August 10 Morning Edition

— Madigan aide: Everyone’s got an agenda on redistricting – Rick Pearson
— For African-American police officers, a foot in two worlds – William Lee  (DIERSEN: I have always been a Republican and I am not a veteran.  While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, virtually all my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were Democrats and/or veterans.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump floats assassination theory, but everything’s fine.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Donald Trump shoots himself in the foot.”


— The state’s pension reality gap is about to get even wider – JOE CAHILL
— After Chicago’s deadliest day in 13 years, resisting the refrain of ‘bad neighborhoods’ – KARYN SANDLOS AND JANET L. SMITH


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PHOTO OF GRIFFIN: Wide range of rules on what teacher classes taxpayers cover – Jake Griffin  (DIERSEN: Officially, the federal government encourages its employees to take job-related courses.  However, while I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, the agencies that I worked for either had no tuition reimbursement program or one that provided only token reimbursement. Nevertheless, while I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, spent lots of my own time and money taking courses to earn a job-related bachelor’s degree, three job-related master’s degrees, and two job-related professional certifications. However, my Democrat superiors, Democrat supervisors, Democrat coworkers, and Democrat subordinates in the federal government always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that the courses that I took a) were not job-related, b) did not help me carry out my job duties, c) were taken by me to get a job in the private sector, and/or d) were a distraction.  They would not have done that if I had been a Democrat, a minority, a female, or a veteran.  To keep their jobs or to get promoted, my Democrat superiors, Democrat supervisors, Democrat coworkers, and Democrat subordinates in the federal government focused on wasting the careers of and getting rid of federal employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A Daily Herald analysis of 92 suburban school district teacher contracts showed 70 with some type of tuition reimbursement program for educators. As in District 41, a vetting process of the coursework is nearly ubiquitous in all the contracts, but that process varies widely. Most contracts allow teachers to be reimbursed only for classes that count toward an advanced degree or have practical applications to the classes they teach or could teach in the future. District 41’s University of La Verne courses aren’t part of an advanced degree program. Critics of tuition reimbursement programs said school boards and administrators should pay closer attention to these policies, since teachers’ education levels are directly tied to their salary and pension costs. “When you are tying compensation to the number of classes taken and completed, that seems to be the wrong measurement,” said David From, Illinois state director for Americans for Prosperity, a national tax policy reform organization. “It should be tied to how good you are. It’s doing our kids a disservice and it’s certainly doing taxpayers a disservice.” Teachers union officials argue everyone, including taxpayers, benefits from increased education for a school district’s teachers, particularly when those classes are germane to what they teach.)
— Blagojevich’s 14-year prison term remains; wife lashes out at judge – Barbara Vitello  (DIERSEN: Of course, needless-to-say, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes glorify and praise the judges who have ruled against me.  My critics/opponents in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, in Illinois, and in the federal government have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout.)


— Illinois next when it comes to ‘voter suppression?’ – Rich Miller (DIERSEN: How many of the hundreds of thousands of illegals who are in Illinois use their false identifications to vote for Democrats?)


— NRA spends $3 million on new anti-Clinton ad – CNN


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Sauk Valley pushes pot.  If you push pot, you want to destroy America.


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: How many of the millions who are in America illegally use their false identifications to vote for Democrats?


— TRAGIC: Urbana council approves action on five gambling licenses – Johnathan Hettinger


— Endorsements, or lack thereof, that could matter for Trump – AP


— Ryan, Feingold Big Winners In Wisconsin Primary – SUSAN STEPHENS


— Illinois’ slippery slope – Bob Schneider


— McHenry County GOP Fundraiser Set
— Patrick Kenneally Named First Assistant State’s Attorney
— Jack Franks Pushes for Return of the County Czar


— DuPage Co. Policy Disallows County Board Member Health Insurance – they take it anyway – John Kraft


— Trump’s message resonates despite distractions – Kelly Riddell
— New York Daily News calls on Donald Trump to end campaign – Jessica Chasmar


— The Pope’s Disturbing Moral Relativism in the Wake of Father Hamel’s Slaughter – DENNIS PRAGER


— Trump in Detroit: I want to keep jobs and wealth in America. – George Rasley


— Giuliani: Clinton Camp Looking to ‘Demonize’ Trump Over Gun Remarks – Sandy Fitzgerald


— Trump Was Referring to Second Amendment Voters, Not Assassination – Katie Pavlich
— Trump Has Left GOP With No Good Options – Jonah Goldberg


— No, the GOP shouldn’t engage in a “negotiated surrender” to Hillary


— Paul Ryan Easily Trounces Primary Challenger – BRIDGET JOHNSON
— Fiorina Angling for Reince Priebus’ Job – STEPHEN KRUISER


— Replacing Trump on Ballots: Murky Payoff and a Legal Thicket  Deadlines in battleground states make prospect daunting – Todd Ruger


— RNC suffers spate of Trump-related departures  For some young staff members, the party’s embrace of its nominee is a “deal breaker.” – Daniel Lippman
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “GOP squirms amid latest Trump firestorm  The Republican nominee’s Second Amendment comment has allies scrambling to explain what he meant.”
— Anti-Trump independent races to get on the 2016 ballot nationwide – Eli Stokols  (DIERSEN: Who will the anti-Trumps get to run in Illinois?  Will it be Pat Brady?)


