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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 (06/23/12)

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).


Doug Giles' cure for the skinny punks who bullied the granny on the bus

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Why didn’t Klein jump up and beat their narrow backsides? I guarantee if she would have called their bluff and started pounding one of the mouthy little metrosexuals he would have started squealing like a Bieber fan. The kid would have gone to the back of the bus to sulk and then called his lawyer. But he wouldn’t have continued his F-bomb laden diatribe. Look, I don’t care how old or infirm I get … if I have enough strength to swing a cane I’m going to clock the first gum-smacking punk who tells me to blank off."


Wisconsin's message: Voters want reform 

“It's hard to dodge downpours in a wet season, and it is proving remarkably wet for the Democrats and public sector unions. Since losing the big effort to recall the Republican governor of Wisconsin, they have been trying hard to explain away the 1,334,450 raindrops Wisconsin voters deposited on their pro-union campaigners.”


Top 10 labor union woes

Taxpayers are waking up to the scam of public workers shaking down politicians for lucrative benefits, and leaving the tab for future generations. The jig is up, as this list of labor woes makes clear.”


Wisconsin Senate primary a contentious four-way primary contest

"As it has been throughout the primary race, Thompson (who also served as secretary of health and human services under George W. Bush) is the candidate to beat. Wisconsin’s longest-serving governor is recognized as a leader in pro-business and pro-growth politics, a pioneer in the movement for school vouchers in the 1990’s, and in welfare reform.

But as known and beloved as he is, Thompson is felt by many to be a figure from the past."


Better schools, fewer dollars

"Here's what looks like a policy dilemma. To attain the economic growth that it desperately needs, the United States must improve its schools and train a workforce capable of competing in the global economy. Economists Eric Hanushek, Dean Jamison, Eliot Jamison, and Ludger Woessmann estimate that improving student achievement by half of one standard deviation—roughly the current difference between the United States and Finland—would increase U.S. GDP growth by about a full percentage point annually. Yet states and the federal government face severe budgetary constraints these days; how are policymakers supposed to improve student achievement while reducing school funding?

In reality, that task is far from impossible."


This embarrasses you and I*

"Managers are fighting an epidemic of grammar gaffes in the workplace. Many of them attribute slipping skills to the informality of email, texting and Twitter where slang and shortcuts are common. Such looseness with language can create bad impressions with clients, ruin marketing materials and cause communications errors, many managers say. There's no easy fix."


Independence day: It gets worse

"Back in my days at Marshall County High School (Lewisburg, Tennessee), I was given the assignment of writing a futurist piece for the school newspaper. I threw something together out of thin air, with no research into scientific prototypes or looming demographic trends and no true extrapolation from current events. Older and wiser (and facing a relentless deadline), I’ve now assigned myself the task of picturing Independence Day 2017 for you."


AND FINALLY,


Conservatives don't play the blame game

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