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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.



During the recent Elvis Week 2009, Adam Block, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Legacy Recordings for Sony Music Entertainment, presented incredible new awards for sales of Elvis records during a ceremony at Graceland.

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Recommended reading (08/29/09)

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).

The Angry White Liberal

"When things aren't going his way, the Angry White Liberal wails and gnashes his teeth, rends his garments, and hurls invective at the opposition. His rhetoric and prose is so heated, it's gotten to the point where you need to put on oven mitts before opening the paper. He is so convinced of the righteousness of his positions that he lashes out uncontrollably at anybody who disagrees with him. For the Angry White Liberal, dissent is anathema. Antagonism is illegitimate. Only conformity to prevailing liberal opinion is enough to still his rage."

ObamaCare: The only exit strategy

"Obamacare Version 1.0 is dead. But there is an exit strategy. And a politically clever one, if the Democrats are smart enough to seize it."

Three Reasons Why Government Can't Run Health Care

"We should judge government, not by its words, but by its deeds. With this simple principle in mind, what follows are three examples why government can't - and shouldn't - run our health care system."

Abortion Is New Front in Health Battle

"Anti-abortion groups are gearing up for a battle in the fall over health-care legislation, another headache for Democrats who already face concerns about the measure's cost and reach."

Why Health Insurers Make Lousy Villains

"Blaming insurance firms for runaway healthcare costs is a weak argument, because the insurance industry isn't all that profitable to start with."

Voters Say They Know Health Care Bill Better Than Congress

"Most voters think they understand the health care reform legislation proposed by President Obama better than Congress does - and about as well as the president himself."

The path to Republican revival

"Obama’s overreach has created a measure of opportunity for Republicans. The question is whether that opportunity will be grasped. Can Republicans overcome their manifest problems and succeed in preparing themselves for a restoration of public trust, and can they do so not only by appealing to new groups but also by offering compelling answers to pressing public needs?

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Week-ends (08/29/09)


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...


Jeremiah Kendall

Frank Canale

Justine Faeth

James Boyden's rescuers

Tim McGraw


Phillip and Nancy Garrido........
and police

Peter Nelsen and child welfare officials

Darius Wade

Anthony Peters

Athena Sidlar

Chair of the Colorado Democrat Party and Maurice Schwenkler

Terrance Dejuan McCoy


"Thank you, sir, for showing the courage to do the right thing and get involved and for that we applaud you.”
Deputy Milwaukee Police Inspector Ramon Galaviz introducing Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett before the mayor spoke to police academy graduates. Barrett was beaten with a tire iron on August 15 in West Allis after leaving the State Fair as he tried to call 9-1-1 for a woman who cried for help.

"Be smart, be careful, be kind and be good."
Barrett to the police academy graduates.

"You've heard of 'win one for the Gipper'? There is going to be an atmosphere of 'win one for Teddy.'"
Ralph G. Neas, the CEO of the liberal National Coalition on Health Care about the push to pass health care reform as a tribute to Ted Kennedy who died this week of brain cancer.

“Anyone recall Mary Jo? Teddy Kennedy treated like an (expletive) hero. He got a full lifetime. She didn't. Makes me sick.”
Blogger Beer, Bicycles and the VRWC.

“They may be in a minority, but they are a larger minority than we’ve seen in the 20-plus years that I’ve been doing this. “I’ve never seen anything like this. People are scared. People are scared.”
Congressman Allen Boyd (D-Fla) admitting he was caught by surprise by the uneasiness proposed health care reform has caused. During a standing room only town hall, one audience member handed him a stack of pink slips.

“This is the answer from a doctor and a politician. Here’s why tort reform is not in the bill. When you go to pass a really enormous bill like that, the more stuff you put in it, the more enemies you make, right? And the reason that tort reform is not in the bill is because the people who wrote it did not want to take on the trial lawyers in addition to everyone else they were taking on. And that is the plain and simple truth.”
Former Democrat presidential candidate Howard Dean responding to a question about why tort reform isn’t in the health care reform bill.

"Everything that's been printed, everything that's been reported, everything that's been breaking in the news on the day Ted Kennedy died is 100 percent a lie, a lie. All of this has been a lie, a total fabrication of the truth."
Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino blasting media reports about rape allegations made against him.

"I'd be a fool to sit here and tell you I've won everyone over in the locker room, and that's not what I'm trying to do. I was brought in here to help this team win, not to make friends, even though I felt like that's an easy thing for me to do. I will continue to work on that part of it. I think my experience can only go so far on the field, but it can pay huge dividends off the field and in the locker room.  You know what, you've got to be yourself, and I'm pretty content with my personality. I think it's able to fit in with just about everyone."
Brett Favre about reports he’s not been received well in the Minnesota Vikings locker room.

I don't understand why the Wisconsin media hates Favre. Was it because he always gave the big interview to espn or his hometown newspaper instead of the Wisconsin media?”
Comment left by “quickhound” on a jsonline blog.


The release of the Lockerbie bomber.


Where's Mary Jo Kopechne's eulogy?


Ted Kennedy


New York City's naked hotel

Goat in trunk

REMEMBER: Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me.

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Goodnight everyone, and try to have a summer weekend

It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.

Tonight.......a reluctant farewell to a summer that never seemed to arrive.

Let’s face it. Summer’s over.

We’ll still have some nice days, but the steamy, hot weather is done, if it ever came.

The days are getting shorter. Footballs are flying. School’s back in session. The Halloween Express is open.

Goodbye summer.

We open tonight with Incognito, a jazz/funk/fusion group formed in London in 1979 and still working today.

This track seems quite appropriate.

From their debut album in 1981, "Summer's Ended."

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