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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.

Yes, I watched Senator Mary Lazich on CNN...

And I smiled.

There was Senator Lazich, responding to disgraced ex-NY Governor Eliot Spitzer, a once prominent member of the Democrat Party

Senator Lazich knew she was going to be sandbagged, but agreed to go on the sham of a show anyway.  Also lined up to double-team was attorney Jeffrey Toobin. To use a pro wrestling analogy, it was like Kenny Jay stepping into the ring against the Crusher and Bruiser. And yet, Senator Lazich held her own.

She told Spitzer that when Madison Judge Maryanne Sumi ruled in voiding collective bargaining restrictions approved by the WI Legislature and signed into law that she “meddled” in the legislative and executive branches of government.

Spitzer interrupted and asked why Republicans don’t just go and vote again on the same issue. The answer is that Republicans contend the vote was legal and doesn't require a do-over.

Senator Lazich used the word, “meddled.” Blogger William A. Jacobson used the word, “interfere” in describing the judge’s action.

Jacobson is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Cornell Law School. He writes:

Having read through the decision, it is clear that Judge Sumi glossed over some key problems in her attempt to interfere in the middle of legislative action.  Remember, she issued an injunction previously to stop the law from taking effect, in essence stopping the legislature from being the legislature. 

It is one thing for a court to rule on the validity of a law, but quite another thing for a court to stop the legislature from making law.”

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