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.
I have called the Democrat candidate for President by his first, last and middle name on this blog many times. I did it on InterCHANGE last night (Joel McNally didn’t appreciate that, but tough).
Apparently, it’s now OK because even the NY Times is calling the Obamamessiah by his full name.
The greatest speech in the history of mankind given by the most intelligent person God ever put on this planet sure got knocked off the front page in a hurry, didn’t it?
A look back at the people and events that made news the past week.
Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...
HEROES OF THE WEEK
For taking a stand, JoAn Karkos
Debra Bartoshevich. She epitomizes one of the many problems for Barack Obama.
The thousands of Harley-Davidson riders in town from all over the world!
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Waukesha Municipal Judge Michael Cook
The city of Milwaukee
Angel Valodia Matos
California tribes don't want ANY competition
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin "stands up for what's right and she doesn't let anyone tell her to sit down.She's exactly who I need. She's exactly who this country this needs to help me fight the same old Washington politics of me first and country second."
I am "just your average hockey mom in Alaska. The women of America aren't finished yet and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all."
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin
"My family, I think, was among the earliest to endorse Barack Obama. I’d say it happened about five minutes into the keynote speech he delivered four years ago. I have asked all my family members why they support Senator Obama so strongly, but no one said it better than my 7-year-old grandson, Asiah. He said: 'We need a president who will work hard for us.'"
Governor Doyle addressing the Democrat National Convention on Tuesday evening.
"I'm just one voter. I was a Hillary Clinton Democrat, and I think people are going to have to make up their minds on what matters most to them."
Deb Bartoshevich, the former Clinton delegate from Waterford who is featured in a new McCain campaign ad.
"I had my friends from Planned Parenthood give me a bunch of condoms because I feel I need to protect myself from John McCain as a woman."
U.S. Congresswoamn Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, in Denver criticizing McCain’s record on women’s issues.
"Who would you like to have in the White House at 3 a.m. if Russia decides to invade another country? No question it's John McCain."
Former Governor Tommy Thompson criticizing Barack Obama. Thompson said Doyle’s prediction that Obama would win Wisconsin in a walk was the result of “drinking some Kool-Aid that is not very relevant to this election.”
"I'm not going to vote for Obama. I'm not going to vote for McCain, either. We love her, (Hillary Clinton) but it's our vote if we don't trust him or don't like him."
Blanche Darley, 65, a Texas delegate for Clinton at the Democrat National Convention. Darley wore a button saying "Obamination Scares the Hell Out of Me."
"Can we drill your brains?"
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a back and forth with protesters demanding domestic drilling.
"Those of us who have been clamoring for photo ID for voting have been blocked by Democrats who keep claiming such a requirement would disenfranchise the poor and the elderly. It is time to call their bluff. Produce six people who don’t have photo IDs. They don’t exist. They certainly don’t try to buy alcohol, fly, take out a library book, withdraw money from a bank, rent a movie, write a check at a grocery store, rent a car, take a cruise, take metal in for recycling, drive, pick up tickets at will call, buy cigarettes or get treated at the doctor’s office. About all you can do without an ID is breathe. Everyone has them - OK, you got me - there may be some poor soul in a coma. But they’re not supposed to vote."
WISN talk show host Mark Belling in his column in the Waukesha Freeman
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Despite the fact that 22% of new voter records don't mesh, elections officials vote against voter penalties.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Sarah Palin on McCain's short list. No one saw it coming.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Will Barack Obama's speech at the DNC be the greatest of all-time? Please. The media's lovefest for the guy never ends.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Did you hear the one about the priests who wanted to have a beauty pageant for nuns?
Disposable diaper breaks fall and saves child's life
This alderman is a nutjob. Of course she is. She's from Madison.
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.
Labor Day weekend is the traditional “Kiss Summer Goodbye” party. This weekend is usually celebrated with cookouts or perhaps last-minute end-of-summer get-aways.
I’ve mentioned before that one of the objections Kevin raises to us getting a dog is he feels the dog should not have to be left alone for long periods of time. We do enjoy traveling, especially an extended get-away somewhere warm in the winter months. Certainly in those situations we would need to make special arrangements for our furry friend. Luckily we have friends and family who would be happy to help us out.
If you are a dog owner who is not in the fortunate situation to be able to leave your dog at home or have a friend take them in during your vacation, you are not without options.
Certainly there is the traditional kennel boarding found throughout the state, and could possibly be provided by your regular veterinarian. The American Kennel Club offers tips for boarding your dog.
Traditional kennel boarding is only one option for your fuzzy family member… Central Bark Doggy Daycare offers a reassuring option of sleepovers for their regular clients. Donnybrook Inn in Cedar Grove offers pooch-pampering accommodations.
If you prefer to have your dog remain in your home while you are away, you have a resource for that, too. Critter Sitters of Milwaukee can help keep your dog comfortable in his/her own surroundings, with minimal interruptions in their usual daily routine.
Last but not least, consider vacationing WITH your dog. A girl’s camp in Northern Wisconsin offers one weekend a year called Dog Days of Wisconsin when you can camp and play right along with your dog. (Just remember to alter those S’mores for Fido with CAROB since they can’t have chocolate!)
When Jennifer's done and relinquishes the blog back to her better half, that means it's time for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Do not mess with Pawlee!
And with a name like Elvis, this dog knows how to party.
Thanks for checking in to The Barkling Lot, and remember, if you're taking Fido camping....
This week, the state’s Legislative Fiscal Bureau released the tax base changes due to new construction for every city, village, town and county in Wisconsin. These numbers are important because under the levy limit program, each municipality and county is permitted to increase its 2008-09 tax levy by a percentage equal to its tax base change due to net new construction or 2%, whichever is greater.
If you look on page 46 of the Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo, you’ll see the numbers for Milwaukee County. Franklin’s change is 3.1%. I certainly hope the Franklin Common Council and the Franklin School Board are paying attention.
It seems the city could be on target to meet the 3% levy increase Mayor Taylor promised as a ceiling. It’s anybody’s guess what the Franklin School Board, a bunch that would make Jesse James proud, is going to do, but it'd be nice if they would make some effort to try to stick to the same levy limit as the city.