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.
Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...
HEROES OF THE WEEK
Modell's Sporting Goods in Philadelphia
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Now here's a real scumbag.....Joshua Weaver.
MPS School Board
Though I sympathize, sorry, Edna. You make the list this week.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We're about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don't remember anything else I said. Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy."
Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden, at a Seattle fundraiser. Not good when your own running mate says your Presidency will result in international chaos.
“These are the exciting last two week moments of the presidential campaign. So it's a very special time. I can't wait for it to be over. I am so tired of the press' silly questions that they ask along the way. And cable television which reduces everything to stupidity — the lowest common denominator of conflict. I don't know if any of you know what it's like. I do, obviously. I've been asked all of those brilliant questions that were repeated this year. Barack got asked the famous boxers or briefs question. I was tempted to say commando. Then they asked McCain and McCain said, ‘Depends.’”
2004 Democratic presidential nominee, U.S. Senator John Kerry. Real statesmanlike, Senator.
“I think at this point, there needs to be an immediate increase in spending, and I think this is a time when deficit fear has to take a second, uh, a second seat. I do think this is the time for a very important kind of dose of [unintelligible]. Yes, I think later on, there should be tax increases. Speaking personally, I think there are a lot of rich people out there who we can tax at a point down the road to recover some of this money.”
Democratic Congressman Barney Frank
"Thirteen days to go, and he changed his tax plan because people had learned the truth about it and they didn't like it. It's another example that he'll say anything to get elected."
“John McCain is a much better candidate ... and campaigner than his campaign has allowed him to be.”
Former Governor Tommy Thompson blaming McCain’s campaign for fumbling on economic issues and playing defense through the waning stages of the race. Thompson said vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin was too scripted, but that the ticket could still win the state.
“I would have done things differently the last few weeks.”
Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Janesville), on McCain's campaign.
“I guess I would have to hear what we're talking about, but I can't imagine a job that's better than being governor of Wisconsin.”
Governor Jim Doyle downplaying his prospects as a member of a potential Obama administration.
"The American people constantly complain about Washington, but constantly want more from it. This entitlement mentality is madness."
Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist George Will speaking at the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting. Noting that close to 40% of Americans don’t pay taxes, Will said, "There is no motivation to restrain government they are not paying for."
“Hundreds of pages of paper have been filed, and they all boil down to this one reality: nothing in state or federal law requires that there be a data match as a condition on the right to vote. HAVA does not supplant Wisconsin’s constitutionally protected right to establish its own voter eligibility standards.”
Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi in her ruling dismissing Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s lawsuit against the Government Accountability Board to force strict voter registration checks.
“We can not lose sight of the goal of this lawsuit. Wisconsin needs an accurate statewide voter list. Wisconsin needs to comply with state and federal laws designed to protect the right to vote. Looking the other way is not an option.”
Van Hollen’s response to Sumi’s ruling. He promised to appeal.
"The same County Board that voted to increase their own pensions - now want your permission to raise taxes by $130 million."
Scott Walker ad
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
The media's blatant negative coverage of John McCain as opposed to Barack Obama.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Take your pick: Brett Favre's cellphone or Sarah Palin's wardrobe.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
One man's affection for hanging chads.
Blimey! A sacrilgious culinary no-no in Britain.
How much is abstinence worth to you?
Police officer gives mayor a ticket....twice.
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.
THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.
TODAY: Cold, windy, damp. "D"
SUNDAY: Another windy, cold day with falling temperatures. "D"
My wife, Jennifer, who normally writes the opening section of The Barking Lot, has the week off and will return next Saturday. She has entrusted me with doing the job (I’m not sure that’s the best way to put it when talking about a dog blog) so let’s get into it.
Suppose you suspect one of your teenagers is doing drugs. What would you do? What should you do? Let’s check what the experts suggest.
There are all kinds of tips and brochures available stressing steps that can be taken. Find out as much as you can. Tell your teen you’re wise to what’s happening. Remain calm and express in clear terms how you feel about it and why you’re concerned.
Of course, you want to determine if, indeed, your teen is up to something. You could come right out and ask, but that would probably result in a quick denial. You could make the teen take a drug test. You could search the teen’s room and belongings. You could interrogate friends. Or you could bring in a trained, drug-sniffing dog for $200/hour.
