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.
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HEROES OF THE WEEK
Joseph Robert Wilcox
President George HW Bush
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Bowe Bergdahl ... MORE
Baltimore County teacher
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt. We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea's education. You know, it was not easy."
Hillary Clinton, and with a straight face
“The details of this case aren't irrelevant but come on let's have a little perspective on here. You know what, I'm going to sleep okay tonight whether these guys are in Qatar whether they’re in the Ritz there or whether they are around the block. It's a much bigger problem. The real problem is, get the heck out of Afghanistan.”
Thomas Friedman, liberal columnist for The New York Times, minimized the severity of the release of five dangerous Taliban terrorists. He appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation.
“I would be sleeping better if I had a sense that the administration had a real plan as opposed to a desperate dumping. If the administration had said to Congress this is how we're going to make sure these five serious operatives and strategists for the Taliban are going to be controlled in the future they won't be in the game. There seems to be no plan, there seems to have been a dumping and a hope that it wall all turn out okay. And a trust that if it doesn't turn out okay these guys turn bad and do bad in the future that's okay because we all will have forgotten by the time that story blows.”
Conservative columnist Peggy Noonan firing back at Friedman
Host Matt Lauer: “Did the White House truly think this was just going to be a celebratory moment, the release of Sergeant Bergdahl? Did they not see any of this backlash coming? Were they caught flat-footed?”
White House correspondent Chuck Todd: “They were caught flat-footed....They did not expect this backlash on Bergdahl himself. I’ve had a few aides describe it to me as, ‘We didn’t know that they were going to swiftboat Bergdahl.’”
— NBC’s Today, June 4
“All five of those guys are exceptionally dangerous. These are men who ran entire regions for the Taliban, they had thousands of fighters under their command. They survived the Soviets, they survived the civil war....We had the best military analysts on the planet look at these guys and recommend against transfer.”
Paul Rester, the former lead interrogator at Joint Task Force Guantánamo on the priosners released in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl
“I believe that some colleges may potentially be afraid of having a bad reputation and that would be a reason it could be swept under the rug, because they don’t want that to come out into the public. But I think more awareness is very important so women can learn how to protect themselves. Myself, as a fourth-degree black belt, I learned from a young age that you need to be confident and be able to defend yourself. And I think that’s something that we should start to really implement for a lot of women.”
Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez, now Miss USA, suggesting that women should learn self-defense in order to prevent or avoid being sexually assaulted. Sanchez is a fourth degree black belt in taekwondo.
“I get that the college sexual assault problem can't be solved in 30 secs but still icky to pretend like self defense is the answer.”
Elisa Benson, community manager at Cosmopolitan
“Pepper spray, police and cardboard signs failed to prevent the June 5 Seattle Pacific University shooting. Let’s stop mass violence on college campuses by defending college students’ right to carry firearms on campus.”
Katie Kieffer is a columnist and political commentator. She runs KatieKieffer.com. Kieffer is the author of the forthcoming book "LET ME BE CLEAR."
"The truth is, is that a lot of young men of color aren't doing well. Partly because they don't have dads in their lives. Partly because they don't have networks of support. It's important to me partly because, you know, I grew up without a dad, and you know, I know that I went through my own struggles. I made a decision in young adulthood that it was going to be important for me to make sure that I was there for my kids. I've really tried to make sure that I didn't miss parent-teacher conferences, that I didn't miss the ballet recitals or the soccer games. I tried to be disciplined about if I'm in town, being home for dinner every single night, and I think it's made a difference. You know the one thing the girls know about me is I love them to death.”
President Obama just days before Father’s Day
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
What border security?
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Gun sales up, crimes committed with guns down
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The World Cup is here
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
He turns potholes into art
FRANKLIN RESIDENTS, DON'T SIGN THE PETITION