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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.

The first true test for Franklin's new Aldermen and School Board members


Steve Taylor and Kristen Wilhelm of the Franklin Common Council and David Works and Linda Witkowski of the Franklin School Board have been fortunate. Their first few months in office have been relatively quiet, absent of any huge controversies, allowing them time to comfortably transition themselves into their new positions.

That’s about to change.

“Untested” will soon no longer be used to describe this foursome as budget time quickly descends upon the city of Franklin. By far, the most important issue to most Franklin residents is our out of whack tax climate. No doubt Taylor/Wilhelm/Works/Witkowski heard it quite often on the campaign trail. Hope their ears were open and their memories are long because this year’s budget process will be challenging for both the city and the School Board.

Let’s handicap the city tax situation first.

Mayor Tom Taylor, I believe correctly, signed a pledge to submit a budget that contained a city property tax levy increase no larger than 3%. None of the Franklin aldermen signed such a pledge. Franklin blogger Fred Keller and I met with Aldermen Steve Olson and Lyle Sohns in hopes of getting them to sign, but they said no. Concerned Franklin citizen Scott Thinnes was also part of that meeting prior to the election.

Alderman Steve Taylor, the Franklin Common Council President has stated publicly that he will not support a budget that contains a property tax levy greater than 3%. That’s great news and Taylor deserves high praise.

Alderman Wilhelm is on the Finance Committee. Wilhelm told me at the fundraiser for Citizens for a Safe Wisconsin back in February that she was aware of and concerned about Franklin’s astronomical (my word, not hers) taxes. On fiscal items, Wilhelm appears to be playing it close to the vest and is far less predictable than Taylor. It’s just a hunch, but I suspect Wilhelm would vote for a budget that exceeded 3%.

What about the rest of the Common Council?

During last year’s Finance Committee budget deliberations, Franklin’s Alderman NO was Steve Olson, voting time and again against expenditures. But on the final vote to approve the budget, Olson voted YES rather than be the lone NO vote. I think that was the wrong move. Olson should have remained consistent to his principles. It’s the final vote that counts as opposed to all those tallies in committee. Olson has a chance to redeem himself this year and I believe there’s a good chance he will.

Alderman Sohns looked me straight in the face before the election and condescendingly told me that there was no way Franklin could adopt a budget with only a 3% increase. He would have no part of such talk. The defeatist attitude was loud and clear. Sohns did say he’d try very hard to work towards a 3% limit, but also told me and Fred Keller and Scott Thinnes it was impossible.

Sohns is the wild card in the budget equation. If he abandons his woe is us philosophy in favor of a can-do approach, Sohns has fiscal conservative streaks in him. If his colleague Olson supports 3%, Sohns, who often sides with Olson may just follow suit.

That would give you three votes. Ken Skowronski, a supporter of Mayor Taylor’s could provide the 4th and deciding vote. So as difficult as some at City Hall may think it might be to hold the line at 3%, there’s hope it can be accomplished, IF the Aldermen are willing to make the tough choices they were elected to make.

I have far less optimism for our School Board. The talk is that the proposed school tax levy increase will be less than 4%. Compared to last year’s nearly 12% shocker, that sounds terrific.

Here’s the problem. This school board can’t be trusted. No way. No how. They’re already tossing out the caveat that the levy increase is subject to change. Don’t we know it. Last year it jumped six percentage points. The School Board lied to us last year for months. I don’t believe anything they say.

David Works has impressed me. If he follows through and refuses to succumb to the other Board members, I submit the taxpayers have a friend who won’t compromise the goal of quality education.

Linda Witkowski, I’m afraid, worries me. She supported the outrageous Franklin referenda. She’s a bureaucrat, an insider who could very well be indoctrinated into the theory that you’ve got to spend and spend. Prove me wrong, Linda.

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A call to the right to get involved

“There are people in this world who are morally and ideologically opposed to us. We call them the left. They are a group of people who want you to surrender your hard earned money so they can give it to someone else who did not earn it and probably would not need it, but for the their insistence on government dependence.

Their rhetoric is ‘hope and change.’ You know, hope and change are always buzzwords in the revolution against freedom. The only change theyʼll offer is more government. The only choice theyʼll offer you is whether or not to abort your kids. The policies of the last eight years will be replaced by the failed policies of the last 100 years.”


Those are the words of Erick Erickson, the editor of Redstate.com.

He’s advocating greater political activism on the right through the use of the Internet.

Read more here.

HT to a fellow freedom fighter, Orv Seymer.

Time once again to play Final Jeopardy!

It’s been a few months, so it’s time for another This Just In edition of:


FINAL JEOPARDY
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Are you ready?


Well then, let’s play!


Today’s Final Jeopardy category is:



MOVIE CHARACTERS


Now, you know how this works.


In a moment, I’ll give you the Final Jeopardy clue.


You will have 30 seconds (if you play fair, that will be when the music runs out) to come up with an answer and remember, players……… your answer must be in the form of a question.



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Here’s your clue.



ACCORDING TO CNBC, THE COST IT WOULD TAKE TODAY FOR SOMEONE TO ACTUALLY BE BATMAN. .



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OK, time’s up.  Today’s Final Jeopardy category is MOVIE CHARACTERS.



The Final Jeopardy clue was, ACCORDING TO CNBC, THE COST IT WOULD TAKE TODAY FOR SOMEONE TO ACTUALLY BE BATMAN.



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In this video.

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Oh, Kevin, dear sweet husband of mine...


