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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 (06/30/12)

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


Medical team at Berlin hospital


Heather Town


Jackie Whiton


Military wives


Delroy Simmonds


Bryan Martin


Shane Hankins


Karen Grochowski 


Nadia Diaz



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK



President Obama


The city of Greenville, SC


The city of Mineral Wells


Obese-only gyms



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


"The Affordable Care Act's requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax. Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness."
US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in his written opinion about the court upholding ObamaCare.


"It is true that if an individual does not purchase insurance, he or she affects the insurance market to a degree. But the Government's theory would make one's mere existence the basis for federal regulation. There would be no structural limit on the power of Congress. As a result, the Government's theory would change the relation between the citizens and the Federal Government in a fundamental way."
Justice Kennedy writing in the dissenting opinion.


"The highest court in the land has now spoken. We will continue to implement this law. And we will continue to improve on it where we can. It should be pretty clear by now that I didn't do this because it was good politics. I did it because I believed it was good for the country."
President Obama reacting to the court’s ruling on health care.


"It actually settles nothing. By shifting the debate to the tax arena, and with a four-justice dissent, the decision guarantees only that the broader fight over a suitable national health policy will continue. In effect, the court decided this was too hot to handle. The focus will shift back to the political arena, where a deeply divided electorate will have to decide which policy path they want the country to pursue."
Richard Saltman, a professor at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.


"Congress must act to repeal this misguided law. Today's decision does nothing to diminish the fact that Obamacare's mandates, tax hikes, and Medicare cuts should be repealed and replaced with common-sense reforms that lower costs and that the American people actually want. It is my hope that with new leadership in the White House and Senate, we can enact these step-by-step solutions and prevent further damage from this terrible law."
Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell


"I've been clear from the very beginning that I do not believe a one-size-fits-all health care program works for the entire country and that each governor should have the ability to make decisions about what works best for their state. Today's Supreme Court decision is disappointing and I still believe this is the wrong approach for the people of New Jersey who should be able to make their own judgments about health care. Most importantly, the Supreme Court is confirming what we knew all along about this law – it is a tax on middle class Americans."
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie


"I continue to oppose ObamaCare. One of my first acts as Governor was to authorize Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to add Wisconsin to the federal lawsuit opposing ObamaCare. Wisconsin will not take any action to implement ObamaCare. I am hopeful that political changes in Washington D.C. later this year ultimately end the implementation of this law at the federal level. If there is no political remedy from Washington and the law moves forward, it would require the majority of people in Wisconsin to pay more money for less healthcare. Additionally, it would increase the size and cost of government, decrease the quality of healthcare and, in our state, reduce access for those truly in need of assistance. The federal government should not tell individuals and families what to do with healthcare. The alternative is more transparency and a more active role by consumers, so we can truly control costs."
WI Governor Scott Walker


"it's constitutional. Bitches."
A tweet by DNC executive director Patrick Gaspard, his initial reaction to the Supreme Court ruling.


"I let my scotus excitement get the better of me. In all seriousness, this is an important moment in improving the lives of all Americans."
A later tweet by DNC executive director Patrick Gaspard


"That was just confirmation, I looked at him during the reading of the verdict and just the look on his face, no real emotion. Just kind of accepting, you know, because, it was true.”
Juror in the Jerry Sandusky trial, Joshua Harper



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


A tax increase, and how!


The other Supreme Court ruling.



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


The recount in Racine.


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MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


And rightfully so, the Supreme Court and ObamaCare.



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


"A naked guy in Aisle 10 needs help with canned peas."
Which naked guy?



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