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
Legislative Republicans that showed up for work and passed the budget repair bill and in doing so faced incredible harassment, death threats, and union thuggery.
This NPR Board member who gets it.
My friend, the late George Watts is smiling, and rightfully so.
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Those "peaceful" union protesters (CONTENT WARNING)
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
WTMJ’S CHARLIE SYKES: Would you favor that?
BARRETT: I would certainly favor that.
“I don’t think that a federal employee or government employee is worth any more than anybody else who does their job and does it well.”
Erin McFarlane, a bartender in Slinger, WI
“I’m sorry, but what they’re (unions) doing is telling off the middle class. The middle-class people don’t get all the goodies that they do.”
Barbara Davis, a retiree from
“It’s the government sector worker who’s the new elite, the highest-paid worker on the block.”
David Gregory, who teaches labor and employment law at
“Fine, we like teachers, firemen and police officers. We appreciate them. (And for the record, it is statistically more dangerous to be a farmer, fisherman, steelworker or pilot than a cop or fireman. Soldiers also have pretty dangerous jobs, and they don't get to strike.) Does that mean we should pay them $1 million dollars a year? How about $10 million? After all, these are the people who educate our kids, run into burning buildings and take dangerous criminals off our streets! Assuming the answer is no, then apparently we're allowed to discuss government workers' compensation -- even though they do important work.”
“The biggest myth about labor unions is that unions are for the workers. Unions are for unions, just as corporations are for corporations and politicians are for politicians. The most fundamental fact about labor unions is that they do not create any wealth. They are one of a growing number of institutions which specialize in siphoning off wealth created by others, whether those others are businesses or the taxpayers. There are limits to how long unions can siphon off money from businesses, without facing serious economic repercussions.”
“The National Endowment of the Humanities is the reason we have in northern
"Was this sort of a good opportunity for the president to remind everybody that he grew up in the
Chris Matthews on the
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Murderer could get early release.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Gas prices under Obama.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The media continues to erroneously portray the demonstrations in
Where in Wisconsin is it against the law to throw a snowball?
That's not a sushi table!
This story just gets stranger and stranger with every sentence.
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