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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.

Recommended Reading (01/15/12)

Recommended Reading

Here are, in my view, interesting, noteworthy columns and articles from the past week that I highly recommend (You will note that on occasion, I do not endorse the opinions of the author and may point that out. Despite my disagreements, I still feel the piece is worth a read).

Giants know they can match Packers score for score

“Green Bay Packers games are best thought of as basketball games. The Packers are going to score often. Their opponents are going to score often. Defensive play is more appropriately measured in stops and turnovers, not necessarily points allowed. Every forced punt is a success. Keeping the score close gives either team a chance to win in the final seconds.

By basketball standards, the Giants played extremely well against the Packers on Dec. 4 at MetLife Stadium. Here is a deeper look at what happened in that Week 13 game: the strategies, the mismatches and the tendencies that each team will try to exploit — or cover up — when they meet in an N.F.C. divisional playoff game Sunday at Lambeau Field.”

The secrets of Tebow hatred
NOTE: This column was published before Saturday's Denver-New England playoff game

The NFL is generously stocked with forgiven felons, including millionaire wife beaters and dog killers. So how did a clean-living quarterback with deep commitments to charitable service and miraculous last-minute victories become the most controversial player in the league?"

Let the man pray, already

"A reader sent me an email Tuesday that criticized the liberal media for criticizing Denver quarterback Tim Tebow. I'm liberal. I'm in the media. And I respect Tebow enormously."

Walker confident he will survive recall threat

“The vicious animosity toward Walker became even clearer to me outside the Hilton Hotel, when I encountered a group of young people collecting signatures for a petition requesting an election recalling Walker. One of them, Elena Thistle, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, told me she became politically involved ‘when I took part in the protests outside the Capitol last year [as the legislature was enacting Walker’s reforms].’

Walker took away worker’s rights,’ claimed Thistle, in giving the reason she wants the governor recalled. ‘This is bad for jobs and bad for the environment.’ When I asked how it is bad for the environment, she explained that by bringing up an unrelated controversy: how the governor ‘refused federal funding for a high-speed railway. We needed it so people would drive their cars less frequently, and he’s making public transportation unsustainable’.”

The silence of the Republican candidates

"Obama administration bigwigs are falling all over themselves to denounce, condemn, lament, and apologize for the unfortunate behavior of a few Marines in Afghanistan last year…Maybe it was too much to expect senior officials to make the common sense points that 1) this incident is not something to get hysterical about, and 2) it needs to be put in the context of the admirable behavior of 99 percent of our troops 99 percent of the time. But aren't there Republicans around who might want to make this point?”

To take down Obama, Romney must win battle of the bloat

"If you don't think government is more bloated than Dom DeLuise with an allergic shellfish reaction, you simply haven't been paying attention. Yes, regulations hurt the private sector, but they also hamper the public sector, making it impossible for it to do what it should. The government that built the Pentagon in 16 months would probably need at least that long just to get a meeting with the EPA today."

Where have all the liberals gone?

"Here's a test I invite you to take. Watch C-Span's morning call-in show and listen to what people who phone in on the 'Democrat' or "'iberal' line have to say. When is the last time you heard a caller say, 'We should all pay higher taxes so that the government can provide us with universal day care'? Or how about, 'We should all pay higher taxes so the government can provide us with universal long term care'?  I bet you can't remember ever hearing that. Here is what I suspect you will hear:

Leftism makes you meaner

"Leftists’ meanness toward those with whom they differ has no echo on the normative right. Those on the left need to do some soul-searching. Because as long as they continue to believe that people on the right are not merely wrong but vile, they will get increasingly mean."

The worst economic recovery since the Great Depression

“Today, over 4 years since the recession started, there are still almost 25 million Americans unemployed or underemployed.  That includes 5.6 million who are long-term unemployed for 27 weeks, or more than 6 months.  Under President Obama, America has suffered the longest period with so many in such long-term unemployment since the Great Depression”

In a difficult moment, a picture of grace

"The picture was taken after the meeting began. David Knoble and Amelia Stinson-Wesley, two candidates for a Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board seat, were seated next to each other. They had met just two days before and had talked only briefly, so when Stinson-Wesley reached for his hand 10 minutes into the meeting,
Knoble was surprised.

He’ll even admit he was a little uncomfortable.

But he didn’t let go."

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