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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.

Pro-school referenda propaganda machine begins at FranklinNOW

FranklinNOW’s ace reporter Rick (I’ll print whatever somebody tells me but I refuse to ask a tough question) Romano is officially responsible for launching the pro-Franklin multi-school referenda propaganda on this website. It began at 5:20 this afternoon.

In an incredibly weak opening to his article, Romano told us the painfully obvious: there are three referendum questions asking for massive property tax increases on the November ballot.

DUH, Rick. Old news in the lead? Shame on you and your editor for not catching and demanding a far better lead.

Read Romano’s piece and you learn immediately his and FranklinNOW’s MO: Talk and build up these referenda (tax increases).

Romano first ran to the #1 Jesse James, Franklin superintendent Steve Patz for this ingenious quote:

"We wanted to make sure that people really understand that these are three separate questions, three separate votes."

Thus, Romano's freshman journalism class student lead in his less than breath-taking article (We'll link later).

Patz's quote is from a man who has more than one degree and earns more than the Governor. Thank you, Steve, for stating the incredibly obvious. Even worse, when the quote was uttered, Romano no doubt scribbled it down with extreme glee.

Here’s the key line from Romano’s short article:

"NOW will present detailed breakdowns of each question in the coming weeks."

Oh, I bet they will, with every spin and every sob story with little if anything published from the opposition to counter.

Thankfully, there are bloggers to fill in the huge spaces left by the media and the likes of Romano.

So, Rick, and anyone else at FranklinNOW, try to sell this craziness. Automatically publish whatever you're fed. Go ahead. Make my day.

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