November 17 Evening Edition

NBC5
— Illinois’ 6th Congressional District No Longer Leans Solely Republican: Report – Mary Ann Ahern (DIERSEN: Ahern should interview members of the following groups about why they moved into Illinois’ 6th Congressional District: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors. A major reason why my wife and I moved into Illinois’ 6th Congressional District in 1978 was that it was solid Republican.)
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/6th-congressional-district-republican-toss-up-report-458285683.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The rating for the 6th Congressional District moves from leaning Republican to Toss Up by the non-partisan Cook Political Report. The 2018 6th District election is considered one to watch as Democrats nationally focus on what they see as flippable districts. The Cook Political Report notes “Roskam has been a party loyalist since 2006, narrowly losing a bid for GOP whip in 2014.” For the Democrats, the leading candidate in terms of campaign cash is Democrat Kelly Mazeski with $343,000. Roskam however has $1.35 million in the bank. Today Mazeski received the endorsement of two Democratic Illinois Congresswomen: Cheri Bustos and Jan Schakowsky. There are eight Democrats who are gathering petitions to run in the primary to face Roskam.)

 

CBS2
— Newly Appointed Special Legislative Inspector General Discusses Investigation Process – Craig Dellimore
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/11/17/special-legislative-inspector-general-investigation-process/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Ken Griffin’s Palm Beach tax bill trumps Trump’s – Kim Janssen (DIERSEN: What if the Republicans would allow real estate taxes to be deducted up to $15,000, $20,000 or $25,000? At 2% or market value, that would be a $300,000, $400,000, or $500,000 home.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chicagoinc/ct-met-ken-griffin-1119-chicago-inc-20171117-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE:  Griffin hasn’t even completed construction on his longer-than-a-football-field oceanfront home on the island’s Billionaires Row, according to the Palm Beach Daily News, which says the 49-year-old was socked with a $2.74 million tax bill on his $195 million pile. That’s $900,000 more than the tax bill received by Griffin rival Peltz, who will have to choke for the fifth straight year on the ignominy of being only the second-highest-taxed part-time resident of Palm Beach.)
— After Trump’s election, more students consider law school, hoping to make a difference – Corilyn Shropshire (DIERSEN: I started working for IRS in 1971 when I was 22 years old as a GS-7 (currently $44,853/year) Revenue Officer. IRS gives its newly-hired Revenue Officers 6 months of classroom and on-the-job training. IRS encourages its Revenue Officers to take graduate law, business, and accounting courses. One reason why I started out taking graduate business courses in 1972 at Loyola was that tuition and books were deductible for business and accounting courses, but not for law courses.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-lsat-registration-up-trump-bump-20171116-story.html
— Don’t resign, Sen. Franken — at least not yet – Eric Zorn
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/zorn/ct-perspec-zorn-franken-trump-resign-1119-20171117-story.html
— A national moment of reckoning for abusers and creeps – Editorial
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-franken-moore-weinstein-gropers-20171117-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Allegations dividing GOP women as Roy Moore refuses to quit Alabama Senate race.”
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-roy-moore-alabama-senate-20171117-story.html
— FOIA fight will cost College of DuPage, foundation $500,000 – Stacy St. Clair
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/cod/ct-college-of-dupage-foia-fight-20171117-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— A big Illinois union looking for payback jumps into GOP primary – Rich Miller
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/miller-a-big-illinois-union-looking-for-payback-jumps-into-gop-primary/
— Truly patriotic billionaires would share America’s burden – Robert Reich
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/reich-truly-patriotic-billionaires-would-share-americas-burden/
— Flatter Trump a little and he rolls over like a lost puppy – Gene Lyons
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/lyons-flatter-trump-a-little-and-he-rolls-over-like-a-lost-puppy/

 

DAILY HERALD
— DuPage County Board could limit number of sheriff’s deputies – Robert Sanchez (DIERSEN: When GAO’s budget came under pressure from Republicans during the 1980s and 1990s, the Democrats who ran GAO back then saw it as an opportunity to get rid of their employees who they had not promoted to GS-13 (currently $94,610) by age 25, to GS-14 (currently $111,801) by age 30, to GS-15 (currently $131,508) by age 35, and to Senior Executive Service (currently $161,900) by age 40 and especially those employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171117/dupage-county-board-could-limit-number-of-sheriffs-deputies
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The idea of limiting the number of sworn deputies doesn’t have universal support. Some county board members oppose it. “My concern is that we’re kind of handcuffing an elected countywide officeholder,” board member Pete DiCianni said. But board member Robert Larsen said the sheriff’s office is an enormous part of the county’s operating budget. He said Zaruba should explain why he needs a certain number of deputies assigned to patrol, jail and courthouse duty.)
— Suburbanites gather to talk about racial divide in U.S. – Russell Lissau (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps want minorities to be anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171117/suburbanites-gather-to-talk-about-racial-divide-in-us
— College of DuPage Board Approves $81.7 million 2017 Tax Levy Request
http://www.dailyherald.com/submitted/20171117/college-of-dupage-board-approves-2017-tax-levy-request

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Wise up: Government budgets in Illinois are not balanced – MARK GLENNON
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171117/ISSUE07/171119884/wise-up-government-budgets-in-illinois-are-not-balanced
— Illinois politics is like Thanksgiving without turkey this year – GREG HINZ
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171117/ISSUE05/171119901/illinois-politics-is-like-thanksgiving-without-turkey-this-year
— What to ask when decades-old harassment surfaces – MEGAN McARDLE
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171117/OPINION/171119890/what-to-ask-when-decades-old-harassment-surfaces
— Why do people give? Not for the tax break. – LISA BERTAGNOLI (DIERSEN: A major reason why my wife and I contribute more money to 501(c)(3) organizations is that the contributions are deductible. The contributions are deductible because we have large medical and dental, real estate, and state income tax deductions.)
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171117/ISSUE01/171119883/why-do-people-give-not-for-the-tax-break

 

WTTW
— Roskam on GOP Tax Bill: ‘Best Way to Grow Economy’ – Paris Schutz (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/11/17/roskam-gop-tax-bill-best-way-grow-economy

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Fact check: Are Gov. Rauner’s grandparents immigrants? – Bob Secter and Matt Dietrich (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the longer that your ancestors have been in America, the more that anti-Trumps hint/imply/argue/shout that you have benefited from their discrimination against minorities and against women and the more that you should pay the price of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion.)
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20171117/fact-check-are-gov-rauners-grandparents-immigrants

 

TIMES
— Politics shouldn’t override decency in cases of Roy Moore, Bill Clinton – John Kass
http://www.mywebtimes.com/opinion/columnists/kass-politics-shouldn-t-override-decency-in-cases-of-roy/article_84430772-ec96-5216-afda-e8c4834413c5.html

 

SUBURBAN LIFE
— More than 100 protestors turn out for Roskam appearance at GOP fundraiser in Downers Grove
http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2017/11/17/more-than-100-protestors-turn-out-for-roskam-appearance-at-gop-fundraiser-in-downers-grove/dg63lsa/

 

ROCK RIVER TIMES
— Rauner-linked firm gets $12M in new deal, months after being cut out of $12M deal
http://rockrivertimes.com/2017/11/17/rauner-linked-firm-gets-12m-in-new-deal-months-after-being-cut-out-of-12m-deal/

 

WQLZ
— Ives Calls For ‘Austerity Budget’ During Springfield Meet & Greet
http://www.wqlz.com/2017/11/16/rep-ives-calls-for-austerity-budget-at-springfield-meet-and-greet/

 

WJBC
— Reps. Davis, LaHood praise passage of GOP tax plan – Eric Stock (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
http://www.wjbc.com/2017/11/17/reps-davis-lahood-praise-passage-of-gop-tax-plan/

 

WJBC
— Congressman John Shimkus Likes Tax Cuts and Jobs Act That Passed House on Thursday It now moves to the U.S. Senate for debate starting after the Thanksgiving break. (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
http://www.wjbdradio.com/local-news/2017/11/17/congressman-john-shimkus-likes-tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-that-passed-house-on-thursday

 

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Germany supplants US as the country with the best global reputation” and “America falls to No. 6 under Trump.”
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/world-news/germany-supplants-us-as-the-country-with-the-best-global-reputation/859247851

 

TRIBUNE LEDGE NEWS
— Data, not politics, to be focal point of Illinois voter crosscheck hearing – Benjamin Yount
http://www.tribuneledgernews.com/extra/news/data-not-politics-to-be-focal-point-of-illinois-voter/article_9c127fa8-7062-51de-b13c-7beb6114d117.html

 

NPR ILLINOIS
— Are Voters Thinking About 2018? – SEAN CRAWFORD, BRIAN MACKEY & CHARLES N. WHEELER III
http://nprillinois.org/post/state-week-are-voters-thinking-about-2018#stream/0

 

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK
— Experts: Not many options to fix Illinois’ worst in the nation pension problem – Greg Bishop
https://www.ilnews.org/news/state_politics/experts-not-many-options-to-fix-illinois-worst-in-the/article_df85baa4-cbbd-11e7-9917-e3466d31e01a.html

 

ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE
— Do you know the story behind your rising property taxes?
http://secure.illinoispolicy.org/property-tax-truths/

 

REAL GOP ILLINOIS
— Hot Air: Sad GOP attempt to repeal Rauner’s sanctuary state bill stalls
https://realgopillinois.com/2017/11/17/attempt-repeal-rauner-sanctuary-state-bill-stalls/

 

CAPITOL FAX
— Brady makes some unusual appointments to discrimination and harassment task force (DIERSEN: The Republican GOPUSA ILLINOIS did not receive this press release, but the Democrat Capitol Fax did. Ever-increasingly, the more of the following that you are, the less likely that you will be appointed to anything: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/17/brady-makes-some-unusual-appointments-to-discrimination-and-harassment-task-force/
— Rauner refuses to weigh in on federal tax legislation (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Rauner asks Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus to work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/17/rauner-refuses-to-weigh-in-on-federal-tax-legislation/

 

BREITBART
— Hispanic Caucus Builds Wall Against GOP Latino Representative – NEIL MUNRO
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/17/hispanic-caucus-rejects-gop-latino/

 

DAILY SIGNAL
— Democrats’ Move to Impeach Trump Seen as Political Theater – Fred Lucas
http://dailysignal.com/2017/11/17/democrats-move-to-impeach-trump-seen-as-political-theater/

 

GOPUSA
— Should a jury know a person’s immigration status? Washington’s high court says no. (DIERSEN: What about a person’s political affiliation and “race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information?”)
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=33501
— Mattel makes Barbie doll of hijab-wearing Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=33406

 

DAILY CALLER
— Congress Spent $17 Million Paying For Its Sexual Harassment Settlements – Henry Rodgers
http://dailycaller.com/2017/11/16/congressional-office-of-compliance-releases-breakdown-of-harassment-settlements/

 

THE HILL
— Class warfare fight erupts over tax bills – NAOMI JAGODA (DIERSEN: From what I see, the tax bills benefit the lower class and the upper class at the expense of the middle class.)
http://thehill.com/policy/finance/360966-class-warfare-fight-erupts-over-tax-bills
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Tensions over class warfare and whether GOP tax plans help the rich over the middle class and poor are building in Congress as Republicans march forward with their legislation. Democrats have been forcefully and repeatedly arguing that the GOP wants to cut taxes for wealthy individuals and corporations at the expense of everyone else. Republicans, annoyed with the attacks, have pushed back, saying their focus is on the middle class. . .Republicans have long accused Democrats of engaging in class warfare for their attacks on the rich. But Democrats have also accused Republicans of attacking the middle class. Brown, who has focused on the working class in his time in the Senate and is up for reelection next year in a state President Trump carried, said on MSNBC in 2011 that when Republicans accuse Democrats of class warfare, Democrats “point out the class warfare [Republicans have] wagged against the middle class.” GOP lawmakers have highlighted elements of their bills that they say benefit the middle class, including the increases in the standard deduction and child tax credit. The Senate’s bill zeros out ObamaCare’s individual mandate penalty for those who don’t have health insurance, and Republicans have also highlighted that most people who pay the penalty make under $50,000. . .But Democrats have argued that the corporate tax cuts are more likely to benefit wealthy shareholders than workers. They have highlighted parts of the bills that seem to be geared to helping the rich, such as their scaling back of the estate tax and the repeal of the alternative minimum tax. They have also put a spotlight on tax breaks benefitting the middle class that would be eliminated. . .Republicans have pointed to data that shows people across the spectrum would win tax cuts from the plan, particularly in the short term, while Democrats have highlighted that millions of low- and middle-income families would see their taxes go up, especially in later years.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump job approval hits new low.”
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/360786-poll-trump-job-approval-hits-new-low

 

HUFFINGTON POST
— Former DOJ Official Accuses Trump Judicial Pick Of Misleading Senate About Past Work – Sam Levine (DIERSEN: Would you mislead anyone about your past work? I certainly would not. I would stress a) that my Democrat GAO superiors forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take an $18,847 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980; b) that my Democrat IRS superiors did not promote me beyond GS-12, disallowed my education deductions in 1978, and disallowed my partial day per diem claims in 1974; and c) that my Democrat Post Office superiors forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests in 1969 and 1968.)
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/thomas-farr-voter-intimidation-senate_us_5a0f0c98e4b0e97dffed03a2

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— A Great Migration From Puerto Rico Is Set to Transform Orlando – Lizette Alvarez
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/us/puerto-ricans-orlando.html

 

WASHINGTON POST
— Illinois Governor: 2018’s most important, expensive and strange election – George Will
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2018s-most-important-expensive-and-strange-election/2017/11/17/69181a8e-cafe-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html
— ‘Biggest tax cut in American history’ isn’t popular with many Americans – Tory Newmyer
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-finance-202/2017/11/17/the-finance-202-biggest-tax-cut-in-american-history-isn-t-popular-with-many-americans/5a0de1c330fb045a2e0030ab/
— Roy Moore’s approval rating with women has dropped. But so did candidate Trump’s. – Eugene Scott
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/11/17/roy-moores-approval-rating-with-women-has-dropped-but-so-did-candidate-trumps/
— The media is giving up its place in our democracy – Chris Wallace (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, “the media” serves as operative or as dupes for the Democrat Party.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-is-assaulting-our-free-press-but-he-also-has-a-point/2017/11/17/b3b8ec24-c8b2-11e7-b0cf-7689a9f2d84e_story.html
— In towns and cities nationwide, fears of trickle-down effects of federal tax legislation – Renae Merle and Peter Jamison Nov
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/in-towns-and-cities-nationwide-fears-of-trickle-down-effects-of-federal-tax-legislation/2017/11/17/d72b6164-c957-11e7-aa96-54417592cf72_story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: It took the city of Pataskala, Ohio, nine ballot measures before its 15,000 residents agreed to a new 1 percent tax to pay for repairs to its crumbling roads and to buy new police cruisers. The mostly rural community was finally won over by a century-old hallmark of the tax code: The $5 million local levy could be deducted from their federal taxes. “There is a severe sensitivity to more taxes here,” said James M. Nicholson, the city’s finance director. “At the end of the day, you get a tax break was the thing that convinced people.” But now, in small towns and thriving cities, in Republican- and Democratic-leaning states, local leaders are warning that the $1.5 trillion tax legislation moving through Congress threatens to undermine their ability to raise money for government services, including police and schools. The Republican measures would eliminate or severely curtail taxpayers’ ability to lower their federal tax bill by deducting the cost of their state and local taxes. Without that offset, local leaders say, taxpayers will begin to seek relief closer to home, potentially making it more difficult to provide basic services.)

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— As Bannon Readies for ‘War’ on GOP, Finding Donors May Be the First Battle Two big GOP backers of past disruptive campaigns have distanced themselves from the former White House official – Julie Bykowicz and Gregory Zuckerman (DIERSEN: Which individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries have never been close to you or have distanced themselves from you? For me, it is those that are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors and those that a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/as-bannon-readies-for-war-on-gop-finding-donors-may-be-the-first-battle-1510952472?mod=djemalertNEWS

 

NEWSWEEK
— REPUBLICAN TAX BILL GIVES PRIVATE JET OWNERS A TAX BREAK – CHRISTAL HAYES
http://www.newsweek.com/republican-tax-bill-gives-private-plane-owners-tax-break-714381

 

THE DRIVE
— Taco Bell Employees Are Eligible for Discounts on Corvettes and Cadillacs – CHRIS TSUIN (DIERSEN: While I have never bought a Cadillac, I bought a new 1972 Corvette in 1971 when I was 23 years old and a new IRS employee earning $44,853/year in today’s dollars and working part-time for Firestone Stores.)
http://www.thedrive.com/sheetmetal/16200/taco-bell-employees-are-eligible-for-discounts-on-corvettes-and-cadillacs

 

MOTOR AUTHORITY
— Working at Taco Bell gets you a $4,385 discount on a Chevy Corvette – Sean Szymkowski
https://www.motorauthority.com/news/1113881_working-at-taco-bell-gets-you-a-4385-discount-on-a-chevy-corvette

 

EDITOR AND PUBLISHER
— Major Brands Blacklisting Media is Detrimental to Publishers- Rusty Coats (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Which individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries blacklist GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails? ANSWER: Those that are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
http://www.editorandpublisher.com/columns/shoptalk-major-brands-blacklisting-media-is-detrimental-to-publishers/

November 17 Morning Edition

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— Needless-to-say, if Republicans eliminate or limit the real estate tax deduction, a) the Senior Citizens’ Homestead Exemption should be dramatically increased (SEE: 
http://www.dupageco.org/SOA/1482/) and b) the maximum “total household income” requirement for the Senior Citizens’ Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption should be dramatically increased (SEE: http://www.dupageco.org/SOA/1480/). – Dave Diersen
http://www.gopillinois.com

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Rauner challenger Ives reveals who’s bankrolling her bid – Rick Pearson (DIERSEN: How much money do you give activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, churches, etc.? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress that I give little or no money to the aforesaid. In my defense, a) my $50,856/year Civil Service Retirement System pension is only 41% of what my $122,991/year GAO salary was in 1997 in today’s dollars; b) my Social Security is only $2,028/year; c) my and my wife’s medical and dental expenses last year were $21,433, our state and local taxes were $14,303, and our 501(c)(3) contributions were $2,728; and d) the GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails that I send out each and every morning and each and every evening to the aforesaid free of charge and without any advertising are worth at least $1,000/year. It looks like if Republicans get their “tax reform,” the Diersens will be paying much more federal income tax in the future and they will have even less money to give the aforesaid. I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-jeanne-ives-illinois-governor-20171117-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: That information was revealed Thursday, when Ives showed 15 donations — with the top ones coming ahead of a high-dollar fundraiser scheduled for Monday at a Downers Grove restaurant. Vince Kolber, a Chicagoan who founded a transportation leasing business and twice unsuccessfully ran for Congress as a Republican, was the top donor to the Ives for Illinois fund with $100,000. Kolber is the chairman of Ives fundraising event and previously has given the three-term lawmaker from Wheaton $1,500 in November 2015, records show. Ives also reported $50,000 from William Dixon of Wheaton, the founder of a trade-show exhibition firm. Dixon and wife Barbara are listed as co-chairs of the fundraiser, a title that carries a $50,000 price tag. Previously, they had given Ives a total of $19,000 since March 2012. Ives also tapped into her legislative campaign fund for $25,000 and got similar-sized donations from Peter Huizenga and Elizabeth Weiss. A $25,000 contribution merits the title of “underwriter” of the fundraiser. Of Ives’ donors, Kolber gave $13,000 to Rauner for his 2014 race for governor post-primary, and another $1,000 on June 29 of this year. William Dixon gave Rauner $500 in September 2014, and Huizenga gave Rauner $20,000 in May 2014. Rauner had nearly $65.6 million in his campaign fund at the end of September and has since added $116,100.)
— FRONT PAGE: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasing, pot pushers use the problems with opioids to push pot.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-medical-marijuana-doctors-pain-20171116-story.html
— The House just passed its big tax bill. Here’s what is in it and what deductions vanish. – Heather Long (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-house-tax-bill-details-20171116-story.html
— FBI needs to explain its war on ‘black identity extremists’ – Clarence Page (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps want Blacks to be anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/page/ct-perspec-page-fbi-black-identity-extremists-sessions-1117-20171115-story.html
— Partisan divide grows in U.S., states, with mixed results – AP (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps want everyone to be anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-bc-us–state-legislatures-red-or-blue-20171112-story.html
— U. of I. president, UIC chancellor receive $175K in bonuses for second straight year – Dawn Rhodes (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government, the real reason why my superiors and supervisors got bonuses was their success in wasting the careers of and getting rid of their employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who did not make GS-13 (currently $94,610) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $111,801) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $131,508) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $161,900) by age 40.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-university-of-illinois-bonuses-20171116-story.html
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Franken, like Moore, should vanish into the woods – John Kass (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, if you are charged with wrongdoing by a member of any of the following groups, you are presumed to be guilty, and you will be gotten rid of: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-met-al-franken-kass-1117-story.html
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD IN NAPERVILLE SUN: Naperville projected to be No. 1 in U.S. for holiday spending, finance report says – Erin Hegarty (DIERSEN: What is the main reason why you spend less money than you do? For me, it is my $50,856 Civil Service Retirement System pension being only 41% of what my $122,991 GAO salary was in 1997.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/ct-nvs-holiday-spending-naperville-st-1117-20171115-story.html

