August 25 Evening Edition

— Rauner, CTU raise concerns over school funding compromise – Craig Wall


— President Donald Trump tells Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to indefinitely ban transgender recruits – AP


— Sessions’ Justice Department responds to Emanuel’s sanctuary city lawsuit – John Byrne
— SEIU voter engagement drive to target Rauner, other Republican politicians – Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz  (DIERSEN: Will SEIU give me a pass a) because I worked for the minimum wage for 18 months 1964-1966, b) because I was a union member for almost 3 years 1966-1969, c) because I was a union member for almost 3 months in early 1970, d) because I was as union member for almost 9 years 1971-1980, and e) because I do not promote hatred against unions or against union members?)
— Rauner vetoes bill to raise Illinois’ minimum wage to $15
— That controversial cartoon was a misfire in more than one way – Eric Zorn
— How Chicago MBA programs measure up – Danielle Braff  (DIERSEN: I earned an MBA from Loyola in 1976 when I was 27 years old.)
— Acapulco, once Mexico’s glamorous resort city, is now its murder capital – Joshua Partlow
— Don’t topple statues of Founding Fathers, update your thinking about them – Ron Grossman
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Trump’s wall is a 2,000-mile fraud.”
— What’s so great about the Hoosier state? It’s not Illinois. – Editorial
— School-funding deal would help private schools with tax-credit plan – Ted Slowik


— Day after applauding school deal, Rauner blasts ‘bad things’ in bill – Tina Sfondeles
— Progressive caucus opposed to private scholarship tax-credits – Lauren FitzPatrick and Tina Sfondeles  (DIERSEN: My outstanding parents saved Crete-Monee School District 201-U ( lots of money during the 1950s and 1960s by sending my brother and me to Trinity Lutheran Grade School in Crete and then to Hope Lutheran Grade School in Park Forest to stay with the Missouri Synod.  Because my parents did that, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always demonized, denigrated, and condemned a) my parents as being filthy rich and b) my brother and me as being born with silver spoons in our mouths, as having always been privileged, and as being filthy rich.)
— Gov. Rauner vetoes minimum wage hike – Tina Sfondeles  (DIERSEN: Have you ever worked for the minimum wage? I did part-time 1964-1966 while I was a 16 and 17 year old high school student. That job enabled me to earn and save enough money to buy a new 1966 Pontiac Tempest Sprint a) that I used to commute to jobs cleaning golf shoes, chipping slag, and pumping gasoline during the summer of in 1966 and delivering mail 1966-1967 and b) that I used to commute to classes at UIC from my parents’ home in Crete 1966-1967. In December of 1967, sold it and used that money and money that I had earned and saved delivering mail to buy a new 1968 Oldsmobile 442.)
— Wives of Rauner, Madigan closer than their husbands – Michael Sneed
— More than a third of Chicago city workers make $100K-plus – Mitchell Armentrout
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Build relationships, not walls, or watch government shut down.”
— Confederate statues are scapegoats for American hypocrisy – John Fountain  (DIERSEN: Since they immigrated to America during the 1840s and 1850s, all my ancestors have always lived in northeast Illinois.)
— Since when is Southern history strictly white history, anyway? – Gene Lyons
— OUTRAGEOUS: Driverless cars on the road to the future – Editorial
— A win, if far from perfect, for Illinois schoolchildren – Editorial


— Durbin town hall in Naperville focuses on health care, Democrats’ future – Marie Wilson
— Illinois to stop playing ‘war chant’ music at games – AP
— Illinois governor vetoes plan for minimum wage hike – AP
— OUTRAGEOUS: Gov OKs bill easing gender-ID change for transgender people – AP  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote gender confusion.)
— Frank Saverino to seek fourth term in Carol Stream in 2019 – Justin Kmitch


— Sanctuary city: Trump administration opposes Chicago request for injunction – AP


— Lieutenant Governor Visits Kaskaskia College Agriculture Program


— Governor: New laws help ‘broken’ criminal justice system  (DIERSEN: According to the Democrats, if people commit crime, it is because the criminal justice system is broken. What percent of those who commit crime are Democrats?)


