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
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Andrew Harris and his union
Atheists and the UW-Extension
Philly teachers and administrators
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Unemployment in its truest definition, meaning the portion of people who do not have any job, is 37.2 percent. This number obviously includes some people who are not or never plan to seek employment. But it does describe how many people are not able to, do not want to or cannot find a way to work. Policies that remove the barriers to employment, thus decreasing this number, are obviously beneficial.”
Wall Street advisers David John Marotta and Megan Russell
“I can’t believe de Blasio could do this. He is putting everyone in danger. What is he thinking? We’re supposed to get up to a foot of snow and nobody on the Upper East Side is supposed to blink an eye? I can barely get around and I’m on snow shoes! All of the buses are stuck and can’t go anywhere. He’s crazy. We need Mayor Bloomberg back!”
Barbara Tamerin, who was using ski poles to get around 81st Street and Lexington Avenue in New York. Mayor de Blasio bungled the second winter storm of his administration when the snow hit a few hours earlier than expected Tuesday — causing a rash of car crashes and snarling traffic across the city.
“While the overall storm response across the city was well-executed, after inspecting the area and listening to concerns from residents earlier today, I determined more could have been done to serve the Upper East Side.”
NYC Mayor de Blasio
“I do think that across the country, however, when they're looking at long-term unemployment and they're looking at the uncertainty of the Obamacare, they're saying, ‘Got to move on, guys.’ I do wonder if this had happened in Nevada whether it would have gotten much attention.”
Former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw saying the American people wonder about the intensity of the Chris Christie bridge story.
"As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol."
President Obama in an interview with the New Yorker
“His (Obama’s) laissez-faire attitude about legalization has drug policy and prevention experts scratching their heads in confusion as to why the president will not give clear guidance…either he is seriously ill-informed about the issue or is completely ignoring warnings from his highly-esteemed advisors.”
The Drug-Free American Foundation
“I think the president needs to speak to his NIH director in charge of drug abuse. [She] would tell the president that, in fact, today’s modern, genetically modified marijuana, so it’s much higher THC levels, far surpass the marijuana that the president acknowledges smoking when he was a young person. He is wrong when he says that it isn’t very harmful, because the new marijuana is not the old marijuana. We need to have presidential decisions made based upon public health and the sound science that the federal government’s invested in. I mean, if the president feels alcohol is worse than tobacco, what’s he prepared to do? And I’ll tell you, the president won’t be able to do a thing. Why? Because alcohol is too powerful an industry to change. And right now, we have a chance to stop another for-profit industry from targeting our public health.”
Former Rhode Island Democratic Rep. Patrick Kennedy says President Barack Obama is wrong about the dangers of marijuana, saying that the drug today is not like what the president smoked in his youth. The son of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and nephew of President John F. Kennedy is the chairman of the advocacy group Smart Approaches to Marijuana.
“Obama’s election was one of the great markers in the black freedom struggle. In the electoral realm, ironically, the country may be more racially divided than it has been in a generation. Obama lost among white voters in 2012 by a margin greater than any victor in American history. The popular opposition to the Administration comes largely from older whites who feel threatened, underemployed, overlooked, and disdained in a globalized economy and in an increasingly diverse country. Obama’s drop in the polls in 2013 was especially grave among white voters. ‘There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black President,’ Obama said. ‘Now, the flip side of it is there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I’m a black President.’ The latter group has been less in evidence of late.”|
The New Yorker
“The right-wing spin machine is running on overdrive tonight because President Obama had the nerve to talk about race. In a published interview the President said, quote, ‘There's no doubt that there's some folks who just really dislike me because they don't like the idea of a black President. Now the flip side of it is that there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of a doubt precisely because I'm a black President.’ Now, it seems like a fairly obvious noncontroversial statement. But for the right-wingers, it was a chance to go back to one of their favorite talking points: President Obama is playing the race card.”
Al Sharpton on MSNBC
“And there are people who enjoy the politics of race, right? They find that speaking to the kind of sense of victimization really helps their ratings in this case, or maybe it helps them in their particular district. And that to me is much more interesting than what these people are actually arguing. There is nothing more preposterous or predictable than having this cast of characters say it's about racism. Their whole game is to shout ‘racist’ louder than anyone else.”
MSNBC political analyst and MSNBC.com Executive Editor Richard Wolffe reacting to Sharpton
“Like King, the president may find that as he holds onto his core ideals without compromise — as we saw him do in the government shutdown negotiations — he’ll be buttressed by public support and inner clarity that the purity of principle brings.
“And as the president hits the road this year and surrounds himself with those he’s trying to help — Americans who have lost their health insurance, students desperate for an affordable college education, unemployed workers seeking a lifeline — he may find, like King, that the cheers and admonishments from everyday people can provide fuel for his final years in office.
“And just like King, the president might be renewed by his inner compass, his sense of purpose, his conversations with God. It was these late-night conversations that allowed King to endure murderous phone calls and official intransigence.”
The Washington Post in an op-ed piece, comparing President Obama to MLK
“I would not let my son play pro football."
“So he wouldn't let his son play football -– this pretend son that he has. It's like Jimmy Stewart with the pretend rabbit. Well let me tell you something Mr. President -- I wouldn't let my son be an ambassador under you. I’d much rather that he played football."
Talk show host Mark Levin
“The Internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God.”
Pope Francis in a papal statement
“I think very quickly that in the long run, Edward Snowden might be on a postage stamp somewhere down the road.”
PBS’ Tavis Smiley
"I am proud of what I’ve been able to achieve through hard work and perseverance. And I guarantee you that anyone who tries to say otherwise hasn’t walked a day in my shoes."
Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, whose Republican opponent is paraplegic Greg Abbott
“I might have won Wisconsin for him...”
Singer Katy Perry referring to President Obama
"Listen, I like to play golf. I like to cut my own grass. You know, I do drink red wine. I smoke cigarettes. And I'm not giving that up to be the President of the United States."
House Speaker John Boehner on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
“I’m the best corner in the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like (San Francisco 49er Eric) Crabtree that’s the result you’re gonna get! (Looking into camera) Don’t you ever talk about me! Crabtree! Don’t you open your mouth about the best! Or I’m gonna shut it for you real quick.”
Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman in a bizarre post-game rant after Seattle beat San Francisco last Sunday to advance to the Super Bowl
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Attacks on Greg Abbott
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
The gap between the rich and poor has expanded under Obama
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Justin Bieber's arrest
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
The supernatural in sports.
"Next thing I know I'm in the guy's car."