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.
A look back at the people and events that made news the past week.
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HEROES OF THE WEEK
Christian the Lion and his friends
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
The Metro Hotel in Woking
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and the city of Milwaukee
MIlwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, again
MIlwaukee County Supervisors who successfully voted to override Scott Walker's veto of a sales tax increase referendum: Supervisors Gerry Broderick, Toni Clark, Elizabeth Coggs, Marina Dimitrijevic, Lee Holloway, Willie Johnson Jr., Patricia Jursik, Christopher Larson, Theo Lipscomb, Michael Mayo Sr., John Thomas, John Weishan Jr. and Peggy West.
(The tax and spend crowd is alive and well in Milwaukee)
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else's. I loved it not just for the many comforts of life here. I loved it for its decency; for its faith in the wisdom, justice and goodness of its people. I loved it because it was not just a place, but an idea, a cause worth fighting for. I was never the same again. I wasn't my own man anymore. I was my country's."
"I fought for the right strategy and more troops in Iraq, when it wasn't a popular thing to do. And when the pundits said my campaign was finished, I said I'd rather lose an election than see my country lose a war."
"Again and again, I've worked with members of both parties to fix problems that need to be fixed. That's how I will govern as President. I will reach out my hand to anyone to help me get this country moving again. I have that record and the scars to prove it. Senator Obama does not."
"I'm very proud to have introduced our next vice president to the country. But I can't wait until I introduce her to Washington. And let me offer an advance warning to the old, big spending, do nothing, me first, country second Washington crowd: change is coming."
"Let there be no doubt, my friends, we're going to win this election. And after we've won, we're going to reach out our hand to any willing patriot, make this government start working for you again, and get this country back on the road to prosperity and peace."
"We face many threats in this dangerous world, but I'm not afraid of them. I'm prepared for them. I know how the military works, what it can do, what it can do better, and what it should not do. I know how the world works. I know the good and the evil in it. I know how to work with leaders who share our dreams of a freer, safer and more prosperous world, and how to stand up to those who don't. I know how to secure the peace."
John McCain at the GOP Convention
"Victory in Iraq is finally in sight; he (Barack Obama) wants to forfeit."
"Al-Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America; he’s worried that someone won’t read them their rights."
"Government is too big; he wants to grow it."
"I’ve learned quickly these last few days that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone. But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion. I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country."
"I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ’community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities."
Sarah Palin at the GOP Convention
"He is the least experienced candidate for the president of the United States in at least the last 100 years. This is not a personal attack. It’s a statement of fact — Barack Obama has never led anything. Nothing. Nada."
"Governor Palin represents a new generation. She’s already one of the most successful governors in America and the most popular. And she’s already had more executive experience than the entire Democratic ticket combined."
Rudy Giuliani at the GOP Convention
"A week ago, most Americans had never heard of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Now, following a Vice Presidential acceptance speech viewed live by more than 40 million people, Palin is viewed favorably by 58% of American voters. Perhaps most stunning is the fact that Palin’s favorable ratings are now a point higher than either man at the top of the Presidential tickets this year. As of Friday morning, Obama and McCain are each viewed favorably by 57% of voters. Biden is viewed favorably by 48%."
"Mrs. Palin accomplished several things last night. First, she introduced herself and her story to the American people in a compelling and warm manner, complete with effective pictures of her proud family. Secondly, she praised John McCain's leadership, service to country and independence in a way that made him come alive. Thirdly, she effectively deflected the media and liberal criticism of her by saying they really represented an attack on the small-town and suburban values she grew up with. Lastly, she skewered Barack Obama with gusto but without meanness. Her line about her job as a small-town mayor being 'sort of like a community organizer,'except that you have actual responsibilities' brought the hall to its feet in a frenzy."
John Fund, Wall Street Journal
"NOW WE SEE why the liberal establishment has been trying for the last few days to destroy Sarah Palin. She is a threat to their hopes to take the White House this year, a threat to their broader claims to speak for youth, for women, and for the future, and a threat to their attempt to control the high ground in the culture war. After her stunning success last night, some in the liberal media may retire from the ring for a while. Others, with the threat now even more evident, may redouble their assaults and become even more desperate and vicious. Surely they'll fail. A star was born last night."
Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard
"A WEEK ago nobody had ever heard of her. Today she is the most talked-about woman in the world. And with good reason. Sarah Palin's sensational performance at the Republican Party Convention may turn out to be the tipping point of this rollercoaster American election. Obama fans hoping she would fluff her big night were in for a nasty shock.This speech has turned the election upside down. It was simply stunning."
