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
Adrian Harris and Aml Elsokary
Franklin School Board (No, that's not a typo)
Oak Creek-Franklin school district
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Linda Chapa LaVia
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“I just heard this loud boom. We knew we were in major trouble.”
Steven Clavijo, 18, one in a group of Californian high school students on their way to visit a university who were caught up in a deadly crash when their bus was struck by a truck. The students were on a 13-hour journey to Humboldt State University when their bus crashed into a FedEx truck on Interstate 5 near Orland, Calif. Both vehicles caught fire. Clavijo said he was trying to nap as other students watched movies and listened to hip-hop on the radio.
“Sad to hear but not really surprising. We do nothing to address the real issues, mainly mental illness, the break down of two parent families, loss of religious morals, and the fear that a parent cannot discipline their child without the fear of criminal charges. Instead, the media/president/society will continue to blame the weapon. In this case, since its not a gun, the media will drop this story quickly, as it doesn't fit their gun control agenda.”
“This is near me. It is a medium to upper class neighborhood, mostly white, one of those great schools where things like this ‘don't happen.’ My niece and nephew go here. The school had security guards. We need to arm teachers with guns. It should be part of the job requirement. The principal had to tackle the kid. But it took 30 minutes to get him. 30 seconds with a 9 mm.”
Comments on Facebook after a 16-year-old boy went on a stabbing rampage at a Pennsylvania high school. Suspect Alex Hribal allegedly stabbed or slashed 21 students and a security guard. Eight students remained hospitalized on Friday, including four in critical condition after one was downgraded.
“I don’t feel student-athletes should get hundreds of thousands of dollars, but like I said, there are hungry nights that I go to bed and I’m starving.”
University of Connecticut basketball player Shabazz Napier. State lawmakers in Connecticut are now exploring legislative ways to allow athletes at UConn, a state institution, to unionize — much like athletes are attempting at Northwestern University.
“We can talk about baseball. Talk about politics. Sure this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated. We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go in the country. The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”
Baseball legend Hank Aaron. This week marked the 40th anniversary of Aaron’s home run that broke Babe Ruth’s longtime record.
“I’m not against photo identification, but only as long as the cards are free and easily accessible. Providing eligible voters the ability to obtain a photo on a Social Security card eliminates any genuine concern.”
Civil rights leader Andrew Young endorsing the idea of adding photos to Social Security cards as a way to prevent voter suppression. Bill Clinton also supports the idea.
"Clinton and Young’s idea addresses voter fraud head-on, and it does so in a way that is less likely to discriminate against minorities or those who are impoverished. However, many people are extremely uncomfortable using their private social security card, which is a goldmine for data thieves, as identification."
Emily Hulsey, Independent Journal Review
"We're in trouble. Let's get something going here; let's reverse that downward trend. Where is the plan to deal with rising poverty? Where's the plan to turn the schools around? What's the vision of the City of Milwaukee? Maybe there is one, but it isn't being communicated.”
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke during an "On the Issues with Mike Gousha" forum at the Marquette University Law School.
“For me, partisanship is a lens not a strait jacket.
“We have to quit thinking of the other side as the enemy. Here’s how I see the enemy. The enemy is poverty in a country and a state that has no business having kids and families go to sleep hungry at night or in their cars.
“The enemy is unemployment and underemployment, because the last time I checked, nobody asked an employer advertising a good job if they were R or D’s, they were just thankful to get a job that gave them worth and put food on the table.
“The enemy are those who encourage an under educated citizenry. Education is the key to helping give people a hand up and a better future. Those who attack education and educators are to be shunned, not celebrated.
“The most dangerous enemy of all though, the one we don’t even what to discuss, is the closest to us. It lives with us. In fact, it lives within us. The real enemy is fear.
“We fear what we do not understand. We fear those who are different. We fear losing what we have.”
From the final floor speech of retiring state Senator Dale Schultz
"It was kind of like a smack in our face.”
Jeff Adrien of the Milwaukee Bucks after losing to the Indiana Pacers, 104-102 Wednesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Indiana coach Frank Vogel gambled his reserves could beat the league-worst Bucks as the Pacers tried to keep pace with Miami in the race for the top seeding in the Eastern Conference. Vogel won his bet, sitting all five starters for the entire game and emerging with a victory when Chris Copeland drove for the winning basket with 1.2 seconds left.
“I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued… We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking – it’s a valuable thing my mum created.
“And sometimes, you need your knight in shining armor. I’m sorry. You need a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman. That’s why relationships work…"
In an interview with Harper's Bazaar in the U.K., actress Kirsten Dunst promoted the importance of traditional gender roles. Unsurprisingly, her remarks have been accompanied with backlash from self-righteous feminists.
"I'm going to say this and it will be on tape and so be it. The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn't come legally ... and they crossed the border because they had no other means to work, to be able to provide for their family, yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony. It's an act of love, it's an act of commitment to your family. I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime. There should be a price paid, but it shouldn't rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families."
Jeb Bush, a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
IRS workers urged taxpayers to reelect Obama, disparaged GOP
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
'The crime of the century'
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Stephen Colbert replaces David Letterman
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Kathleen Sibelius' final glitch
It's only $860