April 16 Morning Edition

— Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform. QUESTION: What should Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Central Committee (SCC) candidates promise to do, and do, if they are elected? ANSWER: Defend and advance the IRP platform. Be loyal to the platform and NOT to whoever gives them, or the IRP, the most money. Notify in a timely manner all the party leaders and elected Precinct Committeemen in their congressional district of the date, time, and location of IRP SCC meetings. Seek input for agenda items from the aforesaid before each IRP SCC meeting. Provide the aforesaid with IRP SCC meeting agendas as soon as they are finalized. Attend all IRP SCC meetings and actively represent the Republicans in their district. Provide the party leaders and elected Precinct Committeemen in their district with a summary of major actions taken at IRP SCC meetings within a week after the meetings. Appoint a member to the 2020 IRP State Convention Platform and Resolutions Committee who is a Republican, and NOT a RINO, a Democrat plant, a Libertarian plant, or a Green plant. Appoint a Deputy IRP SCC Member who can and will help you do the aforesaid. Further, IRP SCC candidates should be extremely financially secure because RINOs, Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, and Green plants are moral relativists who believe that their end justifies their means, because they are disciples of Saul Alinsky, and because they have destroyed and will destroy those who defend and advance the traditional family, right to life, immigration, Second Amendment, and other planks in the IRP platform. – Dave Diersen


— Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform. Do you support all the planks in the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) platform? I do. Are you a conservative? I am. How would you react if a Republican candidate hinted/implied/argued/shouted a) that conservatives run the IRP, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Milton Township Central Committee, etc., b) that those conservatives should stop purging “those who don’t completely align with our platform,” and c) that Rauner’s rejection of the traditional family, right to life, and immigration planks in the IRP platform did not justify a primary challenge? Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform. – Dave Diersen


— Rauner attempts conservative “purge” of Illinois GOP leadership (DIERSEN: Incumbents who go against their party’s platform want a primary challenge. It certainly looks like Rauner went against the traditional family, right to life, and immigration planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform to get a conservative to challenge him in the primary. It certainly looks like Rauner’s reelection strategy was to use his crushing that conservative to run as an anti-conservative to get votes from Democrats like most Republican candidates in Illinois do. Obviously, Rauner erroneously assumed that he would crush Ives.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is publicly preaching party unity on the campaign trail. But behind the scenes, Rauner is quietly leading an effort to purge conservatives from the Illinois Republican State Central Committee, which governs the party. At issue: the re-election of current Illinois GOP Chairman Timothy O. Schneider of Bartlett, a close ally of Rauner and a sharp critic of State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) in the recent gubernatorial primary. “He’s in trouble,” a source close to the situation told Prairie State Wire. Lake County GOP Chairman Mark Shaw is mounting a strong challenge to Schneider, sources say. Republican precinct committeemen gather at their county conventions this Wed. to nominate and elect eighteen State Central Committee members, or one from each Illinois congressional district. State Central Committee members will meet in May to select the state party chairman. Rauner and his allies have targeted three members for defeat– John McGlasson of Pontiac (16th Congressional District/U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger), Robert Winchester, Sr. of Rosiclare (15th Congressional District/U.S. Rep. John Shimkus) and Fred Floreth of Springfield (13th Congressional District/U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis). DeWitt County GOP Chairman Dustin Peterson dropped his challenge to Floreth on Friday, after reports that he had once been arrested for a DUI. Challenging McGlasson is State Rep. Thomas Demmer (R-Dixon) and Winchester, State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet). . .Sources say Rauner allies have offered to have Rose will withdraw his candidacy and put a designee of Winchester, a retired state employee who spent ten years in the Illinois House (1974-84) and joined the State Central Committee in 2002, on the Illinois GOP payroll. Illinois House GOP Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and Illinois Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) are backing Rose’s bid and criticizing Winchester for being disloyal to the governor, sources say. Winchester campaigned at the Bond County Lincoln Day Dinner Saturday night, but Rose did not appear. Detmers Fansler, a former aide to then-Illinois Secretary of State George Ryan, was ousted from the State Central Committee in 2014 after backing then-chairman Pat Brady, a Rauner ally who sought to change the party platform to support gay marriage.)


(FROM THE ARTICLE: Illinois Tea Party leader Denise Cattoni told Illinois Review that she’s concerned about the state and its future if conservatives disengage from voting in the fall. But, as a vocal supporter of Jeanne Ives in the gubernatorial primary, she understands the discouragement many conservatives are expressing. She publicly shared her concerns on her Facebook page Friday in a post addressing precinct committeemen. “The ILGOP is trying to purge all conservatives from the State Central Committee.)



