December 15 Evening Edition

— A Senate impeachment trial of President Trump is expected, but how it’ll work is very uncertain – LAURA KING
— As Mayor Lightfoot demands answers from ComEd over federal probe, her security chief’s wife lists the utility as a lobbying client – JOHN BYRNE
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot

— Fact-check: Would Chicago’s casino tax plan raise city’s take? State Sen. Dave Syverson said a proposal to lower the effective tax rate on Chicago’s future casino would require the state to reduce its cut while allowing the city to raise taxes. That doesn’t quite square with the bill’s language. – BGA
— House to impeach Trump next week: Takeaways as vote and Senate trial looms To dilute GOP “coastal elite” charges, Speaker Pelosi wants geographic diversity in her House prosecutor picks, putting Illinois Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi in play. – Lynn Sweet (DIERSEN: Henry Hyde was my Congressman 1978-2007. GAO works for Congress. I can always ask myself what more my Democrat GAO superiors would have done to me if I had not taken their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The prosecutors in the Senate are called House managers. They will be selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The U.S. Constitution is silent on the number of managers. There were 13 House managers for President Bill Clinton’s 1999 Senate trial, led by House Judiciary Chairman Henry Hyde, the Illinois Republican who died in 2007.)

— Washington bracing for impeachment as battle lines harden – AP
— DISGUSTING TRAGIC: Schaumburg adopts rules for video gambling
— Special session needed to show urgency of fighting corruption – State Rep. Allen Skillicorn

— Bill Clinton Impeachment: Looking back to December 1998 as Washington braces for President Trump’s impeachment vote (DIERSEN: Democrats are nasty. Henry Hyde was my Congressman 1978-2007. GAO works for Congress. I can always ask myself what more my Democrat GAO superiors would have done to me if I had not taken their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old. They had given me unfair performance expectations and appraisals, had always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, had not promoted me beyond GS-13, had gotten rid of my mentor in 1987, had kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and had forced me to take a $19,568 (21%) pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980.)
— Hallmark Channel pulls wedding ad showing lesbian couple kissing

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.

— Some colleges and students moving to repay descendants of slaves – AP (DIERSEN: From what I see, the more of the following that you are, the more reparations that Democrats will make you pay: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— No-contest election contests – Editorial
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The candidate filing period has come and gone, and here are the dispiriting results for the 118 seats up for election in the Illinois House and the 20 seats up for the Illinois Senate. Of the 118 House districts, 54 feature just one candidate running. Of the 20 Senate seats, 12 contests will provide voters only one choice. What happened to the concept of competitive elections, the engine that makes the democratic process run? In Illinois, they appear to be an afterthought, at least as far as the state legislature goes. But appearances can be deceiving, and what in this case could be perceived as indifference or apathy actually is the product of careful design.)

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters want the Democrat, Republican, Liberation, and Green parties to dump individuals, dump organizations, dump companies, dump governments, and dump countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters want members of the aforesaid groups to form a new political party.

— Megan Rapinoe Slams ‘Sports Illustrated’ for ‘Lack of Diversity’ in Award Speech – WARNER TODD HUSTON

— 2020 Democratic tensions burst to surface – NIALL STANAGE

— Anti-Semitism or Free Speech? College Students Cheer and Fear Trump Order Students across America wondered whether an executive order targeting anti-Semitism would “backfire” on Jewish students. – Myah Ward and Dan Levin

— To this impeachment ‘connoisseur,’ Trump’s case looks familiar – DOYLE MCMANUS (DIERSEN: Henry Hyde was my Congressman 1978-2007. GAO works for Congress. I can always ask myself what more my Democrat GAO superiors would have done to me if I had not taken their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In 1998, when House Republicans set out to impeach President Bill Clinton for lying about sex, they claimed lofty ambitions. “This has to be a bipartisan exercise,” Rep. Henry J. Hyde of Illinois, then chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told me back then. He failed. His committee produced four articles of impeachment, all but one on strict party lines. The full House approved only two: perjury and obstruction of justice. The Republican-led Senate acquitted Clinton of both charges; no one in the president’s party voted against him. History repeated itself last week in mirror image.)

— Ogden IRS hiring 1,900 positions for upcoming tax season – JESSICA KOKESH (DIERSEN: IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The IRS is an equal opportunity employer and applicants must be a US citizen. All employees must pass an FBI fingerprint check and tax compliance verification as well as meet basic qualification requirements for education and/or experience.)

— Bernie Sanders wants to end at-will employment, and that’s a truly bad idea that would increase unemployment – Ryan Bourne (DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government. Those Democrats a) determine what civil service protections federal employees have; b) falsely tell federal employees who are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran that they will not retaliate against them because they complain about discrimination, file a charge of discrimination, or participate in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit; and c) get rid of federal employees who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who they do not promote to GS-13 (currently $98,198) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $116,040) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $136,495) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $165,500) by age 40.)

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.