British newspaper, The Sun
“(She) may look like Barbie, but if anybody questions if she's going to fight like G.I. Joe they weren't listening last night.”
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen on Palin’s speech
"I've got to get the moose tracks, please. Moose tracks, you know, near and dear to my heart. I can't go wrong with it."
After speaking at a rally in Cedarburg Friday, Sarah Palin ordered ice cream at The Chocolate Factory. She was given a waffle cone with a giant scoop. John McCain ordered sorbet; Cindy McCain ordered a brownie.
“Maintaining infrastructure is not free.”
Milwaukee Alderman Bob Bauman, on a $20 vehicle registration fee the Common Council approved by overriding Mayor Tom Barrett's veto on an 11-4 vote. Residents will begin paying the "wheel tax" in November.
“I don't think we should be doing something to benefit absentee landlords.”
Barrett before the override.
“Starved to the point of anorexia.”
Milwaukee County Supervisor Chris Larson describing the state of Milwaukee’s transit system following a vote to override Scott Walker’s veto of a 1-cent-on-the dollar sales tax increase. Advocates say the tax, which passed 13-6, would pay for parks and transportation while providing property tax relief.
“I feel confident that when the voters fully realize this is a $130 million tax increase, come Nov. 4 they're going to vote overwhelmingly against the tax increase and for some degree of fiscal sanity.”
Walker forecasting defeat for the measure.
“I love these people. I go to church with them. It isn’t about us and them. This is not the kind of business retailers want to be next to. Am I saying shut them down? Not necessarily directly. But indirectly? Maybe.”
Fountains of Franklin non-developer David Hintzman, talking about Leonard and Verna Fox who own property adjacent to Hintzman's. Hintzman claims the elderly Foxes have violated city of Franklin ordinances, and that prevents him from attracting tenants to his site.
“They’re going to kill us."
Verna Fox, 74.
“We had a very peaceful life here until a year ago. We just want to be left alone.”
Leonard Fox, 78, who told the Journal Sentinel he believes he'll die if he retires.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
The mainstream media was quick to report rumors about Sarah Palin's baby, the same bunch that IGNORED rumors for months about slimy John Edwards screwing around on his cancer-stricken wife. The Palin rumors were false, the Edwards rumors were true.
Read more from NRO.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
When Governor Doyle spoke at the DNC, he may have violated the state's ethics code. Read...
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The untrue, repugnant assaults on Sarah Palin by a disgustingly sexist, liberal media.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Minnesota governor spent Sunday night riding with a rock star in a stolen van. Here's the story.
Flasher arrested.....at nude beach.
Duck stamp program error sends callers......to a sex line.
And maybe this isn't so strange after all.....Palin-mania is sweeping the country.
REMEMBER: Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me.
Apparently that $14.95 fish fry at Serb Hall didn’t go over too well.
Today, American Serb Hall is advertising its Friday Fish Fry in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel………for $8.95.
But you won’t get cod or haddock for your $8.95. Instead, you’ll be served Alaskan Pollack.
Still beats $14.95.
Rudy Giuliani gave a phenomenal speech Wednesday night at the GOP Convention. But it went long.
As a result, an introductory bio video of Sarah Palin wasn't shown as scheduled.
While the Democrat sleaze and dirt machine is in full operation, watch the video of a woman who has the left in a full panic.
Here are the topics we discuss on InterCHANGE Friday night on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10 at 6:30 with a repeat broadcast at 11:00 Sunday morning:
1 - GOP Convention and the Presidential Campaign.
Was it a great speech by Sarah Palin, or just a scripted performance? Is she a pit bull or a hockey mom? Was she effective at bashing Obama? Does the fact that she has a pregnant 17-year-old daughter hurt her or help her? Will she steal any of the female vote from Obama? Does being a fairly inexperienced, small town Washington outsider help her or hurt her? Does she bring the conservative Christians to the polls? Will this selection prove to be brilliant or disastrous? The floor at the Democratic convention was filled with African-Americans, but there’s hardly a black face visible when they take a shot of the floor at the Republican convention. Why is that?
2 – Milwaukee Potholes.
The Journal Sentinel runs a front page headline story “investigation” about how it took a few days longer to patch pot holes in poor minority neighborhoods than it did in more well to do white neighborhoods? Who cares? Big deal or no big deal? An indication that City Hall ignores poor black neighborhoods? An example of the type of “investigation” that might be one reason the paper continues to lose readers?