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Donald Trump Suggests ‘Second Amendment People’ Could Act Against Hillary Clinton – NICK CORASANITI and MAGGIE HABERMAN
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Donald Trump’s Support Among Republican Women Starts to Slide – MICHAEL BARBARO and AMY CHOZICK
— Mormons’ Distaste for Donald Trump Puts Utah Up for Grabs – ALAN RAPPEPORT


— Republicans call Trump’s 2nd Amendment remarks ‘dumb,’ ‘reckless’ but not a threat – Christine Rushton


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “The GOP must dump Trump.”
— The workers Clinton and Trump should not forget – Joe Davidson  (DIERSEN: Virtually all federal employees are Democrats.  Democrats are moral relativists who believe that their end justifies their means.  Democrats are disciples of Saul Alinsky. If Trump wins, they will do everything that they can to make his administration fail, and therefore, to make America fail.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In the heat of a bizarre presidential campaign, the horse race makes it easy to forget that the point of politics is governing. And when we think of the next administration, we often focus on who will get the top political appointments. But to govern effectively, any administration needs to consider civil servants, particularly during the transition, when they will play an enhanced role until new political appointees are in place. Max Stier, president and chief executive of the good-government Partnership for Public Service, calls career federal employees the “vital engine” that keeps government going. “The reality is the career workforce is the continuous thread across administrations,” he said. “They’re the people who know how it works and how things get done.” Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump should not forget them. The Presidential Transitions Improvements Act, signed by President Obama in March, recognizes their importance and calls for each agency to appoint a senior career employee to oversee and implement transition activities.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “The defenses of Donald Trump’s ‘Second Amendment’ comment don’t make sense. Here’s why.”
— Ryan: Trump Second Amendment remarks a “joke gone bad” – Robert Costa


— Trump supporter flaunts even bigger sign after original was torched – Joe Tacopino  (DIERSEN: Of course, needless-to-say, because anti-Trumps are disciples of Saul Alinsky and are moral relativists who believe that their end justifies their means, Trump signs are in danger.)


— It’s Clinton’s Election to Lose  Trump has divided Republicans while Democrats are united behind Hillary. – WILLIAM A. GALSTON
— Trump Runs Against Both Parties – HOLMAN W. JENKINS, JR.
— All Paul Ryan’s Enemies  Overwrought moral denunciations from both pro- and anti-Trump forces. – WILLIAM MCGURN  (DIERSEN: Who wants to be viewed as being your enemy?  The following want to be viewed as being my enemy: those who a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, c) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, d) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, e) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, f) are operatives for the aforesaid, and/or g) are dupes for the aforesaid and those who are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump Has Staffers Ditching the Republican Party Like Crazy.”


— What Trump Gets Wrong About Clinton and the Second Amendment  Hint: everything. – Paul Barrett


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: ‘Never Trump’ Ranks Grow  Republicans turning against nominee who is anti-establishment. – David Jackson and Eliza Collins  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois.  Because they are part of the establishment, they demonize, denigrate, and condemn me as being anti-establishment.)
— 6 times Donald Trump felt he was misunderstood by the media – Steph Solis
— Are they both trying to lose the White House? Glenn Reynolds – Glenn Harlan Reynolds
— Could Trump drop out? GOP leaders should have thought this through before now. – Joshua Spivak


— Trump to appear at Orlando pastors event, LGBT protests planned – Steven Lemongello (DIERSEN: The less that you do to promote LGBT activity, the more at Democrats protest against you.)


— Donald Trump’s Second Amendment ‘Joke’ Will Get Real People Killed  The Republican nominee built his celebrity on the sense that he was always, in some way, kidding. But his musings about a Clinton assassination have grave consequences. – Olivia Nuzzi


— Hillary Clinton’s Big Welcome to Trump-Hating Republicans  The campaign announced the launch of Together for America, a group specially created for GOP defectors. – PRISCILLA ALVAREZ  (DIERSEN: Who are the “Trump-Hating Republicans” and the “GOP defectors” in Illinois, in your county, in your township/ward, in your municipality, and in your precinct?  What do the aforesaid think of you?)


— How can leaders keep exiting federal employees on point during the transition? – Chase Gunter (DIERSEN: Virtually all federal employees are Democrats.  Democrats are moral relativists who believe that their end justifies their means.  Democrats are disciples of Saul Alinsky. If Trump wins, they will do everything that they can to make his administration fail, and therefore, to make America fail.)


— Voters See Trump As His Own Worst Enemy
— Most Say Union Leaders Out of Touch With Members

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.