December 6 Evening Edition

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot. QUESTION TO ASK CANDIDATES: What have you done and what will you do to discourage the sale and use of pot?

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot pushers want people on welfare to smoke pot. (DIERSEN: QUESTION TO ASK CANDIDATES: What have you done and what will you do to discourage the sale and use of pot?)

— City Club President Jay Doherty resigns, ‘distraction’ of federal investigation cited FBI agents searched the former ComEd lobbyist’s City Club office in May as part of a broadening corruption investigation. – Mitchell Armentrout

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Marijuana sales backers organizing to counter visible ‘Opt Out’ group in Palatine – Bob Susnjara (DIERSEN: QUESTION TO ASK CANDIDATES: What have you done and what will you do to discourage the sale and use of pot?)—–
— Plan to allow marijuana sales in unincorporated Lake County delayed – Russell Lissau (DIERSEN: QUESTION TO ASK CANDIDATES: What have you done and what will you do to discourage video gambling?)

— ComEd scandal claims a major civic victim City Club of Chicago parts ways with longtime chief Jay Doherty in the wake of revelations involving a federal probe into the utility’s government lobbying. – GREG HINZ
— Mike Madigan’s ComEd windfall For at least five years, the utility and its top execs have hosted an unusual big-bucks fundraiser for the House speaker, who was key to enacting the company’s Springfield agenda. – GREG HINZ
— Don’t worry, ComEd still has all the juice it needs The investigation-beset utility is still as able as ever to get what it wants out of government. – EDITORIAL
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot. (DIERSEN: QUESTION TO ASK CANDIDATES: What have you done and what will you do to discourage the sale and use of pot?)

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pritzker, stakeholders talk next phases of legalized marijuana rollout – Jerry Nowicki (DIERSEN: QUESTION TO ASK CANDIDATES: What have you done and what will you do to discourage the sale and use of pot?)

— Illinois’ pension debt topped $137 billion in June, a $3.5 billion increase from the previous year. – DOUG FINKE

— House Democratic tradition goes by the board Young staffers no longer required to ‘camp out’ in the cold – Rich Miller

— The Illinois Tax Man cometh; how should we greet him? – Jim Nowlan

— Trump Declines to Take Part in ‘Baseless’ House Impeachment Inquiry – AYESHA RASCOE

— Op-Ed: Progressive tax will lead to capital flight, fewer jobs, stagnant wages – Jared D. Carl
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Cannabis industry job growth expected as Illinois’ medical industry prepares for recreational sales – Greg Bishop (DIERSEN: QUESTION TO ASK CANDIDATES: What have you done and what will you do to discourage the sale and use of pot?)

— House candidate Tim Baldermann has homestead exemption applied to 3 of his Will County properties; state law allows 1 – W.J. Kennedy

— IL-14: Ted Gradel Releases Freedom vs. Socialism Video
— IL-14: Catalina Lauf Named One of Ten “Majority Makers” & Receives Financial Support and Endorsement from Maverick PAC

— They Were Warned – Kathy Valente (DIERSEN: QUESTION TO ASK CANDIDATES: What have you done and what will you do to discourage the sale and use of pot?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Big Marijuana and its foolish proponents easily convinced Illinois state lawmakers that legalization would decrease black market trade and ease the burden on our criminal justice system. IFI warned them that this naive notion was contradicted by the facts, and we shared ample evidence from states that had already approved “recreational” marijuana. The evidence is clear: the black market had been thriving because of legalization. Now we read that the California cannabis industry is in big trouble and want lawmakers to do something about it. What’s their problem? The black market is doing 73 percent of California’s marijuana business – or $8.7 billion. California is considered to be the largest cannabis market in the world. While 2019 is not yet over, it’s estimated that their total marijuana sales will top nearly $12 billion. Yes, the black market is thriving on the left coast, growing by leaps and bounds, and threatening to bury a quasi-legitimate (sic) industry. So much for the influx of revenue they’re anticipating.)

— IL GOP US SENATE CANDIDATES SPAR OVER IMMIGRATION ISSUE (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.)

