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.
Example #1. Franklin's City Attorney, the absolute best in the state on this issue has already been investigating Moroney's ruling.
In Wisconsin, we have a law in place allowing GPS monitoring of sex offenders. Former Gov. Jim Doyle signed the law, not so much as a get tough on crime move, but as a re-election photo op.
I know. I was there working for Senator Mary Lazich at the time who was and remains a staunch supporter of GPS monitoring.
GPS: Makes you feel safe, sound, and secure, right?
Except that we live in a litigious society. Anyone can sue anytime for anything, and just maybe get away with it.
In North Carolina, a sex offender objected, and the US Supreme Court listened.
Read the details here.
You’ll be hearing more about what I’m to tell you very soon. Could come from the blogosphere (that would be me).
So you know, John Rasche will no longer be covering Franklin with his eagle eye, writing stories about meetings that took place last month. No, the editors of the NOW site in their infinite wisdom have decided to move Rasche from Franklin where not even a weed has been spotted growing to Oak Creek that is hustlin’ bustlin’ boomin’ all over the place. Poor John. I’m not sure he’ll be able to keep up. He was typically 10-14 days late on a simple Franklin Common Council meeting where nothing happens except Kristen Wilhelm asking a million questions and expressing just as many whines. Oak Creek is building something new every 5.6 seconds. John might go into cardiac arrest just keeping notes.
His replacement is a female that was covering Wauwatosa. One of her latest entries on the NOW was to ask the spine-tingling death-defying question of readers as to what exciting things they planned doing that day.
Sounds like John Rasche LITE.
In other words, NOW editors are saying to Franklin, Franklin, the hell with you.
Franklin officials can rest easy. The toughest question you’re bound to get is why does Kristen Wilhelm seem so unhappy all the time?
We return now to the main focus of this blog: developments in Franklin that need to be reported that you’ll be hearing more about soon.
On the morning of April 8, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at Kwik Trip at 5040 W. Rawson Ave., the site of the former Andy’s, I’m not sure what you'd call it but if I said gas station you’d know what I mean.
This Just In…has received an advance copy of Franklin Mayor Steve Olson’s remarks that include the following:
“My fellow Franklinites as we stand here together for this wondrous ribbon-cutting I can honestly tell you that this undoubtedly the greatest day in the economic livelihood of the history of the city of Franklin.”
“We fully expect the momentum to continue and build with the opening soon of Franklin’s very first DOLLAR STORE!”
Also, This Just In…has learned city of Franklin officials are having second thoughts about a Milwaukee Burger Co. restaurant opening after learning the restaurant plans to serve French’s Yellow Mustard instead of Grey Poupon.
“This is outrageous,” said one elected official asking to remain anonymous. "How dare they? We are Franklin, after all. We cannot lower ourselves to have an establishment that refuses to serve the proper mustard. Why, the next thing you know, it’ll be like a Chick-fil-A!”
This Just In…has also learned that the negative backlash following the release of a recall flier depicting Franklin School Board President and Franklin Alderman Janet Evans has led to Milwaukee County Supervisor Steve Taylor seeking distance from the recall group. Taylor called a news conference where he invited fellow supervisors Mark Borkowkski and Deanna Alexander to attend, but they did not.
“I had nothing to do with that flier,” said Taylor. “I hear all the talk swirling around in Franklin. That I’m bitter. That I’m bitter because I lost to Evans for alderman. That’s I’m bitter because the voters tossed the Milwaukee County Board out in a landslide. That now I’m seeking revenge against Evans. I’m telling you it’s all wrong. Don’t you see? I had Bush stickers on folder. Tommy Thompson is my friend. I voted for all those tax increases in Franklin because….we, never mind.”
Orville Seymer, the head behind the operation to recall Evans could not be reached for comment by This Just In. He was reportedly busy attending to his apartment properties and checking his inbox that is said to be heavier than usual.
Stay tuned, Franklin.
For new readers:
I am always on the lookout for sharp, young, talented writers. As I have blogged in the past, these young folk must meet certain standards.
They must have a strong ability to write well.
Their efforts must be provocative and insightful.
They should have strong opinions and beliefs that are fact-based.
Their work should be grammatically correct, and they must not regularly and repeatedly flunk spell-check. Doing so would demonstrate a lack of pride and self-respect, not to mention a clear ineptness.
And there must be a consistency of excellence to their product. They wouldn’t dream of posting anything slightly embarrassing that would ruin their credibility in a heartbeat.
I have instituted recognizing special young writers who will be members of the Kevin Fischer “Whippersnapper Hall of Fame.” By the strictest definition, “whippersnapper” may not be the most positive term. However, I can assure you that in this context, “whippersnapper” should be considered in the most complimentary, respectful sense. These young individuals are refreshing.
Any young person with a computer can spit out foolish, naïve, fact-devoid, wild, unsubstantiated junk and call it a blog or creative writing. It takes intelligence, insight, and skill to compose a quality product that is noteworthy. My goal is to showcase these young writers who, by their true ability give us superb confidence that the future of our great country is in very capable hands.
These young stars are the real deal, bona fide talents. In reality, they are in a category far beyond "whippersnapper." I salute and congratulate them for putting their talents to such constructive use.
I will be updating the Hall of Fame when new talent comes to my attention. Readers are invited to nominate inductees by e-mailing me their suggestions.
I have also expanded my Hall of Fame beyond young writers to include young folks who have performed exceptional public service, accomplished outstanding feats, or demonstrated exemplary behavior.