KEVIN: Yes, Jennifer?


JENNIFER: Thank you for taking me to Festa Italiana today.


KEVIN: You are most welcome dear.


JENNIFER: Thanks for buying me lots of good things to eat and drink.


KEVIN: What’s a great husband for?
 


JENNIFER: Although I thought we could have spent more time in the Italian Gold section…. 


KEVIN: I had to go to the men’s room.


JENNIFER: Oh, I understand and I’m not complaining.


KEVIN: Then what are you getting at?


JENNIFER: Well, being on the Summerfest grounds got me to thinking…


KEVIN: Oh no…
 


JENNIFER: Will you just shush…. 


KEVIN: Thinking about what? A trip? A new car? What?


JENNIFER: None of those things.


KEVIN: Oh! Well in that case….


JENNIFER: Oh, hush up and listen. I was thinking…


KEVIN: You’re very blonde and very Polish…


JENNIFER: Kevin! Be nice!


KEVIN: Yes dear.  Of course, dear. Three bags full, dear.


JENNIFER: Are you done? I just wanted to remind you that next week it’s German Fest.


KEVIN: That’s right. German pizza and spanferkel and German beer and Ein Prosit and…. 


JENNIFER: Yes, yes, yes…..but there’s more.  They’ve got these dogs….


KEVIN: No, they don’t have dogs. They have bratwurst, and…
 


JENNIFER:  I’m talking dogs, not hot dogs ….real dogs. 


KEVIN: Real dogs?


JENNIFER: Yes, real dogs. Can we go to German Fest?


KEVIN: We always go to German Fest. I’m 100% German and 100% Irish, remember.
 


JENNIFER: Then we can go Saturday?


KEVIN: I suppose. Can you get The Barking Lot done and not tie up the computer?


JENNIFER: Well, that’s what I want to talk to you about.


KEVIN: A new Batman movie is out and you’re the Riddler. Speak up!


JENNIFER: I know it’s not Saturday…


KEVIN: You’re blonde and Polish and you got that right….


JENNIFER: And I know I already did the Barking Lot Saturday….


KEVIN: Yes, and it was outstanding…not as good as my stuff, but it was pretty good…
 


JENNIFER: Well, could I blog again?


KEVIN: You want to blog again??!!
 


JENNIFER: Umm… 


KEVIN: It’s not Saturday! It’s not your turn! You start blogging on other days and the readers will get all confused! Aw geez!


JENNIFER: But I forgot…
 


KEVIN: Forgot? Forgot what?


JENNIFER: Forgot about German Fest.


KEVIN: No you didn’t. I promise I’ll take you and since I’m such a nice guy, I’ll buy you extra apple sauce.
 


JENNIFER: That’s not it. I forgot to mention something in The Barking Lot.


KEVIN: Ay caramba!


JENNIFER: Well, I got all wound up in that awesome Humane Society story…


KEVIN: And you forgot…


JENNIFER: And I forgot about German Fest.


KEVIN: I told you I’ll take you to German Fest., alright. Now can I get back to….


JENNIFER: No, no, no. I wanted to mention something about German Fest in The Barking Lot.


KEVIN: Is that all?


JENNIFER: Yes.


KEVIN: No more talk about Italian Gold?
 


JENNIFER: Uh uh. 


KEVIN: Well then, what are you waiting for? 


JENNIFER: German Fest runs this coming weekend at the Summerfest grounds. I recommend going Saturday for the dachshund races! Here are details!


Danke Schoen, Kevin, my dear sweet husband!



KEVIN: No problem. So, when do you want to go to German Fest? Sunday?



JENNIFER: And he calls me Polish..



"Thug" is not a racist word: The left (James Rowen) shows its ignorance again


I have to admit, I am reveling in seeing lefty blogger James Rowen get the elitist environmental snobbery kicked out of him by righty bloggers.

Unless you subscribe to Rowen’s philosophy of kissing 50 different trees daily, or if you just happen to be a conservative, Rowen arrogantly attacks you.

Rowen recently proved what a doofus he truly is by calling righty blogger, “No Runny Eggs” a racist because he referred to Milwaukee County Board Chairman Lee Holloway as a “thug.”

Rowen, you see, is an incredibly guilty white liberal a la Joel McNally. What kind of warped mind actually sees racism in the word, “thug”?  That is an assertion that is so stupid it’s laughable. Rowen either needs to consult a dictionary or emerge from his ivory tower world of “green” to realize that there are black thugs, Hispanic thugs, and yes, even white thugs. No ethnic group has a monopoly on the title, thus, using the word “thug” is not racist.

But it is so simple for the debate-challenged left to toss out the race card when they run out of material, which for Rowen and liberals amounts to about 12 seconds. That’s when the bumper sticker crying towels come flying out. The public is wise to this tactic, but Rowen is too dumb to fathom it.

I am pleased that a bevy of righty bloggers has decided to pinpoint Rowen for the fool he is by writing about his moronic accusation:

Badger Blogger

Boots and Sabers

James Wigderson

Brian Fraley

What’s really nice about this is that a group of righty bloggers has correctly banded together and has refused to suck up to the lefties. They clearly understand that gets you nowhere as a conservative. Lefties will stab you in the back, no matter how nice you are to them.

I’m on the air on Friday this week, possibly too late to discuss Rowen’s absurd and idiotic statements. I certainly hope other talk show hosts, whom Rowen has looked down his long nose at in the past, will pick up on this, and give him the criticism he deserves.

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