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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.

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Common sense prevails at Franklin City Hall or.....My alderman does an Obama

Kudos to the Franklin Common Council for taking the necessary step to protect businesses and jobs by approving a much-needed, common sense ban on sick leave mandates. The vote was four in favor, one opposed, and one abstention.

It sounds from John Neville’s report on FranklinNOW that most residents let their aldermen know they support the ordinance. Of course, some bloggers have their noses out of joint, I suspect, though they won’t admit it, primarily because of the author of the ordinance, Alderman Steve Olson.

Common Council President Steve Taylor was absent last night when the vote was taken but I will remind everyone that Taylor had a chance to vote up or down  on the measure last month. Instead, he moved to send the ordinance to three committees for further review. Why would an alderman do that if he was truly in support? And I'm not buying the junk that he felt it needed more study. Everyone knew exactly what was in the ordinance.

My alderman, Kristin Wilhelm acted in a very puzzling manner way by voting to abstain. Abstain? What the hell is that? That’s worse than taking a yes or no position. There goes Alderman Wilhelm, firmly planted square on the fence a la Obama who made voting “present” an art form in the Illinois Legislature. If Wilhelm was so opposed to this idea, why not just vote NO?

Wilhelm didn’t think a vote was appropriate on the sick leave mandate ban Tuesday night because Alderman Taylor was absent. That didn’t stop Wilhelm last year from making one of her first votes as a new alderman in favor of Alderman Taylor as Common Council President even though Alderman Olson was absent.

But the main thing is a very good ordinance, despite the false and fake outrage of a few voices on the Internet is now in place.


Let's talk baseball

Fox Sports is out with its first power rankings for all 30 Major League Baseball.teams.

Coming off their first playoff appearance in decades, one might assume the Brew Crew might impress analysts, right?

Not really.

Thank you, thank you, Governor Doyle!

I know it took great self-control. You must have agonized  hours and hours over this. The pressure had to have been beyond intense. And yet there you stood, as Wisconsin's top dog, in total defiance. You refused, as enticing as this idea was, to include it in your budget address Tuesday night.

You must be second-guessing yourself, Governor. After all, this is so up your alley. To reject this notion and leave it out of your I just can't believe you were able to demonstrate such incredible self-restraint.

Thank you, Governor. Thank you. I don't know how or why this didn't make it into your 2009-11 budget proposal, but boy am I.............relieved!

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