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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.

Is Obama losing ground?

That's the question his home newspaper asks after John McCain drew 10,000 to a rally last week in Green Bay.

Today, an Obama rally. Same city. Same arena. Four-thousand less people turn out.

Anchors aweigh, or.....Revenge is sweet

On Saturday, Navy got a late field goal to beat Rutgers 23-21.

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Could Favre have a big night tonight against the Chargers?

The latest stats and scouting reports say………………………..yes.

From the San Diego Union Tribune

San Diego is next-to-last in passing yardage allowed and last (by a lot) in receptions surrendered. Brett Favre generally is harder on cornerbacks than Jake Delhomme and Jay Cutler, first by throwing a lot of quick slants, but also by escaping the best of pass rushes and finding his receivers downfield. In the vernacular of NFL pass coverage, the Chargers have to have Favre's targets ‘plastered.’”

Franklin aldermen about to take a dubious vote

Suppose you’re a locally elected official. Would you vote for the same tax increase, twice, in 15 days?

That’s not something I’d like on my resume. But Franklin aldermen are poised to do just that.

On September 8, all of the Common Council members present voted in favor of removing the waiver of certain fees for non-profit organizations.  Mayor Tom Taylor wisely vetoed the ordinance (proposed by Aldermen Steve Olson and Steve Taylor) that would make it that much more difficult for groups to raise funds and hold fundraising events for worthy causes in Franklin.

Tomorrow, Tuesday night, the Common Council meets to consider an override of the mayor’s veto. If they vote to override, they will have approved the same tax increase in just over two weeks.

My free, friendly advice to the aldermen is to take the out that Mayor Taylor has presented. Vote to sustain the veto and say no to a new fee (tax) in Franklin.

When I covered the Milwaukee County Board for WUWM and WTMJ, there was a supervisor named Gerald Engel. Engel kept a small sign on his desk that read, “A tax is a tax is a tax.”

This isn’t rocket science. Franklin aldermen, heed the words of Jerry Engel.

So, where is Steve Hanke?

I don’t know.

No one knows for sure, except possibly his attorney.

Hanke has until midnight tonight to move out of his current Franklin residence in order to comply with Franklin’s restrictive sex offender ordinances. Failure to do so would result in heavy fines.

Here’s what I have been able to find out.

Hanke’s house is up for sale but has not been purchased. Hanke’s attorney has notified the court, making a motion requesting that Hanke be given more time so that he can sell his home. A hearing on the motion is scheduled this Thursday. It’s believed that Hanke has an offer to purchase a home outside of Franklin.

In the interim, Hanke is staying at an unknown location, either a hotel or another residence that does not violate Franklin’s ordinances. The City Attorney’s Office in Franklin is confident that Hanke’s attorney is not misrepresenting himself or his client to the court. The last thing they’d want to do is anger the judge in this case, John Franke.

So the Steve Hanke saga plays out just a bit longer.

Stay tuned.

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