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
Will Lyles and Spartan
Make-A-Wish Foundation, over 10,000 volunteers, San Francisco’s city government, police department, and local media
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Ray Rice and NFL Commissioner Goodell
Samuel Onyenweaku and his mother
Chicago's red-light camera system
Boston Borough Council
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"The rollout (of ObamaCare) was so bad, and I was appalled -- I don't understand how the president could have sat there and not been checking on that on a weekly basis. But frankly, he should never have said as much as he did, that if you like your current health care plan, you can keep it. That wasn't true. And you shouldn't lie to people. And they just lied to people.
"He should have said, 'Look, in some cases the health care plans that you've got are really inadequate, and in your own interests, we're going to change them. But that's not what he said.
"Any smart political adviser would have said, 'Don't lie to people, because you're gonna get caught up in it and it's gonna have this tsunami that you now have.'"
Former House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) in an interview with the Huffington Post
Former IRS official Lois Lerner cursed conservatives in emails released on Wednesday, leading House Republicans to intensify their push for criminal charges. Lerner, in an email conversation with an undisclosed person, suggested that listeners to conservative talk radio were “a--holes.”
She followed that up by saying: “So we don’t need to worry about alien teRrorists [sic]. It’s our own crazies that will take us down.” Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee said the emails showed — not for the first time — Lerner’s bias against conservatives. Other documents released Wednesday also suggest that Lerner used her home computer for work, which the GOP said raises questions about how well she was protecting confidential taxpayer information.
In the emails released by the committee on Wednesday, Lerner appears to be on vacation in England and writes that she overheard local women deriding U.S. fiscal policy.
The undisclosed person on the email chain responds: “Well, you should hear the whacko wing of the GOP. The US is through; too many foreigners sucking the teat; time to hunker down, buy ammo and food, and prepare for the end. The right wing radio shows are scary to listen to.”
After that, Lerner responds: “Great. Maybe we are through if there are that many a--holes.”
From a report on The Hill website
"We have no plans to impeach the president; we have no future plans. This whole talk about impeachment has come in from the president's own staff and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Why? Because they're trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year's election. Listen, it's all a scam started by Democrats at the White House."
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)
“I can no longer wait for leadership in Milwaukee to deal with the many problems that are obviously getting worse. At the same time that we see increased violent crime, deteriorating roads, fewer jobs, and businesses leaving the city, leadership is instead focused on a trolley that has no return on investment.”
Milwaukee alderman Bob Donovan announcing his run for mayor
"Let's make sure we don't do anything to provoke wrong action ... we got to also make sure that you can do your part to do whatever you can do to make, to try to make sure it doesn't happen again."
ESPN suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments above about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don't do anything to provoke an attack. Smith's commentary occurred during a discussion on ESPN2's "First Take" about the NFL's two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice following charges he assaulted his now-wife.
"I was just forced to watch this morning's First Take. A) I'll never feel clean again B) I'm not aware that I can provoke my own beating. Violence isn't the victim's issue. It's the abuser's. To insinuate otherwise is irresponsible and disgusting."
Michelle Beadle, a colleague of Smith’s, reacting to his controversial remarks
“We can see how some are fearful of children walking across the border. What will they think when millions of people are driven north from the parched landscapes of a world degraded by intensifying climate change?”
California Gov. Jerry Brown at the signing of a voluntary climate agreement in Mexico City
“I am 6-feet-4, I weighed 255 pounds, and I’ve wrestled Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant, and this guy is going to knock me down with one punch and [leave] no mark on me whatsoever?”
Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, on winning $1.8 million from a defamation suit against another former SEAL, Chris Kyle, as described in Kyle’s book, “American Sniper;” Kyle was shot to death in 2013, but Ventura continued the suit against his estate
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
About those immigrant detention centers...
'Disturbing trend' at the border
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The WI State Fair...love it!
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
I'd be outraged, too
How bad is the drought in California?
'Don't e-mail me, I'm dead'