— APRIL 5, 2018 FLASHBACK: Circular firing squad battle moves to state central committee races
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Every four years, Republican Party conventions of precinct committeemen are held in every Illinois county for the purpose of electing state central committee members in each of the state’s congressional districts. The filing deadline was March 26th. Dave Diersen posted a list of contested races. I’ve added incumbent (i) designations… . . . That’s a lot of challenges. I asked Dan Proft if he was behind any of these candidates in an attempt to take over the party. Chris Cleveland was a big Jeanne Ives supporter, for example, as was David Smith, Patrick Harlan and others on that list. Proft’s texted response… Think you’ve got it reversed. It reads to me as if Rauner and his big government apparatchiks are working to continue their purge of conservatives from the party per their backing candidates against McGlasson, Floreth and Winchester. Message to Ives and her supporters: leave the party. I checked in with the ILGOP, former statewide candidate Bob Grogan and the Ives campaign, but haven’t yet heard back. . .KOL: What is going on in the 6th? All three are Rauner allies, so I thought)


— APRIL 16, 2018 FLASHBACK: Four big risks from Bolton’s purge of National Security Council – Hal Brands (DIERSEN: I should write a book about conservatives in Illinois, in DuPage County, in Milton Township, in Glen Ellyn, and in Wheaton who have been purged by Republican Party leaders a) because they are “too conservative,” that is, because they support too many planks in the Republican Party platform, most commonly, its traditional family, right to life, immigration, Second Amendment, illegal drugs, and/or equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks and/or because they fail/refuse to promote dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and even worse things.)


— APRIL 14, 2018 FLASHBACK: GOP should follow FDR’s example, purge extremists – David J. Meltsner (DIERSEN: Who is a Republican extremist? According to Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs in Illinois, in DuPage County, and in Milton Township, Republican extremists support all the planks in the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) and should be purged. I should write a book about past and present IRP, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Milton Township Republican Central Committee leaders who focus on purging those like me who support all the planks in the IRP platform, including its traditional family, right to life, immigration, and Second Amendment planks.)


— MARCH 16, 2018 FLASHBACK: The Attempted Purge of a Rare Pro-Choice Republican (Rauner) in Illinois – Ed Kilgore (DIERSEN: In Illinois, far too many “Republican” activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. fail/refuse to defend/advance the right to life plank in the party’s platform. Far too many of them focus on getting rid of those like me who support the right to life plank in the party’s platform.)


— TRUMP POISED TO PURGE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT – TOM BOGGIONI (DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government. While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, my Democrat superiors constantly purged their employees who were Republican, and especially those like me who were White, male, and/or non-veteran who they had not promoted to GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40. In retrospect, with benefit of hindsight, I am extremely proud that they failed to purge me for almost 3 years at the Post Office, almost 9 years at IRS, and almost 18 years at GAO.)


— On “Flannery Fired Up,” which airs Friday evening and Sunday morning on FOX 32, Mike Flannery talks to U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam about Trump, taxes and town halls.


— Retiring Paul Ryan could be more ‘liberated’ in dealing with Trump, Democrat says – Rick Pearson (DIERSEN: What have you wanted to be liberated from? According to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, I am no longer the following not because they succeeded in getting rid of me, but because I wanted to be liberated: TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member, GAO employee, etc.)


— The best workplaces for women – LENA SINGER (DIERSEN: For Democrats, and especially for Democrats who are minority, female, younger, and/or veteran, the federal government is the best place to work because the federal government gives preference big time to the aforesaid. To make way for the aforesaid, the federal government wastes the careers of and gets rid of its employees who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who do not make GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40.)
— Is Illinois doomed to another budget crisis? – GREG HINZ


— Schools face heavy burden with proposed pension obligation shift


— Lawmakers react to potential override of Gun Licensing Bill – Roni LeForge


— CASTEN CALLS: Volunteers were lining up to support Roskam’s November opponent Sean Casten this weekend. Consider this: — Reid McCollum (@MccollumReid) on Twitter: “3 volunteer trainings for @SeanCasten yesterday & 1pm had to turn people away. I’d estimate they had 200+ in all. The people want change in #IL06! #FlipThe6th.” Today — Casten is to hold a news conference this morning to hit Roskam just before tax filing day, or, as Casten’s campaign puts it: “to raise awareness of the huge tax bite facing area homeowners because of Peter Roskam’s irresponsible tax plan.” (DIERSEN: Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly. Government should encourage marriage and homeownership.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Should I apply to be the ProPublica Newsletter Editor? Just kidding. Ever-increasingly, members of the following groups are “underrepresented:” Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, draft avoiders, German Americans, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
(FROM THE JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: We know there are great candidates who may not fit into what we’ve described above, or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. We are dedicated to improving our newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. (Here is a breakdown of our own staff.) We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. And we are taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.)


