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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.
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Pandering to black voters

5 hours 16 min ago
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mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; 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;} <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal;mso-outline-level:1" 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;;color:#333333;mso-font-kerning:18.0pt">If you missed Friday night&rsquo;s telecast of InterCHANGE on Milwaukee Public Television (there&rsquo;s a replay Sunday morning) there was the obligatory discussion about the status of the presidential race following Thursday&rsquo;s Democrat debate in Milwaukee. I ripped both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for their excessive use of the race card and pandering knowing black votes were critical as the campaign moves on to South Carolina. Listening to the debate on the radio I lost count of how many times the words &ldquo;racist&rdquo; and &ldquo;racial&rdquo; were tossed out by the two candidates. In his commentary at the end of InterCHANGE, ultra-liberal Rick Horowitz also criticized the tactic. <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-font-kerning:18.0pt">Rick surprised me with that, but an even bigger surprise came in today&rsquo;s Wall Street Journal. Juan Williams, a political analyst for Fox News and columnist for the Hill wrote a piece entitled, &ldquo;The Carolina Pander for Black Votes.&rdquo; The lengthy column is available only to online subscribers but here&rsquo;s an excerpt: This year&rsquo;s South Carolina primary promises to be the canary in the coal mine for Democrats: Can Hillary hold black voters? Can Bernie steal them away? Mr. Sanders essentially tied Mrs. Clinton in Iowa, where 91% of Democratic caucus goers were white. He then badly beat her in New Hampshire, where 93% of Democratic primary voters were white. Now South Carolina&rsquo;s black voters&mdash;who made up more than half of turnout in the party&rsquo;s 2008 primary&mdash;are all that stands between Mrs. Clinton and a campaign free fall. <p style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; 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;">So we are seeing black politicians, intellectuals, activists and media figures practically tripping over themselves to tell black voters how to use this moment of political leverage. The rush of endorsements from the black elite has inevitably led to charges that the candidates are pandering to black Americans. It has also led to a tussle over the mantle of the nation&rsquo;s top black politician, President Obama. <p style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; 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;">Last Thursday&rsquo;s debate between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Sanders turned into an argument over who is closer to the president. To a political pragmatist this is perplexing. Black America has not done very well under President Obama by key measures: persistently high unemployment, high poverty rates, eroding income for the middle class. <p style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; 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;">For the past seven years Mr. Obama has appeared fearful of focusing policies on helping black Americans, out of concern that his critics might reduce him to &ldquo;the black president&rdquo; instead of the president of all Americans. Despite this intentional negligence, Mr. Obama retains a 90% approval rating among black Americans, almost solely because he is the iconic first black president. <p style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; 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;">Given the intense attacks from his political opponents in Congress, Mr. Obama&rsquo;s excuse is understandable. Nonetheless, it has left black Americans without the help they hoped for when they gave him their votes in 2008 and 2012. So why are Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Sanders battling to claim that they are inheriting President Obama&rsquo;s policy agenda? It has not delivered for black America&mdash;and Bernie and Hillary can&rsquo;t claim their race as an excuse for inaction. Yet now Mrs. Clinton is back in posturing mode, as Mr. Sanders draws closer in the polls. She is speaking loudly about black children being poisoned by contaminated drinking water in Flint. She has been campaigning with the mothers of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin, all killed in high-profile confrontations. The use of lethal force by police against young black men was arguably the impetus for the Black Lives Matter movement. With this emotionally charged tactic, Mrs. Clinton, a grandmother herself, is trying to consolidate her support in the African-American community, in South Carolina and nationally. <p style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; 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;">Meanwhile, the poverty rate for blacks in South Carolina is 28%, tied for the 12th highest in the nation, according to <span style="color:windowtext;text-decoration:none;text-underline: none">an analysis of Census Bureau figures by the Kaiser Family Foundation. How exactly does posturing and bickering among black elites or this academic discussion about reparations&mdash;a total political nonstarter&mdash;help poor black families in Charleston and Columbia? It doesn&rsquo;t. <p style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; 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;">Only realistic, practicable solutions will help black families realize the American dream. Some ideas, like expanding school choice, demilitarizing the police and putting a renewed emphasis on personal responsibility, will appeal to conservatives. Others, like raising the minimum wage, investing in social-welfare programs and strengthening the Affordable Care Act, will appeal to liberals. <p style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; 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;">It&rsquo;s no accident that all of this racially charged political venom is oozing out ahead of the Democratic contest in South Carolina. For seven years, discussion of concrete steps to create more economic and educational opportunity for black Americans was put on hold. The &ldquo;fierce urgency of now,&rdquo; to quote Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is leading the competition for the black vote because so many problems, from family breakdown to the dropout rate, have been unattended. <p style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; 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;">The real question is whether the politicians will still pay attention once the voting is done.

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Dear Residents, Franklin water users should be receiving a notice in the mail regarding a Public Hearing. Much of Franklin receives its water from Oak Creek (OC). A letter is being sent to water utility users stating OC Water &amp; Sewer Utility has applied to the Public Service Commission for a near $30M in upgrades to their water treatment plant and that users may see an estimated 33% water rate increase. WHAT: Public Hearing on a proposed water rate increase WHEN: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 4-6PM WHERE: Oak Creek Public Library 8040 S. 6th Street, Oak Creek&rsquo;s Drexel Town Square Watch your U.S. Mail for your Water Utility notice and attend the Public Hearing. Best, Kristen Facebook Email This notice was authorized by Kristen Wilhelm. Contact Me: Phone 414-427-7603 or 414-208-4595 Email: wilhelm4district3@gmail.com

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