August 4 Evening Edition

— Attorney General Sessions vows crackdown on leaks of classified information – AP


— Chicago to Sue Justice Department Over Grant-Slashing Threat – Richard Ray


— Rauner Says He’s ‘Open To Compromise’ On School Funding Dispute – Craig Dellimore


— Emanuel to sue Feds over new Sanctuary City Rules – Bill Cameron  (QUESTION: Which individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries will side with Emanuel? ANSWER: Those that are 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.)


— SNEED: Getting the 12th Degree?  Dateline: The indoctrination line. A top, top GOP politico tells Sneed Republican state legislators are being indoctrinated with far-right ideology since the state budget limped into passage recently. Translation: “They are being called in to meet individually with the staff of the uber-conservative Illinois Policy Institute for questioning and/or indoctrination on its far-right ideology — now that Governor Bruce Rauner has moved many of its staff, including his new chief of staff, Kristina Rasmussen, from the institute’s office into the actual office of the governor,” the source tells Sneed.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Rauner says “Rauner uses school children as political pawns.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Immigrants convenient scapegoat when all goes south for Trump.”


— Rauner: Once analysis of his school funding plan is done, it will ‘carry the day’ – Rick Pearson
— Running down the clock: Illinois school funding rests in the Democrat-controlled — and empty — Senate chamber – Editorial
— The next Foxconn and Illinois: Here’s why Wisconsin will be the state growing more taxpayers – Editorial
— Ives compares teachers who support transgender rights to ‘dirty old men’ – Kim Janssen (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote LGBTQ activity.)
— Judge stops NIU from paying rest of ousted president’s severance package – Stacy St. Clair
— Emanuel: City to sue Trump Justice Department over funding threat – John Byrne
— Do colleges discriminate against Asian-Americans? Team Trump is on the case. – Clarence Page
— Struggling Illinois Lottery closer to getting new manager – Joe Mahr
— Fox Valley leaders outline pros, cons of Trump-endorsed immigration bill – Sarah Freishtat (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps want a) immigrants who will vote for Democrats and b) cheap labor.)


— Eight candidates, so far, seek vacant DuPage County Board seat – Robert Sanchez
— Illinois Department of Natural Resources gets 5 percent budget cut – AP (DIERSEN: During the 1990s, while worked for GAO, the agency suffered much larger budget cuts.)
— Liberal group Media Matters for America urges advertisers to boycott Fox’s Hannity – AP  (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Who/what boycotts GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails? ANSWER: Individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are 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 for a long time.)
— 1 thing Obamas aren’t giving up: Martha’s Vineyard vacation – AP  (DIERSEN: Vacations are expensive. Your GOPUSA Illinois Editor and his wife are not planning any kind of vacation. My $50,856/year pension is only 41% of the $122,991 that I earned in 1997 in today’s dollars. I have at least $72,135 less each year or $6,011 less each month or $1,387 less each week or $198 less each day to spend on vacations because my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old. I went on vacations in 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, and 1977.  My wife and I went on many vacations, typically four each year, 1978-1992 in connection with her business trips to luxury resorts all across America. Of course, my Democrat IRS and GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were beyond furious about that.)
— OUTSTANDING: Naperville panel shoots down liquor sales at gas station – Marie Wilson


— Collateral damage in Rauner’s bid to blow up the school funding bill – RICH MILLER
— CountyCare wins contract in Rauner’s Medicaid revamp – KRISTEN SCHORSCH


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump asks “Are Trump voters running out of patience?”


— Kinzinger visits Dixon, advocates for corporate tax reform to fix infrastructure  Lawmaker bemoans movement toward ‘tribalism’ in America – RACHEL RODGERS  (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors in the federal government who took the following adverse actions against me saw themselves as being Democrats rather than as being Americans: 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.  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.  My Democrat Post Office superiors forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests in 1969 and 1968. They would not have taken the aforesaid adverse actions against me if I had been a Democrat, a minority, a female, or a veteran.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The national political landscape is leaning more toward “tribalism rather than Americanism.”  “You now see yourself as a Republican or a Democrat or an independent, in some cases I think, before people see themselves as Americans.”)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Rauners and anti-Trumps say “Rauner, Trump Both Face Grim Illinois Poll Numbers.”


— GOP offers newspaper snippets attacking Dems over school funding – Caitlin Nordahl


— Temporary Restraining Order granted against NIU – JOHN KRAFT


— RAUNER SIGNS BILL CREATING ‘BARACK OBAMA DAY’  Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed into law a bill declaring Aug. 4 “Barack Obama Day,” effective in 2018. – Joe Kaiser


