy Mistele announcing she will run against Dane County Executive Falk. Mistele referred to errors at the Dane County 911 call center that preceded a pair of homicides in Madison.
“The word has no business in my vocabulary and I should not have used it -- not even in private.”
Rick Gale, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, in a letter resigning his PFFW post and memberships on all public boards and apologizing for using a racial slur to refer to President-elect Barack Obama.
“I suspect I'll be driving the kids to school and I’ll be letting my wife sleep in for the first day.”
State Representative Mark Gundrum (R-New Berlin). After returning from a nine-month tour in Iraq as part of the Reserves, Gundrum said he looks forward to time with the family.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
I've got two this week.
Another contestant for Mother of the Year.
And it's sure tough to take these guys seriously.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
The Milwaukee USO could close. This is big stuff.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Hillary for Secretary of State. I thought Obama hated her?
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
As usual, there are several.
BRAS THAT MAKE YOU SICK! No you don't have to wait for the 10:00 news. Read.
Here's the newest, latest grounds for divorce.
I know I can sleep at night, now that this has been made public.
Strip clubs and the Olympics?
You think you've got problems? He's a felon, an arsonist, homeless, and now he owes $101 million.
He drove Lee Harvey Oswald to work 45 years ago today.
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.
Former Notre Dame football coach, now ESPN college football analyst Lou Holtz tours the country, delivering motivational speeches. I read once where Holtz told an audience they should sit down and write the 100 things they want to do before they die, and go out and try to accomplish those goals.
If I performed such an exercise, here’s what my list of 100 would include:
I want to be the voice of a character in a Disney animated film.
It is not impossible.
You may say that only established Hollywood celebrities get chosen to provide the voices for those critters. Not so.
In the movie, “Bolt,” that opened this weekend, the hamster Rhino’s voice is not that of a movie or TV star. During production, one of Rhino’s artists, Mark Walton was asked to be a stand-in and lend his voice while the search was on for a “real actor” to ultimately play the role. Disney magic prevailed, and Walton got to keep the part and was thrilled.
Meet Rhino, the superfan, voiced by Walton.
Walton says this about the new Disney flick:
“I hope audiences walk away knowing that pets, dogs in particular, are trusting and love unconditionally. They believe in you even when you don't believe in yourself."
A reminder: Still to come this morning on This Just in…the return of The Barking Lot.
Next spring, all Milwaukee County Transit System buses will have bike racks installed. Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker wisely vetoed the idea, but he was overridden by the County Board 16-3.
I agree with Walker who called the bike rack plan, “ridiculous,” one that will bilk the taxpayers. But as we all know, the Milwaukee County Board doesn’t really care about the people who pay the bills.
Few will take advantage of this costly move during our small window of warm weather opportunity. Madison buses have bike racks, and I must say I rarely see them being used.
Congratulations to supervisors who represent Franklin, Mark Borkowski and Paul Cesarz for voting to sustain Walker’s veto of this nonsensical ordinance.