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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.

Week-ends (02/01/14)


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...


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"Today, after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better. But average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled. The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by -- let alone get ahead. And too many still aren't working at all. Our job is to reverse these trends."
President Obama in his State of the Union address

"Finally, if we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement -- and fix our broken immigration system. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have acted. I know that members of both parties in the House want to do the same. Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next two decades. And for good reason: when people come here to fulfill their dreams -- to study, invent, and contribute to our culture -- they make our country a more attractive place for businesses to locate and create jobs for everyone. So let's get immigration reform done this year."
President Obama in his State of the Union address

"Tonight the President made more promises that sound good, but won’t solve the problems actually facing Americans. We want you to have a better life. The President wants that too. But we part ways when it comes to how to make that happen. So tonight I’d like to share a more hopeful, Republican vision… One that empowers you, not the government… It’s one that champions free markets – and trusts people to make their own decisions, not a government that decides for you. It helps working families rise above the limits of poverty and protects our most vulnerable. And it’s one where Washington plays by the same rules that you do. It’s a vision that is fair and offers the promise of a better future for every American."
House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) in the GOP rebuttal to the State of the Union

"Our mission – not only as Republicans, but as Americans, is to once again to ensure that we are not bound by where we come from, but empowered by what we can become. That is the gap Republicans are working to close. It’s the gap we all face: between where you are and where you want to be. The President talks a lot about income inequality. But the real gap we face today is one of opportunity inequality… And with this Administration’s policies, that gap has become far too wide. We see this gap growing every single day.

"We see it in our neighbors who are struggling to find jobs… A husband who’s now working just part-time… A child who drops out of college because she can’t afford tuition… Or parents who are outliving their life’s savings. Last month, more Americans stopped looking for a job than found one. Too many people are falling further and further behind because, right now, the President’s policies are making people’s lives harder. Republicans have plans to close the gap… Plans that focus on jobs first without more spending, government bailouts, and red tape…"
House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) in the GOP rebuttal to the State of the Union

“There wasn’t a lot in the speech, of course he’s playing a weak hand. I was impressed by the fact that he delivered it with conviction because, again, there wasn’t a lot in it. I would call it the chestnut speech. There were so many old chestnuts that were shown, it was almost embarrassing.”
Conservative columnist, author Charles Krauthammer

“The bulk of those fantasy policy prescriptions at the State of the Union seemed to be focused on – how to put this – making poverty comfortable. Face it, that’s what raising the minimum wage is about. It’s not about benefitting working families. Minimum wage jobs are entry-level jobs no one should aspire to as a lifelong commitment, and no one generally stays at an entry-level job for long in the real world. Extending unemployment benefits for all those not working is in the same vein, and equally ineffective at job creation or economic stimulation. When you pay people not to work, they generally don’t work. (It’s especially ironic that Mr. Obama would tout falling unemployment in the same speech as demanding more unemployment benefits. Of course, as we know, the only reason the unemployment rate is falling is because people are giving up looking for work and dropping out of the workforce entirely.)”
Trey Garrison is the Senior Financial Editor for Housing Wire Magazine and

"Though President Obama keeps insisting that income inequality is the ‘defining challenge of our time,’ most Americans beg to differ.

"What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?" asked Gallup in
a nationwide survey this month. Dissatisfaction with the federal government — its incompetence, abuse, dysfunction, venality — topped the list, with 21 percent of respondents saying it was their key concern. The overall state of the economy was second, at 18 percent. Unemployment and health care were tied for third, with each cited by 16 percent as the nation's most pressing problem.

“How many shared Obama's view that the gap between rich and poor is the issue that should concern us most? Four percent.”
Columnist Jeff Jacoby

"Is she (Hillary) going to run? Fish have got to swim. Birds have got to fly, and Clintons have to run for office. It's what they do. It's a metabolic urge. That's all they've done their entire life is borrow money from rich people to seek public office. The problem is, a problem, nothing is more annoying to voters and infuriating to activists than a candidate that comes cloaked in an aura of inevitability. Because it says, in effect, here they are and you don't matter, and this is a foregone conclusion, and their inclination is to say well, we'll just see about that.”
George Will

"If you look today, the typical CEO makes 354 times more than the typical worker in his or her company, mostly his because there are so few women running companies. If you look back to 1980, that difference was just 42 times. So it's been that kind of income inequality that has started a lot of backlash and chatter..."
CBS analyst Mellody Hobson, whose husband George Lucas is worth $7.3 billion.

"I want Mike Huckabee to wake up tomorrow having suddenly grown a vagina. Then I wanna deny his vagina proper medical care and birth control while making crazy statements about his libido. And see how he likes it."
ABC producer Shonda Rhimes – creator of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” – reacting to reports of former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s remarks on women before the Republican National Committee.

“…the Democrats, one of their big issues is they've concocted and said Republicans are committing a War on Women. One of the workplace laws and rules that I think are good is that bosses shouldn't prey on young interns in their office. And I think really the media seems to have given President Clinton a pass on this. He took advantage of a girl that was 20 years old and an intern in his office. There is no excuse for that. And that is predatory behavior, and it should be, it should be something we shouldn't want to associate with people who would take advantage of a young girl in his office. Someone who takes advantage of a young girl in their office? I mean, really. And then they have the gall to stand up and say Republicans are having a War on Women?"
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)

“CNN’s got problems. I don’t know what they’re going to do. Put Spongebob on CNN — 24 hours — until a big story breaks. Then we break into Spongebob, and go to the hurricane, and then back to Spongebob.”
Legendary CNN host Larry King referring to the hit cartoon Spongebob Squarepants. January has been the network’s third-lowest month in ratings history. This month, the news network has fallen far behind Fox News and MSNBC and is even trailing its sister-network HLN.

“…if the (Denver) Broncos lose (this Sunday’s Super Bowl), (Denver QB Peyton) Manning could pay as much as 101.83 percent of this weekend’s paycheck to the Garden State. But even if the Broncos win, he’ll still owe a tax of 51.08 percent. For the sake of liberty and property rights, maybe we should pull for the Broncos.

“I’m no apologist for millionaires, or jocks. But this trivial example
does highlight the appetite states have for confiscating the private property of the affluent. As if the sales-tax , hotel-tax , and in-state-income-tax was not enough, New Jersey (along with the rest of the states that have decided to levy an extra tax on out-of-state ‘jocks’) has decided to cherry pick professions from which they intend to raise revenue.
Michael Schaus is the Associate Editor for Townhall Finance

'Beyoncé can twerk and dance dirty on stage by oh if Miley does it she's such a horrible person'
A fan tweeting about Beyonce’s opening dance routine on the Grammy Awards

“Is it just me or are some of the Grammy performances so far seem to be really demonic?? Looks like there is a lot of evil in the world...”
Former Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, who is preparing for the NFL Draft, tweeted during the Grammy Awards. At the Grammys, Katy Perry dressed up as a witch and was "burned at the stake" in her act while gay couples were married to the song "same love."


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