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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.

Recommended Reading (01/08/12)

Recommended Reading


Here are, in my view, interesting, noteworthy columns and articles from the past week that I highly recommend (You will note that on occasion, I do not endorse the opinions of the author and may point that out. Despite my disagreements, I still feel the piece is worth a read).


Walker untouched in latest charges

"Even though the suspects have ties to the governor, Walker has not been implicated in the year-and-a-half-old probe."


Why US should cheer for Scott Walker

"In March, Walker signed what is now nationally famous legislation that reformed public employee collective bargaining. The bill was crucial to putting Wisconsin on a sustainable fiscal path. Public employee unions fought bitterly, albeit unsuccessfully, to block Walker's reforms. Now they are trying to recall him.

Guess what? It's working."


Walker critics worry Kleefisch could fill his void

"Marquette University law professor Richard Esenberg said, 'I think heads would explode around the state' if Walker was to resign so Kleefisch could step in."


How a Wisconsin high school band became a political hot potato

“During the Jan. 2 parade in Pasadena, Calif., the Pulaski band, in the middle of its traditional rendition of state song ‘On Wisconsin,’ suddenly broke into a funky dance while playing a funkier tune. The morning of Jan. 3, a blogger at the liberal site Daily Kos excitedly posted that the song Pulaski had slipped in the middle was Woody Guthrie’s ‘Union Maid.’ Blogger AnnieJo writes, ‘Listen to the announcers — they have no idea what’s going on, what the tune is, what statement is being made here.’ Yes, it is amazing that parade hosts for HGTV are not up on their union songbook.”


Voter ID terrifies Democrats

“The most consequential election in our lifetime is still 10 months away, but it’s clear from the Obama administration’s order halting South Carolina’s new photo ID law that the Democrats already have brought a gun to a knife fight. How else to describe this naked assault on the right of a state to create minimal requirements to curb voter fraud?”


Good girl with gun lives, bad guy with knife dies

In my world, if a violent altercation occurs between two humans, the innocent assaulted party should live, and if anybody has to die or get critically wounded, it should be the sadistic perpetrator. Call me freaky.

To make certain this occurs, the innocent party has to be able to do one or two things when the crap hits the fan:

1. Open up a can of whup ass and immobilize the foul weed, thus sending him to the hospital.

2.
Double-lung the loser with a hot dose of lead, thus sending him to hell.

Yes, the one being preyed upon has to be able to do the abovementioned because the quickest cop on the planet cannot respond fast enough to save your backside should things go violently south. You dig?”


Dave Barry's 2011 Year in Review

"What made it truly awful was the economy, which, for what felt like the 17th straight year, continued to stagger around like a zombie on crack. Nothing seemed to help. President Obama, whose instinctive reaction to pretty much everything that happens, including sunrise, is to deliver a nationally televised address, delivered numerous nationally televised addresses on the economy, but somehow these did not do the trick. Neither did the approximately 37 million words emitted by the approximately 249 Republican-presidential-contender televised debates, out of which the single most memorable statement made was, quote: 'Oops'.”


Ideas have sex...and we're better for it

"Think about it this way: one idea goes to a bar and meets another idea. They get together -- and however many days or months later (I'm not sure how it works with ideas) -- a baby results. The baby idea has the best traits of both parents.

I know this seems like a weird concept. It seemed weird to me when I first heard it.

But the more I thought about it ... the more right it seems."


Singles bow to Cupids-for-hire

"Hoping to meet some prospects at a holiday party in December, Mr. Johnson enlisted Thomas Edwards, who runs a service called 'The Professional Wingman.' For a fee of $125, Mr. Edwards accompanied Mr. Johnson to the event and posed as his good pal. As they negotiated the crowd, the wingman alerted his charge to flirtatious types and helped make seamless introductions."

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