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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.

Thought we were done with high energy prices?

Remember how George Bush took a lot of heat over high gasoline prices?

Prices have tumbled from those $4/gallon days but they’re on their way back up, and with help from our democrat-controlled Congress.

The Heritage Foundation has done an analysis of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. and here’s what it has found:

“Gasoline costs will rise $118 annually for a typical four-person household once the bill's provisions take effect in 2012.”

There’s more.

“The bill likely would reduce coal use and replace it with more expensive options for producing electricity. The costs would filter down to consumers and boost electric bills by $235 in 2012, rising to $468 by 2035. That's a 90 percent increase over current rates.”

Hope and change.

Elections matter.

You wanted Democrats in control.
You got it.

Most Americans opposed to the onslaught of government intervention

That's according to Rasmussen Reports.

When will Wisconsin start to recover from the recession?

Try July 2010.


Who's really tingly warm all over about that silly idea to make the Franklin mayor a full-time position?

In my blog Sunday about the need for Franklin City Hall to get its priorities in order (there’s a call to make the mayoral position full-time instead of part-time), I wrote:

“Pay close attention to the arguments in favor of making the mayor’s position full-time and WHO’S making them. Could there be a personal agenda at stake here? You betcha.”

o, who’s really excited about this idea and pushing the hardest for the change? Is it:

A) Franklin taxpayers

B) Franklin bloggers

C) Current Franklin mayor Tom Taylor

D) Franklin Common Council President Steve Taylor

E) Franklin alderman Steve Olson

F) Franklin alderman Kristin Wilhelm

G) Other Franklin aldermen

H) All of the above

I) None of the above

J) No one because it’s such a foolish thought

Lots of choices there.

And one of them is correct.

Think you know the answer?

The correct choice should be, I say, should be, “J.”

However, it’s not.

The correct response is “D,”  Common Council President Steve Taylor.

Here’s an open invitation to Taylor to submit to me a guest blog as to why the long-time, part-time mayoral position suddenly needs to be expanded during tough budget times to full-time, other than the fact he’d like the job someday.

Don’t hold your breath for any response.

How ya enjoying this "nice" weather?

The other night I was outside grilling pork chops. Some dog-walking neighbors passed by wearing what appeared to be parkas.

We exchanged the obligatory jokes about the less than balmy weather.

The average high temperature for this time of year is 74 degrees. We may not hit 74 until Independence Day.

In the not to distant past, I have read on  the word, “nice” to describe this sudden onslaught of global warming.

Not to be outdone, local TV anchors in their non-scripted chat with the weather folks have also borrowed the term, “nice” as a lead-in to the 4-minute weather presentation where the actual forecast takes 15 seconds (The more the weather guy rambles on and on and on and on, the less time for the good stuff, like sports).

Apparently, the weather guys and the non-confrontational TV anchors who never give the meteorologists static pull out the over-used adjective, “nice,” whenever the sun is out.

For example, “Wasn’t it a nice day today, Mr. Isobar?” 

“Oh, yes (insert anchor person’s name here), you’re so right. It was very, very nice.”

You betcha the sun was out, but it was 55 degrees. In June. When the rest of the country is wearing shorts and bikinis.

Sorry, but that just ain’t “nice.” Please, weather people. Have some guts. Tell the God’s honest truth. When it’s 20 degrees below normal, go on the frickin’ airwaves and say, “I don’t know about you, folks, but this is depressing. I’d really love it to warm up around here, wouldn’t you?”

Your inbox would be flooded with e-mails commending you for your candid honesty.

When the thermometer hits 54 in January, it’s “nice”, real “nice.” Not at noon on June 2nd.

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