In New Jersey, concerned parents call the company, “Sniff Dogs,” that advertises discreet drug detection that is proactive and prudent:
“Sniff Dogs is a confidential drug detection service for residential and commercial premises. Sniff Dogs are trained to locate the odor of drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, Xanax and ecstasy), so those with concerns about the presence of drugs can deal appropriately with the situation—whatever the findings.”
Why stop there? Why not hire a private investigator to tail your kid? Have the local police pay a visit to your house.
This is a bit much. Whatever happened to parents exhibiting parenting? If a child starts to experiment, sitting down and talking face to face and then taking appropriate measures seems to be what a parent’s job is all about, along with proper supervision and monitoring activities and the kind of friends a son or daughter chooses.
Proper parenting should never be replaced, or lead to a family situation turned into a “Law and Order” episode. I’m sure those dogs do a terrific job of pinpointing any problems. But that’s Mom and Dad’s job, not some company’s.
Here's more on this issue from CNN and ABC.
As in, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) got it right recently when it came to an agreement that will streamline the permitting process for cranberry bog exansion in Wisconsin, proving a big boost to one of the state's biggest industries. It took a few months, but by golly, for once the DNR saw the light, and the agency is to be commended.
Now, I know what you're thinking. Is he going resist the temptation to be critical and stop right there? Nahh, I couldn't do that.....
Because a recent defeat has still got to be just frosting the DNR. They probably can't stand the fact that a new business is thriving, packing them in, and drawing rave reviews, even as the state continues to protest (see paragraph 5).
Here are the topics the panel, along with guest, state Senator Lena Taylor discusses on InterCHANGE Friday night at 6:30 on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10 with a repeat Sunday morning at 11:00:
1 – Presidential Race.
Let’s be realistic, and not optimistic or pessimistic. Is the race over? Are the polls all right, or all wrong? What could happen that would turn the polls around? Will this election signal a fundamental shift in American politics? Will McCain pull a come from behind win like Truman did? Are there really still undecided voters out there? How can these polls change from day to day? What is the biggest thing that Obama has done right? What is the biggest thing that McCain has done wrong?
2 – MPS Taxes.
The Milwaukee School Board is expected to vote to set the MPS tax levy at the highest rate allowed by state law, 14.6 % higher than last year, and even higher than was requested when the superintendent submitted his proposed budget. According to the Journal Sentinel, hundreds of people packed the board room earlier this week, and urged a committee to increase the tax levy to the maximum allowed by law. Now this would be a different scenario than last year, when the public urged the board not to increase taxes by such a huge amount. Why the change? Does this board just not get it? Did conservative talk radio not make it a big issue this year and not push for a big turnout of anti-tax increase folks? Everyone knows that MPS has money problems. Is this the way to address problems in the state funding formula? In the midst of the greatest economic turmoil the country has seen since the Great Depression, is it responsible to request such an enormous tax levy increase? Are the actions by board members the past few weeks just one big public relations effort to attract attention to the problems with MPS funding? When talking about “quality of life” in Milwaukee, is MPS even a relevant factor any more?
3 – Brett Favre talks to the Detroit Lions.
His phone rings often with calls from outside the 53132 zip code. On the other end of the line are other municipal officials. Sometimes there are questions, other times an invitation to come speak at a public meeting.
Franklin Alderman Steve Olson, as I have mentioned on WISN and blogged about here was one of the key architects of Franklin's restrictive sex offender ordinances. Dozens of other communities have followed suit, using Franklin as the model. Others considering similar laws look to Olson for advice and he's happy to oblige.
I've seen Olson appear before other elected counterparts. The alderman systematically provides information about what Franklin did, why and how. Though supportive of the concept of restrictive ordinances, Olson stops short of instructing what he believes each municipality should specifically do, urging other local officials to consider, instead, what is best for their communities.
The latest is next-door Muskego. MuskegoNOW reports, "Olson said it is important for Muskego to set its goal in crafting an ordinance." Olson told city officials, "Our goal is to protect the safety of our children. We tailored the ordinances to our community."
Prior to appearing before Muskego officials, Olson spoke at meetings of the Greenfield Common Council's Legislative Committee. The Committee chair moved a proposed ordinance to the full Greenfield Common Council without a committee vote.
Franklin's groundbreaking ordinances have withstood a court challenge, making Olson a hot commodity on the municipal lecture circuit. Read about his Muskego appearance here.