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.
Listen this Friday as I fill in for Mark Belling from 3-6 p.m. on Newstalk 1130 WISN.
During the day, J. Gravelle of the Daily Scoff will guest blog here. And even though some foolishly suggest that because J. hails from Germantown, that somehow he has no business writing about Franklin, J. has been given license to write about Franklin, Minneapolis, Brussels, Tokyo, and even downtown Potosi if he so chooses.
He's sharp, witty, and will probably tick off some people. I love it!
Obviously this is the work of the huge right wing conspiracy.
DISCLAIMER: I know state Senator Tim Carpenter very well. I like and respect Tim, and he’s a friend.
Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker drives the lefties crazy. Walker is one of the few sane voices in a sea of local governments perpetuated by big tax and spenders. He’s mega-popular, and at a time when Democrats are winning more often than not, they haven’t figured out how to deal with the Republican Walker, who wins big even in a Democrat county.
If you can’t beat him in an election, you can try to cut his legs off through legislation.
State Senator Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) is drafting legislation to limit the power of county executives in Wisconsin to use creative vetoes to create entirely new budget appropriations. Carpenter points to the Legislature voting to get rid of the governor’s Frankenstein veto authority and the voters’ overwhelming support of changing Wisconsin’s constitution to ensure new spending appropriations never approved by the Legislature could not be adopted through the creative use of a veto pen. If the governor can’t do it, why should a county executive be able to, maintains Carpenter.
On the surface, Carpenter’s plan might have merit. But keep in mind Governor Doyle was using his pen to create new spending, increased appropriations never even considered by the Legislature. Tommy Thompson used the veto pen in a “creative” way as well, but he cut spending, he didn’t jack it up for special interests that bankrolled his campaign.
Likewise, Scott Walker used his veto pen to chop spending, and his vetoes have been ruled to be legal.
Carpenter is wrapping himself in the cloak of good government. But let’s be honest. The timing of his proposal smacks of partisan politics. It comes the same week Walker’s tax and spending opponents on the Milwaukee County Board were whining and moaning about how Walker used his pen.
And with all due respect to my friend, Tim, who are you trying to kid? In his press release Carpenter says, “This is not a partisan issue – it is a question of good government.”
Sorry, but that’s just too funny. Of course this is partisan! Carpenter only points to Walker and no other county executive in the state.
Carpenter argues that 66% voted in Milwaukee County to get rid of the governor’s Frankenstein veto. Ergo, Carpenter thinks, they would want to support his legislation. There’s a distinct difference here. The Frankenstein veto vote was an indictment of the incredible misuse of the power by Jim Doyle. Those same Milwaukee County voters swept Scott Walker into office and have kept doing it on the issue of fiscal responsibility. They WANT Walker to do whatever he can to thwart the never-ending taxing and spending from the irresponsible Milwaukee County Board.
Call me inconsistent, but I see this as a blatant partisan ploy to hurt Scott Walker and if it ever came to a vote and Walker was still the county executive, I’m voting no.
Read Carpenter’s release.
How does that old joke go? What do you call a lawyer buried up to his neck in mud?*
This is the story of a pig (sorry, he is) named Phillip Sherman. He walks into a McDonald’s in Razorback country, Arkansas. That’s fitting because of what I called him previously.
Genius leaves the restaurant but realizes he left his cell phone behind. He calls McDonald’s and is assured they have the phone and will secure it until he comes by to get it.
Problem: His cell phone has pictures of his wife on it.
Bigger problem: His wife is nude in the pictures (Sooey! That's a reference, by the way, to the husband, not the wife's physique).
Even bigger problem: You want Internet photos to go with that? And that’s just he got. His wife, on the Internet, naked as a jaybird or whatever flies in Clintonland.
Of course, the lawyers have to get involved and McDonald’s is now being sued, even though it’s the ignoramus’s fault completely.
Here’s the BBC account.
The lawsuit would have asked for more, but no one dropped scalding hot McDonald’s coffee on the jughead’s phone.
*Not enough mud
It’s being billed as the NFL’s #1 passing offense (New Orleans) against the league’s top secondary (Green Bay). That’s a great matchup.
Reggie bush is out and New Orleans crowd favorite Deuce McAlister is in, with a chance to break the Saints all-time rushing touchdown record.
New Orleans thinks they can put pressure on Aaron Rodgers. If they can, it could be a long night for the Pack.
Historically, New Orleans does poorly on Monday night.
Here’s a preview to read before all your rowdy friends come over.