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
Margaet Zerwekh and Alonzo Cushing
Rowdy Pope and Nick Bedoya.........MORE.
The Charlotte Police Department
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
The UW Board of Regents
Congressman Phil Hare (D-Illinois)
Miley Cyrus.......WAHHH! I GET TO BE TRASHY, TOO!
Lady Gaga......once, and twice.
England and Ghana
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“I was down there a month ago, before most of these talkin’ heads were even paying attention to the gulf. A month ago I was meeting with fishermen down there, standin’ in the rain talking about what a potential crisis this could be. and I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar, we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.”
"Look, we’re broke. We’re $13 trillion in debt, and 43 cents of every dollar the federal government spends this year we’re going to have to borrow and pass the bill on to our kids and grandkids. I think it’s time for Democrats here on Capitol Hill to start listening to the American people. They want spending cut and they want it cut now. And I’m wondering, why isn’t the president looking for someone’s ‘ass to kick’ on this subject?"
House Republican Leader John Boehner of
“Two years ago this week, then-Senator Obama declared that his very nomination as Democratic-party presidential candidate (never mind his election, or inauguration) marked the moment when ‘our planet began to heal’ and ‘the rise of the oceans began to slow.’ ‘Well, when you anoint yourself King Canute’, remarked Charles Krauthammer the other day, ‘you mustn’t be surprised when your subjects expect you to command the tides’.”
Conservative columnist Mark Steyn
“How about just tracking down every single person who said drill baby drill and putting them all in prison. Why don’t we do that? Starting with Michael Steele.”
Conservative columnist Alan Grayson
“We're tired of being dumped on."
Distraught shrimper Dianne Wilson yelled as she disrupted a Senate hearing on the oil spill.
“Republicans have done a fantastic job predicting a landslide in the November elections, but not such a good job of doing anything that will actually help them achieve victory”
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter
"We need to give the American people an alternative — who are we, what do we believe in, what are our principles, how will we apply them and what will we do if you elect us back, and how do you make sure we won't repeat the sins of fiscal profligacy that we made last time we were in the majority."
Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan
“It almost feels as if all these women winning are kind of a blow to feminism.”
Tina Brown, the editor of The Daily Beast, discussing the primary wins of many GOP women this week.
“This law is wrong. It’s evil. It [harkens] back to, what I consider to be one of the worst episodes of this world when Nazi
“Tom Barrett’s déjà vu spending proposal follows the same ‘say anything to get elected’ playbook of Governor Doyle from 2002, whose campaign promises to curb state spending were never realized and instead proposed increasing spending by an average of 10% while adding $3 billion in new taxes on struggling Wisconsin families. Scott Walker has introduced eight consecutive budgets without an increase to the property tax levy from the previous year, cut the debt by 10% and reduced the government workforce by 20% - even having an $8.9 million surplus in his most recent budget, while Tom Barrett’s most recent budget proposed $21 million of increased taxes and fees to maintain government spending.”
Keith Gilkes, campaign manager for Scott Walker’s campaign for governor.
The last time I wrote you I stated it was time to coalesce around the Republican candidate best able to be elected governor in November 2010. While I appreciate you may have a different view, time has validated my judgment.
Earlier in 2009 when I considered your candidacy you told me that you would conduct a positive campaign with ideas that could address
Today I write to you as I am aghast at where your campaign has gone. You are violating the Reagan commandment.
The event you "staged" at the Republican convention was phony and hollow. I watched in amazement your shallowness and contrivance. You well know, since you were the Republican candidate in 5 elections (2 you won, 3 you lost), that guests are allowed "inside" if they register and pay the appropriate fee. At this convention I arranged for several people to so observe. Your claim of outsider, not being allowed in, was staged and phony.
Now I see you are holding press conferences to attack your primary opponent. As a math teacher you know that your criticism is contrived. All this for media attention; to mislead the voters.
My dad always told me to sell myself; not to knock down the other fellow. I expect yours did as well. You’re not following that sage guidance.
I hope you stop; you are only helping the democrats. It is time for you to leave the field before your integrity is permanently besmirched.
In any event I must ask you to return the contributions which Shirley and I have made to your campaign. You obtained them under the false pretense that you would run a positive campaign focusing on the liberal democrats. You haven’t done that.
/s/ James R. Klauser
Jim Klauser, writing to Mark Neumann, asking him to drop out of the GOP race for governor.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Democrats have no shame.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The World Cup.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
How not to get out of jury duty.
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.