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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.

Did the swine flu originate in Wisconsin?

says yes.


What the smoking ban means

There’s an old saying in politics: “The devil is in the details.”

Here’s a closer look at the statewide smoking ban that will get a hasty public hearing Tuesday before the state Senate’s Health Committee.

How is smoking defined? Under the bill, “smoking” means carrying a lighted burning or holding,

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Does Franklin need tornado sirens?

I thank Franklin Alderman Kristin Wilhelm for her latest e-mail update. In it, she writes:

“Tornado Sirens – Recent press coverage about our lack of sirens has raised concerns so I asked Fire Chief Jim Martins opinion.  He agreed that surrounding municipal sirens could be heard within Franklin so we are not completely without coverage. The need is based on sound distance rather than siren location. (Areas are studied for distance and the circular areas should slightly overlap). For example, I can hear the airport siren from my home. However, according to Chief Martins, there is a ‘significant’ area of the city that has a lack of siren coverage. The budget included funds to determine areas in need. However, there is not full agreement at the Council for this to move forward.”

It’s hard to imagine anyone not having access to information about severe weather, but I repeat. A small personal investment is better than spending hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Alderman Wilhelm also writes:

Franklin’s Mission/Vision – An 8am Saturday Council meeting was held to discuss the City’s vision and mission, plus other items. Unfortunately, two aldermen weren’t able to make it (myself included). The Council adopted the previous mission/vision statements for the city. I heard citizens were not eager to join and provide input at 8 am on a Saturday.”

Gee, imagine that.

Culinary no-no #110

Culinary no-no's

In order to get into the proper mood for Culinary no-no #110, play along ladies and gentleman, and boys and girls if your parents are so crummy as to allow you to read unsupervised such adult material, and click the following video.

Go ahead.

Don’t be a fuddy duddy.


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Hope everyone caught what Scott Walker said this weekend, especially you, Franklin

Milwaukee County Executive, now-gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker made an outstanding observation this weekend at the state Republican Party convention in La Crosse.

Walker noted how our not-so good governor has his priorities screwed up on registries. Todd Richmond of the Wisconsin Associated Press covered the convention and wrote:

“He (Walker) criticized Doyle for calling for the early release of well-behaved prisoners and said the governor has been more interested in setting up same-sex couple registries than the state's sex-offender registry.”

Very, very true.

In March, state Senator Mary Lazich documented how Governor Doyle’s proposed state budget puts children at risk.

All state residents should be extremely concerned about Governor Doyle’s mixed up priorities when it comes to registries and child safety. However, the issue should hit home especially hard in Franklin. No other community has campaigned more aggressively and diligently on behalf of children against sex offenders than Franklin.

If you need reminding of the historical background, please read
this recap.

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