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
Returning members of the 1st Battalion 121st Field Artillery Wisconsin Army National Guard.
The New Berlin School Board that approved a school tax levy increase of only 0.9%. Are you paying attention, Franklin School Board members?
Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker who will, for the 3rd time, veto a Milwaukee County Board-approved measure to force a referendum on a county-wide sales tax increase.
Franklin High’s summer baseball team that made it to the state tournament quarterfinals.
Woman in Denver who used a clever tactic to flee her captors
Ohio judge Michael Cicconnetti
TV Land and the people of Hawaii
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Thieves at Holy Hill
Lemonade stand bully in Oshkosh
The 10 Milwaukee County Board Supervisors who voted to approve an advisory referendum for next February’s ballot calling for a one-cent sales tax increase, in essence, a $120-million tax increase……because, as you all well know, we just aren’t taxed enough around here.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. It’s easy to criticize the Milwaukee Police Department in a week that saw guilty verdicts in the Frank Jude Jr. beating trial. But it’s quite galling when Barrett, who has done nothing to fight crime in the city of Milwaukee, makes negative comments about the department. And as I pointed out filling in for Mark Belling Friday, Barrett says he will veto a proposed ordinance that would restrict where sex offenders can live in the city of Milwaukee. Under the ordinance, sex offenders could only live in about 1% of the city limits, meaning 99% would be sex offender-free. Barrett says he feels sorry for the districts where sex offenders could live. Brilliant. So he’ll veto the ordinance, and 100% of the city will still be open to sex offenders. Meanwhile, one municipality after another around Milwaukee and around the state is passing a restrictive ordinance similar to Franklin’s.
State Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma). Remember she couldn’t afford to buy health insurance, leaving her and her husband in a quandary when their son needed an emergency appendectomy later. Now we learn that at the same time she claims her family couldn’t afford health insurance and that’s why we need universal health care in Wisconsin, she lent her own election campaign thousands of dollars. Supporters of this boondoggle continue to be disingenuous.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
Noted Milwaukee defense attorney Gerald Boyle joined me live on WISN Thursday shortly after the verdicts were announced in the Frank Jude beating trial. Boyle defended fired officer Jon Bartlett who was acquitted of all but one charge in the state trial, but found guilty on both counts this week in the federal trial. When I asked Boyle if he was disappointed, Boyle said no, and in the epitome of candor said that he told Bartlett after the state trial that he was lucky the jury ruled the way it did.
"I would have to think twice about staying here. Even as a resident, I would be giving that very serious thought."
Steve Scaccia, president of Freedom Plastics, Janesville, on the Senate Democrats’’ universal health care proposal. He said the government should not be able to save money by putting the burden on Wisconsin residents and businesses. Scaccia thinks the proposal will make Wisconsin the highest-taxed state in America, allow illegal immigrants to receive health care and encourage uninsured people to move to Wisconsin. He believes it also would discourage businesses from operating in Wisconsin.
” Wisconsin took a mid-July hit in the second annual Forbes magazine ranking of “the best states for business,” placing 44th out of 50 - barely ahead of auto layoff capital Michigan, Katrina-battered Louisiana and everyone's stereotypical image of Appalachia, West Virginia.
While not as harsh as the Forbes rankings, Wisconsin came across as somewhat lackluster in the Fortune Small Business.com survey of best places for small business (27th) and CNBC's Top States for Doing Business (33rd). Under the heading of “thank goodness for small favors,” Wisconsin did not place in the bottom 10 in the Tax Foundation's 2007 state business tax climate index - but it was 38th out of 50.
The mediocre-to-worse business rankings are still cause for concern, however. They consistently portray Wisconsin as being unfriendly to business, which is a perception that can be hard to live down - even if the reality is changing. Business leaders should talk about what's right about Wisconsin and political leaders must stick by policies that position the state for competitiveness.”
Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council.
"We have given more favorable treatment to the beer industry than any other in this state. Everybody's so afraid of the beer tax and beer industry."
State Representative Terese Berceau (D-Madison), whose bill to increase the beer tax in Wisconsin has gone flat.
"It's (beer) one of our icons. You don't go lobbing stones at our icons."
Jerry Apps, who has written a history of Wisconsin breweries, on the proposed beer tax increase.
A “little midget man who knows (nothing) about baseball."
San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds describing sportscaster Bob Costas.
"As anyone can plainly see, I'm 5-6 1/2 and a strapping 150, and unlike some people, I came by all of it naturally."
Bob Costas, responding to Barry Bonds with a jab of his own.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Senate Democrats and others pushing universal health care were all smiles this week, touting a new survey they claim demonstrates overwhelming support for their $15.2 billion government health care proposal. They claim a whopping 69% of the public supports their crazy idea.
Take a look at the last page of the survey. The survey was conducted June 12-14, but the Senate Democrats’ plan wasn’t formally announced until June 25, and even then not everyone was clear on all the details in the massive plan. How could Joe in Waupaca being surveyed on June 12th know fully and truthfully what he was being asked out? The bogus survey is a complete sham and lacks any credibility.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
See outrage of the week.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The off-beat hype is everywhere.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Ballooning festival in New Jersey is counting on a virgin to insure good weather.
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