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.
1) The US Supreme Court made a historic decision in a 5-4 ruling establishing same-sex marriage across all 50 states, ending two decades of litigation. Supporters of same-sex marriage Pooja Mandagere, left, and Natalie Thompson kiss outside the U.S. Supreme Court following the announcement of the ruling on the same-sex marriage case, in Washington, June 26. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)
2) Mindy Ross (left) and Jimmie Beall celebrate at the counter after putting down their money to receive a marriage license in Probate Court on June 26 in Columbus, OH. The US Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage. Ohio was one of the 14 states affected by the ruling. (Chris Russell/The Columbus Dispatch Photo via Associated Press)
3) Judith Gibson, left, and Barbara DiBarnard share a tender moment after they were married in their home in Lincoln, Neb. on, June 26. The couple, who have been together for 27 years, were finally able to legally apply for a marriage license in Nebraska. (Francis Gardler/The Journal-Star via AP)
4) Dylann Roof appears via video before a judge in Charleston, S.C., on June 19. The 21-year-old accused of killing nine people inside he historic Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church made his first court appearance, with the relatives of all the victims making tearful statements. Photo: Centralized Bond Hearing Court, of Charleston, S.C. via AP
5) Police lead suspected shooter Dylann Roof into the courthouse in Shelby, North Carolina, June 18. Roof, a 21-year-old with a criminal record, is accused of killing nine people at a Bible-study meeting. US officials are investigating as a hate crime. (Jason Miczek/Reuters)
6) Rev. Norvel Goff prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church four days after a mass shooting that claimed the lives of Pinckney and eight others on June 21 in Charleston, S.C. Photo: David Goldman / Pool via AP
7) Protesters call for removal of the Confederate flag at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, S.C. Photo: AP
8) Demonstrators protest at the South Carolina State House calling for the Confederate flag to remain on the State House grounds June 27, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Earlier in the week South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley expressed support for removing the Confederate flag from the State House grounds in the wake of the nine murders at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
9) A law enforcement official stands guard on Studley Road where the search for convicted murderer David Sweat continued, Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Duane, N.Y. Convicted murderer Richard Matt was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent in a wooded area about 30 miles from the Clinton Correctional Facility on Friday. Sweat is on the run, authorities said. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
10) Flood water reflects damaged homes in Coal City, Illinois, a community of about 5,000 residents 60 miles southwest of Chicago, where the National Weather Service confirmed that a twister touched down on June 23. A storm system flattened homes across the Midwest and slammed the Northeast on June 22 with heavy rain and strong winds, knocking out power for hundreds of thousands, snarling transportation and overturning semi-trucks on interstates. Photo: Jon Durr / Getty Images
11) A man carries a box into the only shop open on an Athens street on June 25. Desperate Greeks expressed fears for their future Friday as more than $1.1 billion was withdrawn from banks in a single day, pushing the country closer towards a default. Photo: Daniel Ochoa De Olza / AP
12) A woman withdraws money from a bank cash machine from a National Bank branch while another reacts behind her in central Athens on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Anxiety over Greece's future swelled on Saturday, with people queuing outside banks to withdraw cash, after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' call to have the people vote on a proposed bailout deal increases the risks that the country might fall out of the euro. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
13) Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles as a little robot waves to her during a reception at the 'Technische Universitaet' (Technical University) in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip are on an official visit to Germany until Friday, June 26. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, pool)
14) Wade Kitner looks at the northern lights as he fishes in Ventura, Iowa, on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Federal forecasters said the northern lights may be able to be seen Tuesday night as far south as Iowa or Pennsylvania because of a severe solar storm that hit the earth on Monday and pushes auroras to places where more people can possibly see them. (Arian Schuessler, The Globe Gazette via AP)
15) Brown bear mother Onni and her cub Alexa who was born in January are eyed by a wolf at Wildpark Knuell near Homberg, Germany, June 22, 2015. Brown bears and wolves are housed in a joint compound at the wildlife park. (EPA/UWE ZUCCHI)
16) Three lion cubs are seen making their first public appearance in their enclosure at Paris Zoological Park in the Bois de Vincennes in the east of Paris, France, June 26, 2015. The lion cubs Atlas, Kibo and Shani were born on April 22, 2015 to parents Aswad, the lioness, and the lion Nero. (REUTERS/Charles Platiau)
17) A rather round seal swims in a Osaka, Japan, aquarium. Photo: Toshifumi Kitamurato / AFP / Getty Images
18) Keegan Sparks holds on during the mutton bustin' competition Thursday, June 25, 2015., at the Garrard County Fair near Lancaster, Ky. Each competitor had to weigh 60 pounds or fewer. (Clay Jackson/The Advocate-Messenger via AP)
19) Players perform during a game at the first Bubble Soccer tournament in Hitzkirch, near Lucerne, Switzerland, June 27, 2015. Bubble Soccer, also known as Zorb Soccer, is becoming increasingly popular around the world. The game is a recreation of playing soccer whilst encased in an inflated zorb which covers the players upper-body and head. (EPA/URS FLUEELER)
20) Rolling Stones fans stream into the south entrance of the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee, buying T-shirts and other memorabilia ahead of the Rollings Stones Zip Code Tour show at the Marcus Amphitheater on Tuesday. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood
21) Janet Lolly, of Chicago, checks out a T-shirt for sale. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood
22) The Rolling Stones kicked-off Summerfest 2015 with opener Buddy Guy at the Marcus Amphitheater June 23. Journal Sentinel photos: Rick Wood
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...
