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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.
Updated: 15 min 53 sec ago

Janet Evans is a true, honest to goodness fiscal conservative

2 hours 16 min ago
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"> Her opponent in the recall election is not. Thus Janet Evans best fits with the fiscally conservative makeup of her district and the entire city. Janet Evans consistently acts as a watchdog for the taxpayers. She is taxpayer-friendly. Her opponent who masquerades as a conservative failed over and over again during his years as an alderman where he regularly voted for tax levy increases in the annual budget and never offered budget amendments to cut spending that would have saved taxpayers money. As a voting citizen, two issues are at the top of my list: Taxation/spending, and public safety. To demonstrate why I wouldn&rsquo;t vote for Steve Taylor, here&rsquo;s a blog I wrote back in February of 2014 when Taylor was running for mayor about a real Whopper. 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mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} <span lang="EN" style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:EN;mso-fareast-language: EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">If you haven&rsquo;t done so already, please consider reading the FranklinNOW article relating answers given to questions submitted to the Franklin mayoral candidates. Do as I did. Read and determine if the candidates answered specific, direct questions with specific, direct answers in addition to whether or not they answered to your satisfaction. I think it&rsquo;s pretty obvious who dodged one of the questions. Hint: Recall. No candidate gave attention grabbing, stunning, holy cow answers, save one. FranklinNOW surveyed the three Franklin mayoral candidates and here was one of the questions; <span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language: EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">&ldquo;In November, the council unanimously agreed to freeze the tax levy for 2014. If the tax levy freeze is enforced again in 2015, what municipal services would take priority when considering expenditures? Would you approve another freeze?&rdquo; Which candidate answered, in part, the following?<span style="font-size: 11.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language: EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"> &ldquo;City services are important, especially public safety. Police and fire will always remain off limit as long as I am mayor.&rdquo; <span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language: EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">Was it: &gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; Basil Ryan

New American way of life

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 18:15

E-mails on Franklin's recall

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 19:30

2ND UPDATE: Culinary no-no #373

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 18:32
<p style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;margin-bottom:12.0pt; line-height:normal" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Previously on This Just In&hellip;<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"> If you&rsquo;ve been at a McDonald&rsquo;s after 10:30 or within a few minutes when breakfast hours end, you might be able to snarf what limited choices have been sitting under a heat lamp. But you&rsquo;re pretty much out of luck. Morning breakfast items represent a $50 billion dollar market, so it&rsquo;s no surprise competition is fierce. Taco Bell recently jumped into the market with a waffle taco, promoting with an ingenious ad featuring numerous guys actually named Ronald McDonald. Starbucks is bringing back some of its old breakfast favorites. These are smart moves. According to Abbey Klaassen, editor of Advertising Age, breakfast is one of the only growth areas for fast food companies. Breakfast constitutes 21 percent of all restaurant visits. The Port Washington, N.Y.-based research firm, The NPD Group reports that during 2013, US consumers increased their visits at the morning meal by 3 percent. However, traffic declined 1 percent last year for both the lunch and dinner dayparts, which both have greater overall shares of total restaurant visits. While morning meals account for 21 percent of all visits, lunch and dinner account for 34 percent and 31 percent, respectively. &ldquo;Breakfast continues to be a bright spot for the restaurant industry, as evidenced by the number of chains expanding their breakfast offerings and times,&rdquo; Bonnie Riggs, the company&rsquo;s restaurant industry analyst, said in a statement. &ldquo;A restaurant morning meal serves a variety of needs. In addition to helping us jump-start our day, it satisfies the need for convenience, is less costly than other restaurant meals and is readily available to us.&rdquo; <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri">And mornings are only going to get more lucrative. NPD predicts more growth in guest counts at the morning meal with a 7-percent increase over the next nine years, with quick-service brands&rsquo; morning traffic expected to grow 9 percent over that time. Is it any wonder McDonald&rsquo;s is considering extending breakfast hours, even throughout the day? For now, it seems the 10:30 a.m. cutoff is a loser.

