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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.

UPDATE: Packer party poopers

Last September, I wrote about entrepreneurs who came up with an exciting idea: renting out elaborate Packer party houses near Lambeau Field.

Needless to say, the pencil-pushing bureaucrats and local officials had to show up and try to infringe on capitalism and individual property rights.

The Green Bay Common Council essentially wants to impose heavy-handed restrictions on this positive development in Titletown.

Here’s the latest.

Earth to Green Bay aldermen: leave these people alone!

Gov. Doyle scratches the backs of the tribes, and then some

First, Jim Doyle gave a big wet kiss to the Indian tribes when he proposed, and subsequently signed into law, a statewide smoking ban that exempts Indian casinos.

Gotta have clean air.

Gotta have clean air.

Gotta have clean air.

Except in the casinos. Then it’s ok if all those gamblers and workers inhale all those nasty carcinogens.

Now the tribes have turned the other cheek, if you will, and are expecting yet another gigantic smooch. This time, the gift-wrapped package from James Doyle comes in the form of a 75-cent increase in the state’s cigarette tax.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports:

“If a proposed increase in the cigarette tax passes, Wisconsin’s American Indian tribes stand to receive $81.5 million in refunds over the next two years — triple what the tribes got several years ago.

The tax refunds on cigarettes sold by tribal retailers have shot up in recent years as has the cigarette tax itself, raising objections from other retailers about unfair competition and from public health advocates who want the tax levied on as many packs as possible to stop smoking.

The tax would increase by 75 cents per pack under a proposal being debated by the Legislature’s budget committee, increasing the rebates by $18.8 million over the next two years. The committee could take up the proposal as soon as Wednesday.”

This is called payback. These generous thank you’s from Governor Diamond Jim are a direct result of millions and millions of dollars in campaign contributions from the tribes.

20 hypocrisies of liberalism

“To be a politically active liberal is to a be a person whose life is steeped in hypocrisy from the time he gets up until the time he goes to bed…”

I’ve often linked to columnist John Hawkins whose trademark is to write in lists.

Hawkins’ latest effort is simply priceless.

Do it UW, do it!

Tell me this wouldn't be popular!

And when can I get my tickets?

Pray you never have to call 9-1-1...

In Dane County.

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