— Devilish Details in School Sexuality-Indoctrination Bill – Laurie Higgins


— CENSORED! How Online Media Companies Are Suppressing Conservative Speech – Ashley Rae Goldenberg and Dan Gainor


— Biden: Republicans ‘Don’t Want Black Folks Voting’ – PAM KEY (DIERSEN: Democrats remain furious that they lost the Civil War. Ever since the Civil War, Democrats have increasingly shouted at Blacks and at everyone else that Republicans are White Supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, bigots, and even worst things who should be gotten rid of. How soon will Democrats call for Blacks and everyone else to get rid of Republicans once and for all? Already, Republicans have bought a tremendous amount of firearms and ammunition for their self-defense.)


— Showdown in November: Fearsome Blue Wave or Flaccid Democrat Failure? – Kurt Schlichter


— Budget Woes, Out-Migration Color Illinois Gov. Race – Hilary Gowins


— New Yorker magazine bemoans Chick-fil-A’s ‘creepy infiltration’ – Bradford Richardson


— Comey opens up about the shocking way he found out he was fired by Trump – MEGHAN KENEALLY (DIERSEN: Right up to the end of August of 1997, my Democrat GAO superiors unethically led me to believe that they were going to let me work until I would first be eligible for regular retirement when I turned 55 on September 29, 2003. In February of 1971, my Firestone Stores boss fired me immediate after I told him that I had accepted a job offer from Oldsmobile. Then, Oldsmobile withdrew that job offer saying that it had just agreed to stop hiring Whites to settle an EEOC complaint. That directly resulted in my accepting a job offer from IRS. Right up to the end of August of 1969, my Democrat Post Office superiors unethically led me to believe that they were going to let me continue working part-time while took classes at NIU. All of a sudden, they declared that my being available to work all Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, holidays, and all days that NIU was not in session was not good enough.)


— Poll: Democrats’ advantage in midterm election support is shrinking – Dan Balz and Scott Clement (DIERSEN: In response to this, will Democrats shout even louder at everyone that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things who should be gotten rid of?)


— A $76,000 Monthly Pension: Why States and Cities Are Short on Cash Governments are struggling as mounting pension obligations crowd out the rest of their budgets. Oregon faces a severe, self-inflicted crisis. – Mary Williams Walsh (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes hint/imply/argue/shout that my $4,322 monthly Civil Service Retirement System pension is excessive and that my $1,500 monthly federal health, dental, and vision insurance subsidy is excessive. Overwhelmingly, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes are either not getting a pension or are not earning credits toward a pension. Few, if any, of my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would do what I did to earn a pension – survive tremendous pressure to get rid of me from my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates to work for the same employer for almost 30 years.)


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Author: David Diersen

The opinions that I express in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are based on experience that I have gained doing many things since 1948. I base my opinions on what I learned a) working for the federal government for almost 30 years -- Post Office 1966-1969, IRS 1971-1980, and GAO 1980-1997, serving on the Executive Committee of the Association of Government Accountants Chicago Chapter 1983-1996, and being a union member while I worked for the Post Office and IRS; b) earning an MBA from Loyola in 1976, a masters degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, and a masters degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997; c) passing the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 and passing the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981; c) serving as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999, the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000, the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois Chairman 2005-2012, a member of the 2008 Illinois Republican Party (IRP) Platform and Resolutions Committee, a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011, the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004, an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007, and an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member 2001-2004; d) attending the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 IRP State Conventions as a delegate; e) being the subject of a nasty 4-page article in the February 1978 issue of Money Magazine; f) pursing litigation including Diersen v. GAO and Diersen v. Chicago Car Exchange; g) being married since 1978; h) living in Crete 1948-1972, in University Park 1972-1976, in Chicago 1976-1978, and in DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton since 1978; and i) being baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran.