December 5 Morning Edition

— Senate’s tax plan approval is news to Rauner – Kim Geiger (DIERSEN: Obviously, beyond tragically, Rauner does not read GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. Beyond obviously, if he has asked his wife, his staff, his volunteers, or anyone else to monitor GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for him, he should immediately fire them.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The governor, however, was a few days behind on his news. Over a packed weekend welcoming Illinois National Guard troops home from Puerto Rico, riding his Harley in a Toys for Tots motorcycle run and attending the Illinois Bicentennial bash at Navy Pier, Rauner might have missed that Republican senators had voted for a sweeping tax bill early Saturday morning. “First of all, the Senate hasn’t passed anything,” Rauner said on Monday when asked to explain what he thought Congress needed to do to get the tax code right. “And what the Senate is talking about is very different than what the House is working on. They have a long, long way to go.” Indeed, distance remains between the House and Senate tax bills. But Senate Republicans’ approval of their own version was a big step forward and a sign they are willing to approve a tax overhaul even if it adds to the deficit. Rauner often has avoided talking about national issues, dismissing questions about activity in Congress as not relevant to his role as governor. And Monday wasn’t the first time that Rauner appeared out of the loop on the news.)
— History foretells a tough road: State Rep. Jeanne Ives’ decision to take on an incumbent governor in the March primary is unusual but not uncommon. In 2014, then-Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn bested anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman, 72 percent to 28 percent. In 2006, then-Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich defeated former Ald. Edwin Eisendrath 71 percent to 29 percent. And in 1994, then-Republican Gov. Jim Edgar won over the late-conservative businessman Jack Roeser, 75 percent to 25 percent. – Rick Pearson
— Roskam on sidelines in governor race: Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam hasn’t taken sides in the GOP primary for governor. Asked by Chicago Tribune’s Editorial Board Monday if he eventually would, the Wheaton Republican said: “We’ll see.” Roskam lives in state Rep. Ives’ district and had signed a letter from Illinois’ Republican congressmen slamming Rauner for signing legislation expanding taxpayer-subsidized abortions for women covered by Medicaid or state employee health insurance. Roskam said there’s a parallel between the governor and Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Donald Trump. The two presidents came to Washington with “massive personalities” they thought were enough to get their agendas through, Roskam said. Likewise, Rauner, based on “incredible success in the private sector,” has run into roadblocks with the Illinois legislature, he said. “It’s a hard lesson for anybody to learn, particularly people who have been very successful in other walks of life,” he said. – Katherine Skiba
— Silverstein accuser gets into House race: The only person to publicly accuse a sitting state lawmaker of sexual harassment amid the ongoing scandal in Springfield filed to run for Illinois House on Monday. Denise Rotheimer filed as a Republican to run for a central Lake County seat now held by Democratic state Rep. Sam Yingling of Grayslake. Rotheimer accused Democratic state Sen. Ira Silverstein of sexual harassment at a public hearing. He has disputed the allegations and said he apologized “if I made her uncomfortable.” He has since resigned his leadership post and filed to seek re-election.
— Foster criticizes Trump administration on health care – Linda Girardi


— Roskam, Shimkus tapped by Speaker Ryan to negotiate tax overhaul bill – Lynn Sweet (DIERSEN: Hopefully, they will argue to keep all the itemized deductions, to keep the personal exemption, and to eliminate the marriage penalty.)
— ‘Unborn children’ in tax bill an anti-abortion ploy – Lynn Sweet
— Trump science job nominees missing advanced science degrees – AP (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years 1966-1969 and 1971-1997, extremely few of my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates took job-related college courses, earned job-related professional certifications, or earned job-related professional licenses. I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32.)


— Be an educated voter and build a better government – Editorial (DIERSEN: What do you say to my critics/opponents, to their operatives, and to their dupes who do everything that they can to stop everyone from reading GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails?)


— Illinois: Land of Laggards – ORPHE PIERRE DIVOUNGUY


— Wisconsin food stamp users to be drug tested – AP
— Legal sports gambling in Illinois, Indiana hinges on Supreme Court decision – Chuck Goudie and Christine Tressel (DIERSEN: As everyone has always known, I do not follow sports. Virtually all my Democrat male GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates followed sports big time and they painted themselves as being sports experts. They were outraged when I beat all of them and won (by pure chance) the first and only time that they asked me to place a sports bet in their office pool.)


— Gov. Rauner Seeking Re-election: ‘I Am Not in Charge’ – Amanda Vinicky


— How The Republican Tax Overhaul Would Affect You – Danielle Kurtzleben, Scott Horsley


— Wounded Rauner on run vs. angry Dems, alienated GOP – Jim Dey
— Two surprises in last day of candidate filings for March primary – Tom Kacich


— Ives joins governor’s race, says Rauner has ‘betrayed our party’ – Bernard Schoenburg


— City, video gambling owners at odds – Lee Provost


— Normal approves property tax levy hike – Derek Beigh


— Senator McCann won’t seek re-election, cites party views – Samantha McDaniel-Ogletree (DIERSEN: Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can/will defend/advance their platform. The Illinois Republican Party (IRP) should remove “Republican” candidates, elected officials, and party leaders who fail/refuse to defend/advance the IRP platform.)