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“Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle that we are all created equal. The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times. Progress on this journey often comes in small increments, sometimes two steps forward, one step back, propelled by the persistent effort of dedicated citizens. And then sometimes, there are days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt. They’ve (Supreme Court justices) reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal protection of the law, that all people should be treated equally regardless of who they are or who they love.”
President Obama reacting to the US Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage
Gay and lesbian couples "share a love for their partners constrained only by social stigma and discriminatory laws. But today, their love is set free with the right to marry and the recognition of that marriage throughout the country.”
Vice President Joe Biden
"They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."
Justice Anthony Kennedy in his 28-page ruling
"Today, five lawyers have ordered every state to change their definition of marriage. Just who do we think we are? This court is not a legislature. Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us. If you are among the many Americans - of whatever sexual orientation - who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today's decision. But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.
"Supporters of same-sex marriage have achieved considerable success persuading their fellow citizens—through the democratic process—to adopt their view. That ends today. Stealing this issue from the people will for many cast a cloud over same-sex marriage, making a dramatic social change that much more difficult to accept."
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in dissent of the gay marriage ruling
“Today’s decision usurps the constitutional right of the people to decide whether to keep or alter the traditional understanding of marriage. For millennia, marriage was inextricably linked to the one thing that only an opposite-sex couple can do: procreate. At present, no one—including social scientists, philosophers, and historians—can predict with any certainty what the long-term ramifications of widespread acceptance of same-sex marriage will be. And judges are certainly not equipped to make such an assessment.”
Justice Samuel Alito
“Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court. The opinion in these cases is the furthest extension in fact—and the furthest extension one can even imagine—of the Court’s claimed power to create “liberties” that the Constitution and its Amendments neglect to mention. This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.”
Justice Antonin Scalia
“Aside from undermining the political processes that protect our liberty, the majority’s decision threatens the religious liberty our Nation has long sought to protect.”
Justice Clarence Thomas
“As a Party, we believe in the importance of traditional marriage between a man and a woman and remain committed to finding common ground to champion the family’s role in society. Marriage is critically important to strengthening our country and our communities. Today’s ruling cannot and must not be used to coerce a church or religious institution into performing marriages that their faith does not recognize. We should respect the sincerely held religious views of our fellow citizens, just as we respect those on the winning side of this case.”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus
“Racism. We’re not cured of it. It’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say n****r in public, that’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not.”
“It’s time to move the flag from the Capitol grounds. That flag, while an integral part of our past, does not represent the future of our great state.”
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on the Confederate flag in S.C.
“The flag didn’t have a thing to do with what happened.”
Haley Barbour, former Republican National Committee Chairman and former governor of Mississippi
“Well, I am glad the Democrats have come out foursquare against slavery. It has taken a while, but if we are going to remedy the sadness of the Confederate side in the Civil War, I think we need to abolish the Democratic Party. That is a much more hateful symbol. They were the ones that stood for it– even after the North, i.e. the Republicans won the war and finally got the Democrats to give up slavery. Democrats continued to discriminate against black people for another 100 years.