NEW YORK TIMES
— Confused by the Tax Bills? Be Glad You’re Not an Accountant – RON LIEBER (DIERSEN: Do you prepare and file your own income tax returns? I have since 1964. I worked for IRS 1971-1980 and for GAO on audits of IRS 1986-1988. I itemized 1972-1977 and my wife and I have itemized since 1978. I won a split decision in Tax Court when my Democrat IRS superiors and Money Magazine disallowed my education deductions in 1978. I passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979. I earned a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980. I have used Quicken and Turbotax since they became available. Notwithstanding the aforesaid, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes viciously demonize, viciously denigrate, and viciously condemn my knowledge of IRS and federal taxes. What do you say to people who do not even know if they take the standard deduction or if they itemize who viciously demonize, viciously denigrate, and viciously condemn my knowledge of IRS and federal taxes.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/your-money/tax-bills-accountants.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: If only that were easy to figure out. We know that nearly a quarter of households with incomes between $100,000 and $500,000 would see their tax bills go up next year under the Senate’s proposal. Compared with current law, the House bill, which was passed Thursday, would raise personal federal income taxes on California, New Jersey, New York and Maryland residents by $16.7 billion in 2027, according to an Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy analysis. Florida and Texas, however, would get $31.2 billion in cuts. Still at a loss? If you’re hoping that TurboTax will rerun your 2016 data or scan your 1040 and spit out constantly updating projections based on the House bill or the evolving Senate proposals, its owner, Intuit, will not do that for you. At first, TurboTax’s spokeswoman, Lisa Greene-Lewis, told me via email that it was “premature to speculate or second guess the decisions policymakers will make.” When I pressed further, wondering about the people who want to be well-informed citizens and decide whether to cheer or jeer their elected representatives while it might still make a difference, she got on the phone and simply told me that the company would be creating only tools based on current laws. And so, we turn to the accountants. Pity them, because for at least the next month, theirs will be a world of what-ifs and if-thens. Already, many are receiving multiple messages each day from clients.)
— Middle-Class Families Confront Soaring Health Insurance Costs – Robert Pear (DIERSEN: Last year, my and my wife’s medical and dental expenses last year were $21,433, our state and local taxes were $14,303, and our 501(c)(3) contributions were $2,728.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/us/politics/obamacare-premiums-middle-class.html
— HARDCOPY EDITORIAL HEADLINE: A Cartoonishly Evil Tax-Cut Bill – Editorial
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/opinion/republican-tax-bills-trump.html
— Everybody Hates the Trump Tax Plan Ordinary families would be big losers, and even C.E.O.s aren’t showing much love. – Paul Krugman
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/opinion/trump-tax-plan-hate.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Poles side with anti-Poles.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/opinion/poland-pure-blood-march.html

CBS2
— Gov. Rauner Silent On Tax-Cut Plan – Craig Dellimore (DIERSEN: Government should encourage homeownership and taking job-related graduate courses. The deductibility of mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and job-related education a) encouraged me to take job-related graduate courses 1972-1983 and 1992-1997, b) encouraged me to buy a new town home in 1972, a studio condo in 1974, and a one bedroom condo in 1976, and c) encouraged my wife and I to buy a home in 1978 and to have one built in 1984.)
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/11/16/gov-rauner-silent-on-tax-cut-plan/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Illinois lawmaker Lisa Hernandez accepted campaign money from adult entertainment club – Dane Placko
http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/illinois-lawmaker-accepted-campaign-money-from-adult-entertainment-club

DAILY HERALD
— Impeachment filing is naive, harmful – Editorial
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20171116/editorial-impeachment-filing-is-naive-harmful
— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON AMERICA, ON ILLINOIS, ON COOK COUNTY, AND ON CHICAGO TIGHTENS: FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Suburbs, like rest of country, reporting more hate crimes – Charles Keeshan and Susan Sarkauskas
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171117/suburbs-like-rest-of-country-reporting-more-hate-crimes

NORTHWEST HERALD
— More than 100 protestors turn out for Roskam appearance at GOP fundraiser in Downers Grove – BOB RAKOW (DIERSEN: Government should encourage homeownership and taking job-related graduate courses. The deductibility of mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and job-related education a) encouraged me to take job-related graduate courses 1972-1983 and 1992-1997, b) encouraged me to buy a new town home in 1972, a studio condo in 1974, and a one bedroom condo in 1976, and c) encouraged my wife and I to buy a home in 1978 and to have one built in 1984.)
http://www.nwherald.com/2017/11/17/more-than-100-protestors-turn-out-for-roskam-appearance-at-gop-fundraiser-in-downers-grove/dg63lsa/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Reid McCollum, a leader of the Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th, said the proposed tax plan was the primary reason for the protest. “There’s not one thing in that bill for the middle class,” said McCollum, who specifically criticized the proposal to eliminate state and local tax deductions. The tax plan also would increase the federal deficit by as much as $1.7 trillion and lead to massive cuts to services and programs such as Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid, opponents said.)

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Tax reform is key to Illinois growth – Lynette Shaeffer (DIERSEN: Government should encourage homeownership and taking job-related graduate courses. The deductibility of mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and job-related education a) encouraged me to take job-related graduate courses 1972-1983 and 1992-1997, b) encouraged me to buy a new town home in 1972, a studio condo in 1974, and a one bedroom condo in 1976, and c) encouraged my wife and I to buy a home in 1978 and to have one built in 1984.)
http://www.sj-r.com/opinion/20171116/guest-view-tax-reform-is-key-to-illinois-growth
— Londrigan accused of attacking Davis for ‘opposite’ of remarks – Bernard Schoenburg (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes read GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to find anything that they can use against me. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes are moral relativists who believe that their end justifies their means. They are disciples of Saul Alinsky.)
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20171116/londrigan-accused-of-attacking-davis-for-opposite-of-remarks

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Davis, Shimkus laud their colleagues’ tax-reform bill – Tom Kacich (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2017-11-17/davis-shimkus-laud-their-colleagues-tax-reform-bill.html

ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR
— Officials, public discuss opioid abuse, possible solutions at community forum – Adam Poulisse
http://www.rrstar.com/news/20171116/officials-public-discuss-opioid-abuse-possible-solutions-at-community-forum

STAR TRIBUNE
— In Illinois, a looming battle over the bankrupting ‘blue model’ – George Will
http://trib.com/opinion/columns/will-in-illinois-a-looming-battle-over-the-bankrupting-blue/article_8da96037-d777-5778-a78e-eb8d934c41e2.html

ENEWS PARK FOREST
— Senators Durbin, Duckworth Press Rauner To Weigh In On GOP Tax Plans
https://enewspf.com/2017/11/16/senators-durbin-duckworth-press-rauner-to-weigh-in-on-gop-tax-plans/

FOX ILLINOIS
— Graduate students rally against tax reform bill – Jacqueline Francis (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
http://foxillinois.com/news/local/graduate-students-rally-against-tax-reform-bill
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The act is focused on providing tax relief, but graduate students said for them it would have the opposite effect. U of I graduate student, Jason Rock, said the act would eliminate tax exemptions for teaching and research assistants’ tuition waivers. “A tuition waiver is essentially a coupon for making their tuition-free,” Rock said. A tuition waiver tax is something many graduate students said they can’t afford. “I’m out here because without my tuition waiver I won’t be able to stay in graduate school,” graduate student Andy Bowman said. “And that’s true for my friends here today.” Rock said if the tuition waiver tax becomes law, it could change the post-graduate educational opportunities for students now and in the future. “There will be a significant number of graduate students that have to drop out,” Rock said. “Ultimately graduate school would only be something wealthy people can do.” Protesters called on Congressman Rodney Davis, just hours after the House voted the bill forward. Congressman Davis voted in favor of the bill. “Today we lost Representative Davis,” graduate student Emily Rodriguez said. “13 other members of his caucus did not vote for this tax reform bill, but our Representative folded like a lawn chair,” Congressman Davis said he doesn’t support the tuition waiver tax, but he does support other parts of the bill. Especially the tax reforms that would benefit middle-class families and small businesses. The Congressman’s office responded to the rally in a statement by saying, “Congressman Davis has fought hard to protect these benefits and Chairman Brady has committed to working to fix them when we get to conference with the Senate.)

DAILY EGYPTIAN
— State senators urge ISBE to accelerate teacher shortage study – JOHN REIDY (DIERSEN: Why were you hired? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes hint/imply/argue/shout a) that GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job; b) that IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job; and c) that the Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)
https://dailyegyptian.com/75904/state/state-senators-urge-isbe-to-accelerate-teacher-shortage-study/

WILLIAM J. KELLY
— Conservatives must hold the Rauner Swamp accountable
http://www.williamjkelly.org/news/kelly-conservative-voters-must-hold-the-rauner-swamp-accountable

DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Ives credits bipartisan effort for broader health care options, stronger property rights – Mark Heinz
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511259574-ives-credits-bipartisan-effort-for-broader-health-care-options-stronger-property-rights

PRAIRIE STATE WIRE
— Ives cites culture surrounding ‘phony property tax freeze’ in her decision to run for governor – W.J. Kennedy
https://prairiestatewire.com/stories/511270034-ives-cites-culture-surrounding-phony-property-tax-freeze-in-her-decision-to-run-for-governor

ILLINOIS FAMILY ACTION
— “Progressives” Suddenly “Woke” to Sexual Harassment! – Laurie Higgins
https://illinoisfamilyaction.org/2017/11/progressives-suddenly-woke-to-sexual-harassment/

ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
— Shifting Trends in Christianity – Micah Clark (DIERSEN: What do you say to those who say that they are Christian, but who do lots of anti-Christian things like promoting dependency on government, promoting dependency on charity, promoting LGBTQ activity, promoting abortion, promoting illegal immigration, and promoting booze, gambling, pot, and other vices? I should write a book about the aforesaid in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois. The aforesaid have always worked very hard against me.)
https://illinoisfamily.org/uncategorized/shifting-trends-christianity/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: I was given a booklet from Haggai International Ministries called “What in the World is Going On?” It presents the changing demographics of faith around the globe. Here are some interesting findings: 100 years ago the geographical picture of Christianity was pretty simple: most Christians lived in the U.S. and Europe. Everywhere else was unreached. In 1900, 83 percent of the world’s Christians were in “the west.” Today, in 2017 only 34 percent of the world’s Christians are in the west, (i.e. areas like Europe, North America and Australia). Now 66 percent of the world’s Christians are in Latin America, Africa and Asia. By 2050 those numbers are expected to be 24 percent in the west and 76 percent in Latin America, Africa and Asia. While Christianity is on the decline in the U.S., it is on the rise in the former USSR, China and large portions of Africa. Today 25 percent of the Christians in the world live in Africa and 25 percent live in Latin America. On any given Sunday there are more Christians worshiping in China than in the United States. Muslims are increasingly mobile. Where they go, Islam goes. As Christians have fled from areas of the Middle East, Islam has moved in. In Jesus’ birthplace of Bethlehem the current population is 80 percent Muslim. 75 percent of the world’s population lives in areas with religious restrictions. Approximately one in 12 Christians today experience persecution. Of the world’s 7.5 billion people, 2.4 billion (33 percent) profess to be Christians. However, one in four people in the world have never heard the Gospel message.)

CAPITOL FAX
— Republican Party wants Durbin, Duckworth to give away Franken’s cash
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/17/republican-party-wants-durbin-duckworth-to-give-away-frankens-cash/

FOX NEWS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Fox News, a company charged with sexual harassment, uses Adam Andrzejewski to say “Across the USA, governments have a gender hypocrisy gap.” Andrzejewski should look at GAO. During the 1980s and 1990s, to hire, to retain, and to promote young Democrat women and young Democrat minorities, GAO wasted the careers of and got rid of its employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran. GAO uses Affirmative Action, Diversity, Inclusion, and its “up-or-out” policy to waste the careers of its employees who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who GAO does not promote to GS-13 (currently $94,610) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $111,801) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $131,508) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $161,900) by age 40.
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/11/17/across-usa-governments-have-gender-hypocrisy-gap.html

GOPUSA
— Limbaugh: Al Franken’s groping scandal ‘screwing up’ Dems’ plans for Trump
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=33580
— 77% of ‘educated’ Democrats believe your gender can be different than that ‘assigned at birth’
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=33577

WASHINGTON TIMES
— When a Miss America runs for office – David Keene
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/16/erika-harold-running-for-states-attorney-general-i/

BLAZE
— Starbucks celebrated for the ‘gay agenda’ campaign on their holiday cups – Carlos Garcia
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/11/16/starbucks-celebrated-for-the-gay-agenda-campaign-on-their-holiday-cups

NATIONAL LAW REVIEW
— Illinois Senate Fails to Override Governor’s Veto of Salary History Ban (DIERSEN: If you work for government, your salary is public record.)
https://www.natlawreview.com/article/illinois-senate-fails-to-override-governor-s-veto-salary-history-ban

THE HILL
— The GOP tax bill will be a health care financial burden on American families – JANNI LEHRER-STEIN  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress that I give them little or no money. In my defense, a) my $50,856/year Civil Service Retirement System pension is only 41% of what my $122,991/year GAO salary was in 1997 in today’s dollars; b) my Social Security is only $2,028/year; c) my and my wife’s medical and dental expenses last year were $21,433, our state and local taxes were $14,303, and our 501(c)(3) contributions were $2,728; and d) the GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails that I send out each and every morning and each and every evening to the aforesaid free of charge and without any advertising are worth at least $1,000/year. It looks like if Republicans get their “tax reform,” the Diersens will be paying much more federal income tax in the future and they will have even less money to give the aforesaid. I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
http://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/360801-the-gop-tax-bill-will-be-a-health-care-financial-burden-on-american
— Franken releases new statement, calls for ethics investigation of himself – AVERY ANAPOL
http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/360697-franken-releases-new-statement-calls-for-ethics-investigation-of-himself

ROLL CALL
— Congressional Hispanic Caucus Rejects Carlos Curbelo’s Membership Bid Florida Republican calls decision “shameful” (DIERSEN: Which groups do NOT want you to be a member? The following groups do NOT want me to be a member: a) those that are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors. Further, those who dominate the Milton Township Republican Central Committee, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants, GAO, etc. do NOT want me to be a member. The aforesaid a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid.)
http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/congressional-hispanic-caucus-rejects-carlos-curbelo-bid-membership

WASHINGTON POST
— Those bans on asking about salary history? Most employers don’t think they’ll work. – Jena McGregor (DIERSEN: If you work for government, your salary is public record.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-leadership/wp/2017/11/16/those-bans-on-asking-about-salary-history-most-employers-dont-think-theyll-work/

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Tax Proposals Most Likely to Pass in Washington While the differences between the two versions stand out, the similarities are an indicator of items that could actually pass – Laura Saunders (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/tax-proposals-most-likely-to-pass-in-washington-1510883590
— No Republicans Need Apply Congressional Hispanic Caucus rejects Cuban-American legislator. – Editorial (DIERSEN: By way of contrast, “Republicans” a) let Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, and RINOs hold leadership positions in the Republican Party and b) elect and reelect Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, and RINOs.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/no-republicans-need-applyno-republicans-need-apply-1510872449
— The Politics of Apps Has Silicon Valley programmed its products to disadvantage women, minorities and the poor? An indictment of bias in the tech industry. Meghan C. Kruger reviews ‘Technically Wrong’ by Sara Wachter-Boettcher.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/review-the-politics-of-apps-1510871571
— FRONT PAGE: Google Has Picked an Answer for You—Too Bad It’s Often Wrong Going beyond search, the internet giant is promoting a single result over all others, and many are contentious, improbable or laughably incorrect – Jack Nicas
https://www.wsj.com/articles/googles-featured-answers-aim-to-distill-truthbut-often-get-it-wrong-1510847867

USA TODAY
— Protect net neutrality and Internet freedom: World Wide Web inventor – Tim Berners-Lee (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents want to limit the information that you get to the information that they give you.)
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/11/16/protect-net-neutrality-and-internet-freedom-world-wide-web-inventor-tim-berners-lee-column/866318001/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Now that vision is threatened. That choice you have to use the Web for whatever you want could be taken away. Today, one of the greatest threats to the Web in America is the plan by the Federal Communications Commission to roll back America’s open Internet safeguards. Net neutrality is the fundamental principle that all content should be treated equally online. It’s what ensures those millions of local businesses can compete on an equal footing with corporate giants. It’s what stops Internet and cable providers from slowing down services for those who don’t pay a premium, or blocking content that doesn’t boost their own bottom lines. Why should this matter to you? Most Americans — 87% — use the Internet for everything from accessing information to earning money to watching their favorite shows and movies.) 

STANDARD REPUBLIC
— Killing medical tax break will hammer U.S. middle-class seniors – Reuters (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
http://www.standardrepublic.com/2017/11/killing-medical-tax-break-will-hammer-u-s-middle-class-seniors/43549.htm
(FROM THE ARTICLE: U.S. Republican lawmakers want to cut taxes for corporations and wealthy people by $1.3 trillion – and they seem to want seniors to foot a good chunk of the bill. Their 2018 budget plan would chop $473 billion out of Medicare and $1.3 trillion from Medicaid. (reut.rs/2mq1UhL). But the House tax plan also calls for elimination of the itemized deduction for high medical expenses. The deduction allows taxpayers who itemize to deduct medical expenses exceeding 10 percent of adjusted gross income. This is helpful to anyone dealing with disabilities, acute or chronic conditions or long-term care and assisted living costs. But the medical expense deduction is especially useful for older people, for the simple reason that they are more likely to struggle with acute and chronic health problems. And it is used mainly by middle-class households. Nearly half (49 percent) of taxpayers who deducted medical expenses in 2015 had income below $50,000 according to analysis of IRS records by the AARP Public Policy Institute; 69 percent had income less than $75,000. The importance of the deduction is growing, because the number of underinsured Americans is rising. At the end of 2016, 28 percent of adults who had health insurance were underinsured, according to the Commonwealth Fund (bit.ly/2zKKMqe) – a percentage that translates to 41 million people. Commonwealth defines “underinsured” as people whose out-of-pocket health expenses are 10 percent or more of household income, and the number has more than doubled since 2003. In Medicare, total out-of-pocket spending by beneficiaries in 2013 averaged $6,150, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). Nearly half of that (47 percent) was for insurance premiums, followed by three categories of health care services – long-term care facilities (18 percent), prescription drugs (12 percent) and dental services (9 percent).)

FORBES
— The New Tax Plan And The Death Of Homeownership – Mark Greene (DIERSEN: Government should encourage homeownership and taking job-related graduate courses. The deductibility of mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and job-related education a) encouraged me to take job-related graduate courses 1972-1983 and 1992-1997, b) encouraged me to buy a new town home in 1972, a studio condo in 1974, and a one bedroom condo in 1976, and c) encouraged my wife and I to buy a home in 1978 and to have one built in 1984.)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/markgreene/2017/11/16/the-new-tax-plan-and-the-death-of-homeownership/

PBS
— Who really benefits from GOP’s tax overhaul is battle point as House passes its bill – Lisa Desjardins and Judy Woodruff (DIERSEN: I certainly hope that Bost, Davis, Hultgren, Kinzinger, LaHood, Roskam, and Shimkus will work hard in conference with the Senate to keep all the current itemized deductions and the personal exemption.)
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/who-really-benefits-from-gops-tax-overhaul-is-battle-point-as-house-passes-its-bill

ZILLOW
— FOR SALE: 1013 James Court, Wheaton – $399,900
https://www.zillow.com/wheaton-il/1_fs/X1-SS1apc9gppw622z_3o1g1_sse/4448314_zpid/

November 16 Evening Edition

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: ANTI-REPUBLICANS WHO WANT “TAX REFORM” WANT MIDDLE-CLASS REPUBLICAN TAXPAYERS WHO PAY LOTS OF REAL ESTATE TAX, MORTGAGE INTEREST, STATE INCOME TAX, MEDICAL AND DENTAL EXPENSES, 501(c)(3) CONTRIBUTIONS, AND/OR TUITION FOR JOB-RELATED EDUCATION TO PAY LOTS MORE FEDERAL INCOME TAX. THEY DO NOT WANT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ENCOURAGE HOMEOWNERSHIP, CONTRIBUTIONS TO 501(c)(3) ORGANIZATIONS, OR TAKING JOB-RELATED GRADUATE COURSES. (FROM THE ARTICLE: U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican, joined six other House Republicans from Illinois in support of the measure, known as The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Roskam chairs the House Tax Policy Subcommittee.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-illinois-congress-taxes-vote-20171116-story.html
— Mixed reaction from Fox Valley-area lawmakers to House approval of GOP tax plan – Erin Hegarty
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/news/ct-nvs-tax-bill-vote-st-1117-20171116-story.html
— House passes sweeping GOP tax overhaul; Senate fate less clear – AP
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-gop-tax-bill-20171116-story.html
— Rauner signs lawmakers’ sexual harassment bills but says they should have done more – Kim Geiger and Monique Garcia
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-bruce-rauner-sexual-harassment-20171116-story.html
— Roy Moore attacks his female accusers as critics decry intimidation – AP
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-roy-moore-alabama-senate-race-20171116-story.html
— No man accused of sexually harassing a woman is irreplaceable, not even Al Franken – Alyssa Rosenberg (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, if you “are accused of sexually harassing a woman,” you are presumed to be guilty and you will be gotten rid of.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-al-franken-picture-groping-20171116-story.html
— What it’s like driving the Dodge Demon, the world’s fastest production car – Andy Mikonis
http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/new/ct-auto-review-dodge-challenger-demon-20171115-story.html
— Democrat Jones leads Republican Moore by 8 points in Alabama, per Fox News poll – Philip Bump
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-jones-moore-alabama-senate-poll-20171116-story.html

THE HILL
— Home builders, Realtors oppose House-passed tax reform package – VICKI NEEDHAM (DIERSEN: Government should encourage homeownership and taking job-related graduate courses. Mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and job-related graduate courses being deductible a) encouraged me to take job-related graduate courses 1972-1983 and 1992-1997, b) encouraged me to buy a new town home in 1972, a studio condo in 1974, and a one bedroom condo in 1976, and c) encouraged my wife and I to buy a home in 1978 and to have one built in 1984.)
http://thehill.com/policy/finance/360814-home-builders-realtors-oppose-house-passed-tax-reform-package
— Alabama GOP rebuffs pressure to abandon Roy Moore – ALEXANDER BOLTON
http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/360813-alabama-gop-rebuffs-calls-to-abandon-roy-moore
— Democrats scramble to contain Franken fallout – JORDAN CARNEY
http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/360810-democrats-scramble-to-contain-franken-fallout

