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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.

Week-ends (02/06/16)


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Week-ends (01/30/16)


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...


Susan Jordan

Heroes of the storm

Adrianne Haslet-Davis

Jilted bride



Samy Hamzeh

City of Lowell


“And you know what else they say about my people? The polls! They say I have the most loyal people. Did you ever see that? Where I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters. It’s incredible.”
Donald Trump

“I bought you so many vanilla milkshakes, you owe me... Will you just reconsider?”
Bill O’Reilly of FOX News imploring Donald Trump to appear on Iowa debate

I am a maniac, and everyone on the stage is stupid, fat and ugly. And Ben [Carson], you’re a horrible surgeon. Now that we’ve gotten the Donald Trump portion out of the way…”
Ted Cruz at the GOP debate

Each candidate's best answer in the GOP debate

I have often said that just once I would like to hear a debate moderator ask presidential candidates not what they want the government to do, but what they believe the government has no business doing. I got my wish when Bret Baier challenged Governor Chris Christie to "name even one thing that the federal government does now that it should not do at all."

For a split-second I fantasized that Christie, or another candidate, would rattle off some of the
countless things the federal government shouldn't do: Legislate minimum wages. Mandate grade-school curricula. Ban incandescent light bulbs. Subsidize dairy farmers. Be in charge of airport security. Decide who qualifies for a mortgage. Force Americans to buy insurance policies.

Christie's answer? He would defund Planned Parenthood. That's all he came up with.

All those Republicans, and barely a drop of righteous indignation at the massive intrusion of Big Brother into virtually every aspect of modern American life. And these guys call themselves conservatives? Oh, it's to weep.

Conservative columnist Jeff Jacoby

“We will raise taxes. Yes, we will.”
Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders who has proposed an array of ambitious new government programs, from free college tuition and paid family leave to universal health care. The Tax Foundation, an independent tax policy research organization, found that Sanders’ plan would lead to 10.56% lower after-tax income for all taxpayers, and a 17.91% lower after-tax income for the wealthiest Americans. When accounting for reduced GDP, taxpayers would see their after-tax incomes fall by 12.84% on average.

“I was saddened by (the) Harris County Grand Jury decision to absolve Planned Parenthood from any misconduct. I was equally shocked that they instead decided to indict the individuals that exposed Planned Parenthood's heinous and illegal activities. As President, I will use the full weight of this office to not only cut off all federal funding for this organization, but also prosecute them for crimes against unborn children.”
Ben Carson

“We’re hearing a lot about diversity. I hate that word so, so much. I feel it’s a medicinal word that has no emotional resonance, and this is a really emotional issue. It’s emotional for artists who are women and people of color to have less value placed on our worldview.”
Ava DuVernay, the director of Selma

I'm worried Megyn Kelly's eyelashes are going to stab me through the TV.”

“Every time she blinks there is a breeze!”

“Megyn Kelly's eyelashes are longer than this debate.”

Tweets about Megyn Kelly’s eyebrows at the GOP presidential debate


'Why pay for poison?'

State Workers in Flint Got Purified Water for Over a Year

Wounded Warrior Project


Obama's military a 'girly man outfit'


Donald's not going


NY weddings blanketed in white

Super Bowl tickets...for a house?

Week-ends (01/23/16)


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...



A dinosaur

Steve Gleason

Jamie Foxx


I could name him every week, but especially this week, President Obama

Officials in Flint


"I would like to personally admonish you for continuing to publish inaccurate information and for fueling the threats we continue to receive.

“A word of caution, be careful what you wish for. If Steven Avery is ever freed, he may just become your neighbor, and he may want to bring his nephew with him."

Lt. Andrew Colborn, one of the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office investigators who had a central role in the Steven Avery series "Making a Murderer," in an email sent Tuesday to a USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin reporter and reprinted on Gannett's Wisconsin websites.

“Seldom have the Republicans seemed to have a better chance of winning a presidential election. The Democrats' front-runner is a former member of an unpopular administration whose record of foreign policy failures as Secretary of State is blatant, whose personal charm is minimal and whose personal integrity is under criminal investigation by the FBI.

“Meanwhile, the Republicans have fielded a stronger set of presidential aspirants than they have had in years. Yet it is by no means out of the question that the Republicans will manage to blow this year's opportunity and lose at the polls this November.”