“Well, I am a student of American history, so I am appalled by — though I’d really like to like Nikki Haley since she is a Republican. On the other hand, she is an immigrant that does not understand America’s history … The Confederate flag we’re talking about never flew over an official Confederate building. It was a battle flag. It is to honor Robert E. Lee. And anyone who fought knows the first thing about military history knows there is no greater army that ever took the field that Confederate army. Both blacks and whites in Mississippi when it came up for a vote – 30 percent of black, this was within 10 years – 30 percent of blacks voted to keep the Confederate flag.”
Ann Coulter, author of “¡Adios America! The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole,” taking on the issue of the Confederate flag. She went on to criticize Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC), who on Monday announced her support for removing the flag from the state capitol’s grounds.
“He can't possibly have a soul. Those brothers took away an angel. You will never understand the impact of her loss. You will never know why she is so desperately missed. You ruined so many lives that day. Your friends abandoned you… You will die in prison alone.”
Karen McWatters, a friend of 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, who was killed in the 2013 Boston Marathgon attack. Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was formally sentenced Wednesday for the 2013 attacks in Boston. Tsarnaev smiled as his victims arrived in court to give emotional speeches before he was sentenced to die. The 21-year-old killer laughed with his attorney before his sentencing hearing got underway in federal court in Boston.
“He chose to do nothing, to prevent all of this from happening. He chose hate. He chose destruction. He chose death. We choose love. We choose kindness. We choose peace. This is our response to hate. That's what makes us different from him.”
Bill Richard, the father of eight-year-old Boston bombing victim Martin Richard Bill and Denise Richard told the court that they had wanted Tsarnaev to be sentenced to life behind bars so he had time to think about what he had done and the strength of the survivors.
“I don't know what makes me happy anymore. There is an emptiness that I cannot manage to fill. The defendant he has taken Sean away from me, but he's also taken me away from me. When I'm angry, I'm furious… When I feel joy, I cry, because it is so rare. He is a coward and a liar. 'He showed no remorse while his victims stood in front of him... He ran his own brother over with a car. He had no issues shooting mine in the head. He spit in the face of the American dream.”
MIT Officer Sean Collier's sister, Jen
“I'm the one who's alive. He's already dead.”
Survivor Megan Zipin on Tsarnaev
“Words cannot capture the horrific impact this has had on my life. I forgive you and your brother. My hope and desire is some day soon you'll be brave enough to take responsibility for your actions and forgo all your appeals, so we can all move together in peace.”
Boston bombing survivor Jennifer Kauffman
“I am sorry for the lives that I've taken, for the suffering that I've caused you, and the damage that I've done.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 21-year-old killer, addressing the stunned courtroom on Wednesday before he was formally sentenced to death
“After we heard it, we wished he hadn't [spoken] because the things he had to say were shocking, I regret ever wanting him to speak... What he said showed no remorse, no regret, no empathy.”
Boston bombing survivor Lynn Julian, who was left with a traumatic brain injury, hearing loss and PTSD from the blasts, condemned Tsarnaev’s statement
“Well my premise has been that Secretary Clinton is not going to be the nominee. Then it’s down to Governor Chafee, Governor O’Malley, and Senator Sanders. And I’ll compare my record, my character, and my vision for the future very favorably. Even with Secretary Clinton, if you put her in the mix.”
Former Rhode Island Governor and Senator Lincoln Chafee
Democratic elites don’t want to hear it but Hillary Clinton’s in trouble. If Sanders can poll 40% in a Wisconsin straw poll in June he can do it an Iowa caucus in January. Imagine a Hillary Clinton who just lost Iowa and New Hampshire to Bernie Sanders. It’s still hard to picture but it gets easier every day.
“You don’t win your next race running someone else’s last one. Trying to do so, Clinton repeats her big mistake of 2008: not sensing the times. There are smaller changes she can make right now: hire better speech writers, including at least one with a sense of humor; put her family foundation under independent management; tell her husband to stop giving speeches or else start talking for free.”
Bill Curry was White House counselor to President Clinton and a two-time Democratic nominee for governor of Connecticut
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There's no way around it -- this was a horrible week for Americans like you and me who believe in rule of law and the Constitution.
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Even the Supreme Court, which like the President and the Congress is obliged to uphold the Constitution, has in the span of two days issued rulings on marriage and Obamacare that undermine the rule of law and ignore the Constitution.
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