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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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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...


Mike Neufeldt

Holly and Alex Graham

Ted Cruz


Dynel Catrece Lane

Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh

Illegal immigrants

Nevada DMV


"I look at Barack Obama and I see the worst president of my lifetime, without question. I used to have significant criticism of Jimmy Carter, but compared to Barack Obama and the damage he is doing to the nation—it’s a tragedy."
Dick Cheney in an interview with Playboy magazine

The one thing that people don’t realize is that we can’t do little things like open windows. I look forward to getting in a car and rolling down the window and just letting the air hit my face. I just want some wind in my face. The windows in our house don’t open.”
Michelle Obama appearing on Ellen, referring to the White House windows that are permanently sealed

“I am going to talk about the deterioration in the quality of journalism you see on TV. I think the primary mission of journalism is to hold the powerful accountable, be they in government or corporate America. There is less and less interest in network television today holding the White House or any other part of government accountable. I fear there is a calculation that the audiences they are trying to reach don’t care that much about the serious news. I think most of the political coverage these days has all the depth of Twitter. I also worry that journalists today appear to have chosen sides when it comes to political coverage. I think you see that in the sagging approval numbers of TV news over the last few years. We’ve seen trust in the media hit its lowest level ever in 2013 or 2014 surveys and I think the lack of depth and the feeling that too many journalists have chosen sides has caused viewers to question whether we are giving it to them straight and whether we are making a politically balanced presentation.”
Former NBC reporter Lisa Myers who was in Iowa recently to give a lecture about television journalism

“I think this is what David Axelrod referred to as a pimple on the ass of progress. Eighteen months from now or 20 months from now, when people go to the polls to vote in the presidential election, I can’t imagine anyone’s going to change their vote because of this.”
Former White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer describing the Hillary Clinton email scandal while quoting his former colleague at the White House David Axelrod

“Here’s my advice to Hillary. Hillary, honey… you’re a horrible liar. As in bad, real bad. You’re also pathetic in the art of blame-shifting. So… next time, and I’m sure it’ll be soon, that you have to con the American public, use Bill. He’s a phenomenal BS artist. You know that. He can bite his bottom lip, earnestly point his thumb, shed a tear, parlay that southern drawl, bear hug an intern, bomb a Sudanese aspirin factory, buy drinks for the ‘journalists’ and then invite everyone over to Hooters for a wet T-shirt contest – and BOOM … the problem is solved.”
Conservative columnist/talk show host/author Doug Giles

With forced membership, unions don't need to be responsive. Right-to-work states force them to be, and when they are, they thrive. Take Culinary Workers Union Local 226, which represents hospitality and casino workers in the Las Vegas gaming industry. It is among the nation's most powerful unions. It operates in Nevada, a right-to-work state. And yet the union is so effective that it has nearly 100% voluntary participation. Unions have important roles in fighting for better wages and working conditions. In right-to-work states, they just have to try harder to prove their worth to prospective members.”
USA TODAY Editorial Board

"First of all, it (marijuana) shouldn't be young people's biggest priority. Young people: I understand this is important to you, but as you be thinking about climate change, the economy and jobs, war and peace, maybe way at the bottom you should be thinking about marijuana."
President Obama chided an interviewer from Vice News who suggested that young people would view legalizing marijuana as a top item when considering the president's legacy

“From what I’ve researched and what I’ve experienced, I don’t think it’s worth the risk. I feel largely the same, as sharp as I’ve ever been. For me, it’s wanting to be proactive. I’m concerned that if you wait till you have symptoms, it’s too late.”
San Francisco 49ers linebacker and former Wisconsin Badger Chris Borland announced that after one rookie season he’s retiring from the NFL, worried about head trauma

“Your 2015 NCAA tournament office pool will almost surely be won by someone in the office who has not watched a college-basketball game since…well, they have never watched a college-basketball game. They cut their cable-TV cord in 2007. They care about gardening. They own big books about spiders. Ask them to name a current college-basketball player, and they pause for a moment before saying ‘Dr. J.’ They are not picking the Kentucky Wildcats to go all the way in Indianapolis because the Kentucky Wildcats are undefeated. They are picking the Kentucky Wildcats because, you know, cats.”
Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Gay


The EPA wants to spy on the shower.


Imagine that...fewer folks want to be police officers.


March Madness, and that's ok.


Smell like a Whopper.

Week-ends (03/14/15)


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...


Jerrod Ebert and Kevin Schultz

Jacey Jones

"Dorie" Miller

Tom Hanks

Ron Cline


The government

New Mexico high school seniors

University of California, Irvine

NYC Mayor De Blasio


“It’s an ambush, is what it is. Fortunately, with both officers, we don’t have any remarkable long-term injuries.”
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar after two police officers were shot outside the Ferguson Police Department early Thursday morning as they confronted protesters

“Such senseless acts of violence threaten the very reforms that nonviolent protesters in Ferguson and around the country have been working towards for the past several months. We wish these injured officers a full and speedy recovery. We stand ready to offer any possible aid to an investigation into this incident, including the department’s full range of investigative resources. And we will continue to stand unequivocally against all acts of violence against cops whenever and wherever they occur.”
Attorney General Eric Holder called the shootings “heinous,” “inexcusable” and “repugnant” in a sharply worded statement

“It all starts at the top. It’s the tone that’s set by the president. It is the obligation of the president to explain … that our police are the best in the world.”
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani

“There’s no excuse for criminal acts. Whoever fired those shots shouldn’t detract from the issue. They’re criminals. They need to be arrested. And then what we need to do is make sure that like-minded, good-spirited people on both sides, law enforcement who have a terrifically tough job, and people who understand they don’t want to be stopped and harassed because of their race, that we’re able to work together to try and come up with some good answers.”
President Obama

“Rather than be transparent, completely honest, and accountable, (Hillary) Clinton doubled down on the 1990s. She refused to turn over her emails stored on a secret service in violation of federal regulations. She defended contributions to her family's charity from foreign nations that discriminate against women and support terrorism, a brazen contradiction to her public profile.

“She dodged legitimate accusations, parried accusations that were never in play, and coolly laid out a defense that you could boil down to five words: ‘Trust me, I'm a Clinton.’ 

“Unfortunately for Democrats, the Clinton crisis-management operation is a pay phone in an iPhone world, stuck on the stale side of Bill Clinton's famous bridge to the 21st century. She fired up the way-back machine to ensure that the controversy gathers steam and long legs.”
National Journal columnist Ron Fourier

“Because Secretary Clinton has created more questions than answers, the Select Committee is left with no choice but to call her to appear at least twice. The first appearance will be to clear up her role and resolve issues surrounding her exclusive use of personal email to conduct official business.”
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) – who is chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi – now wants to bring Hillary Clinton in for questioning

“Had this story been responded to in two or three days instead of in eight days, it would not be as big. They are the ones who put air in this balloon in a way that was not necessary at all. . . . It’s clear they lack an apparatus. She’s a candidate without a campaign.”
Robert Gibbs, a former White House press secretary under President Obama on Hillary’s troubles

“Having your adult children living in your basement is worse than you think. Boomerang kids can actually hurt your chances of a sound retirement. Those 65 years or older with financially independent children are more than twice as likely to be retired than people of the same age group who financially support their adult children, according to a new report that retirement market research firm Hearts & Wallets shared with

“That's because those who are still supporting their kids are often putting off retirement to do so, said Hearts & Wallets co-founder Chris Brown.

“And it's a big group. The firm estimates that more than one-third of baby boomers are providing financial support to their children, family members or others. That's approximately 15.8 million boomer households, controlling nearly $8 trillion in investable assets.”

NBC News

“I strongly object to your having signed the letter that was sent to the Iranian Government in the midst of negotiations by the executive branch to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.  You did not represent me or the many people who pray for peace in the Middle East. An agreement to keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons is imperative, and the actions of you and 46 of your Republican colleagues only served to undermine that goal.

“Your hawkish ways are not helpful in the search for peace. While I do not pretend to be privy to the complicated negotiations that are taking place at your level or that of the Secretary of State, I do know that these talks are filled with historic rivalries, jealousies and claims to rights that remain unresolved throughout the centuries.  Your petty political actions demean the very office to which you have been elected and denigrates your oath of office.  Please desist from embarrassing the people of the State of Wisconsin by interfering with the clear mandate of the executive branch.”
Milwaukee County Supervisor Pat Jursik in an open letter to US Senator Ron Johnson

“Why would a sitting U.S. Senator care about what a Milwaukee County supervisor has to say about Iran? The fact that her letter went out on County letterhead is an outrage. It’s way out of line. Milwaukee County supervisors have no business interfering in foreign affairs. What does our foreign policy in Iran have to do with her duties as a supervisor? It’s things like this that give the entire County Board a bad name.”
Milwaukee County Supervisor Steve F. Taylor reacting to Jursik’s letter to Senator Johnson


Celebrating the shooting of police officers


Under the proposed 2015-17 state budget bill, the state’s gross general fund balance would be $123 million and, the net balance would be $58 million. Source: The non-partisan legislative Fiscal Bureau.


President Obama appears on Jimmy Kimmel


House comes with backyard, a pond, and this.

He got busted anyway.

