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
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Attacker in Florida
VA hospital in Texas
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Paul Ryan because the Democratic nominee will never be able to replicate what Barack Obama has done, never bring out that base.”
On the final installment of PBS’s Inside Washington Friday, host Gordon Peterson asked his panelists who they thought would be elected president in 2016. The Washington Post’s Colby King said Paul Ryan.
"The new biggest American entitlement is the entitlement to go through life without being offended. People think they have a right not to have their feelings hurt, not to have their sensibilities in any way exacerbated. I'd refer them to Jefferson who said, it does me no harm if my neighbor believes in 20 gods or one god, it neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. We have forked for millennia to get to a point where we say the law will protect our possessions and our persons, but not our feelings and people just have to get over it."
“The reason the insurers are apoplectic about what just happened is because he (Obama) has now told a whole class of people, ‘You don't have to be in the exchanges.’ And these are people that are probably the healthier and the younger ones who are going to be outside of the exchanges. Which means that the cost to insurers of people left in the exchanges is going to be exorbitant.
“The insurers understand that they are going to be ruined. And what’s going to happen as a result of this? There’s only one way out: a huge government bailout of the insurers waiting at the end of next year, and that’s an issue that Republicans ought to focus on right now. It's the only way that ObamaCare’ll survive, and it ought to be stopped before it happens. It ought to be, Congress ought to say, ‘No bailout,’ particularly because this isn’t a natural disaster, it's a manmade disaster.”
“Something that should be cancelled just keeps on running like an Energizer bunny of scandal. For the seventh year in a row, CNN is once again bringing on Kathy Griffin to do embarrassing things to Anderson Cooper on New Year's Eve and make him giggle like he's 15 years old again. Kissing Cooper's crotch live on the ‘worldwide leader in news’ last year is apparently all positive.”
Tim Graham, director of media analysis for the Media Research Center
"Mostly, I love when Linus recites the Scripture from the book of Luke, explaining to Charlie 'what Christmas is all about.' It packs a punch. When he gets to the words 'Fear not,' I love how he drops his blanket. It’s almost like he realized where his true security rests."
Sarah Palin discussing her affection for the animated, "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Palin is the author of a new book, "Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.”
"The Packers obviously would have loved to have Aaron Rodgers in the lineup the past few weeks. But playing him for half a season, then resting him until the division's on the line might keep him around as the starting QB for about three decades."
Chris Burke, sportsillustrated.cnn.com
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
That anyone would be outraged about the NORAD Santa Tracker.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MPS has most empty buildings in WI.
Many of you don't know about this.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The attacks on Phil Robertson continue.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
This Nativity scene.
Still to come this morning: Our year-end edition of Week-ends.