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.
Convicted sex offender Steve Hanke was supposed to move out of his Franklin home this past Monday under a court order or face stiff daily fines. On Thursday, he’ll ask a judge for more time so that he can sell his house.
The City Attorney in Franklin will rightfully argue against the request. Hanke knew during this entire process he stood a good chance of losing because he was in clear violation of Franklin’s restrictive sex offender ordinances. He’s had more than enough time.
A hearing is scheduled before Judge Maxine White on Thursday morning.
Meanwhile, Hanke is living in either a hotel or another residence outside Franklin's restrictive zones. He has an offer on a house outside the city limits of Franklin.
Since Franklin adopted their groundbreaking sex offender ordinances, over 30 communities have either followed suit, considered similar action or are thinking about enacting restrictive laws of their own.
The latest include Sheboygan Falls, and closer to home, Greenfield were progress is being held up by one alderman who cares more about the offenders’ rights than those of families with children, and another alderman who wants it clearly known that she is firmly, strongly, solidly non-committal.
That’s why I find this story out of Pennsylvania so fascinating. The Franklin debate isn’t just going on in Wisconsin. It’s happening in other states.
The parallels are amazing.
On Thursday, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker will once again propose a budget without a tax increase.
The Beloit School Board investigates and finds Superintendent Lowell Holtz violated two district policies by allowing a crew to work inside a high school on a pro-Obama video last March.
It’s blatant politicking in a public school funded by the taxpayers. And yes, it would be wrong if the video was about McCain but let’s be real. That would never happen. Public school officials aren’t stumping for the GOP. Schools are to educate, not to lobby for votes.
Here’s the story I talked about today on WISN.