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— House GOP doesn’t care about your taxes, your kids, or you – Editorial (DIERSEN: Government should encourage homeownership and taking job-related graduate courses. Mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and job-related graduate courses being deductible a) encouraged me to take job-related graduate courses 1972-1983 and 1992-1997, b) encouraged me to buy a new town home in 1972, a studio condo in 1974, and a one bedroom condo in 1976, and c) encouraged my wife and I to buy a home in 1978 and to have one built in 1984.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/house-gop-republican-tax-plan-doesnt-care-about-your-taxes-your-kids-or-you/
— The winding road of federal tax reform and what it means for Illinois – Lynn Sweet and Tina Sfondeles
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/the-winding-road-of-federal-tax-reform-and-what-it-means-for-illinois/
— Rauner signs legislation targeting sexual harassment – Tina Sfondeles
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/rauner-signs-legislation-targeting-sexual-harassment/
— Supt. Johnson bemoans Trump’s Chicago bashing – Fran Spielman
https://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/supt-johnson-bemoans-trumps-chicago-bashing/
— Roy Moore calls accusations ‘scurrilous and false’ – AP
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/roy-moore-mitch-mcconnell-donald-trump-alabama-senate-race/
— Taylor Swift refuses to get political? Good for her! – Nick Gillespie
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/taylor-swift-refuses-to-get-political-good-for-her/

DAILY HERALD
— Hultgren, Roskam help deliver tax bill for GOP in House – Marni Pyke (DIERSEN: ANTI-REPUBLICANS WHO WANT “TAX REFORM” WANT MIDDLE-CLASS REPUBLICAN TAXPAYERS WHO PAY LOTS OF REAL ESTATE TAX, MORTGAGE INTEREST, STATE INCOME TAX, MEDICAL AND DENTAL EXPENSES, 501(c)(3) CONTRIBUTIONS, AND/OR TUITION FOR JOB-RELATED EDUCATION TO PAY LOTS MORE FEDERAL INCOME TAX. THEY DO NOT WANT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ENCOURAGE HOMEOWNERSHIP, CONTRIBUTIONS TO 501(c)(3) ORGANIZATIONS, OR TAKING JOB-RELATED GRADUATE COURSES.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171116/hultgren-roskam-help-deliver-tax-bill-for-gop-in-house
— House passes Republican tax bill, upping pressure on struggling Senate effort – Mike DeBonis and Damian Paletta
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171116/house-passes-republican-tax-bill-upping-pressure-on-struggling-senate-effort
— Algonquin Twp. road bosses square off on spending, record destruction – Lauren Rohr
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171116/algonquin-twp-road-bosses-square-off-on-spending-record-destruction
— Assessors claim Lake County is unfairly taxing thousands – Jake Griffin
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171116/assessors-claim-lake-county-is-unfairly-taxing-thousands
— As Illinois roads crumble, gas tax revenue to fix them keeps declining – Tim Jones
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171116/as-illinois-roads-crumble-gas-tax-revenue-to-fix-them-keeps-declining
— Study that could prevent Kane Co. tax increases may be flawed – James Fuller
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171116/study-that-could-prevent-kane-co-tax-increases-may-be-flawed

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Tax rewrite too important to rush through, GOP – Editorial
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171116/ISSUE07/171119914/tax-rewrite-too-important-to-rush-through-gop
— Stark partisan divide among lawmakers as House OKs tax plan – GREG HINZ
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171116/BLOGS02/171119904/stark-partisan-divide-among-lawmakers-as-house-oks-tax-plan

ABC7
— House OKs GOP tax bill in Trump win; Senate fate less clear – AP
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/house-oks-gop-tax-bill-in-trump-win;-senate-fate-less-clear/2658303/
— Radio anchor says Sen. Al Franken groped, kissed her without consent – AP
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/radio-anchor-says-sen-al-franken-groped-kissed-her-without-consent/2657095/

NBC5
— Rauner Changes Tone as He Signs New Sexual Harassment Bill – Mary Ann Ahern
https://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/governor-bruce-rauner-changes-tone-as-he-signs-new-sexual-harassment-bill-458089003.html

CBS2
— LA Radio Anchor Accuses Sen. Franken Groped, Kissed Her Without Consent
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/11/16/radio-anchor-tweeden-senator-al-franken-grope-kiss-no-consent/

WLS AM
— Rauner: Dems harassment reforms are flawed – Bill Cameron
http://www.wlsam.com/2017/11/16/rauner-dems-harassment-reforms-are-flawed/

ENEWS PARK FOREST
— Congresswoman Robin Kelly: 854,000 Illinoisans to See Tax Hike Thanks to Illinois’ Republican Congressmen (DIERSEN: My wife and I and my aunt are among those 854,000.)
https://enewspf.com/2017/11/16/congresswoman-robin-kelly-854000-illinoisans-to-see-tax-hike-thanks-to-illinois-republican-congressmen/

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Gov. Rauner signs sex harassment legislation – Doug Finke
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20171116/gov-rauner-signs-sex-harassment-legislation

ILLINOIS LEAKS
— Algonquin Township – Family operation of corruption? – KIRK ALLEN
http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2017/11/algonquin-township-family-operation-of-corruption/

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK
— Rauner signs ethics bills lawmakers hastily passed to tackle scandal – Greg Bishop
https://www.ilnews.org/news/state_politics/rauner-signs-ethics-bills-lawmakers-hastily-passed-to-tackle-scandal/article_ae5d3efe-cb02-11e7-ba43-5ff0c0adf07a.html

ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE
— The biggest obstacle Illinoisans face in Springfield remains the same: an all-powerful House speaker, and members of both parties who are all too eager to kowtow. – Austin Berg
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/illinoisans-no-good-very-bad-year/

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— CHICAGO MURDERS SURPASS 600
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2017/11/chicago-murders-surpass-600.html
— THORNER: AGE BRINGS SELF-REFLECTION OF LIFE’S CHOICES (DIERSEN: What were some of your major life choices? I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32.)
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2017/11/thorner-age-brings-self-reflection-of-lifes-choices.html

CAPITOL FAX
— Mendoza responds *** Rauner claims Mendoza “works for Speaker Madigan”
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/16/rauner-claims-mendoza-works-for-speaker-madigan/
— Rauner signs sexual harassment bills, issues signing statement
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/16/rauner-signs-sexual-harassment-bills-issues-signing-statement/
— A stroll through some A-1’s: Silverstein, Drury, Daiber, Ives and McCarthy
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/16/a-stroll-through-some-a-1s-silverstein-drury-daiber-ives-and-mccarthy/
— When should Senger resign?
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/16/question-of-the-day-2588/

GOPUSA
— Sessions: Marijuana is still illegal in federal law
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=33503
— Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) says groping sleeping woman supposed to be funny – AP
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=33551

BREITBART
— Mitch McConnell Calls for Ethics Review of Franken Allegations, No Call Yet for His Removal – SEAN MORAN
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/16/mitch-mcconnell-calls-for-ethics-review-of-franken-allegations-no-call-yet-for-his-removal/

POLITICO
— Hispanic Caucus denies membership to Republican Curbelo – HEATHER CAYGLE
https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/16/congressional-hispanic-caucus-deny-carlos-curbelo-244977
— Franken apologizes after woman says he groped her Mitch McConnell is calling for an Ethics Committee investigation of the Minnesota senator. – ELANA SCHOR
https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/16/franken-apologizes-after-woman-alleges-he-groped-her-244976
— OUTRAGEOUS: House passes massive GOP tax cuts – RACHAEL BADE, JOHN BRESNAHAN and AARON LORENZO
https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/16/trump-rally-house-republicans-tax-vote-244965

CNN
— New George H.W. Bush accuser says he groped her during 1992 re-election campaign – Athena Jones
http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/16/politics/george-h-w-bush-accuser-1992/index.html

NEW YORK TIMES
— OUTRAGEOUS: House Passes Tax Bill in Major Step Toward Overhaul – Thomas Kaplan and Alan Rappeport
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/us/politics/house-tax-overhaul-bill.html

WASHINGTON POST
— OUTRAGEOUS: The House just passed its big tax bill. Here’s what is in it. – Heather Long
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/11/16/the-house-is-voting-on-its-tax-bill-thursday-heres-what-is-in-it/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Say goodbye to most deductions. Almost all itemized deductions are going away, except for three. The final House bill keeps the deductions for charitable donations, property taxes up to $10,000 a year and the mortgage interest deduction. The mortgage interest deduction would be capped at $500,000 for mortgages (down from $1 million now). About 30 percent of filers itemize. Most of the people who itemize claim the state and local tax deduction (SALT) where they deduct their state and local sales, income and property taxes. Under the House bill, only the property deduction would remain. This hurts people living in high-tax (and often blue) states like New Jersey, New York and California. Several GOP representatives from these states plan to vote no on the bill in protest. The adoption credit stays. The 401(k) exemption stays. But .?.?.Say goodbye to the tax credits for plug-in motor vehicles. It gets repealed in 2018. Say goodbye to the deduction for medical expenses. It goes away in 2018. Say goodbye to being able to write off the costs of your tax preparer. That goes away in 2018. Say goodbye to the deduction for moving expenses. It goes away in 2018, except for members of the military. Say goodbye to most tax benefits for college. At the moment, low and middle income Americans can deduct up to $2,500 a year in student loan interest. That benefit would go away in 2018. In addition, grad students who get tuition waivers because they teach or do research would now have to pay income tax on the waiver, a big change. For students currently in school, the American Opportunity Tax Credit would remain, which allows a $2,000 credit for higher education expenses. Say goodbye to the deduction for theft or loss of valuables. Right now people can write a lot of their losses off on their taxes, but that would be gone in 2018. The one exemption is losses for a natural disaster such as Hurricane Harvey. Those would stay.)

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Al Franken Accused of Sexual Misconduct Leeann Tweeden, a model and broadcast host, said the incident with Al Franken occurred in December 2006 during a USO tour overseas – Natalie Andrews
https://www.wsj.com/articles/al-franken-accused-of-forcibly-kissing-groping-woman-1510853898
— OUTRAGEOUS: House Passes GOP Bill to Overhaul Tax System – Richard Rubin and Siobhan Hughes
https://www.wsj.com/articles/house-hits-vote-threshold-to-pass-gop-tax-bill-1510858107

NEW REPUBLIC
— Our Inordinately White, Wealthy, Male Government The departure of Janet Yellen underscores the homogeneity of the governing class under Donald Trump. – BRYCE COVERT
https://newrepublic.com/article/145839/inordinately-white-wealthy-male-government

NEWSWEEK
— CAN FOX NEWS SURVIVE THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY? EMBATTLED NETWORK FACES LAWSUITS, AGING VIEWERSHIP, NEW COMPETITORS – ALEXANDER NAZARYAN
http://www.newsweek.com/2017/11/24/fox-news-survive-trump-presidency-lawsuits-aging-viewership-competition-712543.html

FEDERAL TIMES
— How did the federal government do this year? GAO presents its annual report – Armin Haracic
https://www.federaltimes.com/federal-oversight/watchdogs/2017/11/16/how-did-the-federal-government-do-this-year-gao-presents-its-annual-report/

RASMUSSEN REPORTS
— Most Voters Think Republicans Will Lose Control of Congress in Midterms
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/november_2017/most_voters_think_republicans_will_lose_control_of_congress_in_midterms

November 16 Morning Edition

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Ives files fundraising papers for governor – Rick Pearson
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-toni-preckwinkle-sexual-harassment-20171116-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Three-term Wheaton state Rep. Jeanne Ives filed papers Wednesday to create her campaign fund for a Republican primary challenge to Gov. Bruce Rauner. But as with her first round of candidacy petitions that had to be tossed after a typo was found, there may be some issues with the Ives for Illinois campaign fund. State Board of Elections officials said they were in contact with the Ives campaign over its initial reporting of $267,725 in cash available in the new fund — without disclosing the source of the money. There also was the question about the Friends of Jeanne Ives fund, which had been used for her legislative campaigns. That fund ended September with $8,488 and has since raised an additional $15,000, including $10,000 last month from a political action committee with ties to political organizations associated with talk show host and failed 2010 Republican governor primary candidate Dan Proft. State law, however, limits a candidate to one main political committee. The Friends of Jeanne Ives legislative campaign fund is still listed as active.)
— Cook County commissioners don’t want to be left off sexual harassment training plan – Hal Dardick (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the more of the following that you are, the more that anti-Trumps paint you as being a sexual harasser and even worse things: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time. Ever-increasingly, the more of the aforesaid that you are, the harder that anti-Trumps work to get rid of you.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-toni-preckwinkle-sexual-harassment-20171116-story.html
— Chris Kennedy’s troubled Cleveland deal: Taxes raised, company collected millions – David Heinzmann and Todd Lighty
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-chris-kennedy-cleveland-20171115-story.html 

DAILY HERALD
— The House is voting on its tax bill today. Here’s what is in it. – Heather Long
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171116/the-house-is-voting-on-its-tax-bill-today-heres-what-is-in-it
— Dist. 62 superintendent Floyd Williams will get $127,000 to leave amid allegations – Chacour Koop
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171115/dist-62-superintendent-will-get-127000-to-leave-amid-allegations
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON ILLINOIS TIGHTENS: Beyond tragically, ever-increasingly, poverty increases in DuPage County.
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171115/dupage-officials-do-good-to-launch-new-giving-campaign
— Series lets candidates for governor introduce themselves – Jim Slusher
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20171116/slusher-series-lets-candidates-for-governor-introduce-themselves

WLS AM
— Kinzinger: Tax Change To Retain Businesses – Nick Gale (DIERSEN: Cutting the deduction for mortgage interest and real estate taxes discourages homeownership. Cutting the deduction for major medical and dental expenses pushes taxpayers onto welfare. Cutting the deduction for job-related education discourages employees from taking job-related graduate courses.)
http://www.wlsam.com/2017/11/15/kinzinger-tax-change-to-retain-businesses/

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— If the tax bill is so great, why does the GOP keep lying about it? – Catherine Rampell
http://www.sj-r.com/opinion/20171114/catherine-rampell-if-tax-bill-is-so-great-why-does-gop-keep-lying-about-it
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The biggest benefits go to higher-income Americans, both in raw dollar terms and as a percentage of income, as New York University School of Law tax professor David C. Kamin has illustrated. To give you a sense of scale: Under the Senate bill, households making more than $1 million receive an average tax cut of nearly $50,000 in 2027; those making $40,000 to $50,000 get an average cut of $480. Averages also disguise a lot. Lots of lower- and middle-income families won’t benefit at all. Many will be worse off. Under both the Senate and House bills, nearly half of households making less than $100,000 will see either a negligible tax change or even a tax hike in 2019, according to calculations from Martin Sullivan, chief economist at Tax Analysts. By 2027, that share rises to 61 percent under the House bill, which phases down some of the provisions that help middle-class families.)

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— So-far-peaceful Democratic primary bound to get rough – Jim Dey
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2017-11-16/jim-dey-so-far-peaceful-democratic-primary-bound-get-rough.html

SPRINGFIELD NEWS LEADER
— Anti-abortion rally in Springfield criticizes McCaskill’s support for Planned Parenthood – Will Schmitt
http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/15/anti-abortion-rally-springfield-criticizes-mccaskills-support-planned-parenthood/867865001/

TIMES
— What do voters do when we’re stymied? – Jim Nowlan (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Which voters in Illinois have had great success in styming other voters? ANSWER: Voters in Group A have had great success in styming voters in Group B. Voters in Group A are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors and voters in Group B are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://www.mywebtimes.com/news/editorial/state-affairs-what-do-voters-do-when-we-re-stymied/article_780beade-9137-580f-a9fc-aee537186fc8.html

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— GOP governors fear wipeout after Virginia loss Democrats’ easy victory spooks GOP – ERIC BRADNER
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/politics/gop-governors-fear-wipeout-after-virginia-loss/858382007
— Roy Moore’s lawyer casts doubt on accuser’s story, yearbook inscription Moore denies writing yearbook inscription – ELI WATKINS
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/politics/roy-moores-lawyer-casts-doubt-on-accusers-story-yearbook-inscription/858215749

CHICAGO READER
— Downstate hate: A history of the bitter, nearly 200-year rivalry between Chicago and the rest of Illinois The animosity between Illinois’s largest city and its smaller towns is almost as old as the state itself. – Edward McClelland (DIERSEN: After working in brick factory in Chicago for 10 years, my ancestors on my father’s side left Chicago in 1854 to homestead a farm in Crete.)
https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/downstate-illinois-secession-history/Content?oid=34519694

WILLIAM J KELLY
— Ask Rauner about his taxpayer grants to Planned Parenthood
http://www.williamjkelly.org/news/kelly-ask-rauner-about-his-taxpayer-grants-to-planned-parenthood

DOUG BENNETT
— Doug Bennett Wins Overwhelming Victory and Earns Coveted Fremont Township GOP Endorsement
https://www.il10.org/single-post/2017/11/15/Doug-Bennett-Wins-Overwhelming-Victory-and-Earns-Coveted-Fremont-Township-GOP-Endorsement-in-11-1-0-Vote

EAST CENTRAL REPORTER
— House District 101 hopeful Dan Caulkins describes Springfield as the ‘wild West’
https://eastcentralreporter.com/stories/511262621-house-district-101-hopeful-describes-springfield-as-the-wild-west

ILLINOIS CHRONICLE
— Lawmakers give Rauner massive rebuke with a record 18 veto overrides
https://theillinoischronicle.com/chronicle-lawmakers-give-rauner-massive-rebuke-with-a-record-18-veto-overrides/

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK
— Lawmakers break into song and dance when real fix is needed – Dan McCaleb
https://www.ilnews.org/opinion/mccaleb-lawmakers-break-into-song-and-dance-when-real-fix/article_3925583e-c97b-11e7-aa49-8f9420fd9378.html

ILLINOIS FAMILY ACTION
— Let’s Go Illinoisans! Send Jeanne Ives to the Governor’s Mansion! – Laurie Higgins
https://illinoisfamilyaction.org/2017/11/lets-go-illinoisans-send-jeanne-ives-to-the-governors-mansion/

CAPITOL FAX
— IBHE chairman, executive director object to DC tax proposals
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/16/ibhe-chairman-executive-diretor-object-to-dc-tax-proposals/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Meanwhile, from the DGA…In Washington, Congressional Republicans are attempting to force through a tax overhaul skewed to benefit the wealthiest while many middle-class Illinois families could see an average tax increase of $1,267. And once again, Governor Bruce Rauner is doing nothing to protect them. In an interview with the Pantagraph, Rauner apparently “lauded” the Republican tax reform effort and talked about cutting the federal tax rate. However, the Republican plans would actually raise taxes on many Illinois middle-class families while exploding the deficit as the wealthiest enjoy a disproportionate share of the benefits. According to a recent study, the Senate version would mean higher taxes for about 15% of middle-class Illinois households – raising taxes by an average of $1,267. The House version would mean higher taxes for 27% of middle-class American households – raising taxes by an average of $1,360. Rauner last month said he has “no obligation” to comment on federal matters. Will Rauner really sit quietly as middle-class taxes go up? “Bruce Rauner loses all credibility if he stays silent while his own party plans to raise middle-class taxes,” said DGA Illinois Communications Director Sam Salustro. “Rauner refusal to stand up to his party and President in Washington shows he’s fighting for himself and not for Illinois families. Now, Republicans want to raise middle-class taxes, and Rauner is going to let it happen.”)

