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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.

Madison afraid to show the disruptive impact of the $810 million choo choo


My guess is most Wisconsinites do not approve of the $810 million choo choo train from Milwaukee to Madison that few will ride and that government subsidies will not cover the total cost.

I was there when the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, controlled by tax and spending Democrats, spent less than a half hour debating before it approved this huge boondoggle that amounts to not one but the equivalent of two Miller Parks

Lame duck Governor Doyle recently brought U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to Wisconsin to arrogantly proclaim he didn’t care who the next governor was (almost an admission he knew it would be a Republican), that high speed rail was coming to the state and it could not be stopped.

These power-hungry, shove it down our throat pols refuse to listen to the will of the people or reason. They certainly wanted no part of what Peter Theron had to offer.

Theron is the Republican candidate running in Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional district against dreadful Tammy Baldwin. He opposes the high speed rail project.

Recently, Theron requested a requested a street use permit to close a busy intersection a few blocks from the state capitol from 4-6 p.m. on August 27. To be completely accurate, Theron applied for, and I kid you not making this story even more ludicrous, a Citizen-Initiated Rail-Corridor Use Study. Read it again, folks: a Citizen-Initiated Rail-Corridor Use Study. In government talk, that’s long form for CIRCUS.

Theron’s request was made to the Madison Street Use Staff Commission. Can you imagine the wild meetings that bunch must have? Why do I imagine the commission members all looking like the late Wally Cox?





The request was to have traffic stopped at the intersection of Blair and Williamson during afternoon drive to clearly demonstrate how disruptive the high sped rail would be on local traffic. Theron argues that the high speed rail and potential commuter train service could result in 13 stops an hour at the Blair- Williamson intersection.

So what do you think the Madison bureaucrats said to Theron and his request to stage this demonstration?

OF COURSE THOSE PENCIL PUSHERS DENIED IT! 

AND DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY?

ARE YOU READY FOR THEIR JAW DROPPING EXPLANATION?

BECAUSE THERONS’ DEMONSTRATIOON WOULD BE TOO DISRUPTIVE.

BUT THE $810 MILLION CHOO CHOO TRAIN WOULDN’T BE DISRUPTIVE, 365 DAYS OUT OF THE YEAR?

THIS IS HOW WACKY THE LIBERAL TAX AND SPEND BUREUACRATS ARE!

WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF?

Theron’s reaction:

“I am disappointed that the Madison Street Use Staff Commission denied my permit application for a simulation to study the effect of proposed rail schedules on Madison traffic. Before we proceed with any passenger rail project, we need a study of its traffic impact. To raise awareness of this issue, I intend to have an informational picket at the Blair-Williamson intersection on August 27 from 4 to 6 pm.”

Go get ‘em, Peter!

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