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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.

My fill-in has connections?

I think I'm stickin' close to this Gravelle character...

One of the great things about fall...

High school football. I follow it religiously and have since my dad first took me to South Stadium in Milwaukee in the mid-60’s. I don’t think I’ve missed a high school football since, taking tickets, working on the chain gang, and now public address announcer since about 1977.

The NOW coverage of high school ball is exceptional. If you follow the sport like I do, put your knowledge to the test and enter this NOW contest for a chance to win weekly prizes. Do it before kickoff Friday night.

And take in a game and support these fine young athletes.

What John McCain will say tonight

In his speech tonight at the GOP Convention, John McCain will promise to, “reach out my hand to anyone to help me get this country moving again."

“Again and again, I’ve worked with members of both parties to fix problems that need to be fixed and call for ending “the constant partisan rancor that stops us from solving these problems. I have that record and the scars to prove it. Senator Obama does not.

And let me offer an advance warning to the old big-spending, do-nothing, me-first, country-second Washington crowd: Change is coming.”

Source: MSNBC

He has a mighty tough act to follow in his running mate, and Rudy Giuliani was terrific, too. I think McCain will do just fine.


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Greendale votes Greenfield next?

A la Franklin, the village of Greendale has approved a tough ordinance restricting where sex offenders can live or enter. The Village Board voted to enact an ordinance that prohibits registered sex offenders from living in or entering within 1,000 feet of schools, public parks, park pathways or day-care centers. The vote was unanimous.

Here’s the story and a map of the safety zones. As you can see, there are few areas sex offenders can go in Greendale. Oh, well.

Greendale’s move, coming after Franklin’s sex offender ordinances held up in court, could spur action in next door Greenfield that is also considering such an ordinance. A few weeks ago, I attended a meeting of the Greenfield Common Council’s Legislative Committee/ Franklin Alderman Steve Olson engaged in a lengthy discussion with the Greenfield aldermen, explaining Franklin’s ordinances and taking questions.

Greenfield Alderman Linda Lubotsky supports a restrictive sex offender ordinance, Alderman Tom Pietrowski sounds to me as though he’s opposed, and Alderman Shirley Saryan has loads of questions. Saryan is on record calling the Franklin ordinances, “confusing.”

Greenfield, in my view, would be wise to follow in Franklin and Greendale’s footsteps.


More evidence our election system is screwed up

The state’s Government Accountability Board announced in a press release today that, “ In a test comparison of Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS) data with state Department of Transportation (DOT) data, four of six members of the Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) failed the initial data cross-check…Three Board members’ DOT data did not match exactly with their voter registration information due to differences in the first and last name or middle initial, and one member’s birth date did not match.”

Just last week, this very same board  voted not to perform retroactive checks of names on the statewide voter database back to January 2006 and not to impose penalties against registrants whose identification information did not match.

Two of the four GAB members who didn't match driver records are William Eich and Gordon Myse. Last week when the GAB took a pass on any effort to clean up the voting rolls, Eich and Myse had an especially cavalier attitude.

Eich said he wasn’t convinced voter fraud is widespread in Wisconsin. He didn’t think it made sense make sense to check the names of people who have voted in multiple elections since January 2006. Myse said people should just be allowed to vote unconditionally and fraud should be checked into later. Uhh, by then it’s too late, pal. The fraudulent votes are cast and nothing can be done.

This is why Wisconsin’s election system is dirty, desperately in need of repair. There is ample evidence that the system is fraught with problems, begging for fraud. Yet officials in charge want nothing to do with reform, even though we’re dealing with the precious right to vote. There are no assurances your vote next week in the primary and/or your vote in November won’t be cancelled out by a voter claiming to be someone he/she is not.


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