GOPUSA
— Why is Creepy Uncle Joe Biden so popular among Democrats?
http://www.gopusa.com/why-is-creepy-uncle-joe-so-popular-among-democrats/
— The Poor Are Not Poor Because the Rich Are Rich – Star Parker (DIERSEN: What did you do to qualify yourself for better paying jobs? I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted a) that instead of me, the Post Office should have hired a poor person in 1966, b) that the Post Office should gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a poor person could have my job, c) that instead of me, IRS should have hired a poor person in 1971, d) that instead of me, IRS should have promoted a poor people in 1972, 1973, and 1974, e) that instead of me, GAO should have hired a poor person in 1980, f) that instead of me, GAO should have promoted a poor person in 1986, and g) that GAO should have gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a poor person could have my job and my preferred corner office.)
http://www.gopusa.com/the-poor-are-not-poor-because-the-rich-are-rich/

NEWSMAX
— Study: Chicago One of Worst Gender Pay Gap Offenders – Mark Swanson (DIERSEN: Democrats run Chicago.)
https://www.newsmax.com/us/rahm-emanuel-chicago-gender-pay-gap/2017/11/15/id/826369/

LIFEZETTE NEWS
— Michael Reagan: Better a Democrat Than Moore Son of Republican president tells Laura Ingraham he thinks charges against Alabama candidate are true – Jim Stinson (DIERSEN: What if you were charged with being a sex predator? What if Michael Reagan believed the charges?)
http://www.lifezette.com/polizette/michael-reagan-better-democrat-moore/

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
— State of whistleblower protection laws after one year of the trump administration (DIERSEN: Because I was a whistleblower, a) my Democrat GAO superiors forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take an $18,847 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980; b) my Democrat IRS superiors did not promote me beyond GS-12, disallowed my education deductions in 1978, and disallowed my partial day per diem claims in 1974; and c) my Democrat Post Office superiors forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests in 1969 and 1968. I blew the whistle on political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination. Because I have always been a Republican, were it not for federal civil service protections, a) the Post Office would NOT have hired me in 1966 or let me work there for almost 3 years, b) IRS would NOT have hired me in 1971 or let me work there for almost 9 years, c) IRS would NOT have promoted me in 1972, 1973, or 1974, d) GAO would NOT have hired me in 1980 or let me work there for almost 18 years, and e) GAO would NOT have promoted me in 1986.)
https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/events/labor_law/2017/11/conference/papers/2017%20ABA%20CLE%20WB%20Presentation.authcheckdam.pdf

THE HILL
— House GOP set for big tax win – SCOTT WONG (DIERSEN: Which taxpayers do the Republicans want to be winners or losers? Are you going to be a winner or a loser? From what I see, the proposed “tax reform” is being done to let members of Group A be winners and pay less federal income tax and to make members of Group B losers and pay more federal income tax. Members of Group A typically take the standard deduction and are renters, younger, do not have major medical or dental expenses, and are Democrats. Members of Group B typically itemize their deductions and are homeowners, older, have major medical and/or dental expenses, and are Republicans.)
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/360611-house-gop-set-for-big-tax-win
— Time for America to wake up and take care our retirement system – ROBERT STAMMERS (DIERSEN: As people get older, their medical and dental expenses skyrocket. Cutting the medical and dental itemized deduction will put older people on welfare all the sooner.)
http://thehill.com/opinion/finance/360590-time-for-america-to-wake-up-and-take-care-our-retirement-system

CNN
— Republicans optimistic they’ll pass their tax plan GOP mat not have enough votes to pass in the House – LAUREN FOX AND DEIRDRE WALSH (DIERSEN: Which taxpayers do the Republicans want to be winners or losers? Are you going to be a winner or a loser? From what I see, the proposed “tax reform” is being done to let members of Group A be winners and pay less federal income tax and to make members of Group B losers and pay more federal income tax. Members of Group A typically take the standard deduction and are renters, younger, do not have major medical or dental expenses, and are Democrats. Members of Group B typically itemize their deductions and are homeowners, older, have major medical and/or dental expenses, and are Republicans.)
http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/16/politics/house-tax-plan-vote/index.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: It’s not that the tax bill hasn’t been without its controversies. Its rollout was delayed by a day two weeks ago after Republicans failed to meet their self-imposed deadline amid divisions over what to do about a popular deduction for state and local income, property and sales taxes. On Wednesday, a few members were still adamant they won’t back the bill over it. “I whipped no and I haven’t changed my mind,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from California. “I have had many people trying to call me, but nobody has a convincing argument for my district and for the state of California.” It’s anticipated that many of the Republicans who will vote no Thursday will do so over concerns that the bill hurts individuals in expensive areas like California, New Jersey and New York. But even in those cases, some members say they were able to get feedback from leadership that assuaged their concerns. California Republican Rep. Mimi Walters told CNN, “I think we learned lessons with the health care bill and we learned that we needed to work more closely together, and that’s what you are seeing right now.” Walters said she had spoken to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., of her concerns about the bill doing away with the state and local income tax deduction, but ultimately decided she’d vote “yes.” “We come from a very high-taxed state. We’re a very liberal state in California, our government is, and we have a have a very high cost of living because of the liberal policies, and I have always said as long as middle-income Americans have more money in their pocket I will be supporting the tax package,” Walter said.)


NEW YORK TIMES
— Every Tax Cut and Tax Increase in the House G.O.P. Bill and What It Would Cost – ALICIA PARLAPIANO and ADAM PEARCE (DIERSEN: According to this article, beyond outrageously, the House GOP bill a) would increase taxes by $1.8 trillion for taxpayers who take the personal exemption and b) would increase taxes $1.3 trillion for taxpayers who itemize their deductions. Overwhelmingly, those who itemize their deductions are homeowners, older, have high medical and/or dental expenses, are taking job-related graduate courses, and/or are Republican.)
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/11/15/us/politics/every-tax-cut-in-the-house-tax-bill.html
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: If a wildly creative company with an app used by 178 million people every day can still be crushed by Facebook, how is anyone else supposed to succeed? – Keven Roose (DIERSEN: Tragically, ever-increasing, activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. a) talk and act like Facebook is the internet and b) fail/refuse to publish and maintain websites, and c) fail/refuse to use email. Because Facebook can crush any activist, any candidate, any elected official, any party leader, any major donor, any political consultant, any etc. that it wants to, ever-increasingly, the aforesaid promote, glorify and praise, pander to, and serve as operatives or as dupes for Facebook. From what I see, ever-increasingly, Facebook acts like it is an arm of the Democrat, Libertarian, and Green parties, anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/15/business/snapchats-new-test-grow-like-facebook-without-the-baggage.html

USA TODAY
— Tina Brown recalls flashy ’80s days at ‘Vanity Fair’ – and an eye-popping Trump moment – Jocelyn McClurg (DIERSEN: What did you do during the 1980s? I took an $18,847 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980. I completed the requirements for a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980. I passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981. I became a licensed CPA in 1981. My wife and I sold 1017 East Harrison in Wheaton and had 915 Cove Court built in Wheaton in 1984. I worked for GAO on audits of IRS 1986-1988. GAO promoted me to GS-13 (currently $94,610) in 1986. With Henry Hyde’s help, I withstood tremendous efforts by my Democrat GAO superiors to get rid of me in 1989; in 1987, they got rid of the GAO manager who had hired me, got me assigned to audits of IRS in 1986, and had gotten me promoted in 1986. I bought a 1962 Chevy Impala SS collector car in 1989. All during the entire decade, my wife and took short vacations, typically, four each year, after her business trips to luxury resorts all across America. By 1989, my wife and I had given up trying to have children. We did not adopt and we did not become foster parents.)
https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2017/11/14/tina-brown-recalls-flashy-80-s-days-vanity-fair-and-eye-popping-trump-moment/862825001/
— Raises: Survey shows 52% of workers didn’t get one in the past year – Paul Davidson (DIERSEN: Because of step increases, COLAs, and/or promotions, my salary increased every year that I worked for the federal government 1966-1969 and 1971-1997, except 1980 when I took an $18,847 (21%) pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO.)
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/careers/changing-jobs/2017/11/15/pay-raises-survey-indicates-52-workers-didnt-get-one-past-year/864433001/

CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS
— TVA employees get average $10,970 year-end bonus
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/business/aroundregion/story/2017/nov/16/winning-performance/457149/

November 15 Evening Edition

ABC7
— House Dems introduce impeachment articles against Trump
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/house-dems-introduce-impeachment-articles-against-trump/2651808/

NBC5
— Rep. Gutierrez Among Sponsors of Impeachment Articles vs. President Trump – James Neveau
https://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/rep-gutierrez-joins-democrats-in-filing-articles-of-impeachment-of-president-trump-457794433.html

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— House Dems introduce impeachment articles against Trump – AP
http://www.fox32chicago.com/politics/house-dems-introduce-impeachment-articles-against-trump

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Five House Democrats introduce impeachment articles against Trump – AP
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-impeachment-articles-20171115-story.html
— Democratic lawmakers urge end to controversial cross-state voter check – Rick Pearson
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-illinois-elections-crosscheck-20171115-story.html
— Justice Department: New Illinois immigration law could endanger grant funding – Monique Garcia
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-bruce-rauner-jeff-sessions-20171115-story.html
— So the unions and the giant rat don’t want more Illinois jobs? – Editorial
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-mcauliffe-rat-protest-chicago-20171115-story.html
— Roy Moore’s lawyer challenges Alabama woman’s claim of sexual assault – AP
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-roy-moore-accusations-20171115-story.html
— Reckless conduct trial set for DuPage judge Patrick O’Shea who fired gun inside his home – Clifford Ward
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/ct-met-dupage-judge-in-court-as-defendant-20171113-story.html
— Illinois’ giant pacifier tastes like SALT – Editorial
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-deductions-trump-tax-illinois-20171114-story.html
— FROM THE ARTICLE: BEYOND OUTRAGEOUS: Commissioner Timothy Schneider, a Bartlett Republican, introduced a resolution to reconsider the ban on video gambling in unincorporated areas of the county.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-toni-preckwinkle-budget-cut-comments-20171115-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— U.S. Justice Department questions Illinois’ new immigration bill – Jon Seidel
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/donald-trump-jeff-sessions-question-illinois-sanctuary-cities-illlinois-trust-act/
— Former legislative IG sets his sights on Madigan and Quinn – Fran Spielman
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/former-legislative-inspector-general-faisal-khan-michael-madigan-marty-quinn/
— Gutierrez among House Democrats to introduce impeachment articles against Trump – AP
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171115/gutierrez-among-house-democrats-to-introduce-impeachment-articles-against-trump
— Trump impeachment effort too little, too soon – Mark Brown
https://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/brown-trump-impeachment-effort-too-little-too-soon/
— Trump’s judicial picks reflect racially biased agenda – Mary Mitchell
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/mitchell-trump-judicial-picks-reflect-racially-biased-agenda/
— Liberals must face facts of what Clintons did to sex-assault accusers – S. E. Cupp
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/cupp-liberals-must-face-facts-of-what-clintons-did-to-sex-assault-accusers/

DAILY HERALD
— DuPage County might consider boosting property tax levy – Robert Sanchez
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171115/dupage-county-might-consider-boosting-property-tax-levy
— January trial set for DuPage judge Patrick O’Shea accused of reckless conduct – Justin Kmitch
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171115/january-trial-set-for-dupage-judge-accused-of-reckless-conduct

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Gutierrez moves to impeach Trump – GREG HINZ (DIERSEN: Who has moved against you? I should write a book about the Gutierrez-types who a) ended my TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairmanship in 2012 and ended TAPROOT in 2012, b) ended my Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee membership in 2011, c) ended my service as a Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster in 2010 and 2004, d) ended my Illinois Center Right Coalition (ICRC) Steering Committee membership in 2006, e) tried to get ICRC to censure me at its 2006 Annual Convention, f) ended my American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board membership in 2004, g) ended my GAO employment in 1997, h) etc.)
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171115/BLOGS02/171119931/gutierrez-moves-to-impeach-trump
— Truth in Accounting, the group that ripped Emanuel, loses prominent board member – GREG HINZ
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171115/BLOGS02/171119922/group-that-ripped-emanuel-loses-prominent-board-member

WLS AM
— Emanuel: Too soon to say a CTA fare increase is needed – Bill Cameron
http://www.wlsam.com/2017/11/15/emanuel-too-soon-to-say-a-cta-fare-increase-is-needed/

WBEZ
— How 3 Women Want To Make Illinois’ Political Future Female – Tony Arnold
https://www.wbez.org/shows/wbez-news/how-3-women-want-to-make-illinois-political-future-female/03d3d70d-5544-4097-b0f6-5fbcb75b721

STATELINE
— Republican Primary Challenger Calls Gov. Rauner ‘Dishonest’ IL Rep. Jeannie Ives challenging Governor for party nomination – Mark Maxwell
http://www.mystateline.com/news/republican-primary-challeger-calls-gov-rauner-dishonest/857943440

HERALD NEWS
— Wheatland Township Republicans endorse Jeanne Ives for governor – ALEX ORTIZ
http://www.theherald-news.com/2017/11/15/wheatland-township-republicans-endorse-jeanne-ives-for-governor/a37jwak/

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Electric cars, better fuel efficiency spell doom for Illinois gas tax – BGA
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20171115/electric-cars-better-fuel-efficiency-spell-doom-for-illinois-gas-tax

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Misinterpreted tweet about Davis ruffles feathers – Tom Kacich
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2017-11-15/tom-kacich-misinterpreted-tweet-about-davis-ruffles-feathers.html

BELLEVILLE NEWS DEMOCRAT
— Is your town breaking state law? Could be, and Queen of Hearts jackpots may be in jeopardy. – KALEY JOHNSON AND KARA BERG
http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article184706643.html
— OUTRAGEOUS: Rauner says he would be open to gaming expansion to help Fairmount Park – JOSEPH BUSTOS
http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article184765533.html

WJBC
— Dan Brady opponent David Paul Blumenshine backs Ives to oust Rauner – Howard Packowitz
http://www.wjbc.com/2017/11/15/brady-opponent-backs-ives-to-oust-rauner/

WGLT
— Dan Brady Explains Votes To Override Rauner On Debt Transparency, Student Loan Bills – RYAN DENHAM
http://wglt.org/post/brady-explains-votes-override-rauner-debt-transparency-student-loan-bills#stream/0

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK
— Chicago taxpayers on hook for $41,700 each to cover city’s debt – Greg Bishop
https://www.ilnews.org/news/statewide/chicago-taxpayers-on-hook-for-each-to-cover-city-s/article_eb36552c-c981-11e7-a968-73490e1c277f.html

ILLINOIS LEAKS
— Overwhelming Majority of McHenry County Board urge Gov Rauner to veto HB-171 – JOHN KRAFT
http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2017/11/overwheling-majority-of-mchenry-county-board-urge-gov-rauner-to-veto-hb-171/

ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
— Tell Corporations to Stop Funding the Far Left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center – David E. Smith
https://illinoisfamily.org/ifi_news/tell-corporations-stop-funding-far-left-wing-southern-poverty-law-center/

CAPITOL FAX
— PPP poll: Roskam has 53 percent disapproval rating, trails generic Dem 51-41
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/15/ppp-poll-roskam-has-53-percent-disapproval-rating-trails-generic-dem-51-41/
— Two unions, inflatable rat show up at Rep. Michael McAuliffe’s house
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/15/two-unions-inflatable-rat-show-up-at-rep-michael-mcauliffes-house/
— Because… Madigan!
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/15/because-madigan-41/
— Cook County to have more annuitants than employees in two years, or less (DIERSEN: If my Democrat GAO superiors had not succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old, I might still be a GAO employee and paying 7% of my salary into the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) instead of the CSRS pension paying me a pension. In today’s dollars, since September 30, 1997, I would have paid $173,622 into the CSRS instead of the CSRS paying me $1,025,596.)
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/15/cook-county-to-have-more-annuitants-than-employees-in-two-years-or-less/

TOWNHALL
— Yes, Virginia, Immigration Is Turning The Country Blue – Ann Coulter (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps want  immigrants to be anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors)
https://townhall.com/columnists/anncoulter/2017/11/15/yes-virginia-immigration-is-turning-the-country-blue-n2410060

GOPUSA
— NYT Asks ‘Can My Children Be Friends With White People?’
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=33436
— CA gunman had violent history, feuded with neighbors, grew pot
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=33471
— Paul Ryan orders mandatory anti-harassment training for House
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=33439

FOX NEWS
— House Dems file impeachment articles against Trump, over party leaders’ objections – Joseph Weber
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/11/15/house-dems-file-impeachment-articles-against-trump-over-party-leaders-objections.html

PJ MEDIA
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps hint/imply/argue/shout that GOD is anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German American, and anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/house-dem-leader-pass-dream-act-christmas-judeo-christian-tradition/

BREITBART
— Zuckerberg, U.S. Chamber Bring DACA Illegals to Capitol Hill to Push Year-End Amnesty – JOHN BINDER
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/15/zuckerberg-chamber-of-commerce-bringing-daca-illegal-aliens-to-capitol-hill-to-push-year-end-amnesty/
— Round 2: Jeff Sessions Demands Compliance from 29 More Sanctuary Jurisdictions – IAN MASON
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/15/round-2-jeff-sessions-demands-compliance-from-29-more-sanctuary-jurisdictions/
— Establishment Leaders Urge Rush to Huge, Expensive, Open-Ended Amnesty – JOHN BINDER
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/15/establishment-leaders-urge-rush-to-huge-expensive-open-ended-amnesty/
— U.S. Chamber: ‘Dreamers’ Make America, Americans Have No Role – NEIL MUNRO
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/15/chamber-dreamers-make-america-americans-have-no-role/

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
— A tax cut, but for whom? Republican plans favor business. – Mark Trumbull
https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2017/1115/A-tax-cut-but-for-whom-Republican-plans-favor-business

THE HILL
— House Dems introduce articles of impeachment against Trump – MIKE LILLIS AND JOHN BOWDEN
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/360455-house-democrats-introduce-articles-of-impeachment-against-trump
— Voter fraud panel member rips DOJ for not pursuing voter fraud cases – BRETT SAMUELS
http://thehill.com/homenews/360507-voter-fraud-panel-member-rips-doj-for-not-pursuing-voter-fraud-cases-enough

POLITICO
— Six Democrats demand Trump impeachment hearings – NOLAN D. MCCASKILL
https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/15/trump-impeachment-democrats-244927

WINDY CITY TIMES
— Community groups to boycott the Magnificent Mile on Black Friday
http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Community-groups-to-boycott-the-Magnificent-Mile-on-Black-Friday/61100.html

November 15 Morning Edition

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Following Trump comparison, J.B. Pritzker will release tax returns – Rick Pearson
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-jb-pritzker-tax-returns-20171115-story.html
— Primary challenger Mickey Straub and Supreme Court justice James Heiple – Rick Pearson
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-jb-pritzker-tax-returns-20171115-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Mickey Straub, the village president of Burr Ridge, says he’s challenging House Republican leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs in the March primary. And when you contemplate a primary bid against a sitting legislative leader, things you wrote in the past can quickly come bubbling back up. Take Straub’s May 1997 letter to the editor in the suburban Daily Herald. At the time, then-Illinois Supreme Court Justice James Heiple stood accused of abusing his position to get out of traffic stops. . .Straub’s candidacy is getting some unlikely support from the political arm of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150. Durkin’s camp is a aware of the union’s actions, a result of the House GOP leader keeping his caucus from backing an override of legislation vetoed by Gov. Rauner that would have banned municipalities from enacting local “right-to-work” ordinances. Though many of Rauner’s vetoes were overridden amid Republican pique with the governor among the GOP’s rank-and-file, Rauner and Durkin had made upholding the “right-to-work” ban a priority. Straub is being backed by the political operation of talk show host and failed 2010 GOP governor primary candidate Dan Proft. Proft also is backing state Rep. Jeanne Ives, who is positioning herself as a challenger to Rauner in the Republican primary for governor. Ives has been no fan of unions. A union official, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said Local 150’s support of Straub does not include backing Ives.)
— Only if it serves the state: North Korea’s online experience – AP (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate. They include activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois. Some of them have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-bc-as–republic-of-kim-the-digital-divide-20171109-story.html
— Aldermen want changes at $10 million white flight home value program – John Byrne
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-northwest-side-property-tax-organization-20171114-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Papa John’s apologizes for criticizing NFL anthem protests – AP
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/papa-johns-nfl-protest-apologizes/
— Judge rules in favor of Fraternal Order of Police over disciplinary guidelines (DIERSEN: GAO did not unionize until 2007. If GAO had been unionized when I worked there, my Democrat GAO superiors would not have been able a) to force me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old, b) to always rank me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, c) to not promote me beyond GS-13, d) to keep me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and d) to force me to take an $18,847 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/fraternal-order-of-police-illinois-labor-relations-act-unfair-labor-practice-complaint/

DAILY HERALD
— I have a record of standing up to the system – Jeanne Ives (DIERSEN: What do you have a record of doing? Since 2000, I have a record of sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. Since 2004, those emails have included links to almost 287,000 articles and information on many upcoming events. Since 2004, those emails have gone out each and every morning, and since 2015, they have also gone out each and every evening. Those emails have gone out free of charge and they have not contained any advertising. Those emails have defended and advanced the Republican Party platform, the Illinois Republican Party platform, and the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling. Virtually every important Republican activist, candidate, elected official, party leader, major donor, and political consultant in Illinois either reads the emails or relies on their staff and/or volunteers to monitor the emails to keep up to date with important government and political news and commentary in Illinois from a Republican perspective.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20171115/jeanne-ives-i-have-record-of-standing-up-to-the-system
— Multiple women file complaints about Dist. 62 superintendent Floyd Williams – Chacour Koop and Christopher Placek
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171114/multiple-women-file-complaints-about-dist-62-superintendent
— If school chief Floyd Williams leaves early, public deserves to know why – Editorial (DIERSEN: My Democrat GAO superiors never admitted that they took the following adverse actions against me a) because I opposed political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation and b) because in 1988 when I was 40 years old I became an active member in a class action lawsuit that charged GAO with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation: forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take an $18,847 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980. Consequently, since 1980, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have hinted/implied/argued/shouted that my Democrat GAO superiors took the aforesaid adverse actions against me because I was a “bad” employee and even worse things.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20171114/editorial-if-school-chief-leaves-early-public-deserves-to-know-why

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Watchdog group Truth in Accounting gives city finances an F – GREG HINZ
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171115/BLOGS02/171119936
— Is this the beginning of the end for Metra? – JOE CAHILL
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171115/BLOGS10/171119940
— Senate GOP tax bill would repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate – Bloomberg (DIERSEN: Have you always been covered by health insurance? I have always been covered by health insurance since I was born in 1948 thanks to my parents and to my employers. Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes use that to demonize me, to denigrate me, and to condemn me as having been born with a silver spoon in my mouth and that I have always been privileged. In my defense, I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32.)
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171114/NEWS03/171119945
— Why the gas tax is running out of road – TIM JONES
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171115/NEWS02/171119938

HERALD & REVIEW
— State rep Jeanne Ives says governor Bruce Rauner has failed Republicans – RYAN VOYLES
http://herald-review.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/state-rep-says-governor-has-failed-republicans/article_35f14b5f-dc86-5430-9ed1-a15cc92dc23b.html

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— UI clerical workers step up pressure for restoration of annual raises – Julie Wurth (DIERSEN: Because of step increases, COLAs, and/or promotions, my salary increased every year that I worked for the federal government 1966-1969 and 1971-1997, except 1980 when I took an $18,847 (21%) pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO.)
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2017-11-15/ui-clerical-workers-step-pressure-restoration-annual-raises.html

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Fact check: Speaker Madigan says ethics commission was functioning – Matthew Dietrich
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20171113/fact-check-speaker-madigan-says-ethics-commission-was-functioning

TIMES
— Fighting governor, distancing from speaker – David Giuliani
http://www.mywebtimes.com/news/local/as-it-is-fighting-governor-distancing-from-speaker/article_89a3f756-cea4-5565-a6db-d8faf4ada33f.html

