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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.

The fleeing 14 return

Democratic state senators (from left) Jon Erpenbach, Robert Jauch, Tim Carpenter, Julie Lassa, and Chris Larson arrive at the rally and acknowledge cheers from the crowd. The Democrats returned to Wisconsin on Saturday after going to Illinois for three weeks to delay action on Gov. Scott Walker’s budget-repair bill.  Journal Sentinel photo: Michael Sears


Statement by Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald

"Today, the most shameful 14 people in the state of Wisconsin are going to pat themselves on the back and smile for the cameras. They're going to pretend they're heroes for taking a three week vacation.

"It is an absolute insult to the hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites who are struggling to find a job, much less one they can run away from and go down to Illinois -- with pay.

"Their appearance at the Capitol today is in direct violation of the contempt order issued by the state Senate earlier this month, and it proves their absolute disregard for the institution of the Senate and the constitution they took an oath of office to serve.

"But the people of Wisconsin won't forget what they were really doing these past few weeks.

"Sen. Tim Cullen refused to come back to save 1,500 jobs.

"Sen. Mark Miller refused to come back even to make sure his own staff were safe in the Capitol he abandoned.

"Sen. Fred Risser refused to come back out of respect for the institution and dignity of the state Senate.

"Sen. Bob Jauch refused to come back even though our side was negotiating in good faith to try to find a reasonable compromise.

"Sens. Jon Erpenbach, Chris Larson and Lena Taylor were all too happy to pat themselves on the back and smile for the cameras in Illinois, never mind their constituents here in Wisconsin.

"And Sens. Dave Hansen, Kathleen Vinehout, Tim Carpenter, Spencer Coggs, Jim Holperin, and Julie Lassa refused to come back to actually do the job they were elected to do.

"To the Senate Democrats: When you smile for the cameras today and pretend you're heroes, I hope you look at that beautiful Capitol building you insulted. And I hope you're embarrassed to call yourselves senators."

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