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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.

Judge Franke deserves much praise for his ruling on Franklin ordinances

In upholding Franklin’s tough ordinances restricting where sex offenders can live or congregate, Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge John Franke demonstrated, in this day and age, great judicial restraint.

Here’s what I mean.

Remember, Franke is a liberal judge who has ruled in favor of sex offenders in the past.

Quoting from the 30-page decision by Franke, the judge writes (points in parentheses are mine):

“The defendant (Steve Hanke, a convicted sex offender who moved into Franklin within 600 feet of a middle school in clear violation of the city’s ordinances) repeatedly invites me (Franke) to consider the wisdom of the Franklin ordinances, advancing evidence and arguments as to why the ordinances are bad public policy. However, although three of the constitutional issues raised by the defendant require that I consider whether there is a rational connection between a law and a legitimate public purpose, this does not entitle me to determine whether the law is a good idea. A legislative body determines whether the benefits of a law outweigh its costs. A court determines only whether the law is valid in light of other laws the court has the obligation to apply. Legislation need not be wise to be valid.”

Translation: Franke could have legislated from the bench, but didn't.

All the more reason to praise and thank Judge Franke.

And again, tremendous gratitude to everyone involved in crafting the ordinances that Franke upheld.

Want complete details on this story, the most important Franklin story of the year and one of the most important in the entire state in 2008? Here they are.

Tonight, THIS is my favorite piece of music

If you will indulge me, this piece keeps going through my head.....oh, since about, 5:00 this afternoon.

If it's unclear for now, it will become clear very soon.

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Another rose on Franklin's bush

Sendik's Fine Foods opens Wednesday, July 9 at the Shoppes of Wyndham Village at Highway 100 and Drexel.

This opening is somewhat anti-climactic, lacking the fanfare of the Sendik's Grand Opening at 52nd and Rawson last fall. Since then, a Sendik's opened at 79th and Layton. However, this development is significant, given Franklin will have, not one, but two Sendiks'.

The official ribbon-cutting is at 9:00 Wednesday morning and the doors open to the public at 10:00. If you've not witnessed the Sendik's experience, you're in for a real treat. I'd recommend the pizza burgers, Swiss and mushroom burgers, the seafood, the chicken soup cheese, horseradish cheese, the pretzel buns, the sun-dried tomato pasta salad, anything in the deli, and the cheese pockets in the bakery section. But as they say, it's all good.

This might be a good time to revisit an old blog of mine that addressed having two Sendiks' in Franklin.

Businesses 1, Tax Hell 0

The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a ruling today that will reverberate throughout the entire state. In a case involving tax fairness, taxpayers won in a rare instance.

At issue was the manner in which the city of Madison and other taxing entities were assessing property taxes to Walgreens. Walgreens doesn’t own any of its stores, it rents them. Walgreens hires developers to purchase and own the property and then Walgreens, in return, pays higher rent I exchange for someone else managing the property.

Madison was charging property taxes based on the rent income as opposed to the fair market value of the property, the way all homeowners are assessed in the state of Wisconsin. It was a blatant attempt by government to arbitrarily soak businesses for more revenue.

The state Supreme Court saw through it and ruled in favor of Walgreens, property owners, businesses, and tax fairness.

You can bet every business owner in the state will look at this ruling closely to determine if they’ve been taken to the cleaners by their taxing municipalities.

Scott Walker throws out the welcome mat...

To the newest Brewer.

With the Colorado Rockies in town, the Denver Post has picked up on the excitement surrounding the Brewer acquisition:

"Given the buzz surrounding the city, you would have thought Miller beer was sponsoring a Harley-Davidson parade with Brett Favre as the grand marshal."

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