BELLEVILLE NEWS DEMOCRAT
— Davis asks if sexual harassment laws will cause fewer women to get DC jobs – JOSEPH BUSTOS
http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article184538643.html

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— Inspectors general in demand during Trump era Requests for IG investigations vary widely – GREGORY WALLACE (DIERSEN: While I worked for GAO 1980-1997, and especially while I served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Government Accounts Chicago Chapter 1983-1996, I had lots of interaction with the Chicago offices of federal Inspector Generals)
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/politics/inspectors-general-in-demand-during-trump-era/857874524

QUAD CITIES ON LINE
— Gov. Rauner wants fewer regulations, lower property taxes – SARAH HAYDEN
http://www.qconline.com/news/gov-rauner-wants-fewer-regulations-lower-property-taxes/article_4a44a770-b7c6-5584-82f3-264128ac240e.html

CHICAGO NOW
— Berkowitz w Dr. Sapan Shah, IL 10th CD Republican Primary Candidate
http://www.chicagonow.com/public-affairs-with-jeff-berkowitz/2017/11/watch-berkowitz-w-dr-sapan-shah-il-10th-cd-republican-primary-candidate-cable-and-web/

ONE NEWS PAGE
— Addressing opioids in Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti brings focus to Rock Island County
http://www.onenewspage.com/video/20171115/9241338/Addressing-opioids-in-Illinois.htm

LAKE COUNTY GAZETTE
— Women’s Republican Club of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff slates Christmas luncheon – Meg Shannon
https://lakecountygazette.com/stories/511262688-women-s-republican-club-of-lake-forest-lake-bluff-slates-christmas-luncheon

ILLINOIS CHRONICLE
— Epic fail: That’s what a new ad is calling Rauner
https://theillinoischronicle.com/chronicle-epic-fail-thats-what-a-new-ad-is-calling-rauner/

ILLINOIS HOME PAGE
— Ives blasts Rauner as ‘dishonest’ GOP primary battle heats up – Mark Maxwell
http://www.illinoishomepage.net/news/local-news/ives-blasts-rauner-as-dishonest/857710449
— Full transcript: Jeanne Ives interview The GOP candidate is challenging Governor Rauner – Mark Maxwell
http://www.illinoishomepage.net/news/local-news/full-transcript-jeanne-ives-interview/857733347

ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
— Giving Thanks at All Times – Jonathan Lewis (DIERSEN: How thankful are you? Should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who viciously demonize me, who viciously denigrate me, and who viciously condemn me as someone who is not thankful enough? My more extreme critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes hint/imply/argue/shout that I should be extremely thankful that they have not yet completely gotten rid of me figuratively if not literally. They stress that they have let me serve as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999 and as the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000. They stress that they let me serve as a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman 2005-2012, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011, Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member 2001-2004, GAO employee 1980-1997, IRS employee 1971-1980, Post Office employee 1966-1969, etc. Virtually all my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes are a member of a church, attend church services, and give money to a church. They use the aforesaid to viciously demonize, to viciously denigrate, and to viciously condemn those like me who are not a member of a church, who do not attend church services, and who do not give money to a church.)
https://illinoisfamily.org/faith/giving-thanks-times/

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— OPENTHEBOOKS CEO ADAM ANDRZEJEWSKI AT HARVARD LAW
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2017/11/openthebooks-ceo-adam-andrzejewski-at-harvard-law.html

CAPITOL FAX
— Ives files D-1 to run for governor Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) just filed paperwork to create a new campaign committee called “Ives for Illinois.” She has about $268K in the bank. Her campaign committee chairman is Chicago Republican Party Chairman Chris Cleveland.
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/15/ives-files-d-1-to-run-for-governor/

GOPUSA
— Congressional talks on sex harassment boil with hypocrisy
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=33441
— ICE agents rebel, say Trump ‘betrayed’ them by leaving Obama’s people in place
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=33443
— Illegal alien arrested with Fentanyl stash has 5 aliases and has been deported at least twice (DIERSEN: How many aliases does a typical illegal use?)
http://www.gopusa.com/illegal-alien-arrested-with-fentanyl-stash-has-5-aliases-and-has-been-deported-at-least-twice/

DAILY CALLER
— Trump Effect Crushes Local Elections – Jack Crowe (DIERSEN: Of course, Democrat, Libertarian, Green, and RINO political consults advise all candidates a) to be anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors and b) to NOT include 
diersen@aol.com on their press advisor and press release lists.)
http://dailycaller.com/2017/11/14/trump-effect-crushes-local-elections/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Democrats made substantial progress in November, reclaiming numerous state and local government seats long held by Republicans. This phenomenon is due largely to an unprecedented level of enthusiasm among Democratic voters eager to voice to their opposition to President Donald Trump, according to a pair of local candidates, who witnessed the effect firsthand. The incendiary nature of national politics in the Trump era trickled down to the local level in Fairfield, Conn., where Democrats routed their opponents, garnering a 23 to 17 majority on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), a hold over term from the days of early New England government that translates to town council.)
— NYT Columnist: We Should ‘Believe’ Women, But Only If Liberals Tell Us To – Rachel Stoltzfoos
http://dailycaller.com/2017/11/14/nyt-we-should-believe-women-but-only-if-liberals-tell-us-to/

BLAZE
— Sean Hannity issues a tough ultimatum to Roy Moore over accusations – Carlos Garcia
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/11/14/sean-hannity-issues-a-tough-ultimatum-to-roy-moore-over-accusations

NEWSMAX
— 58 Percent of Americans Disapprove of Trump Coverage – Solange Reyner (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Who disapproves of GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails? ANSWER: Individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
https://www.newsmax.com/Politics/fake-news-quinnipiac-voters-presidential-approval-ratings/2017/11/14/id/826123/

CONSERVATIVE REVIEW
— Mark Levin: GOP ‘dunderheads’ have screwed up tax reform “IF YOU LEAVE IT TO THESE DUNDERHEADS, THESE KNUCKLEHEADS IN CONGRESS, THIS IS WHAT YOU GET.” – Chris Pandolfo (DIERSEN: Which taxpayers do the Republicans want to be winners or losers? Are you going to be a winner or a loser? From what I see, the proposed “tax reform” is being done to let members of Group A be winners and pay less federal income tax and to make members of Group B be losers and pay more federal income tax. Members of Group A typically take the standard deduction and are renters, younger, do not have major medical or dental expenses, and are Democrats. Members of Group B typically itemize their deductions and are homeowners, older, have major medical and/or dental expenses, and are Republicans.)
https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/mark-levin-gop-dunderheads-have-screwed-up-tax-reform

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON
— Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel Is Latest Gender Pay Gap Hypocrite, Says New Report Nearly all of top Chicago salaries went to men in Emanuel’s fifth year as mayor – Brent Scher (DIERSEN: What does Andrzejewski have to say about Charles Bowsher who had great success at GAO during the 1980s and 1990s a) hiring, retaining, and promoting Democrats, women, minorities, and younger people and b) making way for them by wasting the careers of and by getting rid of GAO employees who were Republican, male, White, older, and/or non-veteran? Andrzejewski could use me as an example. My Democrat GAO superiors forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take an $18,847 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980.)
http://freebeacon.com/politics/chicagos-rahm-emanuel-is-latest-gender-pay-gap-hypocrite-says-new-report/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The data compiled by Open the Books show Emanuel has failed to close the gender pay gap on his own payroll, where just 12 of the top 100 salaries for city employees in 2016 were for women. “In Rahm Emanuel’s City of Chicago, just 12 females made the list of the top 100 most highly compensated employees last year,” explains Adam Andrzejewski, who runs Open the Books out of Chicago. Andrzejewski was critical of Emanuel’s decision to issue mayoral proclamations such as the one from April before he rectifies the disparities he himself controls. “Mayor Emanuel has serious gender gap issues in budgets he manages yet he supported rallies on Equal Pay Day and sent out mayoral proclamations lamenting, ‘women continue to suffer the consequences of unequal pay,’” Andrzejewski said. “Perhaps he should rectify the disparities in his own payroll first.” Open the Books’s analysis of Chicago was done during a larger study that compiled salary figures from the 25 largest federal agencies, congressional offices, and the White House. It also analyzed the five most populous states—California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Illinois. The highest salary in Chicago went to aviation commissioner Ginger Evans, a woman who brought in $400,000 in 2016. But the next 14 best-compensated employees were all men. The amount of money brought in by the highest paid men dwarfed the amount paid to women. “The 88 top-earning males made $17.5 million while the females earned $2.5 million,” Andrzejewski found. Andrzejewski’s study found that gender pay disparities were common at all levels of government and in the offices of politicians from both sides of the aisle. He suggests that politicians should stop directing criticism at the private sector and address the inequality that exists in their own show. “More than 50 years after American women began entering the workforce in droves during the feminist movement of the 1960s, allegations of gender inequality in the workplace still make the news,” Andrzejewski said. “Typically, the story stars a politician castigating the private sector. “Our study shows that government is one of the worst offenders when it comes to the gender gap. Perhaps it’s time an army of ‘fearless girls’ stormed government and demanded results, not rhetoric, from our politicians.”)

THE HILL
— Blue Dogs oppose GOP tax package – MIKE LILLIS
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/360432-blue-dogs-oppose-gop-tax-package

HUFFINGTON POST
— Congresswoman Says At Least 2 Members Of Congress Are Sexual Harassers Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) has been an outspoken advocate for making it easier for Congress workers to report sexual misconduct. – Amanda Terkel
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/speier-sexual-harassment_us_5a0b0d36e4b00a6eece46f84

CNN
— Roy Moore says he’s being ‘harassed’ by the media over allegations – Sophie Tatum
http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/14/politics/roy-moore/index.html
— Lawmakers say sexual harassers serving in Congress – Juana Summers and MJ Lee
http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/14/politics/house-sexual-harassment-hearing/index.html

ABC NEWS
— Trump has to show his cards on whether he backs Roy Moore – RICK KLEIN and MARYALICE PARKS (DIERSEN: Who do you back? If my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes had to “show their cards,” they would back Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, RINOs, and those who I have sued. They would back whoever has the most religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois.)
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/note-trump-show-cards-backs-roy-moore/story?id=51161266

NEW YORK TIMES
— Lower Corporate Taxes, Higher Wages? Voters Are Skeptical – Ben Casselman (DIERSEN: Which taxpayers do the Republicans want to be winners or losers? Are you going to be a winner or a loser? From what I see, the proposed “tax reform” is being done to let members of Group A be winners and pay less federal income tax and to make members of Group B be losers and pay more federal income tax. Members of Group A typically take the standard deduction and are renters, younger, do not have major medical or dental expenses, and are Democrats. Members of Group B typically itemize their deductions and are homeowners, older, have major medical and/or dental expenses, and are Republicans.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/14/business/economy/taxes-polls.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “There’s this widespread disbelief among Republicans, as there is among Democrats and independents, that tax cuts for employers will redound to their pockets books,” said Jon Cohen, vice president of survey research for SurveyMonkey. Americans’ views of the tax plan in general are more divided. The Times survey, which was conducted in early November, found that 52 percent of respondents said they disapproved of the plan, compared with 44 percent who said they supported it. (The survey did not distinguish between the House and Senate versions of the plan.) That is generally in line with other polls, although some have put support for the plan significantly lower. In general, opinions of the Republican plan split predictably along partisan lines. More than 80 percent of Republicans said they supported the plan, and more than 80 percent of Democrats said they opposed it. Most Republicans likewise said they believed that they would benefit personally from the plan, while few Democrats believed the same.)
— Obamacare’s Insurance Mandate Is Unpopular. So Why Not Just Get Rid of It? There’s a reason Democrats put the provision in the bill. Eliminating it would reduce insurance coverage and drive up premiums. How much is up for debate. – Margot Sanger-Katz (DIERSEN: Have you always been covered by health insurance? I have always been covered by health insurance since I was born in 1948 thanks to my parents and to my employers. Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes use that to demonize me, to denigrate me, and to condemn me as having been born with a silver spoon in my mouth and that I have always been privileged. In my defense, I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/14/upshot/obamacares-insurance-mandate-is-unpopular-so-why-not-just-get-rid-of-it.html

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Business Groups Step Up Push to Protect Dreamers – Laura Meckler (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, employers make it clear that they would rather hire citizens of foreign countries than citizens of America.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/business-groups-step-up-push-to-protect-dreamers-1510660802
— Millions More Millionaires Around the World, Led by U.S. Credit Suisse report shows rising global wealth but high inequality, and trouble for millennials – Brian Blackstone
https://www.wsj.com/articles/millions-more-millionaires-led-by-u-s-1510644682

USA TODAY
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: McCain blasts Army for considering recruits with history of self-mutilation, vows action – Tom Vanden Brook
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/14/mccain-blasts-army-considering-recruits-history-self-mutilation-vows-action/863898001/

HOUSTON CHRONICLE
— Republican tax plan grapples with winners and losers – Kevin Diaz (DIERSEN: Which taxpayers do the Republicans want to be winners or losers? Are you going to be a winner or a loser? From what I see, the proposed “tax reform” is being done to let members of Group A be winners and pay less federal income tax and to make members of Group B be losers and pay more federal income tax. Members of Group A typically take the standard deduction and are renters, younger, do not have major medical or dental expenses, and are Democrats. Members of Group B typically itemize their deductions and are homeowners, older, have major medical and/or dental expenses, and are Republicans.)
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/Republican-tax-plan-grapples-with-winners-and-12357552.php

NEWSWEEK
— TRUMP IMPEACHMENT ARTICLES INTRODUCED BY SIX DEMOCRATS CALLING FOR HEARINGS TO BEGIN IMMEDIATELY – JASON LE MIERE
http://www.newsweek.com/trump-impeachment-articles-democrats-president-711525
— JOE BIDEN WOULD CRUSH DONALD TRUMP IF 2020 ELECTION HAPPENED NOW, POLL SHOWS – GREG PRICE
http://www.newsweek.com/biden-trump-2020-crush-poll-711944

November 14 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Bears ownership gets involved in Illinois governor’s race – Craig Wall
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/bears-ownership-gets-involved-in-illinois-governors-race/2648141/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: As Gov. Rauner was on the second day of his “Our Home. Our Fight” statewide tour, there was word that his potential primary opponent, State Representative Jeanne Ives has secured the support of Chicago Bears family matriarch Virginia McCaskey. In a flyer advertising a fundraiser next Monday, Ives lists McCaskey as a $10,000 table host.)

NBC5
— After Backlash, Roskam Reacts to Moore Allegations
https://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/WEB_6P-AHERN_Chicago-457446103.html
— Race for Illinois Governor Continues to Heat Up – Mary Ann Ahern
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/illinois-governors-race-update-457559413.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: As for the Republican primary race, state Rep. Jeanne Ives has a fundraiser next week, and one of the hosts is Chicago Bears owner Virginia McCaskey. Meanwhile, incumbent first term GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner is on a downstate campaign swing, with reaching out to veterans at the top of his agenda. “This is a time we can show how much we love our veterans and our men and women in uniform, our active duty officers,” Rauner said Tuesday, adding, “This is a time to say thank you.”)

CBS2
— Activists Demand Cicero Pass Welcoming Ordinance To Protect Immigrants (DIERSEN: For a city to say that it is welcoming is to say that it is anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/11/14/activists-demand-cicero-pass-welcoming-ordinance-to-protect-immigrants/

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Gutierrez grills AG Jeff Sessions on prosecuting Hillary Clinton – Lynn Sweet
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/rep-gutierrez-grills-ag-jeff-sessions-on-prosecuting-hillary-clinton/
— Can ‘a normal person’ become governor? – Neil Steinberg
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/pritzker-rauner-biss-governor-campaign-tycoons-steinberg/
— House speaker joins GOP chorus calling for Moore to quit – AP
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/roy-moore-paul-ryan-republicans-alabama-senate-race/
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Kadner condemns those who do not condemn Moore.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/kadner-alabamas-forgiving-view-of-child-molesters/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— GOP effort to oust Roy Moore from Senate race grows – Sean Sullivan, Michael Scherer and Paul Kane
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-roy-moore-accusations-20171114-story.html
— Politics shouldn’t override decency in cases of Roy Moore, Bill Clinton – John Kass
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-met-roy-moore-bill-clinton-kass-1114-story.html
— Roskam on tax reform: ‘Either get this done’ or it ‘will be the lost opportunity of a lifetime’ – Katherine Skiba (DIERSEN: From what I see, the proposed “tax reform” is being done to let members of Group A pay less federal income tax and to make members of Group B pay more federal income tax. Members of Group A typically take the standard deduction and are renters, younger, do not have major medical or dental expenses, and are Democrats. Members of Group B  typically itemize their deductions and are  homeowners, older, have major medical and/or dental expenses, and are Republicans.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-peter-roskam-taxes-20171114-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The center, a joint venture of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution, said at least 7 percent of taxpayers would pay higher taxes under the proposal in 2018, and at least 24 percent of taxpayers would pay more in 2027.)
— Joe Biden is too old for the presidency, and he’s not alone – Steve Chapman (DIERSEN: What is your position on age discrimination? I have always opposed it. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupe have always promoted age discrimination. They stress that the federal government wastes the careers of and gets rid of its non-veteran White male employees who do not make GS-13 (currently $94,610) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $111,801) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $131,508) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $161,900) by age 40.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chapman/ct-joe-biden-2020-old-20171114-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The next presidential election is not for three years, but it’s not too early to conclude that some people should not be in it. Former Vice President Joe Biden is one of them. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren ought to excuse themselves. President Donald Trump should settle for one term, if he lasts that long. And while I’m at it, George H.W. Bush would be prudent not to seek that second term he was denied in 1992. What these people have in common is that they have passed their presidential sell date. Biden would be 78 on Inauguration Day in 2021. Sanders would be 79 and Warren 71. Trump, the oldest man ever elected president, would be 74. There are plenty of jobs that can be done well by people of advanced age. The presidency is not one of them.)
— Later start times, less homework: Here’s what elite schools are doing to help students cope with stress – Karen Ann Cullotta, Karen Berkowitz, Kimberly Fornek and Jennifer Johnson
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/anxietyhigh/ct-teen-anxiety-part-two-tl-1123-20171121-story.html
— 175 years ago today, Chicago auctioned off a black man – Mark Jacob (DIERSEN: How long have your ancestors been in America? The longer that they have been in America, the more that anti-Whites and anti-men hint/imply/argue/shout a) that you benefited from their discrimination against minorities and against women and b) that you should pay the price of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion. All my ancestors immigrated to northeast Illinois during the 1840s and 1850s.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-chicago-slavery-sale-20171113-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— College student Marko Sukovic from Lincolnshire announces run for state House 59th District seat
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171114/college-student-from-lincolnshire-announces-run-for-state-house-seat

ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR
— Gov. Rauner takes aim at Speaker Madigan in Rockford campaign stop – Georgette Braun
http://www.rrstar.com/news/20171114/gov-rauner-takes-aim-at-speaker-madigan-in-rockford-campaign-stop

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Who was behind Welcoming City resolution? – Rosanna Pulido, Springfield
http://www.sj-r.com/opinion/20171113/letter-who-was-behind-welcoming-city-resolution

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Tax watchdog Adam Andrzejewski continues digging on spending questions – Jim Dey
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2017-11-14/jim-dey-tax-watchdog-continues-digging-spending-questions.html

WAOW
— DEA says deadly fentanyl is showing up in marijuana
http://www.waow.com/story/36635702/2017/10/Thursday/it-can-immediately-be-lights-out-dea-says-deadly-fentanyl-is-showing-up-in-marijuana

WILLIAM J KELLY
— Flashback: Kelly: Why I’m Not Drinking the Rauner Kool-Aid
http://www.williamjkelly.org/news/flashback-kelly-why-im-not-drinking-the-rauner-kool-aid

DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Ives, Breen argue against higher education aid for illegal immigrants – Angela Underwood
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511267988-ives-breen-argue-against-higher-education-aid-for-illegal-immigrants

SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS NEWS
— Righter debates bills aimed at wage equality, postpartum depression sentencing – Angela Underwood
https://seillinoisnews.com/stories/511268378-righter-debates-bills-aimed-at-wage-equality-postpartum-depression-sentencing

ILLINOIS LEAKS
— College of DuPage – Accreditation restored. – KIRK ALLEN
http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2017/11/college-of-dupage-accreditation-restored/

CAPITOL FAX
— Rauner believes Moore should step down *** In attempt to avoid making headlines, Roskam makes headlines
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/14/in-attempt-to-avoid-making-headlines-roskam-makes-headlines/

GATEWAY PUNDIT
— Judge Moore’s Wife Kayla Moore: We Are Gathering Evidence of Money Being Paid to Accusers – Jim Hoft
http://thegatewaypundit.com/2017/11/judge-moores-wife-kayla-moore-gathering-evidence-money-paid-accusers/

GOPUSA
— Sessions and Ryan pile on with Moore’s accusers – AP
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=33413
— Jeff Flake on Roy Moore: I would run to the polling place to vote for the Democrat
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=33364
— Keurig CEO sorry for pulling Hannity ads over Moore
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=33419

LIFE SITE NEWS
— Pro-life bishop beats ultra-liberal Cdl. Cupich to head US bishops’ pro-life office – Claire Chretien
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-cupich-naumann-pro-life-vote

BLAZE
— Volvo drops advertisements on Sean Hannity show – Carlos Garcia
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/11/14/another-major-company-drops-advertisements-on-sean-hannity-show

INDEPENDENT JOURNAL REVIEW
— Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez Trolls AG Sessions Over Trump’s Unfulfilled Campaign Promise to Jail Hillary – GARY LEGUM
http://ijr.com/the-response/2017/11/1017321-illinois-congressman-trolls-ag-sessions-trumps-unfulfilled-campaign-promise-jail-hillary/

THE HILL
— Ryan: House to mandate anti-sexual harassment training – CRISTINA MARCOS (DIERSEN: According to anti-Trumps, the more of the following that you are, the more of a sexual harasser and even worse things that you are: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/360343-ryan-house-to-mandate-anti-sexual-harassment-training

POLITICO
— RNC cuts off Moore The national party pulls out of a fundraising pact with the Alabama candidate, further isolating him. – ALEX ISENSTADT (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes could hint/imply/argue/shout that the following have cut me off: Milton Township Republican Central Committee, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants, GAO, IRS, Post Office, etc.)
https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/14/rnc-cuts-off-moore-244904

WASHINGTON POST
— Sessions says he has ‘no reason to doubt’ women who have accused Roy Moore of sexual misconduct – Sean Sullivan
https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/paul-ryan-joins-gop-calls-for-roy-moore-to-end-campaign-amid-sexual-misconduct-allegations/2017/11/14/65a4c824-c951-11e7-aa96-54417592cf72_story.html

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
— Illinois Educators Report Shortage of Teachers, Applicants School officials statewide are reporting that districts are having a hard time filling teaching positions. – AP
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/illinois/articles/2017-11-13/illinois-educators-report-shortage-of-teachers-applicants

MOTLEY FOOL
— Is Your Favorite $8,262 Tax Break Really Going Away? Lawmakers are proposing big tax changes. Find out what you could lose. – Dan Caplinger
https://www.fool.com/taxes/2017/11/14/is-your-favorite-8262-tax-break-really-going-away.aspx

SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: SPLC wants you and your group to hate Moore.
https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/11/14/anti-lgbt-hate-groups-and-others-stand-alabama-senate-candidate-roy-moore-despite-sexual

NTEU
– The National Treasury Employees Union launched a campaign Monday debunking myths about federal employees and raising awareness about the important work they do for the American public. (DIERSEN: I was a NTEU member 1971-1980 while I worked for IRS.)
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/busting-myths-about-federal-employees-300555976.html

November 14 Morning Edition

ABC7
– Illinois governor’s race: Biss likens Pritzker to Trump on release of tax returns – Craig Wall
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/illinois-governors-race-biss-likens-pritzker-to-trump-on-release-of-tax-returns/2645965/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: On the Republican side, State Representative Jeanne Ives, who is mounting a primary challenge to Governor Bruce Rauner, is set to have her first big fundraiser with a Chicago Bears connection. Virginia McCaskey, the matriarch of the ownership family, is listed as a $10,000 table host for an Ives fundraiser next Monday.)

