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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.

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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


Our veterans


The Candy Bomber


Dr. Ernest Brown


Richard  Overton


Arnold Abbott


These stores


Nicole Cunningham and her grandmother



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Mother Nature



Jonathan Gruber


Illegal immigrants


Bruce Springsteen


David Masciotra


Ford Motor


South Arbor Charter Academy


The school board in Montgomery County, Maryland


Eau Claire (WI) school district


Parking abusers



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“It’s not enough just to build a better mousetrap. People don’t automatically come beating to your door. We’ve got to sell it. We’ve got to reach out to the other side and, where possible, persuade. There are times, there’s no doubt about it, where, you know I think we have not been successful in going out there and letting people know what it is that we’re trying to do and why this is the right direction.”
President Obama saying that he and his White House team had not succeeded in effectively selling the benefits of his policies to the American people, calling it a “failure of politics” that he must change in the final two years of his presidency.


“After the 2012 election, many political analysts focused on the GOP’s ‘image problem.’ Now, it is the Democrats who appear to have the more battered image. Their favorability rating has never been lower, and they are reeling from defeats that cost them control of the U.S. Senate and strengthened the Republican House majority to levels likely not seen in 90 years. On the other hand, the American public does not admire Republicans more, their numerous election victories notwithstanding. Neither party can say it is making significant progress in improving its image among the U.S. population, but undoubtedly the 2014 elections augmented the GOP’s ability to shape the agenda in Washington and in state capitals across the country.”
Gallup


“I do not believe what happened the other night is a wave. There was no wave of approval for the Republicans. I wish them congratulations, they won the election, but there was no wave of approval for anybody. There was an ebbing, an ebb tide, for us.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in her first interview since last week’s elections. House Democrats ended Election Day controlling fewer seats than they have in nearly 80 years.


“The midterm massacre sends a strong signal that the electorate is fed up with liberal policies and politics, and Hillary would essentially be the third term of Obama.

“The majority of people are against mass legalization of illegal aliens and Obamacare.  She is going to essentially have to run on Obama's record, and if not, repudiate his presidency and try to explain what exactly she did for four years as his secretary of state, not to mention fend off questions anew on Benghazi, which will most assuredly come up in any presidential debates.

“She will have to defend Obamacare, which is getting more unpopular by the day as people continue to lose their existing policies and their longtime doctors, and especially as they endure skyrocketing premiums.  There will be major sticker shock in 2015 when another round of expected increases in Obamacare premiums comes to pass.

“I believe that Hillary is going to say it's just not worth it.  She's making millions of dollars now giving speeches, living a comfortable life where she calls the shots, as opposed to enduring the demands of campaign trail, and then possibly the White House dictating her every move.  Who needs it?  Life is good as it is now.  She won't run.”
Tim Jones of the American Thinker


“The most important thing that happened last week was that the country dodged a bullet. Had the Democrats retained control of the Senate, President Obama could have spent his last two years in office loading the federal judiciary with judges who share his contempt for the Constitution of the United States.”
Columnist Thomas Sowell


“…the Democrats’ failure isn’t just the result of Republican negativity. It’s also intellectual and ideological. What, besides raising the minimum wage, do the Democrats propose to do about the shift in income from wages to profits, from labor to capital, from the 99 percent to the 1 percent? How do they deliver for an embattled middle class in a globalized, de-unionized, far-from-full-employment economy, where workers have lost the power they once wielded to ensure a more equitable distribution of income and wealth? What Democrat, besides Elizabeth Warren, campaigned this year to diminish the sway of the banks? Who proposed policies that would give workers the power to win more stable employment and higher incomes, not just at the level of the minimum wage but across the economic spectrum?”
Harold Meyerson of the American Prospect


“The most common explanation we’re hearing for the GOP sweep of a dozen Senate races last night is that an already-treacherous map for Democrats was made a lot worse by the failure of core Dem voter groups to show up. But multiple Democratic pollsters involved in these races identify another problem: The failure of the Democrats’ economic message to win over persuadable voters, ones outside the ascendant Democratic coalition, in the numbers needed to offset the structural disadvantages Democratic incumbents and candidates faced. These pollsters describe this as a serious problem afflicting the Democratic Party that must be addressed heading into 2016.”
Greg Sargent of the Washington Post


“On an individual level, there are plenty of progressives who are honest and plenty of conservatives who aren’t. But truth is just not a left-wing value — feminism, environmentalism, material equality, and fighting racism, sexism, homophobia and Islamophobia are far more important.

