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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 (06/09/12)

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).

Why Scott Walker won

Scott Walker won for a simple reason: He did what he promised to do as a candidate and it worked.”

What Wisconsin means

“Tuesday, June 5, 2012, will be remembered as the beginning of the long decline of the public-sector union. It will follow, and parallel, the shrinking of private-sector unions, now down to less than 7 percent of American workers. The abject failure of the unions to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) — the first such failure in U.S. history — marks the Icarus moment of government-union power. Wax wings melted, there’s nowhere to go but down.”

How the Wisconsin solidarity movement failed in imagination and nerve

"Spare me the spin. This was a whupping.

Meanwhile, the movement -- a real giant grassroots movement, which flooded the Capitol Square with more than 100,000 people and which gathered a million recall signatures -- is disintegrating.

There were both strategic and procedural blunders that need to be accounted for."

Five takeaways from the recall

“There are several lessons to be learned from Scott Walker’s victory in Wisconsin. As one radio talk show said, referring to the nickname often applied to Wisconsinites, ‘we are all cheeseheads now’.”

Top ten weirdest moments of the recall

"Most of the moments come from liberals behaving badly — or at least oddly. But weirdness in Wisconsin politics knew no party affiliation."

Politics should demand more, deserve better

"There is an untold story about the failed effort to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and it centers on Hooters. The restaurant known for its immodestly attired waitresses played a role in the election..."

You are not special commencement

“Contrary to what your U9 soccer trophy suggests, your glowing 7th grade report card, despite every assurance of a certain corpulent purple dinosaur, that nice Mister Rogers and your batty Aunt Sylvia, no matter how often your maternal caped crusader has swooped in to save you… you’re nothing special.”

How to tell if you are all grown up

"List of 50 benchmarks compiled by researchers which they claim mark you out as a fully-fledged adult."


For the first time in Scott Walker's adult life...

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