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
Congressman John Barrow (D-GA)
Woman hiding in attic
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"Today, I joined my colleagues in the House to protect as many Americans as possible from a tax increase. We also provided certainty by making the lower tax rates permanent. The House has already passed legislation to prevent tax increases for every American family, and it is unfortunate that President Obama insisted on taking more from hardworking taxpayers. Despite my concerns with other provisions in the bill, I commend my colleagues for limiting the damage as much as possible. The American people chose divided government. As elected officials, we have a duty to apply our principles to the realities of governing. And we must exercise prudence. We must weigh the benefits and the costs of action - and of inaction. In (the fiscal cliff bill), there are clearly provisions that I oppose. But the question remains: Will the American people be better off if this law passes relative to the alternative? In the final analysis, the answer is undoubtedly yes. I came to Congress to make tough decisions - not to run away from them.”
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville)
"I am particularly pleased that this deal included provisions that will extend unemployment insurance and ensure the wealthy pay their fair share both on their annual as well as investment-related incomes. Unfortunately, the deal won't solve all of our problems. In two months we will once again have to debate raising the debt ceiling and address the automatic spending cuts included in the sequestration. It is my sincere hope that the GOP does not try to take a hatchet to the much needed social programs that will be necessary in keeping our economy moving forward."
U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee)
"Going over the fiscal cliff would mean tax increases on everyone and that is not what our fragile economy needs right now. I have said time and again that we should keep tax rates where they are until comprehensive tax reform can be achieved, and this bill does that for nearly 99% of all Americans. I hope that the President and Senator Harry Reid will work on closing the gap and coming up with a solution that will address 100 percent of the problem. I have been outspoken that in order to get our economy back on track, revenue must go up and spending must go down. There is no other way to put it, so until there is significant spending cuts, our country will wind up back in the same upside down situation: spending more than we take in."
U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Appleton)
"The so-called deal doesn't promote economic growth or job creation, it discourages it. Rather than address the drivers of our debt problem, it completely avoids any serious spending reform, only prolongs a debt crisis that will surely hand the taxpayers a bigger bill in the long term and threaten our economic growth. The 'fiscal cliff' may be over, but our fiscal crisis is not. The upcoming 113th Congress must focus on cutting spending and reforming the structural causes of our debt, including entitlements."
Voting for the fiscal cliff deal was like "eating a you-know-what sandwich. When you are trying to save our great nation, when you're trying to deal with these massive deficits we have, you have to use your head and not your heart.”
Republican Sen. Bob Corker
“Spread your legs, you're going to be frisked.”
After the swearing in of freshman Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (R-ND), Vice President Joe Biden made a comment about 'frisking' during a photo with her family. Biden made the comment after everyone was instructed by the photographer to drop their arms to get a better picture. “If you say that to somebody in
"As a general premise, I believe debate moderators are not there as fact-checkers...They are there to facilitate the exchange between the candidates. You have to put a different cloak on, over your mind and your mouth and everything else. When you moderate something, you are a moderator, you are not functioning in a journalistic capacity."
PBS journalist Jim Lehrer chastised CNN's Candy Crowley for the assistance she provided Barack Obama during his presidential debate with Mitt Romney. During her October 16 debate,
State Senator Glen Grothmann (R-West Bend)
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Obama in Hawaii
Delhi gang rape
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Hammers and clubs.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Kim Kardashian is pregnant.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Utah street name deemed too naughty.
That's it for Week-ends.
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