Week-ends (03/07/15)


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Harrison Ford

Generous folks



Missouri HOA

Prosecutor in GA

Kezia Perkins


"Iran has proven time and again that it cannot be trusted."

"If Iran wants to be treated like a normal country, let it act like a normal country."

"As prime minister of Israel, I can promise you one more thing: Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand. But I know that Israel does not stand alone. I know that America stands with Israel."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his speech  to a joint session of Congress in which he warned against Iran's nuclear ambitions and negotiations over its current nuclear program

“Nothing focuses the mind and heart like moral, ethical and legal clarity. And today in the House of Representatives chamber, the United States Capitol, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu gave an historically important speech, a speech that any previous American president could have and maybe would have made, a speech to rally and save Western civilization. We are talking about thwarting a plan that gives the world's leading terrorist state, gives this state, we're talking about thwarting a plan being brokered by our administration that gives Iran a certain path to produce nuclear weapons. Iran -- the world's leading exporter of terrorism, the greatest threat to peace in the Middle East. And Benjamin Netanyahu came to the United States today in a desperate plea for the world to focus, to get serious, and take notice of what is happening. It was stunning. I don't know how many of you in the audience here had a chance to see it. ... But I'm going to tell you, ladies and gentlemen, it was powerful, and the drive-by media is underselling this. .... The optics of this speech were just so overwhelmingly powerful and when I say, what could have been, this was leadership, this was leadership in full force. Benjamin Netanyahu today was everything Barack Obama is not – everything.”
Rush Limbaugh

“It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business.”
Jason R. Baron, a lawyer at Drinker Biddle & Reath who is a former director of litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration. Hillary Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record. Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act.

“I think this is another one of those things that the Clinton campaign, such as it is, is gonna have to explain. I think it's much easier for critics to explain why they don't exist than it might be for her to explain why she used her private email.”
Former Obama White House press secretary and current NBC political analyst Robert Gibbs

“Perhaps Hillary Rodham Clinton shouldn't run for president. Because she doesn't seem ready for 2016. Like a blast of wintry air in July, the worst of 1990s-style politics is intruding on what needs to be a new millennium campaign: Transparent, inspirational, innovative, and beyond ethical reproach.”
Ron Fournier, POLITICO

“I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.”
Hillary Clinton breaking a two-day silence on the e-mail controversy in a tweet

“As Chairman [Trey] Gowdy noted, former Secretary Clinton has left herself in the unique position of being the only one to determine what records the American people are entitled to.  This has significant negative implications for transparency and government oversight, as well as for media and others who have a legitimate interest in understanding the Secretary’s time in office.”
Jamal Ware, a spokesman for a House panel investigating the e-mail controversy

“For the life of me, I can’t figure out why sassy gays, frothy feminists, liberals in Hollywood, late night comedians and whiny atheists continue to rail against Christians while saying jack-squat against Islam.

“Christianity doesn’t promote violent jihad. Christianity doesn’t auger for Neil Patrick Harris’ death. Christianity doesn’t cheerlead for the slaughter of Jews. Christians don’t regard the unbaptized in their midst as unenlightened mongrels that must bow to the Golden Rule or be killed. And Christians don’t cheer
en masse when cartoonists are slaughtered for drawing cheeky cartoons about Jesus.

“But Islam does.”

Conservative columnist/author/talk show host Doug Giles

“Today in America Black History Month has become little more than a tool for liberal academics and the racial grievance industry to perpetuate revisionist history that suits their agenda to transform America. It has produced an entitlement mentality amongst blacks, perpetual victimhood in place of accomplishment in black communities, and racial strife directed at white Christian Republicans. Additionally, Black History Month has conceived an ire amongst illegal aliens and legal immigrant minorities alike who believe they deserve just as much prominence on America's calendar as blacks. In other words, it's causing more division than celebration of unity.

“My point is this: Black History is American History, and it should be treated as such throughout the entire year wherever it's relevant. America, with all of its flaws has amazing heroes of all nationalities whose stories deserve to be told. Immigrants don't flock here because they believe we're a racist society. They flock here because they know that if they work hard they can succeed despite their ethnicity. In our bitterness, blacks have forgotten that we still live in the greatest, kindest nation ever known to man.

Carl Jackson, a black radio talk show host in Florida, says Black History Month should be scrapped

"There is no real difference between mainstream media and sports media. They have the same background, go to the same schools, have the same pedigree, but instead of news went into sports. This book is for all of us who find ourselves wanting to shout, 'Shut up and give the box score.'"
Dylan Gwinn, author of a new book, Bias in the Booth


The e-mails


The real war on women


Hillary's e-mails, and rightfully so


The dress resurfaces

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