December 1 Morning Edition

— Democrats must revisit the ‘deplorables’ if they want to stem Trumpism – Ron Grossman (DIERSEN: From what I see, ever-increasingly, Democrats do not want to revisit deplorables, they want to destroy deplorables. Deplorables 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.)
— Cover star: We’re imagining the conversation in the governor’s office this morning went something like this: Gov. Rauner, first the good news: You made the cover of a national conservative magazine. Now, the bad news: National Review’s headline was “The Worst Republican Governor in America.” And, well, the cover is, um, quite something. They drew you with a large cartoon head, and you’re wearing a leather jacket after just crashing your trademark motorcycle. You can read the piece here, but it’ll cost you two bucks unless you’re a subscriber (in which case you probably already knew about it). For the too long, didn’t read crowd: It’s your standard-issue coastal clip job. One tidbit: Rep. Jeanne Ives is called a “credible conservative challenger and wonky state representative.”
— Radio talk show host Dan Proft’s Liberty Principles PAC put out a Speaker Madigan-themed attack mailer hitting House Republican leader Jim Durkin as he battles a primary challenge from Burr Ridge Village President Mickey Straub. Check it out here.
— Supreme Court could let states allow sports bets – Phil Rosenthal (DIERSEN: Gambling is a vice. Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs promote vice. Republicans oppose vice.)
— The Taxpayer Hush Money Fund protects sex abusers in Congress – Editorial
— Tax issues could become royal pain – Adam Taylor (DIERSEN: My wife and I have paid the marriage penalty big time since got married in 1978.SEE:
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE IN THE NAPERVILLE SUN: Dan Rather warns Naperville audience of ‘dark’ times, need to heal country’s rift – David Sharos (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps do not want to heal any kind of rift. They want to get rid of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that 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.)
— GOP leader says they have enough votes to pass tax bill – AP


— Teaching and enforcing civility among public officials – Editorial
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURES: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who are anti-men crow over their success in turning women against men. Those who promote LGBTQ activity are overjoyed.


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DePaul glorifies and praises a) those who come to America illegally, b) those who stay in America illegally, and c) those who bring others to America illegally.


— LGBT advocates seek to scuttle a vital Constitutional right – Travis Weber


— McHenry County lawmakers, anti-abortion groups sue state over taxpayer-funded abortion measure – DAN McCALEB


— Once a skeptic, Sen. Durbin says he’s ‘impressed’ by HUD Secretary Carson’s early performance – MOLLY PARKER


— Gov. Rauner Pitches Cutting Taxes And Slashing Regulation In DeKalb Speech – SUSAN STEPHENS


— Three Local State Legislators Join Pro-Life Groups to Delay Implementation of Tax Paid Abortions


— Another one of those weeks for Gov. Rauner


— Hush Fund: Make Congress’ harassment settlements public


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps are overjoyed that Kinzinger says “Trump’s Anti-Muslim Retweets Didn’t Help Fight Terrorism.”


— Congress Paid Out $100K Of Taxpayer Money To Settle Male Staffers’ Harassment Claims Against Disgraced Democrat – Peter Hasson


— White House maintenance orders reveal cockroaches, ants and mice infestations – JOHN BOWDEN


— Republican Tax Bill Hits Snag Over Deficit Concerns – Thomas Kaplan, Alan Rappeport and Jim Tankersley
— Generation Grumpy: Why You May Be Unhappy if You’re Around 50 The generation of people born 1962 to 1971, now in what are typically peak earning years, are finding they are not doing as well as they might have expected. – Robert Gebeloff (DIERSEN: How much money a) do you expect to earn, b) are you earning, or c) did you earn during your “peak earning years?” Since 1997 when I was 49 years old and my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer,” I have earned $1,454,723 less in today’s dollars, that is, my GAO salary would have been $2,480,319, but my Civil Service Retirement System pension has been only $1,025,596, or $1,454,723 less.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: As people get older, they tend to become more at peace with their finances, survey research shows. But not the current crop of middle-aged Americans. Let’s call them the Grumpy Middle. They are unhappier than previous generations. And they’ve been this way for years. Typically, people 45 to 54 are more likely than others to say they are “pretty well satisfied” with their financial situation, according to the University of Chicago’s General Social Survey. Then the generation born between 1962 and 1971 started to reach their current age range — and bring their longstanding economic dissatisfaction with them. By 2016, as middle-aged Americans, they were 12 percent less likely to say they were satisfied financially, and 18 percent more likely to say they were unhappy.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps focus on turning Britain against Trump, that is, against America.
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: After Prejudice in Russia, Hope and Home in U.S. – Emily Palmer (DIERSEN: In the U.S., Illinois, DuPage County, Milton Township, Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, and my precinct, members of Group A promote prejudice against members of Group B. Members of 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 members of Group B are 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.)
— Without Obamacare Mandate, ‘You Open the Floodgates’ for Skimpy Health Plans – Reed Abelson (DIERSEN: Unless you are extremely wealthy, the less health, dental, and vision insurance that you have, the more that you force others to pay your major medical bills.)


