December 14 Morning Edition

— Trump impeachment vote underscores a harshly partisan era – AP–trump-impeachment-20191214-story.html
— Wisconsin judge orders 234,000 voter registrations tossed because they did not respond to mailer within 30 days – AP (DIERSEN: How much deadwood is there in the voter rolls in your precinct, your municipality, your township/ward, your county, and Illinois?)

— What happens in Illinois politics when ultra-rich, anti-tax activists sit on the sidelines Neither the House nor Senate Republican caucuses are experiencing major backlash over the fact that large numbers of their members voted to raise taxes. – Tom McNamee
(FROM THE ARTICLE: For the past few election cycles, pressure from powerful and/or well-funded groups and individuals would’ve scared any Republican incumbent away from such votes. But former Gov. Bruce Rauner and his vindictive checking account have faded into the sunset. The multi-million-dollar money pipeline from wealthy Republican activist Richard Uihlein to Dan Proft’s Liberty Principles PAC has been shut off. And, except for the $2 million he gave Bill Daley to run for mayor of Chicago earlier this year, Illinois’ richest resident Ken Griffin has been mostly quiet. Those three men contributed over $200 million to campaigns since late 2013. That’s a whole lot of cash to put the fear into anyone who crosses them. And it’s why almost all of the Republicans who voted for the 2017 tax hike and the override of Rauner’s veto decided not to run again, lest they be primaried to death. But those rich folks are mainly on the sidelines today.)

— McHenry County voter registration drive nets high school students (DIERSEN: Democrats shout at students, and at everyone else, a) that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK member, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things who should be gotten rid of once and for all and b) that students, and everyone else, should vote for Democrats to punish Trump.)
— Harvest church parking lot now off limits for Rolling Meadows pot shop – Christopher Placek (DIERSEN: If the sale of pot is going to be legal in your municipality, township/ward, and/or county, what are Republican elected officials doing to discourage the sale of pot?)

— Tussle over who can sell marijuana here goes down to the wire The Black Caucus wants to delay the launch date of selling pot, pointing out that existing dispensaries are getting a head start at the expense of minorities who have been historically locked out and criminalized in the business. – A.D. QUIG (DIERSEN: Historically, what percent of pot has been a) sold by minorities and b) smoked my minorities?)

— Bolingbrook’s S&P credit rating jumps to ‘all-time high’ – ALEX ORTIZ
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In a message to Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar, former state Sen. Kirk Dillard said, “Not an easy designation to get in a state like Illinois with its well documented fiscal woes.”)

— Local Democrats mingle with constituents as they hope for strong showing (DIERSEN: On July 5, 2003, a mere 16 and 1/2 years ago, all five announced Republican U.S. Senate candidates (John Cox, Chirinjeev Kathuria, Andy McKenna, Jim Oberweis, and Jack Ryan) attended a picnic that I arranged in the Prairie Path Park in my precinct for voters in my precinct, Jeanne Ives’ precinct to the east, and Debra Olson’s precinct to the west. The 200 attendees included Randy Hultgren.)

— Cannabis concerns, benefits discussed at forum – Marco Cartolano

— Are lobbyists such bad guys? – Jim Nowlan (DIERSEN: By definition, lobbyists are paid for what they do. I have never been a lobbyist because I have never been paid to lobby. To call me a lobbyist is to charge me with failing to register as being a lobbyist. SEE: )
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The term derives from those who hung around the lobbies outside the chambers of Congress back in the day of Abraham Lincoln, seeking to nab a lawmaker to persuade him to vote for or against the interests represented by the lobbyist. A lobbyist is an advocate, just as a lawyer is for his client. In the early 1990s, I was head of a statewide business group; half my job was to lobby. I was absolutely terrible at the job, which I left after just three years. An analyst by nature, I was always trying to see the merits and weaknesses of all sides of an argument. Wrong-o, when it comes to lobbying, where passionate advocacy of a client’s interests is the only position to take. Complex legislative bodies couldn’t function without lobbyists. In Illinois, 6,000 or so bills are introduced every biennial session. Lobbyists (I’d guess a third of whom are women today) distill often complex bills into understandable chunks of information. They also convey, importantly, just how intensely their clients’ memberships feel about an issue, helpful to a lawmaker seeking re-election.)

— Trump calls impeachment vote ‘an embarrassment’ to nation – AP

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Millions Of Students Are Vaping – RICHARD HARRIS

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Democrats want Blacks to be pot pushers. Historically, what percent of pot has been a) sold by Blacks and b) smoked my Blacks?

