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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.

Week-ends (06/18/11)

Week-ends


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


Michael Nerandzic


Leonard Pope


Eva Ottosson


9-year old Fond du Lac girl


Green Bay blood donors


Bonnie Fox


A hero and his heroes


Tricia Mundy and John Morgan



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Church thief


Texas judge


Even though they finally came to their senses, Montgomery County officials and cops


Daniel Akerson



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“I am proud of the work done by the Legislature, which passed a budget today that isn’t built on accounting gimmicks, use of one time money for ongoing expenses, or tax increases. The budget approved by the Legislature is an honest document that balances Wisconsin’s $3.6 billion budget deficit so that our children and grandchildren aren’t saddled with mountains of debt in the future.”
Governor Scott Walker


“The budget Governor Scott Walker and the Legislature approved does not borrow and tax recklessly.  The budget charts a course away from debt and propels Wisconsin into economic recovery. The last four budgets included billion dollar increases. The two most recent budgets each increased by $6 billion. This budget is not increased by even one billion dollars. This budget refrains from increasing taxes and fees, eliminates the structural deficit and sets the stage for economic prosperity.”
State Senator Mary Lazich


“This budget is an unbelievable betrayal of Wisconsin’s values – and kids, working families and our communities will suffer for years to come. The elected officials in the Assembly and Senate who voted for these massive cuts to schools and other services are not representing the people of their state – they are following a national agenda from Governor Walker to balance a budget on the backs of children and workers while offering billions in tax cuts to corporations.”
Mary Bell, president of WEAC


“(Dane County Circuit Judge Maryanne Sumi) stepped all over the people of Wisconsin. You think of all the chaos and discord and acrimony that's gone on in this Capitol as the result of her decision and just doing what she wanted, which she had no cause, no basis, no rule of law. She just did what she wanted for political reasons. To me, it was despicable."
State Senator Alberta Darling after the state Supreme Court overruled Judge Sumi’s decision that legislators violated the state’s open meetings law when they approved the budget repair bill.


"The majority of the Supreme Court is essentially saying that the Legislature is above the law. It's now clear that unless the constitution is amended, the Legislature is free to ignore any laws on the books.”
Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha)


“While I don't agree with everything the Republicans are doing at the State Capitol, their actions are not shameful. These are democratically elected officials pursuing legislation that a large percentage of their constituents support. It's hard to believe this here in the bubble of Madison, but lots of people across this state (maybe even a majority) support Walker, and all that he's trying to do.”
Phil Hands, WI State Journal cartoonist


"Yeah, and isn't that a crime."
Sue Stapelman of Baraboo responding to a campaign phone call from Rep. Fred Clark, D-Baraboo, who told Stapelman he is challenging Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon, in a recall election. She then hung up. Clark’s unsuspecting response to a staffer was caught on Stapelman’s answering machine…"OK. I feel like calling her back and smackin' her around."


"In a moment of frustration after a discouraging phone conversation last week, I made a clearly inappropriate comment to my campaign staffer after the call. I understand the statement was completely inappropriate under any circumstance and I want to apologize. I am deeply sorry for any distress this incident my have caused for Ms. Stapelman or anyone in her family."
Fred Clark


"This disturbing and inappropriate comment gives us an unfortunate glimpse of what Representative Clark is like when he thinks no one is listening. Domestic violence is a devastating problem in our state, and abuse is on the rise. To be able to so freely threaten violence against a woman, even in jest, shows a tremendous lack of character."
John Hogan of Committee to Elect a Republican Senate


“To Debbie Wasserman Schultz, thank you for letting me in your district. If you're in the foxhole, you want Debbie alongside you, because not only is she charming and has that dazzling smile, but she's tough as nails. And that’s what’s needed during challenging times.”
President Obama speaking of Congressman Wasserman Schultz, who also chairs the Democratic National Committee, at two separate fundraising events in Miami on Monday.


"This will be the beginning of our country sliding toward ... it's a strong word, but anarchy. How can marriage be marriage for thousands of years and now all the sudden because a minority, an influential minority, has a push or agenda ... and totally reshapes something that was not founded in our country. You can't teach something that you don't have, so two men will never be able to show a woman how to be a woman."
Former New York Giant and Super Bowl hero David Tyree during a recent interview with the National Organization for Marriage about a same-sex marriage bill that recently passed the New York state assembly that awaits approval from state senators.


“I have a dream of O.J. Simpson confessing to me. And I am going to make that happen, people.”
Oprah Winfrey during a Q & A at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association's annual Cable Show in Chicago.


“Bye-bye, pervert”; “Were you fully erect? The people demand to know”; “Are you more than 7 inches?”; and "Will you maintain your hot physique?"
Hecklers at Anthony Weiner’s news conference announcing his resignation from Congress.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Weiner's pension and benefits



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


The media seemed interested in the cost of Republicans using “fake” Democrats in the recall elections. They didn’t and still don’t have the same interest about the cost of the recalls in general.



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


The media’s obsession with Sarah Palin turns into a witch hunt.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


What's that noise?


Would-be knight fails to woo woman.


Ohio judge will  avoid the stairs.


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