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 baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
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...
HEROES OF THE WEEK
Frank Buckles and Leonard Lomell
More than 20 first responders
Charles "Chaz" Allen
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
John Michael Bailey, Ken Melvoin-Berg, Faith Kroll and Jim Marcus
Southeastern Virginia Arts Association
What was he thinking?
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"Too many politicians have failed to tell the truth about our financial crisis. They left Wisconsinites in the dark about the extent of our fiscal problems. The facts are clear:
This deficit did not appear overnight. Wisconsin got here through a reliance on one-time fixes, accounting gimmicks and tax increases. Previous governors and legislatures from both parties took money from our tobacco settlement. They raided more than a billion dollars from the transportation fund and $200 million from the patients' compensation fund. They increased taxes on the sick and set up shell games to draw down additional federal funds. They relied on one-time federal stimulus dollars as if the money would be there forever - but it's already gone."
Governor Walker in his budget address.
“Walker and the Republicans won a fair election in November. The Democrats can try to overturn those results in the next election, but not this month and not from their hiding places in
"All I know is, we're not talking. We're wasting valuable time about collective bargaining, which I don't ever remember being a part of the last election whatsoever. But most of all, you know, to me, this just looks like the classic overreach we see every two years."
State Senator Dale Schultz (
"There aren't really a lot of single moms out there who are making millions of dollars every year for being in a movie. And I think it gives a distorted image … Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care. And that's the story that we're not seeing."
Ed Huckabee referring to Oscar winner Natalie Portman. He would defend his remarks later, saying, “My comments were about the statistical reality that most single moms are very poor, under-educated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death. That's the story that we're not seeing, and it's unfortunate that society often glorifies and glamorizes the idea of having children out of wedlock."
“As the Recovery Act funds that saw through many states over the last two years are phasing out and it is undeniable that the Recovery Act helped every single state represented in this room manage your budgets, whether you admit it or not."
President Obama speaking to the National Governors Association.
(Public broadcasting’s audience), “I think, are discerning viewers who understand frankly, we’ve got ourselves in a mess as a nation fiscally and that we’re going to have to make some tough decisions.”
Representative Kevin Brady, Republican of
“The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church, which had been sued by the father of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder for “intentional infliction of emotional distress, intrusion upon seclusion, and civil conspiracy” when they picketed his funeral.
This ruling is not a surprise. Bags of scum have free speech rights, too. The impulse to express political and cultural views, even using incendiary language, is powerful… and rightly protected by our Constitution. I’m struggling with it myself right now.”
Columnist John Hayward
“I have people calling me and saying to me, ‘Let me explain to you how you could win.’ And I’m like, ‘You’re barking up the wrong tree. I already know I could win.’ That’s not the issue. The issue is not me sitting here and saying, ‘Geez, it might be too hard. I don’t think I can win.’ I see the opportunity both at the primary level and at the general election level. I see the opportunity. But I’ve got to believe I’m ready to be president, and I don’t.”
“For Democrats, the purpose of government is to generously provide jobs for people who otherwise couldn't be hired -- because their skills, attitude or sense of entitlement are considered undesirable in the private sector. And no, I'm not just talking about Barack Obama”
“In the private sector, the capitalist knows that when he negotiates with the union, if he gives away the store, he loses his shirt. In the public sector, the politicians who approve any deal have none of their own money at stake. On the contrary, the more favorably they dispose of union demands, the more likely they are to be the beneficiary of union largess in the next election. It's the perfect cozy setup.”
“Obama's Democrats have become the party of no. Real cuts to the federal budget? No. Entitlement reform? No. Tax reform? No. Breaking the corrupt and fiscally unsustainable symbiosis between public-sector unions and state governments? Hell, no.”
Again, Charles Krauthammer
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Supreme Court ruling on Westboro church.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
You are effin dead.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
For the second week in a row, Charlie Sheen.
It's come to this.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Need to make a critical decision that you absolutely have to get right? Do it on a full bladder.
REMEMBER: Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me