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.
Here are the topics up for discussion Friday night on Interchange Friday night at 6:30 with a repeat at 11:00 Sunday morning on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10:
Rick Horowitz will fill in for regular host Dan Jones. Please watch anyway.
1 – McCHRYSTAL OUT, PETRAEUS IN
On McChrystal’s ouster: Was he right to submit his resignation? If he hadn’t, would Obama have let him go anyway? Did Obama have any choice? Was McChrystal tossed for doing normal soldier griping? If he and his colleagues are dumb enough to say these kinds of things with a reporter sitting there, are they too dumb to be left in charge of a mission as important as Afghanistan? Is tension between the military and civilian authorities inevitable? Did Obama make too big a deal of it in this case? Will Obama’s action change the perception of him in the military? Among the public at large?
On Petraeus’s new assignment: Would Obama have let McChrystal go if he didn’t have someone of Petraeus’s reputation willing to take over? Does Petraeus bring anything to the job that McChrystal lacked? McChrystal believed in the same counter-insurgency strategies that Petraeus has advocated -- so is this, as Obama insisted, simply a change in personnel, not in strategy? (Should he be rethinking the strategy, too?) Will naming Petraeus satisfy those who have opposed the expansion of the war in
2 – MORE OIL IN THE GULF
A robotic device hits the containment cap, and the flow of oil gets -- temporarily, at least -- even larger. Meanwhile a judge in
Was the judge right to issue the injunction? Is the administration right to appeal it? Who will come out ahead after all the legal maneuvering? Should Interior Secty. Salazar keep pushing ahead with revised plans for a moratorium? Is a blanket solution really the best approach? Can we take a chance on another catastrophic blowout?
What about the economic impact of a moratorium? Many people in the Gulf region depend on the oil industry for their livelihood. Of course, man people in the Gulf region depend on the seafood industry for their livelihood. How should these factors be weighed? And by whom?
The latest polls show the oil spill -- and government response -- taking a toll on Obama’s poll ratings. What happens if the spill can’t be fully contained until August?
It looks like YoungStar is going to happen, after years without a rating system for child-care providers. Is a statewide system a good idea? Can it be effective in ensuring quality and/or catching fraud? What factors should be considered in coming up with the ratings? Advocates of the YoungStar program say that most, if not all, of the money saved and recovered from fraudulent operators should go to fund the new rating system. Does this make sense? How much money should the state devote to this in a time of tightening budgets?
4 -- WHAT A PILE OF CARP!
After months of searching, the first Asian carp has now been found near Lake Michigan, and above the electric fish barrier on the
And just briefly, to end on a lighter note…
5 – THE BIG GIG!