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.
Wisconsin's economy is in pretty rough shape. Before the end of the week, we'll have a better grip on how close Governor Doyle is to his predicition that the state budget defciit is around $5 billion.
Tax and fee increases are NOT the way to fix our budget crisis or our economy. The Wisconsin Institute for Leadership has issued the following news release that outlines some solid suggestions on how to get Wisconsin back on its economic feet again:
The Media Research Center has compiled quite a list of quotes demonstrating the collective orgasm the mainstream media had covering and discussing the Barack Obama campaign. Here are some blatant examples:
|"Media bias largely unseen in U.S. presidential race"|
— Headline over November 6 Reuters dispatch claiming no liberal tilt in favor of Barack Obama.
|The New and Improved U.S.A.|
|"This nation woke up this morning changed. As one columnist put it, America matured in 2008 by choosing Barack Obama."|
— Anchor Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News, Nov. 5.
"When was the last time our nation cheered this much?... ’We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union’ — that’s what the Constitution says. Last night, all across America, for so many people, that’s how it felt. A more perfect union."
— CBS’s Byron Pitts on the November 5 Evening News.
|Our New Prince of Hope|
|"Some princes are born in palaces. Some are born in mangers. But a few are born in the imagination, out of scraps of history and hope....Barack Hussein Obama did not win because of the color of his skin. Nor did he win in spite of it. He won because at a very dangerous moment in the life of a still young country, more people than have ever spoken before came together to try to save it. And that was a victory all its own."|
— Time’s Nancy Gibbs in the November 17 cover story.
|Chris Won’t Pull Any Punches|
|"It was Hollywood. It was romance. It was realism. The technical quality of it, the production values were perfect, the way they timed going to live, the biographical material. But most important, the connection with the average person in the economic turmoil we face right now I thought was fabulous....Everything was just right....You’d have to be a tough customer not to be touched by it."|
— MSNBC’s Chris Matthews moments after his network aired the half-hour Obama infomercial, October 29.
Here's the complete list.
One would think that if a particular political party was in control of the governor’s mansion, the state Senate, and the state Assembly, that their members wouldn’t squabble. But we’re talking about Wisconsin Democrats.
Years ago, when Chuck Chvala ran the state Senate, he got into some legendary and public verbal fisticuffs with state Senator Gary George of Milwaukee. What’s happening now isn’t nearly as dysfunctional, but it’s noteworthy.
Let’s start with the Assembly. No Milwaukee Democrat was elected by his peers to a leadership position in the lower house of the Legislature. Democrats have already selected their scapegoat, Pedro Colon of Milwaukee, and they’re talking about it. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Dan Bice has the details in the second item of his latest piece.
Over in the state Senate, Democrats, apparently clueless as to the struggling economy and Wisconsin’s looming multi-billion dollar state budget deficit, are adamant about reintroducing their $15.2 billion government health care program, the largest tax increase in the history of America. They stubbornly plan to do so even though their own governor opposes the outlandishly expensive plan.
And then there’s the latest dustup involving state Senator Fred Risser. No one has been a state lawmaker in America longer than Risser. No matter your politics, you’ve got to have a soft spot for the Madison octogenarian. He deserves respect, and yet he’s being dissed by his own party.
Risser has been a fixture on the State Building Commission. He even has the state judicial building across the street from the state capitol named after him. Risser wants to remain on the Building Commission.
He may have been around longer than anyone else, but Risser is not the Senate Majority Leader. Russ Decker is. Decker decides who serves where, and Decker has decided the kindly old senator is off the Building Commission. Risser isn’t happy.
Seems Risser wants to push once again for a statewide smoking ban, an idea that Decker opposes. This isn’t tough stuff to figure out. Decker’s spin is that there should be a younger senator placed on the Building Commission to gain valuable knowledge. Using that flawed logic, Risser shouldn’t have been Senate President as often as he has.
Here’s the story.
No, I’m not happy with the lay of the land in the Legislature. But those wacky Democrats will certainly provide me lots of material.