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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 (05/12/12)

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).

Gov. Walker and the danger of the recall movement

“I'm a lifelong Democrat and a career educator. So I'm predictably appalled by Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who has cut spending for schools and stripped teachers — and most of the state's public workers — of collective bargaining rights.

But I'm also appalled by the recall campaign against Walker by Wisconsin Democrats.”

Scott Walker is no more anti-union than FDR

"Those trying to oust Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in a June 5 recall election are portraying him as a wild-eyed, Koch-brothers-controlled, right-wing ideologue hell-bent on destroying unions. In reality, Walker is more like a panicked accountant trying to fix the Badger State’s out-of-whack books. He’s no more anti-union and right-wing than the libs’ beloved FDR—and that’s his real problem."

Question for Scott Walker recall fans

"How much higher should taxes be in Wisconsin?"

Carville: Wake up Democrats; you could lose

“Democratic fundraisers, activists, supporters, and even politicians alike have somehow collectively lapsed into the sentiment that the president is going to be reelected and that we have a good shot to take the House back while holding the Senate.

I ask: What are you smoking? What are you drinking? What are you snorting or just what in the hell are you thinking?”

Taxing jobs out of existence

"Bill Hewlett and David Packard, tinkering in a California garage, began what became Hewlett-Packard. Steve Jobs and a friend built a computer in the California garage that became Apple's birthplace. Bill Cook had no garage, so he launched Cook Medical in a spare bedroom in an apartment in this university town. Half a century ago, in flight from Chicago's winters, he settled here and began making cardiovascular catheters and other medical instruments. One thing led to another, as things have a way of doing when the government stays out of the way, and although Cook died last year, Cook Medical, with its subsidiaries, is the world's largest family-owned medical devices company.

In 2010, however..."

Are Dads the New Moms?

"Even a casual observer of American family life knows that dads now drive kids to more doctors' appointments, preside over more homework assignments and chaperone more playdates. Research confirms the rise of co-parenting. A recent U.S. Census Bureau report found that 32% of fathers with working wives routinely care for their children under age 15, up from 26% in 2002."

Happy Mother's Day...if you're not locked up

I know it seems odd — and sad — to think about women in prison during the time our nation pauses to honor the matriarchs of our families. But, I think it is important to realize there is an entire generation of children (maybe two generations) that is faced this Mother's Day with the sad fact that Mom is not around.”

Gay marriage will make Mother's Day quite perplexing

", the gay person, have to help me out a little bit. If girls are so icky and men are so mondo-jovial, why do you and a lot of your reps take on feminine mannerisms and dress? I would think that if you were going to be gay you would at least be a man about it."

May Madness and Mothers Gone Mad

"All these frantic year-end activities make me thankful for my mother, who drove me to ballet, band and choir. As mothers do, she still worries about me, asking me to call and check in when I travel, occasionally driving me crazy with reminders and recommendations.

The children's activities seem to multiply as the number of days until the end of school diminish. It's a frantic whirlwind of activity. This past week, several friends have commented that May is even busier than December. It's all a mother can do to hang on and hope that the month ends well. (Was I supposed to take the four dozen cookies in yesterday, today or tomorrow?)"

Moms need to save boys from football

"Mothers, your babies are being systemically funneled toward football, where their heads are being bashed over and over and over. If they’re really lucky, and they reach the dream of the NFL, then there’s a fair chance that by 50, they can end up mangled, limping, confused. Or dead."

Mother's Day packs pews

"Hold the chocolate and flowers. What mom may really want for Mother's Day is for the whole gang to go to church."

Understanding a Mother
(A goodie from 2009)

Only mothers and dogs love you unconditionally. The umbilical cord is not cut at the hospital, regardless of what doctors and medical books say. It can stretch as far as it needs to, even around the world without breaking.

A mother always knows where her children are and what they are up to.  Some people think they are psychic. Others think they have eyes in the back of their head. They also have super hearing and can hear a naughty word from fifty yards away.”


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