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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.

More music of Christmas: Smooth and mellow

More music of Christmas

I continue my audio Christmas card to you with Christmas music you should hear more often but don’t. This is good background while you’re working at the computer, and if you hear something you like, it’s all available at your favorite record, I mean CD store.

Tonight’s theme is smooth and mellow. No Brian Setzer or Harry Connick, Jr. this time. Let’s start with Milwaukee native Daryl Stuermer.

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Elvis and you


During his lifetime, Elvis rarely did a duet withone else.

He did sing with Frank Sinatra on his TV show after he got out of the Army. And he also sang with Ann- Margret in "Viva Las Vegas." (Now you could go ahead and scroll past the embedded video but if you do, you'd miss out on the King singing a cute number with an even cuter Ann-Margret in one of his most popular movies. I'd click on the video).

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Don't forget this holiday special on MPTV

"The Birth of Christ," Tuesday night.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wants to take your vote away

The same newspaper that editorializes against a photo ID requirement for voting because it would disenfranchise too many individuals opined on Sunday that one of your votes should be stripped away.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel believes the Milwaukee School Board should be an appointed body. In other words, city taxpayers would not be allowed to vote for their School Board representation.

Wonderful. We should just let this bunch run amok without repercussions or accountability.

38 states, huh?

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel made its position on sobriety checkpoints quite clear Sunday. Page 1, above the fold, above a photo, there was the headline:

38 states let police look for drunken drivers at random stops.”

Then came the article written by Rick Romell and right there in paragraph five:

Sobriety checkpoints can be used in 38 states - Wisconsin not among them - as a weapon against drunken driving."

And then in the Crossroads section, the Journal Sentinel Editorial Board writes in paragraph three:

“….when it comes to sobriety checkpoints - saving lives in at least 38 states but prohibited by statute in Wisconsin.”

Just what kind of drunk driving legislation will be taken up by the state Legislature when it goes back into session is anybody’s guess. No bill on any aspect of this issue has been drafted or introduced yet. There obviously have been no committee or public hearings. There are zero details at the moment.

Whether or not sobriety checkpoints are a good idea is not the subject of this blog. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has prominently submitted as one of its primary reasons why sobriety checkpoints should become law in Wisconsin is because 38 states use them.

Using that logic, I can’t wait for the newspaper’s upcoming crusades on these issues:

Conceal carry

Capital punishment

A photo ID requirement for voting

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