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.
A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...
HEROES OF THE WEEK
Lynette Hales ... MORE
Unidentified Idaho mom
Roy Costner IV
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Kathleen Sebelius ... UPDATE
The Calgary Board of Education
Disabled tour guides and the people who hire them
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"It's not a recovery. It's not even normal growth. It's bad."
UCLA economist Edward Leamer
“Please, suspend the rules until we look at this policy."
Rep. Lou Barletta, a Pennsylvania Republican, asked HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius during a House hearing Tuesday on behalf of Sarah Murnaghan, a 10-year-old girl who needs a lung transplant. She can’t qualify for an adult lung transplant until the age of 12, according to federal regulations, but Sebelius has the authority to waive that rule on her behalf. The pediatric lungs for which she currently qualifies aren’t available.
“I would suggest, sir, that, again, this is an incredibly agonizing situation where someone lives and someone dies."
Sebelius responding to Barletta.
"I can say with a very strong sense of certainty that there are people very close to this president that not only knew what the IRS were doing but authorized it. It simply just does not happen at an agency level like that without political advisers likely in the West Wing certainly connected to the president’s ongoing campaign organization that didn’t know about it."
ABC News Political Analyst Trey Hardin
“Their paid liar, their spokesperson, he’s still making up things about what happened and calling this a local rogue. The reason that Lois Lerner tried to take the fifth [amendment] is not because there’s a rogue in Cincinnati. It’s because this is a problem that was coordinated, in all likelihood, right out of Washington headquarters.”
House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa calling White House Press Secretary Jay Carney a paid liar
"On June 22, 2009, IRS Agent Richards sent us additional written requests, as follows: 'Please explain how all of your activities, including the prayer meetings held outside of Planned Parenthood are considered educational as defined under 501(c)(3). Organizations exempt under 501(c)(3) may present opinions with scientific or medical facts. Please explain in detail the activities at the prayer meetings. Also, please provide the percentage of time your organization spends on prayer groups as compared with the other activities of the organization. Please explain in detail the signs that are being held up outside of Planned Parenthood and explain how they are considered educational.'"
President of the Coalition for Life of Iowa Susan Martinek described how the IRS essentially tried to censor her group’s peaceful protest of Planned Parenthood.
"I am not here today as a serf or a vassal. I am not begging my lords for mercy. I am a born free, American woman, wife, mother and citizen and I’m telling my government that you have forgotten your place. It is not your responsibility to look out for my well being or monitor my speech. It is not your right to assert an agenda. The posts you occupy exist to preserve American liberty. You have sworn to perform that duty. And you have faltered. The abuses I will discuss today occurred on your watch. It is your responsibility to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Using these agencies as weapons against citizens is scary and it feels like tyranny."
Wetumpka Alabama Tea Party President Becky Gerritson testifying on Capitol Hill about the IRS scandal. She said she nearly gave up her application due to fears the IRS would target her volunteers and their families.
"President Obama says he’s renewing his efforts to close Guantanamo Bay. Guantanamo Bay? How about closing the IRS? Why don’t we do that?"
“Sun, sun, sun, here it comes. Welcome to the Summer of Belated Epiphanies. Media lapdogs are finally, finally arriving at the conclusion that maybe this isn't the most transparent administration in world history, after all.”
"It isn't about the administration, and it should not be about the administration of the state nor federal level when it comes to Obamacare. But in fact it is. And why is that? I have talked to so many members in the House and Senate and you know what it comes down to? Are you ready for this? It is not about how many federal dollars we can receive. You ready? You want to know what it's about? It's about race. Now nobody wants to talk about that. It's about the race of this African-American president. ... It comes down to the race of the president of the U.S. which causes people to disconnect and step away from the substance of the bill."
The head of the Louisiana Democratic Party, State Senator Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, on why people oppose Obamacare.
“This culture of waste has made us insensitive even to the waste and disposal of food, which is even more despicable when all over the world, unfortunately, many individuals and families are suffering from hunger and malnutrition. Once our grandparents were very careful not to throw away any leftover food. Consumerism has led us to become used to an excess and daily waste of food, to which, at times we are no longer able to give a just value. Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of the poor and the hungry.”
“Social media is the new kind of Ku Klux Klan white hood; it allows you to be anonymous and say the things you would never say to a person to their face.”
Lawyer, pundit Star Jones
“I cannot understand the people who are against some form of gun control. America’s cowboy days are over."
96-year old actor Kirk Douglas
“One wonders when the Walt Disney Company will …present its first-ever queer character. While there are a number of theories on the queer sexuality of various Disney icons, the animation giant has never featured an openly gay character in any of its multimillion dollar films or cartoons, let alone present a (genuine) same-sex kiss. When Disney movies do allude to queer sexuality, including same-sex romance, this is usually in the context of a joke — a comical accident that leaves all parties disgusted and mortified.”
Renee Davidson of Salon.com
"I don't know why we would go after any element of a free press, even if we don't like them.”
Republican Senate President Mike Ellis after the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted early Wednesday to force the Center for Investigative Journalism off the UW-Madison campus. The state budget amendment would also prohibit UW employees from doing any work related to the news center.
"Imagine how we would have reacted if Jim Doyle and a Democrat legislature had passed legislation targeting conservative talk radio or any of the independent new media watchdog groups that have arisen in recent years.”
WTMJ’s Charlie Sykes on the ouster of the Center for Investigative Journalism.
"We don't make our decisions based on what talk radio may say.”
Joint Finance Committee co-chair John Nygren (R-Marinette) responding to Sykes’ criticism.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
US is secretly collecting records of Verizon phone calls.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
A year ago, Wisconsin's governor made history.
About that Limbaugh boycott...
Obama and D-Day.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Will MLB suspend Ryan Braun and 19 others?
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Meet your digital doppelganger.
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