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 baby 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
Lyle Francis Eagletail and Madison Leigh Wallace
Jamie Valentine and Staci Freeman
Former pro wrestler Chris Masters
Senator John Cornyn
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Green Street United Methodist Church
The National Science Foundation
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Many people are frustrated with Republicans nationally … but go down the line of Republican governors and you’ll see leaders who are more optimistic, more relevant, and more courageous. We need to use language that is relevant to people—they’re concerned that their sons and daughters won’t have jobs, that their neighbor’s been out of work for six months, that their children and grandchildren won’t be able to afford this massive national debt. In Wisconsin, we were realistic about our challenges, but optimistic about solving our problems."
WI Governor Scott Walker
"We need to address our debt. And there's no tax increase in the world that will solve it. The only solution is a combination of fiscal discipline with rapid economic growth. If we can get the economy to grow at just 4% it would pull millions out of poverty and reduce our deficits by almost $4 trillion dollars over the next decade. One of the best ways to encourage growth is to engage in free and fair trade. We need to advance an energy policy that takes advantages of our God given resources and fully utilize all of the above in a responsible way.”
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that there is no tax available that can solve the nation's growing debt crisis, despite Democratic demands for a "balanced" approach of tax increases and spending cuts.
“Tomorrow is the three-year anniversary of the passage of Obamacare. Obamacare is hurting young people. It’s hurting seniors. It’s hurting Hispanics. It’s hurting African-Americans. It’s hurting single moms. It’s hurting the economy. It should be repealed."
Texas Senator Ted Cruz
“What I like about what’s happening in 2014 is we can use statements that were said in 2010 by vulnerable Democrats. They said, ‘You could keep your doctor, and your insurance premiums won’t rise.’ Well, the rubber is going to meet the road in 18 months."
Rob Jesmer, who served as executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee in 2008 and 2010, suggested Republicans might have an easier time making their case in the next election cycle than in 2010.
“I physically separated Justice Prosser and Justice Bradley with my own body and held onto Justice Bradley until she calmed down. I am not an unbiased judge (in that case)."
State Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack during a debate with Marquette University law professor Edward Fallone. They argued over what rules should be in place to determine when justices must step down from cases because of real or perceived conflicts of interest. Roggensack said in the debate she was not participating in an ethics case against Prosser because she witnessed the incident and separated Prosser and Bradley.
“Have the students write the name JESUS in big letters on a piece of paper. Ask the students to stand up and put the paper on the floor in front of them with the name facing up. Ask the students to think about it for a moment. After a brief period of silence instruct them to step on the paper. Most will hesitate. Ask why they can’t step on the paper. Discuss the importance of symbols in culture.”
A synopsis of the lesson taught at Florida Atlantic University by Deandre Poole, who also happens to be vice chair of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party. Ryan Rotela, a devout Mormon, was in the classroom and refused to participate — telling television station WPEC that the assignment was insulting and offensive. Florida Atlantic University has issued an apology. The university also said the lesson will never again be used.
“Doctors in Canada were shocked after pulling a three-inch knife blade from the back of a 32-year-old man. The knife had been in there for three years. Imagine that. Guy had a knife in his back for three years. So, he must have worked at NBC, too. Have you heard about this alleged feud that I'm having with NBC? Well, I think it's going to be okay. This is real. I had dinner last night, I did, I had dinner last night with a bunch of NBC executives. And to make up to me, listen to this, to make it up to me, what they did, they are sending my wife and I on an all expenses paid Carnival Cruise.”
Jay Leno during a monologue. NBC has indicated that it's going to be replacing Leno with Jimmy Fallon next year if not sooner.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Milwaukee County paratransit services problems.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
About those green jobs...
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
March Madness...and rightfully so.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
That's it for Week-ends.
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