— People protest Republican tax plan outside Congressman Lahood’s office


— Car dealers get a big, last-minute tax break in Senate reform bill New interest deduction cap won’t apply – CHRIS ISIDORE


— Morrison calls student access bill ‘bad policy’ – Glenn Minnis


— Burr Ridge mayor Mickey Straub says state is ‘on the wrong path’ – Glenn Minnis


— Tax hike fail: Illinois politicians to overspend again in 2019 – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner


— National Review slams Rauner, praises Ives as alternative – Robert Hadley
— Gov. Rauner found sexual harassment bill flawed but signed it anyway – Angela Underwood


— WVON’s Charles Thomas w/Berkowitz on Speaker Madigan’s plantation & JB Pritzker’s endorsement by racists


— IRS DATA: ILLINOIS LOST PEOPLE AND INCOME TO EVERY NEIGHBORING STATE ON NET New data from the IRS show Illinois lost $720 million and 21,800 people on net to neighboring states from 2015-2016. – Austin Berg


— Pro-Choicers Choose Live Dismemberment – Laurie Higgins


— Ives says she’s “ready to lead the charge”


— Men wonder if hugging women still OK (DIERSEN: Government is nasty. Politics is nasty. Because my demographics are so terrible, if my critics/opponents, their operatives, or their dupes ever got a picture of me hugging anyone other than my wife, they would immediately charge me with being a sexual harasser and even worse things.)
— The NFL signs on with George Soros


— Poll: Republicans see a dip in party affiliation – Kate Scanlon (DIERSEN: Should I write a book Democrat plant, Libertarian plant, Green plant, and RINO activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who have done the most to drive Republicans out of the Republican Party since 2000?)
— Illegal immigration is extremely costly — see how much your state is paying for it this year (Illinois will spend $3,220,767,517) – Chris Enloe (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes reject the immigration planks in Republican Party platform and in the Illinois Republican Party platform.)


— Group At University Of Chicago Demands School Pay Reparations For Slavery “National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America” held a rally demanding to be repaid for the school’s ties to the founder’s plantation. – EMILY ZANOTTI (DIERSEN: Who should pay reparations, that is, who should pay the price of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion?)


— Apple CEO Tim Cook Brushes Off Senators, Taunts Activists On Chinese Censorship – Peter Flaherty


— Women Rule Summit (DIERSEN: Individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that reject the equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) plank in the Republican Party platform and those who promote age discrimination have always worked extremely hard against me. They have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted a) that instead of me, the Post Office should have hired a woman in 1966, b) that the Post Office should gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a woman could have my job, c) that instead of me, IRS should have hired a woman in 1971, d) that instead of me, IRS should have promoted women in 1972, 1973, and 1974, e) that instead of me, GAO should have hired a woman in 1980, f) that instead of me, GAO should have promoted a woman in 1986, and g) that GAO should have gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a woman could have my job and my preferred corner office.)
— Trump’s Threat to Take Down the GOP Still Stands Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie don’t know if Donald Trump will remain a Republican, but they believe Republicans owe him their loyalty. – EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE


— HOUSE REPUBLICANS WANT TO END STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS FOR PUBLIC INTEREST JOBS – Zaid Jilani (DIERSEN: I held public interest jobs for almost 30 years – almost 3 years working for the Post Office, almost 9 years working for IRS, and almost 18 years working for GAO.)


— Cocktails Rise and Shine While Beer and Wine Sales Slip – Saabira Chaudhuri and Jennifer Maloney (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always talked and/or acted like they a) drink lots of booze, b) want to drink lots of booze, and/or c) want to make lots of money selling booze.)


— Trump and GOP promised America an anti-Washington party. Where is it? – Andrew Cline


— How D.C. political assassins use media to oust Rex Tillerson – ANDREW MALCOLM (DIERSEN: I should write a book about past and present political assassins in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “On Second Thought, the RNC Would Like to Elect Alleged Sex Predator Roy Moore.”


— GAO: More can be done to increase minority representation in tech – Jessie Bur (DIERSEN: The tech sector should consider hiring Charles Bowsher. During the 1980s and 1990s, Bowsher had great success in getting rid of GAO’s employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who did not make GS-13 (currently $94,610) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $111,801) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $131,508) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $161,900) by age 40.)


— Rauner repeatedly lashes out at reporters over Madigan: “You’re playing games and you’re not reporting the truth to the people of Illinois” (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have “lashed out” at me since 2000 because of articles that I have included links to in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. According to them, the only “true” articles are the articles that they put out.)


— Top reasons why “Republican” activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Illinois, in DuPage County, in Milton Township, and in Wheaton refuse to keep on their press advisory and press release lists and do not want Diersen to a) know about their events and other activities, b) promote their events and other activities, c) attend their events, or d) report on their events and other activities.

– they are Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, or RINOs
– they are anti-Trump
– they reject the traditional family plank
– they reject the right to life plank
– they reject the immigration plank
– they reject the Second Amendment plank
– they reject the equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) plank
– they promote age discrimination
– they promote patronage and political affiliation discrimination
– they promote booze, gambling, pot, and other vices
– they want to curry favor with Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, and/or RINOs
– they want to curry favor with Rich Miller and the rest of the Democrat news media in Illinois
– they want to curry favor with certain major donors
– they focus on destroying those who they cannot manipulate or dominate
– they know that they cannot manipulate or dominate me
– they want someone who they can manipulate or dominate to be the GOPUSA Illinois Editor
– they disapprove of one or more of my demographics

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.