— ILLINOIS CONSERVATIVES TO GATHER AUGUST 18TH & 19TH IN ELMHURST  (DIERSEN: TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois was a conservative organization, but anti-conservatives, their operatives, and their dupes succeeded in destroying it in 2012. Illinois Center Right Coalition was a conservative organization, but anti-conservatives, their operatives, and their dupes succeeded in constructively destroying it in 2007. GOPUSA ILLINOIS has promoted conservative principles since 2000. Anti-conservatives, their operatives, and their dupes have not yet succeeded in destroying GOPUSA ILLINOIS. Ever-increasingly individuals and organizations that say that they are conservative, talk and act like they are Libertatian. There are tremendous conflicts between liberterarian principles and conservative princples. Conservatives ask me to help plan and participate in conservative events, but Libertarians do not.  Conservative events focus on defending and advancing planks in the Republican Party platform including its traditional family, right to life, immigration, illegal drugs, Second Amendment, and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks. Conservative events focus on discouraging vices including booze, gambling, and pot.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Illinois conservatives are plentiful, but they’re just not well-organized, and the Leftist media so rarely includes conservative perspectives that many are misled to believe conservatives are extinct in the Land of Lincoln. But conservatives are really not that rare in Illinois, they just need to know who each other are and meet up to encourage one another, says Carol Davis – the co-founder of West Suburban Patriots. That’s why she and Janet Shaw started the ball rolling on a long overdue gathering of Illinois conservatives. The event, “Strategy 2017: From Outrage to Action,” will be held August 18 and 19th at the Diplomat West Banquet Hall in Elmhurst, IL. The forum starts Friday afternoon with American Majority doing Candidate/Campaign Team Training. Matt Batzel, the trainer American Majority is providing, led the movement in Wisconsin when Scott Walker was under attack during the recall effort. The training will be followed Friday evening by a Meet & Greet. Saturday morning, Catherine Engelbrecht from True the Vote will speak, with several election integrity sessions to follow. Saturday’s luncheon speaker will be former Kansas 1st District U.S. Congressman Dr. Tim Huelskamp, now the new President of The Heartland Institute. The afternoon sessions will be social media training and a session entitled “Lightning Round: SOLUTIONS” will feature short, fast-paced presentations from organizations with REAL solutions conservatives to learn and support. Dinner will be sponsored by FreedomWorks, with keynote speaker C.L. Bryant. He is a reverend and a black conservative activist with the TEA Party since the beginning.)


— RICH MILLER: Sen. Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) told me earlier that the Sun-Times story above doesn’t make any sense, so I asked him to send me a quick statement… “It stuns me that people would say Ms. Rasmussen is attempting to ‘indoctrinate’ Republican legislators. Just the opposite. In my meetings with her, I feel she does more listening than talking, and her focus has mostly been on operational (not ideological) issues. In fact, I’ve rarely been so impressed in such a short timeframe with what has been said and how it has been said. She’s a clear, concise, and capable communicator.”
— Rauner blitzes editorial boards
— ILGOP: “Madigan expected to protest ILGOP state fair events”
— Rauner again accused of avoiding Trump criticism
— DGA poll: Rauner and Trump have same Illinois job disapproval rating


— Vengeful politician (Toni Preckwinkle) seeks to bankrupt group that won a court order against a new tax – Thomas Lifson


— Coast Guard Chief Will Disregard Trump’s Ban on Transgenders in Military – Dr. Susan Berry  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote LGBTQ activity.)


— Washington Post: Media Is the New Target of the NRA to Raise Money – Mark Swanson


— OUTRAGEOUS: McCain: When I Come Back, We’re Going To Try To Get A New Gang Of Eight Immigration Bill Going


— Immigration critics find their champion in Trump – RAFAEL BERNAL


— Three more RNC staffers set to exit  The departures come on the heels of a July shakeup at the committee. – ALEX ISENSTADT


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Most Americans view President Trump as ‘not honest,’ without good leadership skills.”


— U.S. Heroin Trade Rooted in Mexico’s ‘Corridor of Death’  Drug gangs and graft conspire to turn one Mexican state into a violent and dominant force in the drugs trade – Dudley Althaus


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps ask “Are Employers Using Trump’s ICE Agents to Intimidate Workers?”  Anti-Trumps side with the illegals.


— VA whistleblower gets job in Trump’s new accountability office – NIKKI WENTLING  (DIERSEN: When will Trump put me charge of GAO? Just kidding. I blew the whistle on patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation at GAO. 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.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Two years ago, Brandon Coleman was placed on paid leave from his job with the Department of Veterans Affairs as an addiction therapist after he reported poor care for mental-health patients at the Phoenix VA hospital — the epicenter of the agency’s wait-time scandal. After reporting his concerns, managers opened internal investigations into Coleman and accused him of misconduct, he said. Coleman claimed it was retaliation and he spent 18 months on leave while settling the dispute with the VA. Now, Coleman, 42, is about to take a new position with the VA in which he can influence how whistleblowers are treated within the agency. He’s been assigned to VA headquarters to work on behalf of whistleblowers who still face deterrents to speak out, like he did. Coleman reports to Washington, D.C. in mid-August, where he’ll be part of the new VA Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection, which is led by Navy and Air Force veteran Peter O’Rourke. The office was established with the intention of making VA officials more aggressive in finding and removing bad workers and protecting the whistleblowers who help them do it.)

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.