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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.

What should the official pastry of Milwaukee County be?


What kind of question is that?

You mean like the official state pastry of Wisconsin as featured in the WI Blue Book?

What are you driving at, Fischer?

Just this.

Members of the WI Legislature get roundly criticized when school students as part of a civics class ask their state lawmakers to propose legislation designating a new state symbol. The reaction from the public is expect and predictable.


The same could be said for the Milwaukee County Board.

Last month the board voted to hold a referendum in November on whether the U.S. Constitution should be amended to deny free speech rights for corporations. Now there’s a humdinger of an idea. Let’s take away guaranteed Constitutional rights.

Not surprisingly, the band of fair-minded liberals on the board overwhelmingly approved the referendum. Does anyone with a brain actually believe this will have even the slightest impact on any member of Congress? Does anyone in Washington care what the clueless sponsor of this notion, Supervisor Pat Jursik thinks about corporations maintaining their right to express themselves?

County Executive Chris Abele wisely vetoed the resolution. But the board successfully voted to override Abele’s veto. Commendably, supervisors
Deanna Alexander, Mark Borkowski, Jim "Luigi" Schmitt and Steve F. Taylor voted to sustain the veto. Alexander argued, even though it was futile, that the referendum can't bring about any change and the county referendum would be a waste of money, $40,000.

Is it any wonder voters by a huge margin vote to slam the brakes on this clown car and make it part time?

Here’s an interesting side note. The board had an opportunity to approve a November referendum asking if voter support tax money be used to build a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks. That local issue would at least have some interest.

But no. So what’s next? The official pastry of Milwaukee County? Don’t laugh.

By the way, even though it means bupkis, the vote in November on this referendum is NO.

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