— Congressional candidate Kinzler speaks out for pension reform – Glenn Minnis

— Illinois Lawmakers Gift Us More Drugs and Gambling

— The Majority Does Not Determine Morality – Dr. Michael L. Brown

— Melania Trump spox says Greta Thunberg fair game: Barron ‘not an activist who travels the globe’ – Jessica Chasmar (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, I am “fair game” a) because I refuse to serve as their operative or as their dupe and/or b) because I promote the traditional family, right to life, immigration, Second Amendment, illegal drugs, and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks in the Republican Party platform.)
— Rapper Scarface in runoff for Houston City Council seat – AP (DIERSEN: If you ran for a government or political office, who would work the hardest against you and what would they use against you? I should write a book about those who would work the hardest against me and what they would use against me if I ran for a government or political office.)
— Influx of asylum seekers overwhelms Portland, Maine – AP

— Michelle Obama on George W. Bush friendship: ‘Our values are the same’ (DIERSEN: From what I see, her values include getting rid of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— Koch Group Touts House Passage of Farm Workers Bill – Jeffrey Rodack

— House Democrats Pass Farm Bill Aimed At Granting Amnesty To Illegal Aliens

— Four women have formed the “Conservative Squad” to challenge the ultra liberal and socialist policies of “The Squad.” – AP

— Biden: Boris Johnson Won Despite Being Trump’s ‘Physical and Emotional Clone’ because Labour Moved Too Far Left – Tobias Hoonhout
— Trump’s Effort to Fight Campus Anti-Semitism Is No War on Free Speech – JONATHAN S. TOBIN (DIERSEN: Democrats focus on turning Jews against Republicans. I should write a book about my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government and their efforts to turn my many Jewish superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates against me. Of course, they stressed that a) I am 100% German national origin, b)  that I was baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran, and c) that I lived in Crete 1948-1972.)

— Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn – ALEXANDER BOLTON
— Michelle Obama encourages Greta Thunberg after Trump attack: ‘Ignore the doubters’ – MORGAN GSTALTER
— Trump is threatening to boycott the debates — here’s how to make sure he shows up – JOE CONCHA

— Trump is considering boycotting the 2020 general election debates

— 12 States, Including Maryland (and Illinois), Hope To Block Trump’s Executive Order On Refugee Resettlement

— JPMorgan Chase C.E.O. Jamie Dimon Says It Needs to Do More to Tackle Racism The comments came days after The New York Times published a report detailing allegations of racism at branches of JPMorgan in the Phoenix area. – Aimee Ortiz (DIERSEN: Will Dimon have JPMorgan do what the federal government does? The federal government gets rid of its employees who do not promote patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation for complaining about the aforesaid.)
— Wisconsin Judge Says State Must Purge 200,000 Voter Registrations The decision, which was derided by Democrats, comes in a fight to win Wisconsin in the 2020 presidential election. – Monica Davey and Mitch Smith (DIERSEN: How much deadwood is there in the voter rolls in your precinct, your municipality, your township/ward, your county, and Illinois?)
— G.O.P. Senators Flood the Exits in N.Y., and Party Woes Deepen In the last two weeks, four Republican state senators have said they will step down in 2020, giving Democrats hope of winning a supermajority. – Jesse McKinley
— Labour’s Crushing Loss in Britain Adds to ‘Too Far Left?’ Debate in U.S. Centrist Democrats portrayed Boris Johnson’s victory as a warning sign for the American election. Progressives said there were few similarities between the two political races. – Katie Glueck and Thomas Kaplan

— Why Boris Johnson’s huge win has big echoes for America – Editorial

— How the 1% Scrubs Its Image Online Prominent figures from Jacob Gottlieb to Betsy DeVos got help from a reputation management firm that can bury image-sensitive Google results by placing flattering content on websites that masquerade as news outlets – Rachael Levy (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, everything posted on is fake except for what they say is not fake.)

— Precinct closures harm voter turnout in Georgia, AJC analysis finds – Mark Niesse and Nick Thieme (DIERSEN: The closing of the of the polling place in the Wheaton Warrenville School District 200 building at 130 West Park in Wheaton has harmed the voter turnout in my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 in Wheaton.)–regional-govt–politics/precinct-closures-harm-voter-turnout-georgia-ajc-analysis-finds/11sVcLyQCHuQRC8qtZ6lYP/

— Party affiliation should not interfere with our constitutional right to vote – Natalie Widmer (DIERSEN: In your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, and in your county, what percent of the voters cast Republican ballots in primary elections, but then vote for Democrats in general elections?)

— San Diego grappling with illegally placed election signs as March primary approaches – DAVID GARRICK

— Trump campaign files signatures for Maine primary ballot in March The president’s re-election campaign turns in signatures Friday from registered Maine voters calling for the president’s name to appear on the state’s primary election ballot. – SCOTT THISTLE

— Reminding people of historical injustice can undermine support for equity policies, say Laurier researchers (DIERSEN: According to Democrats, if you are Republican, the longer that your ancestors have been in America, the more that you have disgustingly benefitted from their disgusting discrimination against minorities, women, and the poor. Democrats would be overjoyed if Republicans were required to wear badges that give the number of years that their ancestors have been in America. The more years, the more that those Republicans would be punished.)

— 20 Steps To Avoid Employment Lawsuits (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors in the federal government always treated me like they wanted me to sue them. They wanted me to charge them with political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation. They knew that would help them hire, retain, and promote young Democrat minorities and young Democrat females.)

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.