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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.

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What goes through the mind of an alderman during a Common Council meeting


Hey, did you know the city of Franklin is suffering a $2.5 million budget shortfall? You say you didn’t know? That’s okay. Some Franklin aldermen aren’t even aware.


I honestly, sincerely would love to write a blog one of these days commending Franklin Common Council President, Alderman Steve Taylor once and for all for doing the right thing. Swear to God. The problem is the guy just can’t help but step in it all the time.

Here’s another brilliant move by Steve (Oh I JUST can’t WAIT to be mayor!) Taylor. It occurred during the Franklin Common Council meeting of July 21, 2009.  On the agenda that night was this item:

Request from Franklin Public Library for Board of Trustees to purchase new computers and printers with funds from the Restricted Library Fund Account in an amount not to exceed $30,000.

Now, before we go any further, can we all agree that libraries are cool and are important and rank right up there with mom and apple pie and Pat Boone records?  Capiche? Fine. We move on.

Hey, did you know the city of Franklin is suffering a $2.5 million budget shortfall? You say you didn’t know? That’s okay. Some Franklin aldermen aren’t even aware.

Now, I’ve observed, covered, reported on, and witnessed government proceedings at all levels for over 31 years. When you are an elected official for a very small city and you are facing a $2.5 MILLION BUDGET SHORTFALL and the following item comes across your desk:

Request from Franklin Public Library for Board of Trustees to purchase new computers and printers with funds from the Restricted Library Fund Account in an amount not to exceed $30,000.

If you have a brain in your body, it will take you 3.7 seconds or less to determine that this is one of those tough calls you knew you’d have to make when you took the job and even though you lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve libraries and all they do to build hope, dreams, and character, you are going to have to be responsible and vote NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Hey, did you know the city of Franklin is suffering a $2.5 million budget shortfall? You say you didn’t know? That’s okay. Some Franklin aldermen aren’t even aware.

Franklin blogger Fred Keller attended the July 21st Common Council meeting in question and blogged:

During this meeting Alderman Steve Olson moved to deny this outrageous funding request and his Motion was seconded by Alderman Steve Taylor……”

As I’ve mentioned, I’ve seen countless resolutions, motions, votes, and every possible parliamentary procedure. When you second a motion, as Alderman Taylor did in this case, it generally means you SUPPORT the motion and plan to vote in FAVOR. So, at that moment that Taylor seconded Olson’s move to deny the funding for the library computers (Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire how will Franklin ever survive without those computers), Taylor was opposed to the library funding.

But there’s more to this story. Let’s return to Fred Keller’s blog where he wrote:

During this meeting Alderman Steve Olson moved to deny this outrageous funding request and his Motion was seconded by Alderman Steve Taylor……”

Keller continues:

“...however Taylor subsequently withdrew his second and the Motion failed for lack of second.”

Now that is nothing short of bizarre. What went through Alderman Taylor’s mind? What made him change his mind so quickly, so abruptly in such a short period of time?

First, he was all for a motion to deny the funding. Then suddenly, he flip-flopped, and withdrew his second.

Taylor went on to vote for the $30,000 expenditure, and even seconded the motion to approve the funding, and the motion passed 3-1.

HUHHHH???

First he’s against the funding.


Then he’s not so sure.

Then he votes for it. 

There’s really no explanation for these antics other than you’re playing some sort of silly game.

What in the world is this guy thinking/doing?

Hey, did you know the city of Franklin is suffering a $2.5 million budget shortfall? You say you didn’t know? That’s okay. Some Franklin aldermen aren’t even aware.

And Steve Taylor wants to be mayor??????

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10 Biggest Jim Doyle Screw-ups


With his popularity never surpassing 50% and continuing to dwindle, had Wisconsin governor Jim Doyle decided to run for a third term, he would have carried more baggage than a runway filled with DC-10’s. Running on Doyle’s disastrous record would have been a formidable task. Rather than risk defeat, Doyle bowed out, leaving a legacy fraught with major blunders. Here are, in my view, the 10 biggest screw-ups Doyle made as governor.

10) Indian gaming compacts. Unlike the calculated, well-thought out negotiations with the tribes made by Tommy Thompson, Doyle gave away the farm with agreements in perpetuity expanding the scope of gambling that voters put the clamps on as they approved a constitutional amendment. Legislative leaders Mary Panzer and John Gard took Doyle to court and the state Supreme Court ruled that Doyle overstepped his authority by approving expanded gambling. The court’s ruling seems to have had little, if any effect, but Doyle clearly ignored the will of the people and the state Constitution.

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