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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.

A new low in Franklin politics


So much for Franklin being such a quiet, sleepy little city.

People upset with Franklin alderman/school board member Janet Evans have launched a recall against her in a despicable fashion.  They’ve distributed a flier in a portion of Franklin attacking some of Evans’ votes with a photo of Evans depicting her as the “Wicked Wicth of Franklin.”

When I obtained a copy of the flier several days ago I wrestled with the idea of whetehr or not to give blogging about this dirty literature and give the mudsling any attention.  But John Rasche has now written an article on FranklinNOW complete with the questionable flier so the horse is out of the barn.

Rasche does a good job of covering both sides of the debate and when you read his article you see that Evans effectively shoots down every argument made against her.

Quite frankly I’m stunned that my friend and fellow conservative Orville Seymer is not just involved, but endorses the below the belt propaganda.  Seymer is also less than forthcoming. He claims he wants a recall because Evans is out of touch with her constituents. The Orville Seymer I know has always been a straight shooter so he needs to concede he’s also motivated because his daughter and his daughter’s sister-in-law are involved as you’ll learn in Rasche’s article.

As for the Wicked Witch depiction, Seymer says, "It was just intended to poke a little fun at her.”

Seymer’s daughter said, “I don't really think she's an evil person."

Excuse me. You don’t think Evans is an evil person? Then why do you paint her as a witch and call her a witch?

Isn’t a witch evil?

Apparently some in Franklin haven’t learned from the failed gubernatorial recall and desperately need a civics lesson. From thinkprogres.org:

“There are legitimate cases where the recall can be a vital tool — especially situations where elected officials have committed a crime, transgressed ethically, or broken trust with the voters by switching parties. Some recall laws require such a cause before the recall can be launched.”

But not in Wisconsin.

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The latest March Franklin E-News from Alderman Kristen Wilhelm

March 2015 (#2)  E-Update for Franklin Residents
 
 
Dear Residents, 
 
I've had several requests to provide a summary of the veto meeting. I've attempted to keep it short while providing details of possible interest. Additional background issues on the veto and rebuttal letter can be found in my previous e-newsletter and on my Facebook page.
 
On Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m., the Council will meet for an additional special meeting to continue with site selection for the playground. In light of the unique requirements for the playground and the organization's requests, it has been a challenge to finalize a site location. Given more time, we could address all of these issues in a proper sequence. However, the organization has set a build date for September. Froemming Park is still an option. Legend Park is also available but the organization has expressed concerns about noise from the nearby Fire Station for children with certain health related issues. Franklin Woods was a new site suggested by staff and is on the agenda for discussion Thursday.
 
It is my most sincere hope that we will be able to meet the organization's site selection requirements and move forward. 
 
Best,
Kristen
Events & Reminders 

27th Street - THIS Thursday, March 26
A reminder that the Wisconsin DOT public meeting related to improvements to WIS 241 (27th Street) from West Drexel to West College Avenue will take place at St. James Church Hall (lower level), 7219 S. 27th Street in Franklin from 5-6:30pm. Click here for details.

Spring Elections - April 7th
Residents will be casting ballots for two seats on the Franklin School Board (a separate governmental body than the city). You can learn more about the candidates for School Board by visiting the FranklinNOW. Click here for Sample Ballots and other Election information.

Stormwater Pond Seminar for homeowners - April 15th
A free pond inspection and maintenance seminar will be held at the Franklin Public Library Wednesday, April 15th from 6-8pm. For additional information, go here.

2ND UPDATE: Culinary no-no #64

Culinary no-no

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April 15 a key date for Kayla's Krew


Milwaukee County-owned Froemming Park, the site the Franklin Common Council is on record supporting for Kayla’s Krew, a park for disabled children is located in Milwaukee County Supervisor Mark Borkowski’s district.

Borkowski tells me in his “heart of hearts” he believes Froemming Park is the best location for the project and he will “do everything” in his power to make it work.

I believe and trust Borkowski.

Are there the votes on the County Board to make Froemming Park the ultimate site? Borkowski says he doesn’t know.

He wants three weeks, until April 15 to get it done. If it doesn’t work by April 15, he says he’ll raise the white flag.

Borkowski says give him three weeks.

I still prefer a city of Franklin-owned site.

3RD UPDATE: Previvors: Courageous, heroic women


Previously on This Just In...


The update.

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