— Think of Tax Reform as the Trump Family’s Christmas List Billionaires will find extravagant goodies in their stockings. Everyone else gets lumps of coal. – Alan S. Blinder (DIERSEN: Are you going to get an extravagant goodie or a lump of coal?)
— FRONT PAGE: China’s Tech Giants Have a Second Job: Helping Beijing Spy on Its People Tencent and Alibaba are among the firms that assist authorities in hunting down criminal suspects, silencing dissent and creating surveillance cities – Liza Lin and Josh Chin (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents want to “silence dissent.” They have lots of religious, government, political, and financial clout. They dominate the Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Milton Township Republican Central Committee, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, DuPage County, Illinois, etc.)


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Sexual harassment went unchecked for decades as payouts silenced accusers – Nathan Bomey and Marco della Cava


— House Votes to Double Probationary Period for New Feds – Ian Smith (DIERSEN: My Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were furious that when I transferred from IRS to GAO in 1980 when I was 31 years old, that because I had been under a probationary period at IRS, I was not under a probationary period at GAO. Nevertheless, they did everything that they could to get rid of me. They forced me to take an $18,847 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer. GAO audits IRS. They kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO. They gave me unfair performance expectations and unfair performance appraisals. They assigned me to work for, to work with, and to supervise the office’s most problematic employees. They did not promote me beyond GS-13. They always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes. They forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, and even worse things. In my defense, I completed the requirements for a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981, became a licensed CPA in 1981, a Certified Fraud Examiner in 1990, a Certified Government Financial Manager in 1994, a Certified Financial Services Auditor in 1996, and a Forensic Accountant in 1997. In addition, I completed the requirements for a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997.)


— Will Tax Reform Get Rid of the Marriage Penalty? Married couples with two working spouses often have to pay a higher tax rate than if they were single. – Matthew Frankel (DIERSEN: My wife and I have paid the marriage penalty big time since got married in 1978.)

November 30 Evening Edition

— GOP lawmakers, anti-abortion groups sue state over abortion law – Tina Sfondeles
— ‘Bible of American conservatism’ dubs Rauner nation’s ‘worst’ GOP gov – Tina Sfondeles
— Rep. Bobby Rush will file for 14th term Monday – Michael Sneed
— Illinois lawmakers seek more info on Medicaid contract – AP


— Republican lawmakers sue to block abortion law Rauner approved – Monique Garcia
— 2nd transgender student sues over locker room access at Palatine school – Angie Leventis Lourgos
— Area Democrats talk finances, direct digs at Rauner – Ted Slowik
— Comedy Shrine seeks exemption from Aurora video gambling moratorium – Steve Lord


— Transgender student sues District 211 for denial of locker room access – Eric Peterson


— National Review takes a whack at Rauner
— Rauner’s winter of woes just beginning—but spring may come – GREG HINZ
— Is Bobby Rush retiring, too? – GREG HINZ
— Anti-abortion groups sue Illinois to halt new abortion law – KRISTEN SCHORSCH
— GOP tax bill would lose $1 trillion – Bloomberg


— National Review calls Rauner ‘Worst Republican Governor in America’ – Craig Wall


— Silverstein Files for Re-Election, Will Face New Challengers – Mary Ann Ahern
— Rush Only Illinois Congressman Not to File Re-Election Petitions – Mary Ann Ahern


— Rauner Ridiculed in National Review


— National Review Dubs Rauner ‘Worst Republican Governor in America’ – Paris Schutz


— Pro-life groups sue over Illinois’ abortion funding law – Doug Finke


— Lawsuit filed challenging Illinois’ abortion funding law – Doug Finke


— Duckworth reacts to Senate GOP Tax Bill “Working families, not large corporations, deserve a break.” – Owen Stiffler
— State Dept. warned White House about possible increased threats after anti-Muslim tweets – ELISE LABOTT AND ABBY PHILLIP (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps side with anti-Americans.)