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Tue, 09/01/2015 - 17:00
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The latest pro-life news (08/31/15)

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 20:00
From Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right To Life. (MORE) ALSO: Meet the new public face of abortion-on-demand: Satanists Mom shares photos of her miscarried babies to show they're not just 'blobs of cells' Private letter to an abortionist from a traditional hard-core Catholic Stories legislators tell each other NPR talk show questioning pro-life tactics couldn't find one pro-life caller? AND FINALLY, LOVIN&rsquo; LIFE&hellip; Last week, a 4-year old Memphis girl got to be a chef.

My Most Popular Blogs (08/31/15)

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 17:00
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Culinary no-no #438

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 17:00
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Sheriff David Clarke: Barack Obama Started This War On Police

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 16:45
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"> Sheriff David Clarke placed blame for the execution of Harris County deputy Darren Goforth squarely upon President Barack Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder. The Milwaukee County Sheriff said that Obama and Holder laid the groundwork for &quot;this war on police&quot; by supporting 'activists' who have disparaged law enforcement based upon a set of lies.

Photos of the Week (08/30/15)

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 09:00
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"> 1) WDBJ news morning anchor <span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;text-decoration:none;text-underline: none">Kimberly McBroom gets a hug from visiting anchor Steve Grant as meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner reflects after their early morning newscast at the station on Aug. 27 in Roanoke, Va. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed during a live broadcast the previous day, while on assignment in Moneta. Photo: Steve Helber / AP 2) WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker and WDBJ-TV cameraman Adam Ward. <span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;text-decoration:none;text-underline: none">Both were killed when a gunman opened fire during during a live broadcast at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Va., on August 26, 2015. The suspect has been identified as Vester Flanagan, a 41-year-old former WDBJ reporter who went by the name Bryce Williams on air. (WDBJ7) 3) Republican presidential candidate <span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;text-decoration:none;text-underline: none">Donald Trump greets supporters after his rally at Ladd-Peeples Stadium in Mobile, Ala. on Aug. 21. The Trump campaign moved the rally to a larger stadium to accommodate demand. Photo: Mark Wallheiser / Getty Images 4) A man <span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;text-decoration:none;text-underline: none">walks on the shore against strong winds backdropped by a rough sea as Tropical Storm Erika moves away from Guayama, Puerto Rico, on Aug. 28, 2015. The storm was expected to dump up to 8 inches of rain across the drought-stricken northern Caribbean as it carved a path toward the U.S. Photo: Ricardo Arduengo / AP 5) <span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;text-decoration:none;text-underline: none">Palestinians scuffle with an Israeli soldier as they try to prevent him from detaining a boy during a protest against Jewish settlements in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah on Friday. Photo: Mohamad Torokman / Reuters 6) Hungarian police watch as <span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;text-decoration:none;text-underline: none">Syrian migrants climb under a fence to enter Hungary at the Hungarian-Serbian border. Photo: Laszlo Balogh / Reuters 7) <span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;text-decoration:none;text-underline: none">Graffiti in Persian reading &quot;Death to England&quot; is seen above a picture of Britain's Queen Elizabeth at the British Embassy in Tehran, Iran August 23, 2015. Britain reopened its embassy in Tehran on Sunday, a historic step in the thawing of relations between the Islamic state and Western powers, a Reuters witness said. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond declared the embassy open and raised the Union Jack flag in the garden of the nineteenth-century residence in the Iranian capital that was stormed by protesters nearly four years ago. (REUTERS/Darren Staples) 8) A <span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;text-decoration:none;text-underline: none">woman covers her nose as she passes by waste management workers as they collect a pile of garbage near the government building a day after a violent protests against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, on Aug. 24, 2015. The &quot;You Stink&quot; campaign has mobilized against the government's failure to solve a <span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;text-decoration:none;text-underline: none">garbage disposal crisis, bringing thousands of people onto the streets in protests that have threatened the survival of the cabinet. Photos: Hassan Ammar / AP and Mohamed Azakir / Reuters 9) Indian nuns from the Catholic Order of the Missionaries of Charity <span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;text-decoration:none;text-underline: none">take part in a mass to commemorate the 105th birthday of Mother Teresa at the Indian Missionaries of Charity house in Kolkata on August 26, 2015. Mother Teresa, a Nobel peace prize winner and Roman Catholic saint-in-waiting, was born on August 26, 1910 to Albanian parents in what is now Skopje in Macedonia. Photo: Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP - Getty Images 10) Former President George W. Bush <span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;text-decoration:none;text-underline: none">poses for photos with students at Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans, on Friday. Bush is in town to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which was Saturday. Photo: Gerald Herbert / AP 11) The <span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;text-decoration:none;text-underline: none">carcass of a whale is lifted in the Navy Port in Hel, northern Poland, on Tuesday. The whale was found on early Saturday near the beach in Stegna and then transported to Hel. Scientists from the Marine Research Station will examine the carcass to learn why the animal died. Photo: Piotr Wittman / EPA 12) Officials hold <span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;text-decoration:none;text-underline: none">confiscated elephant tusks before destroying the ivory at the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, in Bangkok, Thailand, on Wednesday. About two tonnes (2,155.17 kg) of ivory were crushed and incinerated during the ceremony as part of a campaign against poachers, traffickers and traders involved in the illicit trade in ivory, according to a Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation press release. Photo: Chaiwat Subprasom / Reuters 13) Green Bay Packer Jordy Nelson suffers a <span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;text-decoration:none;text-underline: none">season-ending knee injury last Sunday in a preseason loss to Pittsburgh. Photo: totalpackers.com. 14) United States' Ashton Eaton <span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;text-decoration:none;text-underline: none">reacts as he celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's decathlon in a world record points tally of 9,045 at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) 15) <span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;text-decoration:none;text-underline: none">Exhausted competitors fall on the track after the first 1500m race of the Decathlon event finished during the Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium, in Beijing on Aug. 29. Photo: Rolex Dela Pena / EPA 16) Two woman <span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;text-decoration:none;text-underline: none">lie in a puddle of squashed tomatoes during the annual &quot;tomatina&quot; tomato fight fiesta, in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual &quot;Tomatina&quot; battle that has become a major tourist attraction. At the annual fiesta in Bunol on Wednesday, trucks dumped 150 tons of ripe tomatoes for some 22,000 participants, many from abroad to throw during the hour-long morning festivities. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