— Doherty out at City Club, may have been conduit for 100 ComEd jobs

— Bloomberg: His news reporters need to accept restrictions – AP (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes a) bring to the attention of candidates articles that I have included links to in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails that are critical of those candidates and b) call for those candidates to punish me.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg says employees at his news organization need to accept restrictions with their paycheck, including the ban on investigating their boss. Bloomberg, billionaire founder of Bloomberg News, was asked in a CBS News interview about rules put in place when he announced his candidacy: The organization’s reporters are not allowed to probe him and his finances, or any of his Democratic rivals. Bloomberg News says the restriction does not apply to President Donald Trump as the government’s leader. That prompted Trump’s campaign to say it would not allow Bloomberg reporters to cover its events.)

— National media isn’t sticking up for press freedom after Pelosi’s blowup at reporter

— Joe Biden Vows to Give Taxpayer-Funded Obamacare to All Illegal Aliens in U.S. – John Binder
— When We Self-Censor on Politics and Religion, the Left Wins – ROBERT KRAYCHIK

— Trump Administration Dramatically Increases Immigration Workplace Investigations – JASON HOPKINS
— Nancy Pelosi Claimed To ‘Resent’ The Word ‘Hate.’ She Once Said GOP Were ‘Paralyzed With Hatred’ Of Clinton – MARY MARGARET OLOHAN

— Democrats’ Diversity — Only in the Back of the Bus – Patrick J. Buchanan

— Acosta What? CNN Lectures Pelosi Doesn’t Want Rudely Shouted Questions! – Alex Christy
— CNN Liberals ‘Love’ ‘Iconic’ Pelosi Putting Sinclair’s James Rosen ‘In His Place’ – Kristine Marsh
— Tapper Refuses to Push Back on Pelosi Dissing Sinclair’s James Rosen as Not a Real Journalist – Curtis Houck

— The Latest Jobs Report Was Not Kind…to Democrats – Matt Vespa

— Students want ‘free’ tuition for illegals…but won’t donate their own money – Eduardo Neret (DIERSEN: Democrats want Republicans to provide them and everyone else with “free stuff.”)

— Do women and people of color running for president get to be as angry as Joe Biden? – Eugene Scott
— Wall Street says it cares about diversity. But most big banks won’t share complete workforce data. We asked the 15 largest U.S. banks for workforce race and gender data that they already report to the federal government. Only two shared the full numbers. – Renae Merle and Jena McGregor (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, my superiors were always under tremendous pressure from Democrat politicians a) to hire, retain and promote young Democrat minorities and young Democrat females and b) to make way for them by getting rid of their employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)

— The Impact Of Unemployment On Male Well-Being – Adi Gaskell (DIERSEN: I have been underemployed since 1976 and unemployed since 1997.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The impact of unemployment on well-being is well documented, although research from a few years ago suggested that it’s “good work” rather than just work that is the key to mental well-being. With the traditional gender roles presenting the role of men as the bread winner for the family, it seems logical that unemployment would pose a particular burden on men, and that was the subject of a recent report from the IZA World of Labor. The report reveals that the number of working-age men outside the labor force is on the rise around the world, with this corresponding with a rise in stress and other mental health issues, including depression and anger. Indeed, male unemployment is also linked to a range of physical health concerns, including suicide and substance abuse that are raising mortality rates across the United States. The researchers believe the issues of male unemployment are strongest among low-skilled labor, with those in work also suffering from declining wages and status. This often ultimately results in men dropping out of the labor force entirely. Many of the issues facing unemployed men revolve around a loss of hope, and such issues were consistent around the world. That many unemployed men resort to opioid abuse merely exacerbates their slide into poor mental well-being. This is often accompanied by marriage failure and a decline in civic or religious participation. One’s social standing was a key factor in this, as the image and self-esteem of many working class men is wrapped up in their hard work ethic, so being unemployed carries considerable stigma.)

— American Middle Class Is Being Priced Out Of New-Car Market – SAM MCEACHERN (DIERSEN: I bought my first new car in 1966 when I was 17 years old. It was a 1966 Pontiac Tempest Sprint. I paid for it with money that I had earned and saved washing dishes part-time for the minimum wage in the basement of the S.S. Kresges in Chicago Heights.)

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.