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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 (03/12/11)


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...


Legislative Republicans that showed up for work and passed the budget repair bill and in doing so faced incredible harassment, death threats, and union thuggery.

Jesus Lavalle

Kennet Santana

This NPR Board member
who gets it.

Fennville High

My friend, the late George Watts is smiling, and rightfully so.


Those "peaceful" union protesters (CONTENT WARNING)

Mother Nature



If I governed by polls I'd still be in the state Assembly. I won reelection twice as county executive in an area of the state that went two-thirds for President Obama by identifying a problem, telling people how I was going to deal with it, and then moving forward with the solution.”
Governor Walker

MILW. MAYOR TOM BARRETT: You could vote on those without those missing senators. You could vote on those tomorrow morning. You don’t need 20 senators to vote on those changes to the collective bargaining. Again, if someone really wanted to end this standoff, the way you would end it is simply have a separate vote.

WTMJ’S CHARLIE SYKES: Would you favor that?

BARRETT: I would certainly favor that.
While Democrats are now outraged that the state Senate voted Wednesday night on the budget repair bill without Democrats present, Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett encouraged Republicans to do just that.

“I don’t think that a federal employee or government employee is worth any more than anybody else who does their job and does it well.”

Erin McFarlane, a bartender in Slinger, WI

“I’m sorry, but what they’re (unions) doing is telling off the middle class. The middle-class people don’t get all the goodies that they do.”
Barbara Davis, a retiree from Cherry Hill, N.J.

“It’s the government sector worker who’s the new elite, the highest-paid worker on the block.”
David Gregory, who teaches labor and employment law at New York’s St. John’s University.

“Fine, we like teachers, firemen and police officers. We appreciate them. (And for the record, it is statistically more dangerous to be a farmer, fisherman, steelworker or pilot than a cop or fireman. Soldiers also have pretty dangerous jobs, and they don't get to strike.) Does that mean we should pay them $1 million dollars a year? How about $10 million? After all, these are the people who educate our kids, run into burning buildings and take dangerous criminals off our streets! Assuming the answer is no, then apparently we're allowed to discuss government workers' compensation -- even though they do important work.”
Ann Coulter

America is not broke ... Wisconsin is not broke. The only thing that's broke is the moral compass of the rulers.”
Michael Moore

“The biggest myth about labor unions is that unions are for the workers. Unions are for unions, just as corporations are for corporations and politicians are for politicians. The most fundamental fact about labor unions is that they do not create any wealth. They are one of a growing number of institutions which specialize in siphoning off wealth created by others, whether those others are businesses or the taxpayers. There are limits to how long unions can siphon off money from businesses, without facing serious economic repercussions.”
Thomas Sowell

“The National Endowment of the Humanities is the reason we have in northern Nevada every January a cowboy poetry festival. Had that program not been around, the tens of thousands of people who come there every year would not exist.”
US Senator Harry Reid (D- NV)

"Was this sort of a good opportunity for the president to remind everybody that he grew up in the United States and Hawaii?"
Chris Matthews on the Japan earthquake.


Murderer could get early release.


Gas prices under Obama.


The media continues to erroneously portray the demonstrations in Madison as "peaceful." Peaceful is defined as free from war, strife, commotion, violence, or disorder. Synonyms include serene and tranquil. 


Where in Wisconsin
is it against the law to throw a snowball?

That's not a sushi table!

This story
just gets stranger and stranger with every sentence.

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