— Illinois Targets Trump’s Immigration Agenda  The Illinois TRUST Act is an effort to resist federal pressure to crack down on undocumented immigrants. – TERESA MATHEW


— Want Public Involvement? Turn Backs On Them At Meeting – JOHN KRAFT




— Rauner transfers $500K to the Illinois Republican Party. (DIERSEN: He who pays the piper calls the tunes.)
— OUTRAGEOUS: Rauner signs transgender birth certificate bill
— Rauner says school funding deal “not fair” because of Chicago, pledges to “fix the problems” in another bill
— Pritzker, DGA pounce on Rauner missteps
— Yaffe leaves for greener pastures (DIERSEN: Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs shout at people like Yaffe a) to not read GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails and b) to not let Diersen know about anything.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Hey Rich! This has been an open secret over here for some time, but I wanted you to be the first member of the press to know that Tuesday will be my last day at the ILGOP.)
— Another big Friday afternoon veto and bill-signing dump


— Antifa wants Balbo monument in Chicago removed


— Trudeau Rows Back on ‘Refugees Welcome’ as Quebec Hands Migrants $2.6 Million a Month in Welfare – VICTORIA FRIEDMAN
— OUTRAGEOUS: Only Six GOP Reps Publicly Defend DACA Amnesty – NEIL MUNRO


— Kinzinger: Trump Needs to ‘Do Better at Bringing Folks Together’ – Joe Crowe  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps focus on bringing members of the following groups together: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
– Bill O’Reilly to Newsmax: ‘Far-Left Extremists’ Want to Destroy Our Legacy – Mark Swanson


— Tucker: NFL Players Going ‘Out Of Their Way’ To Show ‘How Much They Hate’ America – Peter Hasson
— Black Lives Matter Founder Claims Trump Is Trying To Commit Hitler-Like Genocide – Peter Hasson
— French President Spent Nearly As Much On Makeup As The Average Frenchman Makes In A Year – Thomas Phippen


— Gender Ideology’s Kindergarten Commissars – ROD DREHER


— Illinois Democrats Miss the Point, Again – ALEXANDRA DESANCTIS
— Democrats Pressure the Federal Government to Support Racial Discrimination – ELIZABETH SLATTERY & HANS A. VON SPAKOVSKY  (DIERSEN: Democrats use Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion to get rid of Republicans, and especially Republicans who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
— Professor’s Facebook Rant: ‘All Republicans’ are ‘Racist’ and ‘Scum’ – KATHERINE TIMPF


— Ditching Trump’s White House is a messy affair – JOSH DAWSEY and BEN WHITE


— Dreamers Vow To ‘Fight Like Hell’ To Defend DACA Amid Rumors Trump Will End Program  The White House and Department of Homeland Security have not yet announced a decision. – Elise Foley  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps make it clear that they are going to get rid of Trump and that they are going to get rid his supporters.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Republicans Aren’t Moderates Just Because They Don’t Like Donald Trump.”


— Trump Gives Mattis Wide Discretion Over Transgender Ban – MICHAEL R. GORDON and EMILY COCHRANE