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Chicago Bears owner Virginia McCaskey to help Rauner primary opponent Jeanne Ives raise money – Rick Pearson
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-chicago-bears-jeanne-ives-20171114-story.html
— Family finances: Trim your taxes – Sandra Block (DIERSEN: From what I see, outrageously, the more that your itemized deductions have been, the more federal income tax that you will pay under the GOP tax plans. The GOP tax plans discourage homeownership, discourage charitable contributions, discourage taking job-related graduate courses, and punish those who have high medical and dental expenses.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-201710261041–tms–kplngmpctnkm-a20171114-20171114-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: One final incentive for beefing up your 2017 itemized deductions: If the proposal to double the standard deduction comes to fruition, this could be the last year that you and millions of other taxpayers benefit from itemizing.)
— Digging into Rand Paul’s ‘trivial’ dispute – Virginia Postrel
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-neighbors-rand-paul-1114-20171113-story.html
— Are political polls flawed — or do we just misread them? – Margaret Sullivan
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-polls-gillespie-northam-trump-1114-20171113-story.html

DAILY HERALD
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Analysis says Senate bill would hike taxes for 13.8 million – AP (DIERSEN: From what I see, outrageously, the more that your itemized deductions have been, the more federal income tax that you will pay under the GOP tax plans. The GOP tax plans discourage homeownership, discourage charitable contributions, discourage taking job-related graduate courses, and punish those who have high medical and dental expenses.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20171113/news/311139775/
— We have to keep fighting for our home – Bruce Rauner (DIERSEN: What do you fight for? I fight to defend and to advance the Republican Party platform, the Illinois Republican Party platform, and the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling. Consequently, those who reject the aforesaid fight against me.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20171114/bruce-rauner-we-have-to-keep-fighting-for-our-home
— Property tax freeze is politics, not a solution – Steven Strack, Hainesville, President of the Community Consolidated School District 46 Board of Education
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20171114/property-tax-freeze-is-politics-not-a-solution
— Tax bill cynical, dishonest and harmful – William S. Hicks, Carpentersville
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20171114/tax-bill-cynical-dishonest-and-harmful
(FROM THE LETTER: First, the elimination of deductions for state income tax will place an enormous political burden on state and local taxing bodies, especially with the recent state income tax increase. Illinois’ financial crisis may significantly worsen if there are efforts to roll back that increase. At a time when schools and municipalities are struggling to meet their budgets, the public will be clamoring for them to do with even less. Similarly, the cap on mortgage interest and property tax deductions will have a smothering effect on Illinois real estate, especially for those who own homes in areas that are heavily taxed, or where home values have dramatically increased. Retirees who have lived in the same home for decades may suddenly discover that their property is much less desirable to prospective buyers. There is also the sobering reality that this bill will add $1.5 trillion to the national debt over the next ten years, and in spite of the fuzzy math that supporters are using to sell this bill, it still flies in the face of the rhetoric Republican lawmakers have been spouting for the past decade. The bill is cynical, dishonest, and harmful to the citizens of Illinois. As President Trump is fond of saying, “Somebody oughta do something.”)
— Metra must do more to show it has hold on the future – Editorial
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20171113/editorial-metra-must-do-more-to-show-it-has-hold-on-the-future

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Looking to sue a law firm for discrimination? Good luck. – CLAIRE BUSHEY (DIERSEN: One could also ask “Looking to sue the federal government for political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation?” and say “Good luck.”)
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171110/ISSUE01/171119985
— Why more employers are saying a two-year degree will do – LISA BERTAGNOLI (DIERSEN: What did you do to qualify yourself for better paying jobs? I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32.)
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171110/ISSUE01/171119986

TIMES
— Kinzinger’s voting record shows true motives – BILL BECKER, Roscoe
http://www.mywebtimes.com/opinion/letters/becker-kinzinger-s-voting-record-shows-true-motives/article_e95f69cf-e421-51f5-9fee-588846fb52f3.html
(FROM THE LETTER: Most recently he has voiced ardent support for the House version of the Republican tax plan. This tax plan would eliminate many deductions that are used by thousands in the 16th Congressional District. One of these deductions, the state and local tax deduction, allows District 16 residents to deduct the cost of their state income taxes from the taxable income. This amounts to an average of $4,261 for District 16 residents. Another of these deductions is for the interest paid on student loans. This deduction makes college education more affordable for lower and middle income families throughout District 16. This deduction can save District 16 tax payers thousands of dollars every year. However, a deduction that was not cut is a deduction for wealthy individuals to deduct the cost of private schools for their children.)

QUAD CITIES ONLINE
— Illinoisans score pair of major wins in Springfield – Editorial
http://www.qconline.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-illinoisans-score-pair-of-major-wins-in-springfield/article_3065946f-7767-551a-bff6-2424679106b8.html

SAUK VALLEY
— Harassment, the Legislature, and accountability If the legislative Democratic majority can portray itself as having acted to halt sexual harassment under the Capitol dome, and is perceived by the public as having done so, its leaders likely believe they’ll ride out the storm. Women across Illinois will be the losers if ethics reform and accountability fail to become a reality. – Editorial
http://www.saukvalley.com/2017/11/12/svm-editorial-harassment-the-legislature-and-accountability/awhgozi/

NEWS CHANNEL 20
— Governor Rauner has yet to sign the sexual harassment bill
http://newschannel20.com/news/local/governor-rauner-has-yet-to-sign-the-sexual-harassment-bill

WIFR
— Opioid task force visits Dixon
http://www.wifr.com/content/news/Opioid-task-force-visits-Dixon-457340593.html

NPR ILLINOIS
— Reporter Kerry Lester Says #MeToo & Recaps Sexual Harassment Developments At Statehouse – RACHEL OTWELL
http://nprillinois.org/post/reporter-kerry-lester-says-metoo-recaps-sexual-harassment-developments-statehouse#stream/0

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps worry that Trump might “rashly launch nuclear strike.”
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/politics/lawmakers-allies-seek-assurance-trump-wont-rashly-launch-nuclear-strike/857090392
— GQ names Kaepernick citizen of the year
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/sports/nfl/gq-names-kaepernick-citizen-of-the-year/856700630

WILLIAM J KELLY
— We need to fight the Rauner Swamp
http://www.williamjkelly.org/news/kelly-we-need-to-fight-the-rauner-swamp

POLITICO ILLINOIS
— LESTER RESIGNS FROM DAILY HERALD – Natasha Korecki
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/illinois-playbook/2017/11/14/kennedy-on-tv-gop-no-moore-chorus-grows-roskam-defends-tax-plan-223327
(FROM THE ARTICLE: This story posted on one of the web sites run by conservative operative and radio host Dan Proft: “Lester, 35, worked as a reporter for the Daily Herald from 2006-2013 before joining the Associated Press as a Springfield correspondent … she rejoined the Daily Herald in July 2015 as a ‘columnist and senior writer.’ Sources tell North Cook News that Lester has been dating Chicago lawyer Michael Kasper, former top aide and longtime lawyer to House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) … In an NPR Illinois story, Lester complained of ‘come on requests by campaign managers’ to interviewer Rachel Otwell and claimed she has been harassed herself. In the NPR interview, Lester cited legislation introduced by Madigan that she said would address Springfield’s sexual harassment problem. She also noted that, for nearly three years, there has been no legislative inspector general in place to investigate sexual harassment complaints. She neglected to mention that it was Madigan had chosen not to fill the position.” More here While that story seems to ominously cite “sources” about the Kasper relationship, it was something Lester was open about, including on social media, posting photos of the two in Italy and referring to him at one point on Facebook as “my lover and friend.” Not exactly a secret. However, that did then raise some behind-the-scenes buzz when Lester began reporting on Cook County soda tax stories at the same time that Kasper served in a role for the opposition movement. (We reached out to Lester late last night but did not hear back). Lester’s statement on Facebook: “Facebook friends, before the rumor mill gets ahead of me, I wanted to let you know I’ve decided to leave my post at the Daily Herald to pursue some other opportunities in and outside the news business. The paper’s a place where I cut my teeth, and as a suburban native, something that will always have a piece of my heart. Thanks so much for reading, and for all of your tips and insights. I hope you’ll stay tuned.”)

NORTH COOK NEWS
— Politics columnist Kerry Lester resigning from Daily Herald
https://northcooknews.com/stories/511268442-politics-columnist-kerry-lester-resigning-from-daily-herald
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Sources tell North Cook News that Lester has been dating Chicago lawyer Michael Kasper, former top aide and longtime lawyer to House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago). The Chicago Tribune described Kasper, 53, as a “henchman” who is “doing Michael Madigan’s dirty work” in a 2014 editorial that chronicled his lawsuit to stop a statewide ballot initiative. It would have taken the job of drawing legislative district maps out of Madigan’s control. According to the Illinois State Board of Elections, Lester recently changed her voter registration from a home in Arlington Heights to one in Chicago’s Old Irving Park neighborhood. She voted in Arlington Heights in the 2016 Democrat primary. Lester recently joined about 150 others in signing a letter alleging “rampant sexual harassment within the system of state politics.” In an NPR Illinois story, Lester complained of “come on requests by campaign managers” to interviewer Rachel Otwell and claimed she has been harassed herself. In the NPR interview, Lester cited legislation introduced by Madigan that she said would address Springfield’s sexual harassment problem. She also noted that, for nearly three years, there has been no legislative inspector general in place to investigate sexual harassment complaints. She neglected to mention that it was Madigan had chosen not to fill the position.)

CHICAGO CITY WIRE
— Roskam still awaiting justice over IRS debacle, not sure if he will support Rauner re-election bid – Giovanni Whaley (DIERSEN: How has Congress “manipulated” you? Congress uses IRS to “manipulate” people. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would hint/imply/argue/shout that Congress successfully used tax deductions a) to “manipulate” me into taking job-related graduate courses 1972-1983 and 1992-1997, b) to “manipulate” me into owning a town home in University Park 1972-1984, c) to “manipulate” me owning condos in downtown Chicago 1974-1978, and d) to “manipulate” my wife and I into owning 1017 East Harrison in Wheaton 1978-1984 and owning 915 Cove Court since 1984.)
https://chicagocitywire.com/stories/511256906-roskam-still-awaiting-justice-over-irs-debacle-not-sure-if-he-will-support-rauner-re-election-bid
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Roskam said one of the reasons the IRS is so powerful is because they’ve got 70,000 pages of the internal revenue code that they are able to manipulate against people. “If the code were clearer, if it were easier, if it were simpler, they would have fewer tools with which to manipulate and that’s why we’ve got to reform the tax code,” Roskam said. He said he believes a tax reform bill will be on President Donald Trump’s desk by the end of the year. Turning to Illinois politics, Roskam wouldn’t say whether or not he plans to support Gov.r Bruce Rauner’s re-election bid. “The governor was too cavalier in my view and very dismissive of a lot of concerns of a lot of people, so it’s not surprising to me that he finds himself in some level of isolation right now,” Roskam said. “I’m interested in seeing who’s on the ballot. There’s a long way to go before the 2018 election.”)
— Long-vacant legislative inspector general post may contribute to state liability in lawmaker sexual harassment cases – Karen Kidd (DIERSEN: Obviously, muti-million, multi-billion, and multi-trillion dollar sexual harassment settlements and jury awards may very well cause Illinois to file for bankruptcy.)
https://chicagocitywire.com/stories/511268401-long-vacant-legislative-inspector-general-post-may-contribute-to-state-liability-in-lawmaker-sexual-harassment-cases

ILLINOIS HOME PAGE
— Fact check: Governor Rauner exaggerates job growth Fact checking the governor’s jobs numbers – Mark Maxwell
http://www.illinoishomepage.net/news/local-news/fact-check-governor-rauner-exaggerates-job-growth/857012821

ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE
— ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY PASSES BILL RESTRICTING MUNICIPALITIES’ ABILITY TO REGULATE PLACEMENT OF SMALL WIRELESS FACILITIES – Amy Korte
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/illinois-general-assembly-passes-bill-restricting-municipalities-ability-to-regulate-placement-of-small-wireless-facilities/

ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
— Whackapedia? – Robert Knight
https://illinoisfamily.org/uncategorized/whackapedia/

NEWSMAX
— Senate Bill Would Hike Taxes for 13.8 Million Middle-Class Americans (DIERSEN: From what I see, outrageously, the more that your itemized deductions have been, the more federal income tax that you will pay under the GOP tax plans. The GOP tax plans discourage homeownership, discourage charitable contributions, discourage taking job-related graduate courses, and punish those who have high medical and dental expenses.)
https://www.newsmax.com/Finance/StreetTalk/tax-senate-house-donald-trump/2017/11/13/id/825861/

HERITAGE FOUNDATION
— How Tax Reform Would Simplify Taxes for Tens of Millions – Rachel Greszler (DIERSEN: “Simplify taxes” is code for making those who itemize their deductions pay more federal income tax.)
http://www.heritage.org/taxes/commentary/how-tax-reform-would-simplify-taxes-tens-millions

AMERICAN THINKER
— Attacking Judge Moore’s Morality Is a Dirty Leftist Trick – Lloyd Marcus
http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/11/attacking_judge_moores_morality_is_a_dirty_leftist_trick.html
— The triumph of Bill Ayers – Monica Showalter
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/11/the_triumph_of_bill_ayers.html

CITIZENS’ VOICE
— Keep SALT deductions – Editorial
http://citizensvoice.com/opinion/keep-salt-deductions-1.2267594

DAILY CALLER
— Hannity Loses Two More Advertisers Over Moore – JUSTIN CARUSO (DIERSEN: No company has pulled ads from GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails because I have never sought advertising revenue nor would I accept advertising revenue. He who pays the piper calls the tunes and I do not want any individual, organization, company, government, or country to call my tunes.)
http://dailycaller.com/2017/11/13/hannity-loses-two-more-advertisers-over-moore/?utm_medium=email

FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE
— TAX OVERHAUL MOVES CLOSER TO THE FINISH LINE Failure is not an option for the GOP. – Joseph Klein (DIERSEN: If a political party wants to dump a demographic, that party makes that demographic pay more federal income tax. Obviously, the Republican Party wants to dump the demographic that itemizes their deductions. Overwhelmingly members of that demographic are homeowners and older.)
http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/268411/tax-overhaul-moves-closer-finish-line-joseph-klein
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Both bills will hit those taxpayers especially hard who itemize their deductions and are from states with high income and property taxes. They are accustomed to deducting such state and local taxes on their federal tax returns. That will no longer be the case for state and local income taxes under either bill as presently written. The House bill would allow a property tax deduction up to $10,000, as a compromise to secure the votes of at least some Republican House members from high tax states such as New York and California. The Senate bill would not even do that, based on the political calculation that such high tax states all have Democrat senators who would not vote for the Republican-written tax bill in any case.)

REAL CLEAR POLITICS
— Who Will Vote for Republicans Next Year? – A.B. Stoddard (DIERSEN: The answer should be those who are: Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. But anti-Trumps want the Republican Party to dump the aforesaid and to pander to those who are: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/14/who_will_vote_for_republicans_next_year_135533.html

ECONOMIST
— How Cook County’s Democratic machine works The symbiotic relationship between property-tax lawyers and elected politicians
https://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21731195-symbiotic-relationship-between-property-tax-lawyers-and-elected-politicians-how-cook 

CAMPUS REFORM
— Profs publish book on pushing ‘social justice’ in class – Toni Airaksinen
https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=10132

THE HILL
— America has seen enough tragedies result from its open borders – BRIAN LONERGAN
http://thehill.com/opinion/immigration/360108-america-has-seen-enough-tragedies-come-as-a-result-of-open-borders

POLITICO
— Federal law enforcement has a woman problem Police agencies are the most male-dominated part of the federal government — and that undermines their mission. – AMANDA RIPLEY (DIERSEN: Federal law enforcement agencies should look at what Charles Bowsher accomplished at GAO during the 1980s and 1990s. He was extremely successful in replacing the agency’s employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or older with employees who were Democrat, minority, female, and/or younger. It is called Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion, that is, it is called political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination.)
https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/14/women-federal-law-enforcement-male-dominated-244649

NEW YORK TIMES
— Robbing Blue States to Pay Red – Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson (DIERSEN: What is Roskam’s position on this?)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/opinion/tax-plan-states-gop.html
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Taking a Knee for Diversity ‘Trying is not the same as doing,’ said one corporate leader, invoking Colin Kaepernick in a call to action. – Alina Tugend (DIERSEN: Employers should look at what Charles Bowsher accomplished at GAO during the 1980s and 1990s. He was extremely successful in replacing the agency’s employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or older with employees who were Democrat, minority, female, and/or younger. It is called Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion, that is, it is called political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/14/business/dealbook/mellody-hobson-corporate-diversity.html
— Trump Is Making China Great Again – Susan Rice
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/opinion/susan-rice-trump-china-trip.html
— House and Senate Are ‘Among the Worst’ for Harassment, Representative Says – Yamiche Alcindor and Katie Rogers (DIERSEN: Obviously, muti-million, multi-billion, and multi-trillion dollar sexual harassment settlements and jury awards may very well cause the United States to file for bankruptcy.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/us/politics/sexual-harassment-congress-capitol-hill.html

WASHINGTON POST
— Why are Republicans rushing tax reform through? So voters don’t find out who loses. – Helaine Olen (DIERSEN: From what I see, outrageously, the more that your itemized deductions have been, the more federal income tax that you will pay under the GOP tax plans. The GOP tax plans discourage homeownership, discourage charitable contributions, discourage taking job-related graduate courses, and punish those who have high medical and dental expenses.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/11/13/why-are-republicans-rushing-tax-reform-through-so-voters-dont-find-out-who-loses/?utm_term=.0e5cc538b604
— Trump to visit House GOP for in-person tax push – Damian Paletta and Mike DeBonis (DIERSEN: I hope that Trump calls for keeping all itemized deductions and condemns the tax increases that cutting itemized deductions would cause.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2017/11/13/trump-makes-late-push-to-include-partial-obamacare-repeal-in-tax-bills/
— “Defending sexual assault is never worth it. Really” – Alyssa Rosenberg (DIERSEN: If you have ever done anything that subjects you to blackmail, you should not seek or hold any kind of government or political office.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/act-four/wp/2017/11/13/defending-sexual-assault-is-never-worth-it-really/

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— The Great Progressive Tax Escape IRS data show an accelerating flight from high-tax states. – Editorial
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-great-progressive-tax-escape-1510614707
(FROM THE EDITORIAL: Between 2012 and 2015 (the most recent data), a net $8.5 billion in adjusted gross income left New Jersey while $6.2 billion poured out of Connecticut—4% of the latter state’s total income. Illinois lost $13.6 billion. During that period, Florida with no income tax gained $39.3 billion in AGI. (See the nearby table.) . . . The prospect of future tax hikes appears to have propelled an exodus of high earners from Illinois, which has a relatively low and flat 4.99% income tax. Democrats raised the rate from 3% in 2010, but the tax hike lapsed in 2015 after Bruce Rauner became Governor. House Speaker Michael Madigan finally this summer secured GOP legislative support to override the Governor’s veto and reinstate the higher rate. But the tax increase won’t raise enough money to finance the state’s $250 billion unfunded pension liability, and the long-time goal of unions has been to enact a graduated income tax. The affluent know they’ll get soaked eventually and are seeking shelter. Top earners made up 47% of Illinois’s income flight in 2015 compared to 33% four years earlier. Income taxes from the 306 Cook County denizens who decamped to Palm Beach in 2015 with $258 million of income could have paid 200 teacher salaries. Alas. This millionaires’ diaspora has harmed income and economic growth. Real GDP between 2011 and 2016 grew annually at a paltry 0.2% in Connecticut, 1% in Illinois and 1.2% in New Jersey, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. These states were the slowest growing in their respective geographic regions, though other high tax states in the Northeast didn’t fare much better. As a result, revenues have repeatedly fallen short of projections in New Jersey, Illinois and Connecticut while budget deficits have ballooned. Democratic lawmakers have cut public services and funds to local governments, which have responded by raising property taxes. The Tax Foundation says New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont, New York and Illinois have the highest property taxes in the country. Over the last two years, the average Chicago homeowner’s property taxes have risen by roughly $1,000. Higher property taxes hit middle-class earners especially hard and are another incentive to leave a state.)
— Higher Education’s Deeper Sickness Political imbalance causes intellectual degradation. Riots against free speech are only a symptom. – John M. Ellis
https://www.wsj.com/articles/higher-educations-deeper-ailment-1510615185

FORBES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Forbes should stress that outrageously, the more that your itemized deductions have been, the more federal income tax that you will pay under the GOP tax plans. The GOP tax plans discourage homeownership, discourage charitable contributions, discourage taking job-related graduate courses, and punish those who have high medical and dental expenses.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ryanellis/2017/11/13/virtually-all-middle-class-taxpayers-to-see-tax-cut-in-senate-tax-plan/#4424b6818d14
— Here Is Why The Proposed Tax Reform Bill Perpetuates Systemic Bias Against Disadvantaged Groups – Paolo Gaudiano
https://www.forbes.com/sites/paologaudiano/2017/11/13/here-is-why-the-proposed-tax-reform-bill-perpetuates-systemic-bias-against-disadvantaged-groups/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: On the level of individuals, certain provisions seem favorable (such as increasing the standard deduction) while others are clearly unfavorable (such as removing deductions for medical expenses, interest on home equity loans, state and local income taxes, and – at least in the House version – interest on student loans). One could argue that these changes will have the greatest negative impact on those with lower income levels, especially people with disabilities and the elderly, whose medical bills are likely to exceed the current threshold (10% of Adjusted Gross Income for taxpayers under 65 and 7.5% for taxpayers over 65), as well as those who have to borrow for education.)

