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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.

Boy was I wrong...and I'm glad

On April 19, 2007, the Philadelphia Phillies were off to a miserable start in the 2007 season with a record of 3-10. I blogged that Phillies’ manager Charlie Manuel would be the first skipper fired before the end of the season. Manuel stuck around and Philly went to the playoffs.

That was last year. With Manuel at the helm again in 2008, the Phillies are returning to the World Series.

Prior to Game Two against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the just-completed NLCS, Manuel lost his mother. He stayed with his team, and now that the Dodgers have been dealt with, Manuel has headed home to pay his last respects. Through all the suffering, Manuel has handled it well.

As trite as it sounds, Manuel is a decent man, often made fun of by the harsh sports media because of his West Virginia accent. And the Phillies are likeable, a team that doesn’t have any jerks a la Manny Ramirez.

C’mon, Charlie. Four more wins. Do it for your mom.

Friday night on InterCHANGE

Here are the topics my co-panelists and I discuss on InterCHANGE Friday night at 6:30 on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, with a repeat on Sunday morning at 11:00:

1 – Presidential Debate /  Presidential Race.

Who won the final debate?  The cool and calm Obama? Or the slightly more aggressive McCain?  At rally after rally this past two weeks, folks urged McCain to be much more aggressive.  Why didn’t he do that?  Is it just not in his character?  Is he simply fulfilling his pledge to run a clean campaign, at least when he is face to face with Obama?  Do you see anything happening in the next few weeks that would turn the polls to McCain?  Does TV hurt John McCain?  Does it make him look like a tired old man compared to Barack Obama?  Does he look old and tired because he is, or because of the devastating effects of the torture he endured as a prisoner of war.  Is the election about anything other than the economy right now?

2 – Charlene Hardin.

The Journal Sentinel will not let up on Charlene Hardin, the ethically challenged Milwaukee school board member who apparently likes the free travel she is allowed to take courtesy of MPS.  Why doesn’t the board condemn her?  Why did school officials simply ok all her expenses?  Is that simply the culture in an organization like that?  As an elected official, is she pretty much free to do whatever she wants until voters boot her out?  Isn’t this the time when MPS needs much stronger leaders?

3 – Brewers Manager.

Should Dale Sveum get the Milwaukee Brewers manager job?  Was the final 12 games of the regular season enough to prove that he has what it takes?  Should they go after someone with big league experience?  Would Sveum be a fan favorite, and help sell another three million tickets next season?

Ratchet coming home

It appears an Iraqi dog adopted by a U.S. soldier once scheduled for execution is now headed for America.

Less monitoring of sex offenders?

Governor Doyle today predicted the state budget deficit could reach $3 billion. That means many programs and expenditures will have to be re-examined, including the state’s monitoring of sex offenders. The Journal Sentinel asks:

“How will state government afford any new programs and new employees to run them - for example, 103 more workers the state Department of Corrections says it needs to manage sex offenders, including those being tracked by GPS units? Hiring those 103 workers would cost $10.2 million over the next two years, the agency says in budget documents.”

Maybe if the state wouldn’t have been spending like crazy for the past several budgets we wouldn’t be forced to confront such a serious question.

The guy over here, yeh, that's right, this guy

Dear Senator McCain:

Tonight when you point out all the highly questionable aspects of your opponent's record, and I certainly hope you will, please refer to him as, "That Senator." He's very sensitive.

Thank you.

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