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.
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
Latest Carnegie Award Medal winners
Elizabeth Anne Smith
The volunteers who saved Karla Flores
Members of the WI State Patrol
State Rep. Evan Wynn
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
First American Funding Co.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“There’s a lot of people in
VP Joe Biden in an interview with WLRN.
"I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover."
North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue (D)
"The next time they tell you how stupid Sarah Palin is or Michele Bachmann, just think back to this day and North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue."
“Even before the financial crisis hit, one of the reasons that I ran for president was that wages, incomes, had flat-lined at the same time that costs were going up. I think people felt that opportunities were becoming more constricted for the next generation. There are a lot of things we can do. The way I think about it is, this is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft and we didn't have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades. We need to get back on track."
"Seriously, in 2008 we elected a community organizer, state senator, college instructor first term senator over a guy who spent five years in a Vietnamese prison. And now he’s lecturing us about how
Columnist Jonah Goldberg
"If asking a billionaire to pay the same tax rate as a Jew, uh, as a janitor makes me a warrior for the working class, I wear that with a badge of honor. I have no problem with that."
President Obama committing a gaffe as he addressed the Congressional Black Caucus Awards banquet.
"I expect all of you to march with me and press on. Take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying. We are going to press on. We've got work to do."
President Obama in a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus.
"And he never would say that to the gay and lesbian community who really pushed him on Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Or even in a speech to AIPAC, he would never say to the Jewish community 'stop complaining' about Israel."
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Ca), who was upset by the President's remarks to the CBC.
“Would you please raise my taxes?”
Doug Edwards, a wealthy former Google executive, speaking to President Obama on Monday during a town-hall meeting hosted by LinkedIn; Edwards supports Obama's belief that higher taxes for the wealthy should fund the President's jobs bill.
“President Obama prepares to divide our nation to achieve reelection. This is not a leadership style, this is a re-election strategy. Telling those who are scared and struggling that the only way their lives can get better is to diminish the success of others.”
NJ Governor Chris Christie
"(The Tea Party's) stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term. What’s, what does that, what underlines that? 'Screw the country. We’re going to whatever we do to get this black man, we can, we’re going to do whatever we can to get this black man outta here'.”
Actor Morgan Freeman
"I doubt if Morgan Freeman, with all due respect, who’s a great actor, has he ever been to a Tea Party? Most of the people that are criticizing the Tea Parties, about having a racist element, they have never been to a Tea Party."
(Your administration will) “precipitate a national conflict between church and state of enormous proportions” if it does not “end its campaign against DOMA, the institution of marriage it protects, and religious freedom.”
Archbishop Timothy Dolan in a letter to President Obama
"Be prepared for something different. It may take a few seconds longer, so if (fans) arrive a little earlier at the gates that would be helpful. I don't anticipate there being any lines that are so long that people miss the game or anything like that. … But every officer in every line will have those wands."
Green Bay Packer director of security Doug Collins. The team is implementing heightened security measures for the games at Lambeau Field this season. Starting with Sunday's game at Lambeau, all fans will be subject to a hand-held, metal-detecting wand test before being admitted. The procedure will be similar to wand inspections at the airport.
"I keep telling my friends and supporters and family and others in Wisconsin, this is the new normal. We’re going to have this stuff (political strife) for the next 14 months. The reason you see so much of Wisconsin and Ohio on your TV is that our electoral votes are up for grabs. Wisconsin is the most closely divided state in the country … a Democrat has not won the presidency in the United States of America without winning Wisconsin since 1960. So this is more, I think, about the presidential election … in these sort of bellwether swing states like Ohio and Wisconsin than it is about anything else.”
Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan (R) during an appearance at the conservative Hoover Institution, based at Stanford University.
“Wisconsin has outperformed the nation this year in job creation, but we aren’t immune to what is happening nationally. That’s why it’s important we do even more to help get Wisconsinites back to work. In traveling the state, I’ve listened to the concerns of job creators and those still looking for work. The one thing that I hear more than anything else is that employers and workers want a sense of certainty. That is the main goal of this special session – to create as much certainty as we can for employers and workers at the state level so that they can create jobs.”
WI Governor Walker calling for a special legislative session on jobs.
“I am not surprised at all by County Executive Abele’s low priority for public safety. He demonstrated his disdain for law and order even before he became county executive. He does not run the office of the sheriff, and I do not take orders or directives from a county executive. Case law is very clear that the sheriff alone decides how to carry out his duty and responsibility. His budget is an obvious attempt to micromanage my office. I am independently elected by the voters of Milwaukee County. He may think that he can eliminate the Discipline Order Training and Structure (DOTS) program, but let me be very clear on this – the DOTS program is staying.”
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke reacting to proposed cuts in his department by County Executive Chris Abele.
“Would I support going after Lucifer? Let me think about that. That's a tough one. Of course we’re gonna' be there.”
AFL-CIO Presdient Richard Trumka when asked if he would support a recall of Governor Scott Walker.
“I want him in front of me so he can look into my eyes and say to my face that I imagined it.”
Tristane Banon, the French writer who accused Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape. She's scheduled to confront Strauss-Kahn as part of a police inquiry before prosecutors decide whether to press charges.
“I think that when I did that backwards thing, there was a seismic shift, but I do not think there was a wardrobe malfunction.”
Nancy Grace, Headline News host, on her recent unintentional chest exposure while competing on "Dancing with the Stars.”
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
The media's absurd obsession with NJ Governor Chris Christie's weight.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
The unfulfilled promises of ObamaCare.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The Michael Jackson trial and...
Nancy Grace's wardrobe malfunction on DWTS.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Hey, didja hear the one about the topless singer and the Irish farmer?
Couldn't she just eat some pizza or Chicken McNuggets?
The cat's name is Frank. It's also named Louie. Why?
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