— Rauner on Recreational Cannabis? No Dope. – Danie (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)


— Rauner, Ives campaigns bullying my petition circulators
— Illinois deserves a real choice for Governor in 2018


— Attorney faults Illinois governor hopefuls for downplaying massive debt – Deb Rogers


— Powerful Chicago Democrat alderman Ed Burke backs Nic Zito’s west suburban GOP statehouse bid – W.J. Kennedy


— Williamson County Board chairman opposes tax freeze, urges Rauner, Madigan to ‘stop mandates’ instead – Karen Kidd


— Tillman responds *** Deep dives into the growing Illinois web of conservative “propaganda” (DIERSEN: Since 2000, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have hinted/implied/argued/shouted that GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are full of conservative “propaganda.”)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Hi, Rich, One of the golden rules of journalism is to stick to the facts. Unfortunately, a hit piece published by Gateway Journalism Review missed the mark. The authors of this piece set out not to investigate the truth, but to build a case to support a false premise they’d already convinced themselves was true. Virtually every paragraph is riddled with inaccuracies or distortions. It’s important to note that before maligning the Illinois Policy Institute, the authors of this piece failed to pick up the phone and talk to the Institute. They even failed to offer our organization a chance to comment. If the authors had extended this basic journalistic courtesy, perhaps they could have avoided the many inaccuracies in their piece. Our bias — as the authors like to refer to our point of view — is to advocate for policies that empower the people, not the government. We believe in fiscal responsibility, limited government and reforms that will grow the state’s economy. It’s very clear that Gateway’s complaint about our organization isn’t a process disagreement over modes of operation, which nearly every media organization has confronted and experimented with as new media has reshaped the landscape. It’s a desire to silence different points of view and new ways of reaching the public. Hit pieces like this don’t make journalism better. They make Illinois worse. John Tillman)
— New Proft mailer ties Durkin to Madigan
— Frerichs, Pritzker respond *** Lawsuit filed to block HB40 implementation
— Rauner campaign blames Madigan *** National Review calls Rauner “worst Republican governor in America”
— Pritzker campaign accuses Gov. Rauner of “brazen lying”
— Rauner weighs in *** Rauner spokesperson clarifies congressional tax bill stance


— Rauner: The Worst Republican Governor in America – John Miller


— TRAGIC: College of the Holy Cross debating whether to nix Crusaders nickname Similarly named student newspaper also mulling name change – Ken Shepherd
(FROM THE COLLEGE: Seventeen years ago, Wheaton College of Illinois, an evangelical Protestant school, announced it was dropping the Crusaders nickname. Duane Litfin, the school’s president at the time, said the decision to drop the old nickname was “a matter of principle.” “I came to realize that those [Crusades] were not very happy episodes in Christianity. They are not something we want to glorify,” Mr. Litfin said, reported Christianity Today magazine in April 2000.)

— Roy Moore: Liberals, socialists and LGBT community are pushing sexual harassment allegations – Teri Webster


— Marco Rubio Suggests Giving DACA Illegal Aliens Temporary Amnesty That Leads to ‘Permanent’ Amnesty – JOHN BINDER (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps shout at illegals that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things.)


— Political Correctness Strikes Again: Holy Cross May Shed Crusader Moniker


— GAO study shows lack of diversity in tech – ALI BRELAND
— Graham accuses media of painting Trump as a ‘kook,’ but once used same attack himself – REBECCA SAVRANSKY (DIERSEN: Who are the lead accusers in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois? What do they accuse you of? I should write a book about the lead accusers in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois. The worst of the aforesaid hint/imply/argue/shout that others are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things.)


— The Trump administration’s inevitable drift toward yes-men – Aaron Blake (DIERSEN: I am proud to say that my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes say that “You can’t tell Diersen what to do.”)


— DIVERSITY IN THE TECHNOLOGY SECTOR: Federal Agencies Could Improve Oversight of Equal Employment Opportunity Requirements (DIERSEN: GAO has had great success in a) hiring, retaining, and promoting young Democrat females and young Democrat minorities and b) wasting the careers of and getting 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.)