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 baby 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
Billy Ray Harris
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Texas high school teacher
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
I had "moments of joy and light, but also moments that haven't been easy ... moments of turbulent seas and rough winds, as has occurred in the history of the church when it seemed like the Lord was sleeping."
Pope Benedict XVI during his farewell address.
“We don’t need to be having something like sequestration that’s going to cause these job losses — over 170 million jobs that could be lost...”
California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters warned of job losses totaling 170 million if the sequester goes through. Waters’ warning comes at a time when there are estimated to be between 135 and 143 million jobs in the United States.
“Are any of these positions more important than an air traffic controller, a border patrol officer, a food inspector, a TSA screener, or a civilian supporting our men and women in combat in Afghanistan?”
Senator Tom Coburn in a letter to White House budget office acting Director Jeffrey Zients. Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican and Congress' top waste-watcher, said the federal government can begin to control spending immediately. In his letter, Coburn pointed to job openings the government has advertised, including 10 slots for drivers at the State Department, at wages up to $26.45 an hour, and a Labor Department staff assistant to handle scheduling and screen phone calls, at a salary of up to $81,204 a year.
Obama's response to the sequestration is "the most cynical behavior I have seen during my time in Washington. Replacing the sequester would require the President to save $85 billion out of a $3,500 billion federal budget. One would think that any President would leap at the opportunity to make government more effective and responsive. But what does the President do instead? He says Republicans are ‘cutting vital services for children’ in order to ‘benefit the well-off and well-connected.’ This has been the strategy now for years: block any attempt to reform the government and then relentlessly attack the reformers. Does any lawmaker, reporter, or citizen believe that the only way to save taxpayer dollars is to hurt children, that every government program is effective and helpful and not one penny is wasted? While the White House operatives may think this attack is clever, it betrays an astonishing elitism: the federal government is perfect and requires no reform. That is why they have no plan to make our government leaner and more efficient. The President had 18 months to develop reforms to improve the government, but instead he announced furloughs of federal workers as a political cudgel. Yet, his golf weekend at the yacht club with Tiger Woods cost taxpayers over a million dollars—enough money to save 341 federal workers from furlough.”
Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama Sessions is the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee. Sessions is the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee.
“I think you will regret staking out that claim. It was said very clearly, 'You will regret doing this.' I mean, it makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters, you're going to regret doing something that you believe in.”
Veteran reporter Bob Woodward citing an e-mail he received from a senior White House official following the publication of a Woodward column critical of President Obama.
“'In America, you have a right to be stupid, if you want to be... and we tolerate that.”
Secretary of State John Kerry speaking to a packed Internet cafe in Berlin.
"Sounds like a bit of penis envy by Abele…Abele is not used to taking a back seat to anyone, especially some black conservative sheriff."
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke responding to an email from Abele aide Brendan Conway to the Journal Sentinel for a column that ran about Clarke's stance on cutting the County Board.
“Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes.”
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, during oral arguments on the Voting Rights Act.
“If more men were homosexual, there would be no wars, because homosexual men would never kill other men.”
Indie singing star Morrissey, to rookiemag.com, an online publication for teen girls.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Sex offender Shawn Schulpius released from secure treatment.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
The "Never Again" campaign.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The Sequester is falling! The Sequester is falling!
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
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