REASON
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-conservatives and anti-Republicans say “Roy Moore and the End of Republican Credibility” and ask “Can the conservative movement survive the election of a possible child molester?”
http://reason.com/blog/2017/11/13/judge-roy-moore-and-the-end-of-republica

November 13 Evening Edition

CBS2
— Rauner Launches Re-Election Tour, Sets Sights On Madigan Again
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/11/13/rauner-launches-re-election-tour-sets-sights-on-madigan-again/
— Durbin: Illinois Republicans Must ‘Stand Up And Say No’ To GOP Tax Plans (DIERSEN: From what I see, outrageously, the more that your itemized deductions have been, the more federal income tax that you will pay under the GOP tax plans.)
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/11/13/dick-durbin-republican-tax-plans/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Back on the trail, Rauner recycles campaign themes with Madigan attacks – Monique Garcia
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-bruce-rauner-campaign-stop-20171113-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Kinzinger and Roskam call on Moore to end his campaign.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-illinois-congress-roy-moore-20171113-story.html
— Trump’s trade phobia hurts the Midwest – Editorial
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-midwest-trade-trump-20171113-story.html
— New accuser says Roy Moore sexually assaulted her in car when she was a teen – AP
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-roy-moore-beverly-young-nelson-20171113-story.html
— Moore allegations prompt reflections on fundamentalist culture in which some Christian men date teens – Julie Zauzmer
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-moore-allegations-christian-culture-20171113-story.html
— The fastest-growing jobs in America pay about $22,000 a year – Danielle Paquette (DIERSEN: What did you do to qualify yourself for better paying jobs? I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-health-care-jobs-20171113-story.html
— ‘No worse fate than failure’: How pressure to keep up is overwhelming students in elite districts – Karen Ann Cullotta, Karen Berkowitz, Kimberly Fornek and Suzanne Baker (DIERSEN: How much pressure were you under when you were in high school? Were you “college material?” While I attended Crete-Monee High School 1962-1966, I took college preparatory courses notwithstanding the fact that many, if not most, if not virtually everyone at the time viewed me as NOT being “college material.” Neither of my parents had attended college. My father was the first of his ancestors to earn a high school diploma. My mother never attended high school. I spent my junior and senior years and the summer in between washing dishes for the minimum wage in the basement of the S.S. Kresges in Chicago Heights. I just barely made into the top 20% of my class, my ACT score was only 24, I was draft bait, my eyesight could not be corrected to 20/20, I had partial red/green color blindness, and I had Osgood-Schlatter disease (
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osgood%E2%80%93Schlatter_disease).)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/anxietyhigh/ct-teen-anxiety-part-one-tl-1116-20171120-story.html

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Trump barges into tax debate, seeks deeper cut for wealthy – AP
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/tax-overhaul-trump-obamacare-individual-mandate-affordable-care-act/
— New accuser claims sexual assault by Moore in 1970s when she was 16 – AP
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/mitch-mcconnell-believes-women-roy-moore-allegations-alabama-step-aside/
— Lawmakers have just begun to address sexual harassment – Madeleine Doubek
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/doubek-lawmakers-have-just-begun-to-address-sexual-harassment/
— Trump’s assault on Barack Obama’s legacy will fail – Jesse Jackson (DIERSEN: Obama’s legacy is anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/jackson-trumps-assault-on-barack-obamas-legacy-will-fail/

DAILY HERALD
— Why DuPage County might not get body cameras for deputies – Robert Sanchez
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171113/why-dupage-county-might-not-get-body-cameras-for-deputies
— Why Reformation anniversary ignored? – Pastor Ronald W. Weidler (retired), Batavia
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20171113/why-reformation-anniversary-ignored
— Trump choosing white men as judges, highest rate in decades – AP (DIERSEN: How bad are your demographics? My demographics are terrible, just ask my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes. I am a Trump supporter, baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, old (69), non-poor, gun owner, 100% German American, my ancestors have been in America since 1844, non-veteran, federal retiree, former union member, American-nameplate car owner, childless, pet-less, Crete resident for 24 years, etc.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20171113/news/311139910/
— Schaumburg Republican Jitendra “JD” Diganvker announces 8th Dist. bid – Eric Peterson
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171113/schaumburg-republican-announces-8th-dist-bid

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Roskam wants Roy Moore to step down after all – GREG HINZ
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171113/BLOGS02/171119956/roskam-wants-roy-moore-to-step-down-after-all
— Roskam defends GOP tax bill—but concedes it’s ‘not perfect’ – GREG HINZ (DIERSEN: From what I see, outrageously, the more that your itemized deductions have been, the more federal income tax that you will pay under the GOP tax bill.)
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171113/BLOGS02/171119971/roskam-defends-gop-tax-bill-but-concedes-its-not-perfect

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Rep. Davis leads new caucus, pleased with White House access – Bernard Schoenburg
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20171113/rep-davis-leads-new-caucus-pleased-with-white-house-access

WSIL TV
— How soon could recreational marijuana be legal in Illinois? – Roni LeForge (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)
http://www.wsiltv.com/story/36834368/how-soon-could-recreational-marijuana-be-legal-in-illinois

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— Moore threatens to sue Washington Post over report Senate candidate calls story ‘fake news’ – SUSANNAH CULLINANE
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/politics/moore-threatens-to-sue-washington-post-over-report/856583125

PEORIA PUBLIC RADIO
— Rauner Speaks on Legislative Redistricting – JIM MEADOWS
http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/rauner-speaks-legislative-redistricting#stream/0

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Formal Criminal Complaint Filed with McHenry County Sheriff Concerning Bob Miller’s Road District Expenditures
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2017/11/13/formal-criminal-complaint-filed-with-mchenry-county-sheriff-concerning-bob-millers-road-district-expenditures/

METRO EAST SUN
— Former lieutenant governor candidate Jason Plummer to take run at District 54 Senate seat – Chandra Lye
https://metroeastsun.com/stories/511266843-former-lieutenant-governor-candidate-to-take-run-at-district-54-senate-seat

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK
— Lawmakers are done for 2017. Will they get anything done in 2018? – Greg Bishop
https://www.ilnews.org/news/state_politics/lawmakers-are-done-for-will-they-get-anything-done-in/article_387a8e10-c640-11e7-a97d-9f383bf09a9d.html
— Despite outflow of high earners, Dem gov. candidates push progressive tax – Cole Lauterbach
https://www.ilnews.org/news/state_politics/despite-outflow-of-high-earners-dem-gov-candidates-push-progressive/article_0c3db1d0-c657-11e7-b731-4b4655a077dd.html

CAPITOL FAX
— Ives holding high-dollar fundraiser November 20; Facebook, Inc. recently contributed $1,000 to her campaign fund. (19 comments as of 4:42 P.M.)
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/13/ives-holding-high-dollar-fundraiser/
— Rauner campaign identifies accomplishments, plans
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/13/rauner-campaign-identifies-accomplishments-plans/
— “I didn’t do it. Mike Madigan did it.”
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/13/i-didnt-do-it-mike-madigan-did-it/
— Gov. Rauner denies that tax hike revenues are needed now, but won’t back immediate repeal
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/13/gov-rauner-denies-that-tax-hike-revenues-are-needed-now-but-wont-back-immediate-repeal/
— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON ILLINOIS TIGHTENS: Almost 18 percent of Illinois workers are immigrants
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/13/report-almost-18-percent-of-illinois-workers-are-immigrants/
— Cullerton, Brady appoint members to new task force (DIERSEN: GOPUSA ILLINOIS at 
diersen@aol.com did not receive the Bill Brady press release.)
https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/13/cullerton-brady-appoint-members-to-new-task-force/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Press release…Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) announced on Monday the appointment of five Senate Republicans who will serve on the newly created Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention. “This is an important first step in changing the culture in the Capitol,” said Brady. “I applaud each of these Senators who are willing to serve on this important Task Force.” The goal of the new task force will be to conduct a comprehensive review of legal and social consequences of sexual discrimination and harassment in both the public and private sectors. The Task Force will study and make recommendations on combating sexual discrimination and harassment in workplaces, educational institutions, and in State and local government. Appointed to the Task Force are Senators: Pam Althoff (R-32nd District) Karen McConnaughay (R-33rd District) John Curran (R-41st District) Jil Tracy (R-47th District) Dale Righter (R-55th District) Members of the Task Force will not receive compensation for their service.)

ANDY MARTIN
— “Why I would vote for Judge Roy Moore”
https://contrariancommentary.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/san-francisco-news-conference-today-why-i-would-vote-for-judge-roy-moore-consevatve-columnist-andy-martin/

DAILY CALLER
— Keurig Apologizes For ‘Taking Sides’ In Hannity Boycott – Amber Athey
http://dailycaller.com/2017/11/13/keurig-apologizes-for-taking-sides-in-hannity-boycott/

NEWSMAX
— Roy Moore: McConnell’s the One Who Should Step Down – Reuters
http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/alabama-moore-mcconnell/2017/11/13/id/825796/

TOWNHALL
— New Accuser: Roy Moore Sexually Assaulted Me in a Parking Lot When I Was 16. Also, I’m a Trump Voter and Will Testify Under Oath. – Guy Benson
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2017/11/13/new-accuser-moore-flirtatiously-signed-my-high-school-year-book-assaulted-me-in-a-parking-lot-n2408858

BREITBART
— Sixth Accuser: Woman Claims George H.W. Bush Groped Her When ‘I Was a Child’ – JOHN NOLTE
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/13/sixth-accuser-woman-claims-george-h-w-bush-groped-child/
— DACA Migrants Have One-Quarter College-Graduation Rate of Americans – NEIL MUNRO
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/13/daca-migrants-have-one-quarter-college-graduation-americans/

EDITOR AND PUBLISHER
— ‘Way Too Little, Way Too Late:’ Facebook’s Factcheckers Say Effort is Failing – Sam Levin
http://www.editorandpublisher.com/news/way-too-little-way-too-late-facebooks-factcheckers-say-effort-is-failing/

REUTERS
— U.S. Senate Republicans ask Moore to withdraw as new accuser steps forward – John Whitesides
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-moore/u-s-senate-republicans-ask-moore-to-withdraw-as-new-accuser-steps-forward-idUSKBN1DD21W?il=0

NEW YORK TIMES
— McConnell Calls for Roy Moore to Drop Out of Senate Race – Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Jonathan Martin
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/us/politics/roy-moore-alabama-senate.html
— A Fifth Woman Accuses Senate Candidate Roy Moore of Sexual Misconduct – Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Jonathan Martin
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/us/politics/roy-moore-alabama-senate.html
— Veterans Claiming Disability Pay Face Wall of Denials and Delays – Dave Philipps
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/us/veterans-affairs-department-benefits-delays.html

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— More Republicans Say Roy Moore Should Leave Senate Race Sen. Gardner says Alabama candidate doesn’t meet ‘moral requirements,’ should be expelled if he wins – Janet Hook
https://www.wsj.com/articles/mitch-mcconnell-says-roy-moore-should-leave-senate-race-1510595931

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— Reasons why my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes hint/imply/argue/shout that GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are “too long:”
http://www.gopillinois.com
— They reject my comments
— They reject my values, beliefs, intelligence, judgment, motives, etc.
— They reject my demographics, biography, etc.
— They are only interested in things that impact them personally
— They do not want to see links to articles written by those who they blacklist
— They do not want to see links to articles that promote the traditional family plank
— They do not want to see links to articles that promote the right to life plank
— They do not want to see links to articles that promote the immigration plank
— They do not want to see links to articles that promote the illegal drugs plank
— They do not want to see links to articles that promote the equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) plank
— They do not want to see links to articles that promote the Second Amendment plank
— They do not want to see links to articles that promote the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling
— They do not want to see links to articles that discourage age discrimination
— They do not want to see links to articles that discourage patronage and political affiliation discrimination
— They have trouble reading
— They were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed
— They focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate
— They are scapegoaters

— They are anti-union
— They are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors

November 13 Morning Edition

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Tough decisions loom as congressional GOP moves closer to tax-cut plan – Damian Paletta and John Wagner (DIERSEN: Will the Republicans dump taxpayers who itemize their deductions to curry favor with taxpayers who take the standard deduction? From what I see, overwhelmingly, taxpayers who itemize are homeowners, older, middle-income, and Republican and taxpayers who take the standard deduction are renters, younger, low-income, and Democrat.  Lowering taxes for Democrats who take the standard deduction will not inspire them to vote for Republicans.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-congress-republicans-tax-plan-20171112-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump’s agenda at stake as misconduct allegations against Roy Moore turn Alabama race into toss-up.”
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-agenda-roy-moore-20171112-story.html
— More than 400 millionaires tell Congress: Don’t cut our taxes – Heather Long (DIERSEN: Who wants you to pay more federal income tax? Especially since 1971 when I 22 years old and I became an IRS employee, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always wanted me to pay more federal income tax. They have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted a) that I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth, b) that I have always been privileged, c) that the federal government overpaid me, and d) that my Civil Service Retirement System pension and federal health, dental, and vision insurance subsidies are too generous. They have always stressed a) that I avoided the draft, b) that I itemized my deductions 1972-1977 c) that my wife and I have itemized our deductions since 1978, d) that I deducted the money that I paid for tuition and books to take graduate business courses 1972-1976, graduate accounting courses 1976-1980, graduate internal auditing courses 1980-1981, and graduate finance courses 1992-1997, c) that my wife and I gave up trying to have children, we did not adopt, and we did not become foster parents, and d) that I do not give lots of money to churches like they do.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-millionaires-taxes-congress-20171112-story.html
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: International student enrollment at Illinois universities growing, but more slowly – Dawn Rhodes and William Lee (DIERSEN: Every citizen of a foreign country that a university accepts, a citizen of America is not accepted. UIC, NIU, Loyola, DePaul, Roosevelt, and IIT accepted me in 1966, 1969, 1972, 1976, 1980, and 1992 respectively, but I doubt that they would accept me today. Ever-increasingly, employers want to hire citizens of foreign countries rather than citizens of America.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-international-students-illinois-universities-20171109-story.html
— Moore dismisses allegations in story, says lawsuit to come – Hope Yen and Kevin Freking (DIERSEN: Have you filed lawsuits? I have, but not since 1998. If you file a lawsuit, you should expect that the defendant(s) will spend the rest of their lives trying to destroy you. I should write a book about the lawsuits that I filed, the defendants, and their ongoing efforts to destroy me.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-moore-allegations-lawsuit-20171112-story.html
— Trump’s chief of staff: ‘I do not follow the tweets’ – Noah Bierman (DIERSEN: What do you say to activists, to candidates, to elected officials, to party leaders, to major donors, to political consultants, to etc. in Illinois who state that they are conservative and/or Republican but who crow that they do not read GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails and that they do not have their staff/volunteers monitor the emails? Who do they rely on – the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) chairman, their IRP State Central Committee member, their Republican county/township/ward party organization chairmen, Pat Brady, Natasha Korecki, Rich Miller, Dan Proft, Dennis LaComb, Fran Eaton?)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-tweets-chief-of-staff-20171112-story.html
— ‘SNL’s’ Roy Moore sketch is one big joke about Alabama being backward – Aaron Blake (DIERSEN: Democrats are disciples of Saul Alinsky. Alinsky promotes ridicule. If the Democrats ridiculed you, what would they ridicule you as being?)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/tv/ct-snl-roy-moore-sketch-20171112-story.html
— LaHood questions likelihood of GOP tax bill – Rick Pearson
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-toni-preckwinkle-bob-fioretti-20171113-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “If Trump continues with some of his tirades against people and the way that he treats people and the way that he talks, that will energize people a year from now,” LaHood said. “I think now Republican leaders and Republicans generally are worried that this could carry over.” He said Republicans are concerned that “there’s going to be some payback here from people who just think the president has kind of gone off the charts in terms of what he says, how he says it, how he treats people and, truthfully, the fact that his administration has really only one significant win this year after being in office, and that’s the nomination and approval of Supreme Court Justice (Neil) Gorsuch.”)
— GOP can’t afford to chase away its own – Jonah Goldberg (DIERSEN: I should write a book about Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, and RINOs who dominate the Milton Township Republican Central Committee (MTRCC), DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, etc. who focus on chasing away Republicans like me who support the Republican Party platform, the Illinois Republican Party platform, and the MTRCC resolution against video gambling. They crow that I am no longer a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, MTRCC webmaster, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member, GAO employee, etc.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/sns-201711091713–tms–jgoldbrgctnjg-a20171110-20171110-column.html

DAILY HERALD
— Moore threatens lawsuit over story that threatens campaign – AP (DIERSEN: Have you filed lawsuits? I have, but not since 1998. If you file a lawsuit, you should expect that the defendant(s) will spend the rest of their lives trying to destroy you. I should write a book about the lawsuits that I filed, the defendants, and their ongoing efforts to destroy me.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20171113/news/311139969/

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— #BoycottKeurig trending after company pulls ads from Sean Hannity Show (DIERSEN: No company has pulled ads from GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails because I have never sought advertising revenue nor would I accept advertising revenue. He who pays the piper calls the tunes and I do not want any individual, organization, company, government, or country to call my tunes.)
http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/boycottkeurig-trending-after-company-pulls-ads-from-sean-hannity-show
(FROM THE ARTICLE: #BoycottKeurig is trending on social media, after the company pulled its advertising from Fox News’s Sean Hannity Show. They are one of at least five companies that are no longer advertising their products during the show, including Nature’s Bounty and Realtor.com. Keurig announced their decision on Twitter in response to a tweet from the President of Media Matters for America. Angelo Carusone asked Keurig to reconsider their ads, saying that Sean Hannity defends Roy Moore, the Alabama senate candidate that has been accused of sexual assault. Their decision elicited outrage on social media, with fans of Hannity using the hashtag “Boycott Keurig”.)

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Repeal and replace the tax code – George F. Will (DIERSEN: Please contact Congressman Roskam ASAP and urge him to oppose cutting any itemized deductions. From what I see, the more that you have benefited from itemizing your deductions, the more federal income tax that the GOP “Tax Reform Bill” will make you pay. Those who take the standard deduction have always wanted those who itemize to pay more taxes. Typically, those who take the standard deduction are renters and those who itemize are homeowners. I have been a homeowner since 1972 and my wife and I have been homeowners since 1978. Since 1972, my critics/opponents have always been beyond furious a) that I paid less federal income tax 1972-1977 because I itemized and b) that my wife and I have paid less federal income tax since 1978 because we have itemized. Being able to pay less federal income tax by deducting educational expenses encouraged me to take job-related graduate a) business courses at Loyola 1972-1976, b) accounting courses at DePaul 1976-1980, c) internal auditing courses at Roosevelt 1980-1981, and d) finance courses at IIT 1992-1997. Being able to pay less federal income tax by deducting mortgage interest and real estate tax encouraged me to buy a) a new town home in University Park in 1972, b) a studio condo in the Outer Drive East building in 1974, and c) a one bedroom condo in that building in 1976. Being able to pay less federal income tax by deducting mortgage interest and real estate tax encouraged my wife and I to a) buy 1017 East Harrison in Wheaton in 1978 and b) have 915 Cove Court built in Wheaton in 1984.)
http://www.sj-r.com/opinion/20171112/george-f-will-repeal-and-replace-tax-code

NORTHWEST HERALD
— Indivisible NWIL hosts congressional candidates forum
http://www.nwherald.com/2017/11/12/indivisible-nwil-hosts-congressional-candidates-forum/a8tg32o/

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— OUTSTANDING: Opioid commission makes an anti-marijuana argument – WAYNE DRASH (DIERSEN: Overwhelmingly, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes talk and/or act like they a) use pot, b) want to use pot legally, c) want government to take in lots of money by legalizing and heavily taxing pot, d) want to make lots of money selling pot, and/or, e) want to use pot to destroy individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and/or countries.)
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/health-news/opioid-commission-makes-an-antimarijuana-argument/856543333

WBIR
— 5 money moves retirees should make before the end of the year – Dan Caplinger
http://www.wbir.com/article/news/nation-now/5-money-moves-retirees-should-make-before-the-end-of-the-year/465-cbdccf92-e1a8-4066-85a4-b424210c8ab9
(FROM THE ARTICLE: 3. Get your deductible expenses paid Retirees can use a variety of tax deductions to reduce their tax bills, but most of them require taking action by the end of December. Charitable contributions, real estate tax payments, medical bill payments, and many other items can be eligible for itemized deductions under certain circumstances, and taking the time to itemize can be worth it for those who have sufficiently large eligible expenses. To ensure that you won’t run into trouble, make sure you pay, and can document, your payments well before Dec. 31 rolls around. Getting a receipt, keeping canceled checks or credit card statements, and asking for confirmation from charities is the best way to prove that you made your payments in a timely manner and are therefore eligible for the appropriate deduction. 4. Consider doubling up on key deductions before they disappear For 2017 in particular, there’s reason to consider taking special action with your annual deductions. The current tax reform plan proposes major changes to taxes, including the elimination of deductions for major expenses like medical bills and state and local income taxes. Moreover, a higher standard deduction could make it less valuable to itemize in the future. Consider whether you’re likely to itemize under the new tax laws if they take effect. If not, then it could be worthwhile to pay some extra deductible expenses before 2017 ends, essentially doubling up on certain deductions. Possibilities include making 2018 charitable contributions early, prepaying taxes that are due in 2018, and having medical work done now, rather than later.)

