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
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Fixing our economy remains a priority. That’s why just last week I directed the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to create an innovation and entrepreneurship committee focusing on supporting our small businesses, seeding capital funds, and technology development. But there is more to an economy than counting job creation. And the state of our state is more than our unemployment rate.”
Gov. Tony Evers in his State of the State address
“Connecting the dots means recognizing that what’s best for our kids is best for our state. The investment we make in our kids today will yield dividends for generations. That’s why our budget reaffirms our state’s commitment to our kids by returning to two-thirds funding for schools across Wisconsin.”
Gov. Tony Evers in his State of the State address. He wants to increase funding for K-12 schools by $1.4 billion over the next two years.
“He has a lot of good ideas that we’d like to do.“The issue is how are we going to pay for it?”
Republican Sen. Alberta Darling, co-chair of the Legislature’s budget committee
“Thanks to the last eight years of Republican leadership, Governor Evers is inheriting a state that is strong. Our unemployment rate has been below 3 percent for 11 months straight, our budget has a surplus, our pension system is fully funded, and last budget we were able to invest more actual dollars in schools than ever before. Wisconsin is thriving.
“Moving forward, Senate Republicans will work to make sure that these results are protected for the next generation, and that our prosperity can continue for years to come.”
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald
“I promise you: Republicans will fight for and protect your freedom, from unnecessary red flag gun laws to the expansion of government-run and controlled health care. We will keep spending in check, continue our successful school choice programs and most importantly, protect the unborn.
“However, we know that when voters chose divided government, they didn’t choose inaction. In November, the voters said they want us to find ways to work together. That’s why only days after the inauguration, Assembly Republicans sent Governor Evers a letter outlining areas where we thought we could find agreement. It’s my hope that we focus on issues that don’t divide our state, instead we focus on issues that are easy to find common ground. The 11 ideas that we proposed in the letter aren’t meant to be an exhaustive list but a starting point. Things like enhancing internet access, preventing homelessness, improving foster care, and cutting middle class taxes should all be slam dunks. Wisconsinites want us to work together and these are shared priorities that we can begin working on.”
Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) delivered the official Republican Response to the State of the State Address
“I am very proud to announce we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government. In a short while I will sign a bill to open the government for three weeks. I want to thank all of the incredible workers and their amazing families who have showed extraordinary devotion in the wake of the hardship.”
President Trump on Friday
“We are now past the midway point of Trump’s first term, maybe his only term. If Trump couldn’t come up with a legislative fix when he controlled both houses of Congress, he’s sure not going to now that he’s lost the House.
“We are headed for another failed Republican presidency.
“What you need to do today — not after the State of the Union address, not after the next GOP retreat, not after another meeting with the Democrats — is to start rolling construction trucks to the southern border. BREAK GROUND TODAY.”
Columnist Ann Coulter
“Good news for George Herbert Walker Bush: As of today, he is no longer the biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States.”
Ann Coulter on Twitter
“I’m disgusted. There’s no other way to put it. I don’t like to be lied to. Just say I’m not going to build the wall. I’m a coward. I don’t have what it takes.”
Mike Cernovich, a conservative blogger
“I don’t really quite understand why.”
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on federal workers visiting food banks. Instead, he suggested they apply for bank loans.
“I think they were targeted for what they stood for… which is Christianity, the right for life, and they were singled out and I believe partially because of the color of their skin they were targeted.”
Jill Hamlin, a Covington High School mother, spoke out about the viral video clip depicting an encounter between a group of pro-life teen boys, and a Native American activist. When the initial video of the incident was released last Saturday–on a Twitter account which has since been suspended–it appeared to show the teen boys mocking a Native American man, Nathan Phillips. Though the boys were widely condemned across social media, extended footage of the encounter released later revealed that they were the ones being harassed.
“The larger message that a lot of people are going to take from this story is that the news media are a bunch of leftist liars who are dying to get the president, and they’re willing to lie to do it.I don’t think that’s true, but … I just think this is a bad day for us. … It reinforces every bad stereotype about the news media.”
CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin after it was learned that a BuzzFeed story about President Trump having allegedly ordered his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to members of special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s staff was false
“Although I oppose the death penalty, it’s morally perverse to oppose capital punishment for adults who’ve been tried and convicted of heinous crimes, while literally cheering the killing of inarguably innocent lives.”
Guy Benson, Townhall.com’s Political Editor
“The world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)
“Let’s bury the hatchet and enjoy the next 12 years because they are going to be our last, right? Even worse news, @AOC and her new socialist colleagues seem hell-bent on making sure that our last 12 years will be spent as Venezuelan socialists, not Americans.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) responding on Twitter to Ocasio-Cortez
“The National Football League is back on top of the ratings heap after both conference championship games were so competitive they spilled into overtime.
“Sunday’s New England Patriots-Kansas City Chiefs game drew 53.9 million viewers to CBS — a shocking 27 percent increase from last year and the most-watched NFL game outside of the Super Bowl in five years. Earlier that day on Fox, the Los Angeles Rams’ controversial referee-marred defeat of the New Orleans Saints had 44.1 million viewers — a 4.3 percent gain and Fox’s most-watched program since Super Bowl 51 in 2017.
“The panic in NFL offices has ended. The bleeding stopped. Everyone knows why, and it’s not the powerful high-scoring offenses and the snazzy touchdown celebrations.
“The NFL put an end to the national anthem kneeling protests. The focus could then return to sports, not silent gestures meant to drive home the argument that we should be deeply ashamed about how America is horribly racist and police officers are a pack of murderers.”
Lecturer, syndicated columnist, television commentator, debater, marketer, businessman, author, publisher and activist, Brent Bozell III, the founder and president of the Media Research Center
“‘That call was so bad the NFL is lucky there wasn’t a riot in the Dome.”
Co-host Bobby Hebert on the New Orleans Saints’ radio post-game show on flagship station WWL-AM, after the Saints lost to the Los Angeles Rams in overtime in the NFC Championship game in the Louisiana Superdome. Saints fans were angry over a blown non-call that should have been ruled pass interference against the Rams.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Those evil, racist Covington Catholic students
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK