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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.

Guns in restaurants

Thanks to Jim Doyle, just about everyone in America is allowed to carry a concealed weapon except law abiding, trained Americans who live in Wisconsin.

In Tennessee, there’s currently a debate about expanding conceal-carry. Currently, those with permits to carry concealed weapons can’t do so where alcohol is served. There is proposed legislation to allow conceal-carry in restaurants that serve alcohol.

The knee-jerk reaction to such an idea is probably similar to the response this issue gets in general, that people will just start shooting willy nilly, carnage will be everywhere, and blood will flow in the streets.

Just not happenin’, folks. The guy sitting and having chicken alfredo isn’t about to start blasting. But some pistol packin’ crook might, and the law abiding, trained citizen who’s armed just might save a bunch of lives.

The details…

In defense of Gerard Randall

The Milwaukee County Board has voted to uphold County Executive Scott Walker’s veto that will not renew Gerard Randall’s contract with the county to serve as a consultant on finding employment for minority youth.

I am sure this wasn’t easy for Walker. Randall has been a longtime supporter of the County Executive (as have I).

This isn’t easy for me to see unfold. As many of you know, Randall appears with me weekly on Milwaukee Public Television’s “InterCHANGE.” As such, he has become a very good friend.

Gerard Randall is one of the most honest, decent individuals I’ve ever known. I believe he’s gotten a bad rap.

But I am confident he’ll bounce back. He’s too much of a quality individual not to.

Thomas Sowell wasn't good enough for The Milwaukee Journal

Back in the mid-90’s, one of my many hats at WTMJ-AM was to write and produce a daily two-minute commentary to run twice during the morning drive period. We cleverly called it, “Kevin’s radio column,” because it was a radio version of a newspaper column.

One morning, I lamented the Milwaukee Journal’s decision to no longer run Thomas Sowell’s column in the daily paper’s editorial section. I did more than lament. I blasted.

At that time, the paper had as many regular conservative columnists as it has today: few, if any. It certainly had no local conservative columnist, and Sowell, a black writer to the right was a refreshing voice on those lefty pages. Then the paper dumped his contributions, and I criticized the move on the newspaper’s sister AM station.

Later that day, I got a call from Ken Roesslein, the paper’s Editorial Page Editor. He was basically a nice fellow, a guy I got to know as we were both members of the Milwaukee Press Club.

Roesslein was incensed that I would dare question such an editorial decision on his part and then go and  talk about it on the most listened to drive period on Wisconsin radio. Sowell’s work didn’t belong anymore, I was lectured, because he was dull and boring and not a very good writer. Yes, that’s exactly what Roesslein, now retired, told me.

I thought it odd that I was being chastised for having an opinion by the editor of an opinion page.

Today, Thomas Sowell remains one of the best and brightest and most read columnists in America. But he wasn’t good enough for the Milwaukee Journal.

I read Sowell’s latest offering earlier today and felt it was too good to wait for my Saturday round-up, “Recommended reading.”

Here it is, The Rookie President.

Fonzie, cool; Ronald Reagan...not so much

Those are the priorities of one Jim Doyle.  From the Manitowoc Herald Times:

A group called The Ronald Reagan Legacy Project recently asked governors to sign a proclamation declaring Feb. 6 Reagan Day.

The group requested proclamations from all 50 governors and followed up to see who did — and didn't — issue proclamations. In a news release, the group listed the 19 governors who declined.

It's a little disappointing,’ said Grover Norquist, the group's chairman. He calls the proclamations ‘a useful, symbolic thing that governors can do.’

's Jim Doyle was among governors who did not proclaim Reagan Day. His spokesman, Lee Sensenbrenner, said incoming proclamation requests are screened by Doyle's staff. Reagan Day ‘just didn't meet the criteria. It was something we opted not to do,’ Sensenbrenner said.

But Henry Winkler made the cut. On Aug. 19, Doyle issued a proclamation as Milwaukee unveiled a statue of Winkler's ‘Happy Days’ character, The Fonz.”


Idiot Judge of the Year (so far)

James Munley.

Nice message to send, your honor. Hey all you horny out of control teenagers, keep on sexting, baby!

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