“The myriad falsehood-based hysterias unleashed by the left in our country — the alleged heterosexual AIDS epidemic in America, the number of homeless people, the number of deaths from anorexia, the current charges of a ‘war on women’ in our society and of a ‘culture of rape’ on American college campuses, the immediate assertion that the killing of a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri was caused by racist police — testify to the left’s cavalier attitude toward truth.

“Since last Tuesday’s elections, commentator after commentator on the left has declared American politics ‘dysfunctional.’ When Democrats win by a landslide, the left regards the vote as testimony to the great message of the left and the good sense of the American people. Only when Republicans win by a landslide does the vote reflect dysfunction.”

Columnist/talk show host Dennis Prager


"I can't get past the irony to get to the arrogance. The most transparent administration since the continent shifted had to rely on artifice and deception to pass its signature piece of legislation, you can't make that up. He had to lie to people and then he justified it so I can't even get past the irony of that to get to the arrogance of him calling our fellow Americans stupid. I would say to the professor... you want to see how stupid the American citizens are take a look at last Tuesday night because they rejected you, this bill and this administration. He just proved that he is willing to lie. He's willing to lie because he has the arrogance of thinking that he knows what is best for this country and the citizens and voters do not, so keep that in mind the next time anybody tries to sell you on a big piece of legislation by calling this comprehensive. They lied, they got away with it and they got the bill that they wanted." 
South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy addressing comments made by Obamacare architect and MIT professor Jonathan Gruber in 2013 about the deliberate "tortuous" language used to mislead "stupid" Americans about the healthcare overhaul in order to get it through Congress.


“The comments on that video were made at an academic conference. I was speaking off the cuff and I basically spoke inappropriately and I regret having made those comments.”
Jonathan Gruber


“We are not going to do the amnesty thing. No. Nope. Nuh-uh. The voters were pretty unequivocal that as much as the Chamber of Commerce wants zillions of people shipped in to work for peanuts at the gigantic box stores that fund the Chamber of Commerce, an important part of the electorate does not. That part of the electorate is known as ‘normal Americans.’

“The only
purpose of this Congress is to the set the conditions for the election of a conservative Republican president and the retention of both houses of Congress in 2016. Anyone who starts talking about ‘governing’ – yeah, you know who I mean – should be gagged, put in a vinyl gimp suit, and locked in a box in the Senate cellar until December 2016. Sure, there will be establishment Republicans intrigued by this idea, maybe even aroused, but be that as it may, this is not the time to go back to business as usual.”
Columnist Kurt Schlichter


“Wait! I don't get it. No disrespect to Kim but... people are offended by my breastfeeding selfies & are fine with her (amazing) booty cover?”
Actress Alyssa Milano reacting to Kim Kardashian’s butt-bearing photo that went viral



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Jonathan Gruber



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


More non-white voters for the GOP


For 2016, Hillary had the worst night


Economy was voters' top issue



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Kim Kardashian's, you know...



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Men having sex with strangers to help them have babies

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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


George W. Bush


Rob O'Neill
... or is he?


Keith Weisinger


Major Ralph "Fox" Sinke Jr.



Kristi Gabel



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


The IRS



Vandals


D.R. Tucker


Neenah postal worker



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“Well, I think we will hold the Senate. You know, I know all the pundits are saying Republicans will take the Senate. Democrats are going to prove the pundits wrong on Election Day when we keep the Senate, three reasons. First and foremost, economic issues predominate. Ebola's in the news, ISIS is in the news, but the average voter, every poll shows far and away, cares most about economic issues. They tend to be for Democrats when economic issues like minimum wage, like equal pay for women, like not sending jobs overseas predominate. Second, we have a much better ground game. You can add two to three points at a minimum…for each of those races. Just about every one of those races. So if it's 44, 43 [percentage points], we're probably ahead. And third, as the race get down to the final moments, the voters focus on the two candidates. Not on the national referendum. When the two candidates are compared almost inevitably, we do better. So economic issues, better ground game, better candidates will put us over the top November.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Meet the Press


“The election results were resounding: The GOP won control of the Senate and strengthened its hold on the House as a series of Democratic-leaning states fell under control of new Republican governors.”
myway.com


“We didn’t agree on much but I admire anyone who is willing to stand up and fight for what they believe in. Well, Iowa. Well, Iowa, we did it! We did it!… It’s a long way from Red Oak to Washington, from the biscuit line at Hardees to the United States Senate. But, thanks to all of you, we are heading to Washington… And, we are going to make ‘em squeal!”
Republican Joni Ernst, the first woman to represent Iowa in Congress and first female combat veteran to serve as US Senator, delivered her victory speech late Tuesday


"[Colorado voters] are not red.  They are not blue.  But they are crystal clear.  Crystal clear in their message to Washington, DC: Get your job done, and get the heck out of the way!"
Cory Gardner, CO Senate winner


