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.
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HEROES OF THE WEEK
Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan and John Larsen
Milwaukee County Supervisor Joseph Rice for his great piece in the Journal/Sentinel.
My former colleague at WTMJ and current colleague at the state Capitol, State Representative Jim Ott, for standing up to the trash ads running against him on the Journal/Sentinel website.
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Senate Democrats, who refused to take votes on a constitutional amendment requiring a photo ID to vote, a bill banning partial birth abortion, and a bill eliminating sick leave for legislators.
Eliot Spitzer, the hero who became a villain
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"Over the course of my public life, I have insisted, I believe correctly, that people, regardless of their position or power, take responsibility for their conduct. I can and will ask no less of myself. For this reason, I am resigning from the office of governor. I am deeply sorry that I did not live up to what was expected of me...I look at my time as governor with a sense of what might have been. There is much more to be done, and I cannot allow my private failings to disrupt the people's work. The remorse I feel will always be with me.”
Former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer.
"The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, God damn America, that's in the Bible for killing innocent people."God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme."
Barack Obama’s pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, in a 2003 sermon. An ABC News review of dozens of Rev. Wright's sermons, offered for sale by the church, found repeated denunciations of the U.S. based on what he described as his reading of the Gospels and the treatment of black Americans.
"There are times when people say things that are just wrong. But I think it's important to judge me on what I've said in the past and what I believe.”
Barack Obama, reacting to criticism of his pastor.
"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color), he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept."
"Any time anybody does anything that in any way pulls this campaign down and says let's address reality and the problems we're facing in this world, you're accused of being racist, so you have to shut up. Racism works in two different directions. I really think they're attacking me because I'm white. How's that?"
Geraldine Ferraro defending her comment on Obama.
"The homosexual agenda is just destroying this nation" and that homosexuality poses a bigger threat to the United States than terrorism.
Oklahoma state Representative Sally Kern (R-Oklahoma City) in a speech given earlier this year. The remarks were made public this week.
“This budget shortfall should not be used as an excuse to raise taxes.”
Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch (R-West Salem) on fixing the state’s huge revnue shortfall.
“This has to be done right for all the citizens of Wisconsin. A strong compact is one that’s strong and fair -- fair for everyone”
State Representative Scott Gunderson (R-Waterford) and chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, on the Great Lakes Compact.
“I had a lot of regulars leave who I've never seen again, and I don't blame them.”
Terry Harvath, owner of the Wishing Well tavern in Appleton and head of the Outagamie County Tavern League. He claims a majority of Appleton bar owners are still unhappy about the smoking ban.
“Fighting the smoking ban is just prolonging the inevitable. I think Wisconsin will be totally nonsmoking eventually. It's just a question of when.”
Marsh Shapiro, owner of the Nitty Gritty bar and restaurants in Madison.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
26% of teenage girls have an STD.
Time for some blunt talk about STD’s.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Senate Democrats proposed a bill that would force all licensed Wisconsin pharmacists, regardless of their medical and moral judgment, to dispense the morning-after pill and other FDA-approved abortifacient contraceptive drugs. The legislation also redefines the statutory definition of abortion to exclude all FDA-approved contraceptive drugs and devices.
A hearing was held in the Senate Health Committee this week, and Senate Democrats didn’t count on amendments from one of their own members, Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma), amendments that dramatically altered the bill.
In complete disbelief and horror, Democrat Senators John Erpenbach and Lena Taylor tore into Vinehout at the hearing, badgering her over and over. To her credit, Vinehout stood her ground and principles. Vinehout voted with the three Republicans on the committee.
Abortion rights groups were beside themselves, taking Vinehout to task here and here.
The story, Democrats pouncing on and attacking their own, got zero play in the media. You can see the exchange on Wisconsin Eye from the 3/11/08 Senate Committee on Health meeting on Senate Bill 232. I highly recommend watching.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The Eliot Spitzer revelation. Yes, the story warranted all the attention. But as usual, the media went overboard with some of the sidebar stories like, Is prostitution a victimless crime?
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Without a doubt. Strangest story of the week, the month, the year, maybe the millennium.
REMEMBER: Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me.