Recommended Reading (08/29/15)

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 17:30
<p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read (even if, on occasion, I do not agree with the author). The tired and opportunistic gun-control agenda <span lang="EN" style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-ansi-language:EN">The Left&rsquo;s reaction to the story was Pavlovian. These responses, which echoed across media, were typically thoughtless and knee-jerk. Usually, architects of public policy wait to hear which problem they are being asked to solve before proposing a solution. When it comes to the Second Amendment, they fire up the cookie-cutter. <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"><span lang="EN" style="mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;color:blue;mso-ansi-language: EN">The very real economic costs of birthright citizenship <span lang="EN" style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-ansi-language:EN">The current interpretation of the 14th Amendment works as a magnet for at least some parents across the globe. But just how big a magnet is it? <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Harsh immigration policy is NOT why Hispanics hate the GOP <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:black">After Mitt Romney's 2012 loss, the GOP put out a postmortem white paper. Its conclusion? Let's &quot;outreach&quot; to Hispanics. After all, they're the fastest-growing voting bloc, they perceive the GOP as anti-Hispanic, a more &quot;accommodating&quot; immigration policy will attract them, yada, blah, etc. Bull. I live in California. And I will tell you that Hispanics loathe Republicans for many reasons; the GOP's &quot;hostile&quot; attitude toward immigration is way down on the list of anti-Republican grievances. <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">2016: The coming train wreck <span lang="EN" style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#222222;mso-ansi-language:EN">Can you imagine the geriatric Democratic field? Sanders and Biden at 74, maybe Kerry at 73, and the young sprite of the pack, Hillary Clinton at 69. Jesus wept! <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Could you be a hero like those Americans on the French train? If you stop to contemplate whether to act when the danger actually confronts you, you probably won't, the study suggests. <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">And the answer to the question &quot;what were they thinking when they risked their lives?&quot; is that they weren't thinking, at least not very much. They just did it. If you think about it too much, you won't. <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Yale scholar David Rand called it the &quot;danger of deliberation.&quot; 10 things you didn't know were racist