Conservative columnist Thomas Sowell

“As many of you know, we began this campaign about nine months ago and when we began, we were 50 points behind. “We were 50 points behind the inevitable Democratic nominee. Well guess what — that inevitable candidate ain’t so inevitable today.”
Bernie Sanders at a campaign event at the Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham, AL

“Presidential races are about the future and Hillary Clinton is stuck in the past. That pretty much explains why her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 has slumped.

“Mrs. Clinton is not attuned to the political situation she faces. Her experience, family and fame aren’t much help. This year, angry voters have turned increasingly to populist, antiestablishment and future-oriented candidates. As a status quo candidate, she doesn’t fit the moment.”
Conservative columnist Fred Barnes

“If I asked you what most defines Donald Trump supporters, what would you say? They’re white? They’re poor? They’re uneducated? You’d be wrong. In fact, I’ve found a single statistically significant variable predicts whether a voter supports Trump—and it’s not race, income or education levels: It’s authoritarianism. That’s right, Trump’s electoral strength—and his staying power—have been buoyed, above all, by Americans with authoritarian inclinations. And because of the prevalence of authoritarians in the American electorate, among Democrats as well as Republicans, it’s very possible that Trump’s fan base will continue to grow.

“Authoritarianism is not a new, untested concept in the American electorate. Since the rise of Nazi Germany, it has been one of the most widely studied ideas in social science. While its causes are still debated, the political behavior of authoritarians is not. Authoritarians obey. They rally to and follow strong leaders. And they respond aggressively to outsiders, especially when they feel threatened. From pledging to ‘make America great again’ by building a wall on the border to promising to close mosques and ban Muslims from visiting the United States, Trump is playing directly to authoritarian inclinations.”
Matthew MacWilliams is founder of MacWilliams Sanders, a political communications firms, and a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he is writing his dissertation about authoritarianism

"Maybe some of them (liberals) don't understand that in a rural state - not just Vermont, not just New Hampshire, but all over this country - you have husbands and wives and kids who go out and they hunt. And it is a way of life in my state. A majority of the people in my state own guns." The "vast majority, 99.9 percent of gun owners, are not criminals. They don't use their guns in illegal ways. And I think it's important to understand. You know? That some folks, you know, maybe in New York City sit around and they, you know, drink fancy wine and very expensive restaurants and so forth. Other people go out into the countryside and they enjoy that environment. It's part of our way of life. And that should be respected."
Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders

“Mayor Bill de Blasio has implemented the Obama administration’s policy of replacing suspensions with ‘restorative justice’ — a kind of talk therapy — even for serious offenses such as insubordination, fighting, arson, assaults and marijuana possession.

“The only penalty for a student at Adlai Stevenson High School in The Bronx caught with seven bags of marijuana on him was being handed a warning card that said, ‘Please bring this card home to your parent(s)/guardian so you can discuss the matter with them.’

“Sounds more like ‘Leave It to Beaver’ than 2016.”
Betsy McCaughey, senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research

“There’s only so many slots. There are a couple of movies that may have (warranted attention) but … It’s all subjective. It’s almost like the lottery. It’s like every year people complain. People even complain even when we have a lot of nominations. It is what it is. I’ve been in the game for 25 years. You never know — it’s the luck of the draw for you. To me, I’m not surprised. I’m not disappointed either, as much as other people are disappointed. There’s a whole elevation of work that happens.”
While Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith have called for an Oscar boycott, John Singleton, who became the first African-American nominated for the best director Academy Award for his 1991 film “Boyz n the Hood,” doesn’t have a problem with this year’s diversity-lacking nominations

We have to make up our minds. Either we want to have segregation or integration, and if we don't want segregation, then we have to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the Image Awards, where you're only awarded if you're black. If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It's a double standard. There shouldn't be a Black History Month. We're Americans, period. That's it."
African-American actress Stacey Dash

"I'm not going to sit here and say we're going to compete for the playoffs this year. If I did that, you'd call me a liar. I'd lose credibility and respect. I want to win and I don't see us winning in the foreseeable future. I want to go to a World Series. That's what all players want. Rebuilding is not a lot of fun for any veteran guy…I want to win. It's not guaranteed that I'm going to win if I am traded. But I'm going to be a 30-year-old catcher (in June). I can't put numbers on how much longer I'm going to play, but as players we want to win. I don't care about the money; I just want to win. That's the bottom line."
Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy

“If I could go back, I wouldn’t [play football]. I would play baseball. I got drafted by the Cubs in the 14th round, but I didn’t play baseball because of my parents… Don’t get me wrong, I love the game of football. But right now, I could still be playing baseball.

