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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.

Goodnight everyone, and have a nice weekend

It's Friday night. Time to unwind. The weekend has finally arrived. The evening stars are out. Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of the day and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.

Tonight, two show business giants, tops in their genres. Enjoy classic 60's variety television, complete with vintage, cigarette-smoking Frank Sinatra and special guest. From the 1967 special, "A Man and His Music".....

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School kids hurt by unions

Blogger John McAdams cites a piece by Stanford University’s Terry Moe in the latest edition of the American Journal of Political Science asserting that unions are hampering the education of our young students. Moe writes:

“The unions use their power—their basic work-denial power, enhanced by their political power—to get restrictive rules written into collective bargaining contracts. And these restrictions ensure that the public schools are literally not organized to promote academic achievement.”

McAdams has more in his Marquette Warrior blog.

UPDATE: Unlikely Wisconsin duo pushing for less pork

Wednesday, I blogged about Paul Ryan, Russ Feingold, and John McCain teaming up to seek line-item veto power for the president.  I’ve always thought that was a great idea.

Back in my early radio days at WUWM, I recall many interviews with former Wisconsin Congressman Jim Moody, a Milwaukee Democrat and economist.  Even with the popular Ronald Reagan in office, Moody staunchly backed the White House having line-item veto authority.

So what does the current White House think?  The Hill reports:

“White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said he did not know whether Obama was asking for the line-item veto.

Last month, by contrast, he suggested that the president ‘would love to take that [the line-item veto] for a test drive.’  On Wednesday, Gibbs clarified that statement.

‘I guess I should have been more clear that we seek to take only constitutional ideas out for said test drive, yes,’ he said.”

The words, “softening” and “backtracking” are now being used to describe Obama’s stance on line-item veto. That’s odd. During the debates, Obama loved the prospect of putting a line by line laser beam to the budget….

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It's what all of America will be talking about the rest of the week

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A very sad day Thursday...

In the state of Washington.

Another strike against the culture of life.

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