— RNC set to condemn white supremacy but makes no mention of Trump’s remarks – David Weigel  (DIERSEN: Of course, anti-Trumps will use this resolution to demonize, to denigrate, and to condemn Trump and to demonize, to denigrate, and to condemn all his supporters as being White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Republican National Committee is expected to approve a resolution condemning racism and white supremacy at its summer meeting in Nashville — but don’t call it a rebuke of President Trump. “This has nothing to do with the president,” said the resolution’s sponsor, New Jersey RNC committeeman Bill Palatucci. “This is the RNC saying that racism and bigotry have no place in America.” Palatucci, an attorney who served as general counsel to Trump’s presidential transition committee, said that he began drafting the resolution on August 13, the day after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville ended with the murder of a counterprotester. “The core issue was for us as RNC members to clearly and loudly denounce white supremacists,” explained Palatucci. “There can be no hesitation for the Party of Lincoln.” The resolution itself makes no mention of Trump or the president’s multiple reactions to Charlottesville, which led to three presidential advisory councils being disbanded as their members quit in protest. Instead, it states that “the racist beliefs of Nazis, the KKK, white supremacists and others are completely inconsistent with the Republican Party’s platform,” and urges that “swift and certain justice be meted out to domestic terrorists.” Most of the remaining text focuses on the history of the party, and the need for colorblind policy and politics. “We recall that the Republican Party was founded in the struggle against slavery and a rejection of the racial beliefs underlying the institution of slavery,” the resolution reads. “The Republican Party subsequently led the fight to assure all human beings have equal standing before the law, promoting instead the foundational idea that each person be judged as an individual on merit and not on the color of skin or other circumstance of birth.” The RNC’s resolution nonetheless breaks from the president by condemning white nationalists specifically and not dovetailing into criticism of the left. It’s the latest of several Republican responses that have taken that tone, but have often been buried by coverage of the president. RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel gave the party’s first official response to Charlottesville at an ill-timed August 14 event in Detroit designed to demonstrate the party’s ongoing outreach to black voters. “White supremacy, neo-Nazi, KKK and hate speech and bigotry are not welcome and [do] not have a home in the Republican Party,” McDaniel told reporters, as black Republicans waited for a closed-press roundtable to begin. “This isn’t a partisan issue. This is an American issue.” Over the next 10 days, Republicans in every state fended off questions about the president’s markedly different response to Charlottesville — condemning violence on “many sides,” attacking the “alt-left,” and occasionally being congratulated by white nationalist leaders for his tone. It was agonizing for Republicans who had tried, before Trump, to broaden the party’s appeal to non-white voters. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the highest profile black Republican in Congress, told Vice News that Trump’s “moral authority” had been compromised by his Charlottesville response. Michael Steele, who as the first black RNC chairman had apologized for the GOP’s racial politics, said after Charlottesville that his party was making a grave error by defending Trump. “In 2009, I declared the Southern Strategy of the GOP was dead. It was over,” Steele said on an August 15 episode of his Sirius XM radio show. “I am sad to say that in the course of the 2016 campaign, that strategy was revived. And now this seminal moment faces this party, where you’re either going to kill this bastard right off the top, just get rid of the Southern Strategy or you’re going to own it in perpetuity.” Outside of the Opryland complex, other Republicans were engaged in an argument about what else the party needed to do. On Tuesday, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) told reporters that a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest, the founder of the Ku Klux Klan, should be removed from the state capitol complex. But the leading Republican candidates for governor, including Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), stopped short of that, suggesting that the issue needed further debate in the Republican-controlled state legislature. And further away, the leadership of the Democratic National Committee accused Republicans of distracting from a crisis that they’d enabled long before Trump’s victory. “The Republican Party, led by President Trump, has cultivated a culture of hate through their rhetoric and policies,” said DNC spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa. “A vote on a resolution doesn’t fix the systemic problems within the Republican party. When will they take responsibility, denounce racism and stop pursuing divisive policies like voter identification laws and extreme immigration reforms?” Republican officials, who entered the Nashville meeting celebrating a historic level of control in Washington and states, said that their resolution would at least clear up where they stood and where the president needed to arrive. “I think the vote on the resolution will be unanimous and I support it,” said Steve Duprey, an RNC committeeman from New Hampshire. “I do think it is useful to remind America that our party condemns all of these hate groups, and that while the President may have not articulated it as well as he could have initially, he too has been forceful in condemning racists, supremacists, the alt right, Nazis, and other hate groups.”)


— Over the groans of some, Republican National Committee votes to condemn white supremacists – AP  (DIERSEN: Of course, anti-Trumps will use this resolution to demonize, to denigrate, and to condemn Trump and to demonize, to denigrate, and to condemn all his supporters as being White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: And though the vote was unanimous, some members had grumbled that the resolution was unnecessary and reflected unnecessary defensiveness. “It’s amazing that we have been lured into this argument that we’re not racists. It’s absurd,” said Colorado Republican Chairman Jeff Hays. “Why would we feel compelled to do that?”)


— Republicans Won’t Let Chicago’s School Crisis Go to Waste  In exchange for bailing out the Windy City, Illinois’s Gov. Rauner wants a serious voucher program. – Allysia Finley


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Weekly Standard sides with Schock against his prosecutors.

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.