"Naysayers out there said that Utah would never elect a black, Republican, LDS woman to Congress. [Cheers] And guess what? Not only did we do it, we were the first to do it!"
Mia Love


"We are humbled by the responsibility the American people have placed with us, but this is not a time for celebration. It's time for government to start getting results and implementing solutions to the challenges facing our country, starting with our still-struggling economy."
House Speaker John Boehner


“Despite millions spent to make climate change a wedge issue during the midterms, environmentally friendly candidates didn’t fare well on Election Day. Green groups funneled an unprecedented amount of money into top Senate races that determined control of the upper chamber but fell short. The nation’s top environmental groups including the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and billionaire Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate spent at least $85 million on six Senate races. Out of those six races, only two candidates willing to take action on climate change won their races.”
The Hill


“The Republican Party was not elected to fix a broken system or to make it work. The Republican Party was not elected to compromise. The Republican Party was not elected to sit down and work together with the Democrats. The Republican Party was not elected to slow down the speed the country is headed to the cliff and go over it slowly.

“The Republican Party was elected to stop before we get to the cliff. And that's the mandate: to stop Obamacare; to stop amnesty; to stop the open borders policy of Obama and the Democrats; to stop the Big Government assault on the free enterprise economy; to stop national security policies that have allowed terrorist networks all over the world to pop up and fill a vacuum created by the absence of the world's lone superpower on the world stage. That must be stopped.

“The Republican Party was elected to stop the run-up of a debt greater than all previous presidents combined have created. The Republican Party was elected to stop efforts by this administration to use the IRS and other agencies of government, in violation of manners and law, in attacking political opponents. The Republican Party was elected to put an end to this incessant and divisive lie that is the War on Women. Yesterday's result cannot in any way mean that voters want Republicans to work with Democrats. And anybody who tells you that and anybody who thinks that could not be more dangerously wrong.

“You do not have election results like we had yesterday with the intent being that the voters intend the winners to work with the losers.”

Rush Limbaugh


“Now, new Republican Congressional majority in the House and Senate, please realize that Americans were not necessarily voting FOR any party; they were voting AGAINST the continued dysfunction and corruption in D.C. We the People were saying ‘enough is enough’ to the scandals, crony capitalism, and utter lack of leadership in Washington. The Democrats got mauled today, deservedly so. To prohibit that from happening to the GOP in 2016, it must learn the lesson from the last time Republicans held the Senate majority. This time they must not retreat, and it’s our responsibility to hold them accountable.”
Sarah Palin


“The liberals who have cheered on Mr. Obama as he drove his party into this ditch are now advising that he should double down on partisanship. Veto everything. Rule by regulation, including a vast immigration diktat that would poison any chance of bipartisan and thus politically durable reform. Demonize Republicans at every opportunity to elect Hillary Clinton in 2016. If we judge by Mr. Obama’s six-year record, that is what he will probably do.”
The Wall Street Journal


“The president is the most racist president there has ever been in America. He is purposely trying to use race to divide Americans. What the White House is trying to do is racialize all politics and they’re especially trying to tell the African-American voter that the GOP is against letting them have a chance at a good life in this economy, and that’s just a complete lie. I watch with fascination – with incredible fascination – all the stories about how the Democratic politicians, especially Hillary [Clinton], are trying to whip up the African-American vote and say, ‘Oh, the Republicans have policies against black people in terms of the economy.’ But there are no such policies. The idea that the Republicans are making life difficult for black people is just nonsense, just absolute nonsense.”
Economist Ben Stein


“Voters, regardless of race, agree that most politicians play the so-called ‘race card’ just to pick up votes. Still, blacks strongly believe that those who oppose President Obama are racist. Just nine percent (9%) of Likely U.S. Voters think most politicians raise racial issues to address real problems, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Seventy-eight percent (78%) say they bring up race just to get elected. Thirteen percent (13%) aren’t sure.”
Rasmussen Reports


"I don't think there's a problem with showing your ID. But I do think there's a problem with Republicans saying, 'Hey, our big issue for the campaign is going to be voter ID.' Because what it creates is, in a lot of African-Americans, understandably, remember the '40s and '50s in the South. And they remember suppression of the vote. And they equate that. It doesn't mean that I think it's unreasonable. I just think it's a dumb idea for Republicans to emphasize this and say, 'Oh, this is how we're going to win the election.'"
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) says that while he supports voter ID laws, it's a "dumb idea" for Republicans to make them big campaign issues.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Race-baiting election fliers



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Quit rewarding those who violate our immigration laws



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


The elections, and rightly so



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


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