DAILY NORTHWESTERN
— Interfaith rally calls for solidarity 1 year after presidential election – Alane Lim (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, “religious leaders” serve as operatives or as dupes for the anti-religious Democrat Party. Ever-increasingly, “religious leaders” promote hatred against members of the following groups: Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://dailynorthwestern.com/2017/11/12/city/interfaith-rally-calls-solidarity-1-year-presidential-election/

OPEN THE BOOKS
— VIDEO: Open The Books CEO Adam Andrzejewski at Harvard Law October 24, 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hpRSoJz_bw&feature=youtu.be

ANDREA V. WATSON
— Here’s How I Survived My First Week As An Unemployed Reporter (DIERSEN: Ever since I became the GOPUSA Illinois Editor in 2000, to discredit me, nasty Democrats and nasty Democrat plants, nasty Libertarians and nasty Libertarian plants, nasty Greens and nasty Green plants, and nasty RINOs have hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I aggressively ask inappropriate questions that harm Republican activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. Since 2005, they have viciously used against me what happened with GOPUSA, Talon News, and Jeff Gannon. SEE:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talon_News They paint me as being a clone of Jeff Gannon. Ever since I became a GOPUSA reporter in 2000, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have hinted/implied/argued/shouted that because I ask bad questions, activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. should a) stop me from learning about their events and other activities, b) stop me from promoting their events and other activities, c) stop me from attending their events, and c) stop me from reporting on their events and other activities.)
https://andreavwatson.wordpress.com/2017/11/10/heres-how-i-survived-my-first-week-as-an-unemployed-reporter/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Then today I covered the opening of a new South Side clinic. I stumbled at first when people asked who I was with. I hadn’t quite figured out what I wanted to say, but as I stood around and mingled afterwards, it became easier and easier to answer. I realized that for too long I’ve been attaching my name to different companies, most recently DNAinfo, for validation and respect. But no more. I’m sure I’ll end up reporting for another news organization again, but that name isn’t what makes me. People respect me because of who I am and the great work I produce. And if someone sticks their nose up at me because I say I’m currently an independent journalist and I’m not affiliated with a prestigious news outlet, oh well. I’m doing this for me. I’m doing this for the South Side. You don’t expect a dog to stop barking or a cat to stop licking itself so don’t expect a reporter to stop writing. I’ve been doing this since high school. I did this through college. Before I became a freelancer, I contributed just to get my name out there. I got into this news game working for free because I had drive and passion. That didn’t die with DNAinfo. I don’t know how to stop finding stories. Honestly, they find me. And when they do, I can’t turn my back on them. I can’t turn my back on the people who have gotten used to checking their timelines or morning e-newsletter for my stories about their neighborhoods. Reporting is in my blood. I can’t just stop. Sorry.)

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— THE MOST IMPORTANT TAX REFORM BILL IN MODERN HISTORY (DIERSEN: Please contact Congressman Roskam ASAP and urge him to oppose cutting any itemized deductions. From what I see, the more that you have benefited from itemizing your deductions, the more federal income tax that the GOP “Tax Reform Bill” will make you pay. Those who take the standard deduction have always wanted those who itemize to pay more taxes. Typically, those who take the standard deduction are renters and those who itemize are homeowners. I have been a homeowner since 1972 and my wife and I have been homeowners since 1978. Since 1972, my critics/opponents have always been beyond furious a) that I paid less federal income tax 1972-1977 because I itemized and b) that my wife and I have paid less federal income tax since 1978 because we have itemized. Being able to pay less federal income tax by deducting educational expenses encouraged me to take job-related graduate a) business courses at Loyola 1972-1976, b) accounting courses at DePaul 1976-1980, c) internal auditing courses at Roosevelt 1980-1981, and d) finance courses at IIT 1992-1997. Being able to pay less federal income tax by deducting mortgage interest and real estate tax encouraged me to buy a) a new town home in University Park in 1972, b) a studio condo in the Outer Drive East building in 1974, and c) a one bedroom condo in that building in 1976. Being able to pay less federal income tax by deducting mortgage interest and real estate tax encouraged my wife and I to a) buy 1017 East Harrison in Wheaton in 1978 and b) have 915 Cove Court built in Wheaton in 1984.)
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2017/11/the-most-important-tax-reform-bill-in-modern-history.html
— IF PUBLIC HEALTH ADVERTISING CAN CUT SMOKING, WHY CAN’T IT CUT OPIOD ABUSE?
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2017/11/if-public-health-advertising-can-cut-smoking-why-cant-it-cut-opiod-abuse.html
— WHY NO ONE TRUSTS THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2017/11/why-no-one-trusts-the-mainstream-media.html

GOPUSA
— Vets tackle NFL for disrespecting anthem
http://www.gopusa.com/vets-tackle-nfl-for-disrespecting-anthem/
— The Sad Anniversary of Big Commercial Pot in Colorado (DIERSEN: Overwhelmingly, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes talk and/or act like they a) use pot, b) want to use pot legally, c) want government to take in lots of money by legalizing and heavily taxing pot, d) want to make lots of money selling pot, and/or, e) want to use pot to destroy individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and/or countries.)
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=33275
(FROM THE ARTICLE: This week marks the fifth anniversary of Colorado’s decision to sanction the world’s first anything-goes commercial pot trade. Five years later, we remain an embarrassing cautionary tale. Visitors to Colorado remark about a new agricultural smell, the wafting odor of pot as they drive near warehouse grow operations along Denver freeways. Residential neighborhoods throughout Colorado Springs reek of marijuana, as producers fill rental homes with plants. Five years of retail pot coincide with five years of a homelessness growth rate that ranks among the highest rates in the country. Directors of homeless shelters, and people who live on the streets, tell us homeless substance abusers migrate here for easy access to pot. Five years of Big Marijuana ushered in a doubling in the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes who tested positive for marijuana, based on research by the pro-legalization Denver Post. Five years of commercial pot have been five years of more marijuana in schools than teachers and administrators ever feared. “An investigation by Education News Colorado, Solutions and the I-News Network shows drug violations reported by Colorado’s K-12 schools have increased 45 percent in the past four years, even as the combined number of all other violations has fallen,” explains an expose on escalating pot use in schools by Rocky Mountain PBS in late 2016. The investigation found an increase in high school drug violations of 71 percent since legalization. School suspensions for drugs increased 45 percent. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health found Colorado ranks first in the country for marijuana use among teens, scoring well above the national average. The only good news to celebrate on this anniversary is the dawn of another organization to push back against Big Marijuana’s threat to kids, teens and young adults. The Marijuana Accountability Coalition formed Monday in Denver and will establish satellites throughout the state. It resulted from discussions among recovery professionals, parents, physicians and others concerned with the long-term effects of a commercial industry profiteering off of substance abuse. “It’s one thing to decriminalize marijuana, it’s an entirely different thing to legalize an industry that has commercialized a drug that is devastating our kids and devastating whole communities,” said coalition founder Justin Luke Riley. “Coloradans need to know, other states need to know, that Colorado is suffering from massive normalization and commercialization of this drug which has resulted in Colorado being the number one state for youth drug use in the country. Kids are being expelled at higher rates, and more road deaths tied to pot have resulted since legalization.” Commercial pot’s five-year anniversary is an odious occasion for those who want safer streets, healthier kids and less suffering associated with substance abuse. Experts say the worst effects of widespread pot use will culminate over decades. If so, we can only imagine the somber nature of Big Marijuana’s 25th birthday.)

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Top House tax-writer won’t accept plank of Senate tax-cut plan Rep. Kevin Brady says ‘SALT’ deal on property tax is critical – Tom Howell Jr.
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/12/top-house-tax-writer-wont-accept-plank-of-senate-t/

DAILY CALLER
— Media Matters Using Roy Moore Allegations To Go After Hannity’s Advertisers – Peter Hasson
http://dailycaller.com/2017/11/12/media-matters-using-roy-moore-allegations-to-go-after-hannitys-advertisers/

REAL CLEAR POLITICS
— Roskam at the Center of Political Fight Over Taxes – James Arkin (DIERSEN: Please contact Congressman Roskam ASAP and urge him to oppose cutting any itemized deductions. From what I see, the more that you have benefited from itemizing your deductions, the more federal income tax that the “GOP tax plan” will make you pay. Those who take the standard deduction have always wanted those who itemize to pay more taxes. Typically, those who take the standard deduction are renters and those who itemize are homeowners. I have been a homeowner since 1972 and my wife and I have been homeowners since 1978. Since 1972, my critics/opponents have always been beyond furious a) that I paid less federal income tax 1972-1977 because I itemized and b) that my wife and I have paid less federal income tax since 1978 because we have itemized. Being able to pay less federal income tax by deducting educational expenses encouraged me to take job-related graduate a) business courses at Loyola 1972-1976, b) accounting courses at DePaul 1976-1980, c) internal auditing courses at Roosevelt 1980-1981, and d) finance courses at IIT 1992-1997. Being able to pay less federal income tax by deducting mortgage interest and real estate tax encouraged me to buy a) a new town home in University Park in 1972, b) a studio condo in the Outer Drive East building in 1974, and c) a one bedroom condo in that building in 1976. Being able to pay less federal income tax by deducting mortgage interest and real estate tax encouraged my wife and I to a) buy 1017 East Harrison in Wheaton in 1978 and b) have 915 Cove Court built in Wheaton in 1984.)
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/13/roskam_at_the_center_of_political_fight_over_taxes_135517.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Republicans for weeks have said passing an overhaul of the tax code, thereby securing a major legislative victory, is imperative to their 2018 election efforts. Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam stands squarely at the center of that effort — and could be imperiled by it. As chairman of the tax policy subcommittee in the House, he’s playing a critical role in crafting the GOP tax legislation and shepherding it through the chamber – it passed the Ways and Means Committee on Thursday along party lines and is expected to be voted on by the full House this week. Roskam is also at the center of the political debate over taxes as Democrats vilify the plan and Republicans search for a legislative victory to run on next year. Illinois’ 6th Congressional District sprawls across suburbs to the west and northwest of Chicago and represents the precise type of district Democrats view as key to taking back the House: It’s highly educated, with more than 50 percent of residents holding college degrees, and has a median household income of nearly $100,000 — 40 percent higher than the national average. Last year, Hillary Clinton carried the 6th over Donald Trump by seven percentage points and Roskam is one of 23 Republicans in districts she won. If Republicans pass their plan, Roskam’s home base will be a critical test for Democrats: Defeating an architect of the GOP plan in a district won by Clinton would likely mean Democrats can find success in similar districts across the country. Republicans roundly dismiss Democratic hopes in the area. Roskam, who has represented IL-6 since 2007, won re-election last year with nearly 60 percent of the vote, and has won every re-election by double-digit margins. He’s a successful fundraiser and, unlike some other members in targeted districts, there is no wavering from Roskam on the tax bill. “I’m going to run on this plan, undoubtedly,” he said in an interview following the committee passage of the bill. “I think that when it’s all evaluated in its totality, this is a winner for my district.” American Action Network, an outside group aligned with Speaker Paul Ryan, has spent $18 million on the tax issue, and its ads have run in Roskam’s district. Business Roundtable, a pro-tax-reform group, ran an ad last week featuring a company just outside the district (the person in the ad is a constituent, Roskam said). But Democrats there are energized and expect to rally support against the measure. A variety of grassroots organizations have popped up to protest Roskam and lay the groundwork for a campaign against him, many falling under the umbrella group Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th. On Friday, protesters gathered outside the congressman’s district office, handing out postcards to deliver to him listing reasons to oppose the bill — a play on the GOP’s promise to simplify the tax code so anyone can file their return on a postcard-size form. This Thursday, protesters will rally outside a local Republican organization where Roskam is headlining its annual Reagan Day Dinner. “I think it’s the strongest argument against Peter Roskam that we’re going to have,” said Reid McCollum, one of the coalition leaders. “There’s no getting around the fact that that’s going to be a major issue in the campaign.” Bob Grogan, leader of the local group hosting Roskam at the dinner, said Democrats are wasting their time attacking him on taxes. “There’s always winners and losers, but on balance, if it’s a success and it gets passed, I think it’s a feather in Peter’s cap,” Grogan said. For Roskam and other Republicans to be able to run on the plan, however, they will first have to successfully guide the bill to passage. Some House Republicans have already balked, mainly because of a provision rolling back the deduction for state and local taxes. There are also significant differences between the House bill and the version the Senate released Thursday, including one in the Senate that would entirely eliminate the state and local deduction, while the House kept it for property taxes up to $10,000. . .In Roskam’s district, the Ways and Means Committee predicted that a family of four making $135,435 — the median income there — would see a $5,053 tax cut. Democrats, however, dispute that the district would be a winner. Sen. Dick Durbin held an event there last week and issued a press release saying 51 percent of taxpayers in the district would see an increase because of the changes to state and local deductions. That issue is a unique factor in Illinois because voters recently saw massive state income tax increases across the board. To break a budget standoff, this summer 10 Republicans in the state legislature joined Democrats to override a veto from Gov. Bruce Rauner to pass a budget that increased the income tax from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent. Steve Andersson, a state representative whose district overlaps significantly with Roskam’s, was one of the Republicans who voted to override the veto, which cost him his position as the party’s floor leader. He ultimately decided not to seek re-election next year. But Andersson said his constituents — and Roskam’s — could be hurt by the House GOP plan. “Our voters are not necessarily going to benefit from this,” he told RCP. “With every vote you take, vote the district. I think it’s going to be an interesting conundrum for Peter.” Roskam has vigorously criticized the state income tax increase, voicing his displeasure with it, and with Illinois critics of his plan, during the committee markup this week. He told RCP his critics should “spare me the crocodile tears.” Roskam said he initially had a jarring reaction to the idea of eliminating state and local deductions — 38 percent of tax units in his district took the deduction in 2015, with an average deduction of $14,830. But he maintained that the plan should be evaluated in totality. “Most people in my district say I’m interested in tax relief,” Roskam said. “They’re less interested in equations than they are in the bottom line.” His Democratic opponents have highlighted health care as the biggest issue in the race next year, but they are also ready to run against the tax plan. Amanda Howland, who lost to Roskam last year but is running again, said he “threw us under the bus” in drafting the bill. Sean Casten, another Democratic candidate, said: “The only thing I can conclude is he’s doing what his donors want him to do and not what his constituents want him to do.” “This is a whammy for them,” a third candidate, Kelly Mazeski, said of Roskam’s voters. “This is truly going to kick them in the pocketbooks.” Ten Democrats in all have lined up to run in the primary next March, and no frontrunner has yet emerged. Rowland likely benefits from the name ID of having run last year, while Mazeski leads the pack with $343,000 in the bank, including a $195,000 loan; Casten follows with $169,000 (Roskam has $1.35 million).)

AMERICAN THINKER
— Some Tax Deductions Are More Equal than Others – William Sullivan
http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/11/some_tax_deductions_are_more_equal_than_others.html

POLITICO
— POLITICO is accepting applications for its fifth session of the POLITICO Journalism Institute, an educational initiative focused on newsroom diversity – Natasha Korecki (DIERSEN: If you were me, how would you deal with activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Illinois who hint/imply/argue/shout that I am not a journalist and neither I nor my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are legitimate news sources. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes a) blacklist me, b) give news scoops to, c) glorify and praise, d) pander to, e) serve as operatives for or as dupes for, and/or f) give money to Rich Miller, Dan Proft, Dennis LaComb, Fran Eaton, and my other competitors. Of course, I refuse to blacklist my competitors, in fact, I promote my competitors. Should I stress even more strongly a) that I have been putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out since 2000, b) that since 2004, those emails have gone out each and every morning, and that since 2015, they have gone out each and every evening too, c) that since 2004, those emails have included links to more than 286,700 articles and information on many upcoming events, d) that virtually every important Republican activist, candidate, elected official, party leader, major donor, political consultant, etc. in Illinois either reads GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails or relies on their staff and/or volunteers to monitor the emails, e) that while I do not have a journalism degree, while no one pays me to put the emails together and send them out, and while the emails do not contain any advertising, I worked for GAO for almost 18 years as an Analyst, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $94,610-$122,991, and f) that much of GAO Analysts do is very similar to what journalists do.)
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/illinois-playbook/2017/11/13/fioretti-announces-preckwinkle-challenge-rauner-campaigns-against-corrupt-system-durbin-targets-gop-tax-plan-223301
(FROM THE ANNOUNCEMENT: The intensive program, which is designed for college students, will be held May 29 to June 9, 2018. It features hands-on training for up to 12 recent grads and university students interested in covering government and politics. Students also will have an opportunity to have their work published by POLITICO. All expenses are paid for the program, reflecting POLITICO’s ongoing support of journalism education, newsroom diversity and recruitment of top-notch talent. Admissions are made on a rolling basis, so APPLY TODAY but no later than Jan. 15, 2018. https://www.politico.com/pji)

NEW YORK TIMES
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Despite Recent Wins for Democrats, Gerrymanders Dim Hopes for 2018.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/12/us/politics/voting-gerrymander-virginia.html

LOS ANGELES TIMES
— In high-tax California, a vote to scrap deductions could be the kiss of death for endangered House Republicans – George Skelton (DIERSEN: To scrap deductions is to raise taxes for those who itemize. In high-tax Illinois, in high-tax DuPage County, in high-tax Milton Township, in high-tax Glen Ellyn, and in high-tax Wheaton will a vote to scrap deductions be the kiss of death for Republicans?
http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-skelton-salt-deductions-california-republicans-20171113-story.html

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— The Best Way for Retirees to Find Meaningful Volunteer Work – Glenn Ruffenach (DIERSEN: What “meaningful volunteer work” do you do? I spend 10+ hours each and every day putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out free of charge and without any advertising. Those emails help fill a tremendous government and political news and commentary void in Illinois, in DuPage County, in Milton Township, and in Wheaton.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-best-way-for-retirees-to-find-meaningful-volunteer-work-1510340401

FOX BUSINESS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: “Tax simplification” is code for making those who are homeowners, older, are middle income, and/or have high medical expenses pay more federal income tax. “Tax simplification” is code for letting those who are renters, lower income, and/or younger pay less federal income tax.
http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2017/11/12/gop-bills-remove-some-tax-codes-complexities0.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Republicans want to repeal the personal exemption, which would let taxpayers in 2018 subtract $4,150 from taxable income for themselves, their spouses and each of their dependents. They would replace it with a nearly doubled standard deduction of at least $24,000 while limiting or repealing deductions. The House and Senate would repeal the deduction for state and local income and sales taxes; the House would retain a partial property-tax deduction. Despite the larger standard deduction, the repeal of the personal exemptions means the amount of income that is tax free wouldn’t be close to doubled. Instead, fewer people would itemize deductions because fewer would exceed the standard deduction. That is a backdoor way of limiting tax breaks for mortgage interest and charitable contributions, and it’s why many home builders, real-estate agents and charities oppose the GOP plans. . .A married couple with $30,000 in deductible medical expenses for nursing-home care generally fares worse under the House bill than today. The House plan would repeal the medical expense deduction, pushing that family to the $24,400 standard deduction and taxing more of their income. The same is true for households taking the student loan interest deduction, now available to households that use the standard deduction; it would disappear in the House plan. “Many of the people that I represent would rather have their loan interest deduction, if they have substantial student debt, than being able to file on a postcard,” said Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D., Texas).)

USA TODAY
— Keurig, others pull ads from Fox News’ ‘Hannity’ show over Roy Moore coverage – Sarah Whitten (DIERSEN: Do you have enough time and money to do what you want to do without having to ask others to give you money? I have enough time and money to do what I do without having to ask for money from advertisers or from anyone else. I spend 10+ hours each and every day putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out free of charge and without any advertising. He who pays the piper calls the tunes.)
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/11/12/keurig-others-pull-ads-fox-news-hannity-show-over-roy-moore-coverage/856424001/

FEDERAL TIMES
— DHS announces intent to hire hundreds of veterans after August job fair – Jessie Bur (DIERSEN: GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job. IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job. The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)
https://www.federaltimes.com/management/career/2017/11/09/dhs-announces-intent-to-hire-hundreds-of-veterans-after-august-job-fair/