“I ask my wife things over and over again, and she’s like ‘I just told you that.’ I’ll ask her three times the night before and get up in the morning and forget. Stuff like that. I try to chalk it up as I’m busy, I’m doing a lot, but I have to be on my knees praying about it, asking God to allow me to not have these issues and live a long life. I want to see my kids raised up. I want to see my grandkids.”

36-year old Antwaan Randle El caught 27 touchdown passes and played in two Super Bowls in nine NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins, winning Super Bowl XL against the Seahawks. He is the only wide receiver to throw a touchdown in Super Bowl history.


Obama's deal with Iran


I predict right now, the most under-reported story of 2016

Hillary bullied victims

The press rarely, if ever, reports on both sides of the aisle working for the common good


The Oscars are too white.


Jeffrey Cohen died

Week-ends (01/16/16)


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...


These officers

Steve King

Makenna Breading-Goodrich

Dan Bunz


Robert Monroe


Public high school in Maine


From Thursday's GOP debate in North Charleston, S.C.

"Well, if that's the case, we're going to win every state, if Bernie Sanders is the nominee. That's not even an issue."
John Kasich r
egarding Bernie Sanders possibly winning the Democratic nomination

"Unfortunately, Governor Christie has endorsed many of the ideas that Barack Obama supports, whether it is Common Core or gun control or the appointment of Sonia Sotomayor or the donation he made to Planned Parenthood."
Marco Rubio accusing Chris Christie of endorsing many of Obama's ideas

"When you're senator, what you get to do is just talk and talk and talk”
Chris Christie responding to Rubio

"He's doing a little bit better. I didn't care before."
Donald Trump a
bout why he's raising questions about Ted Cruz's nationality now

"There was nothing to this birther issue. Since September, the Constitution hasn't changed but the poll numbers have."
Ted Cruz r
egarding his eligibility to run for president

"I'm very happy to get a question this early on. I was going to ask you to wake me up when the time came."
Ben Carson when he was asked his first question

"Her first hundred days, instead of setting an agenda, she might be going back and forth from the White House to the court house."
Jeb Bush a
bout a Hillary Clinton presidency


“It’s unfair to lay race relations worsening at the feet of one guy. No one guy is responsible for race relations…but it is true that ten years after this book, black Americans have lost ground in every major economic category, and that’s just unconscionable and unacceptable.

“I think the problem is this, that the suffering of black people for too long, even prior to Obama, the suffering of black people has been rendered invisible. Poverty is now threatening our democracy, it’s now a matter of national security as far as I’m concerned. And so not enough has been done. I judge this president like I judge any other president, so it’s not about Obama-bashing. For me, I judge you by that Kingian standard. King talked about what he called the triple threat tearing our democracy apart. And what was that triple threat? Racism, poverty, and militarism. So, I listen to the president give his laundry list of things that he thinks we ought to judge his legacy on. And he’s gotten a lot done, don’t get me wrong, a lot of headwind, a lot of obstruction, and he got a lot done, but on racism, poverty, and militarism, we lost ground.”

PBS host Tavis Smiley

“Are we talking about the same Nikki Haley? The woman who says ‘illegal immigration is not welcome in South Carolina’? Who signed a law toughening the state’s illegal immigration reform act, which requires employers to verify the immigration status of new hires? Who has fought President Obama’s bid to resettle unvetted Syrian refugees? And whose state has joined 16 others in a lawsuit against Mr. Obama for what they say is his unconstitutional executive order on illegal immigration?”
The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board writing after Republican poll leader Donald Trump blasted Haley who gave the GOP response to the State of the Union.  Trump tweeted that she should be deported and called her “very weak on immigration.”

"Want proof guns are not the problem? There reportedly are more than 300 million privately owned guns floating around the USA. If just 1 percent of those guns were used to kill someone every year, there would be 3 million gun homicides in the United States.
Michael Reagan

“We have an epidemic of gun violence. It’s no secret that the NRA has worked against the city’s interests repeatedly over the past year causing us to spend tens of thousands of dollars to defend common sense gun ordinances. We don’t need to be doing them any favors.”
Eric Papenfuse, the Democrat Mayor of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is withholding police security from the upcoming Great American Outdoor Show as a way to vent his frustration with the NRA for fighting the city on gun control


Gotta be what Tavis Smiley said


WI is #11

The angry dad of a fallen war hero


The Powerball, and rightfully so. Totally top of mind and a most talked about news item.


Hard to have Groundhog Day...

Too good to be true

Can't we just all get along?

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