February 23 Morning Edition

ABC7
— Illinois State House candidate Burt Minor accused of sexist, racist language – Craig Wall
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/illinois-state-house-candidate-accused-of-sexist-racist-language/3126417/
— President Trump says guns only for ‘gun adept teachers’ – AP
http://abc7chicago.com/politics/president-trump-says-guns-only-for-gun-adept-teachers/3123802/

 

NBC5
— Illinois AG Candidate Says GOP County Official Burt Minor Used Racial Slur
https://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/AG-Candidate-Says-GOP-County-Official-Used-Racial-Slur-474913993.html

 

POLITICO ILLINOIS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: February 22, 2018 Peter Breen letter concerning Burt Minor. (DIERSEN: In light of the recent attacks against Minor, will those who have endorsed Minor stay with him?)
https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000161-bec3-d3a7-a5e1-becf52460003

 

BURT MINOR
— STATEMENT FROM BURT MINOR Candidate, 42nd House District (DIERSEN: Facebook is a Democrat website. I first learned of Minor’s statement late yesterday because I visited the Democrat website Capitol Fax for opposition research. Since 2000, I have urged Republican candidates in Illinois a) to publish their own campaign website, b) to post their statements on their website, c) to keep [email protected] on their press advisory and press release email lists, and d) to notify all those on their press advisory and press release lists by email when they post statements on their website. Tragically, more and more and more Republican candidates in Illinois a) fail to publish their own website and keep it up-to-date, b) fail to use emails to communicate, and c) rely on Democrats and on Democrat websites to communicate.)
https://www.facebook.com/burt.minor

 

DAILY HERALD
— February 21, 2018 FLASHBACK: Endorsement: Minor for GOP in state House Dist. 42 (DIERSEN: In light of the recent attacks against Minor, will those who have endorsed Minor stay with him? According to Politico Illinois, “We reached out to Daily Herald’s Deputy Managing Editor Jim Slusher, his response: “Of course we are very concerned about the allegations that have been made regarding Burt Minor. We are not rushing to judgment, but we are investigating the claims to get more information. We will respond accordingly when we’re comfortable we have a complete understanding of the situation. We view this with some urgency and expect to make a decision soon, but I can’t say exactly when that will be.”)
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20180221/endorsement-minor-for-gop-in-state-house-dist-42
— Schaumburg GOP highlights endorsed candidates Feb. 24
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180222/schaumburg-gop-highlights-endorsed-candidates-feb-24
— Endorsement: Khouri for GOP in House District 49
http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20180222/endorsement-khouri-for-gop-in-house-district-49
— OUTSTANDING: East Dundee denies video gambling at gas station – Lauren Rohr
http://www.dailyherald.com/business/20180222/east-dundee-denies-video-gambling-at-gas-station
— House candidates Jillian Bernas and Charlotte Kegarise decry ads linking Bernas to Madigan – Eric Peterson
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180222/house-candidates-decry-ads-linking-republican-hopeful-to-madigan
— Mundelein High principal after racial slur: ‘We have to rise above this’ – Mick Zawislak
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180222/mundelein-high-principal-after-racial-slur-we-have-to-rise-above-this
— Former county commissioner Elizabeth Gorman named to lead Illinois Tollway – Marni Pyke
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20180222/news/302229814/
— Lake Park cancels classes after social media threat
http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180223/lake-park-cancels-classes-after-social-media-threat

 

DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Ives wants Minor to drop House bid over ‘inexcusable’ remarks – Glenn Minnis (DIERSEN: Ives makes clear that she does not give veterans any kind of break. I would expect that Ives would say that she rightfully holds veterans to higher standards than non-veterans. Ever-increasingly, the more of the following that you are, if you say certain words, no matter what the context is, you will be gotten rid of: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, non-veteran, draft avoider, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/511349857-ives-wants-minor-to-drop-house-bid-over-inexcusable-remarks

 

WLS AM
— John Tillman responds to Pat Brady’s claims that the Illinois Policy Institute is a hategroup (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, Rauner, Sanguinetti, the Illinois Republican Party (IRP), the IRP National Committeeman, the IRP National Committeewoman, the IRP officers, each and every IRP State Central Committee (SCC) member, each and every IRP SCC member candidate, etc. should immediately issue press releases that banish Pat Brady from the IRP forever and call him what he is, an operative/dupe for individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that want to destroy the IRP.)
http://www.wlsam.com/2018/02/22/john-tillman-responds-to-pat-bradys-claims-that-the-illinois-policy-institute-is-a-hategroup/

 

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Illinois lawmakers revisit gun legislation – AP
http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/illinois-lawmakers-revisit-gun-legislation-1

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Pritzker rhetoric doesn’t match reality on promoting women at investment firm – David Heinzmann and Todd Lighty (DIERSEN: In 1971, Oldsmobile withdrew a job offer that I had accepted saying that it had just agreed to stop hiring Whites to settle an EEOC complaint. Financial industry employers have always been under tremendous pressure to hire, to retain, and to promote young minorities and young females. Since 1997, that, and my bad demographics (born in 1948, White, male, etc.), have frustrated my efforts to get a job in the financial industry appropriate for someone with my salary history, work experience, professional certifications, professional license, and education. I worked for GAO on audits of financial industry regulators 1990-1997 at the GS-13 Step 3-10 levels, currently $106,044-$125,325. I became a Forensic Accountant in 1997, Certified Financial Services Auditor in 1996, Certified Government Financial Manager in 1994, Certified Fraud Examiner in 1990, Licensed CPA in 1981, Certified Internal Auditor in 1981, and CPA in 1979. I earned a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997, a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, and an MBA from Loyola in 1976. Further, not only financial industry employers, but all employers view federal employees and federal retirees as being overpaid, lazy, stupid, and even worse things. Further, my former GAO superiors and their supporters continue to do everything that they can to frustrate my job search.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-jb-pritzker-women-hiring-20180222-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In fact, Pritzker’s investment businesses have underperformed even according to the low diversity standards of the financial services industry, a Tribune review found. He has employed few women in senior positions at the Pritzker Group, a Chicago-based venture capital, private equity and asset management firm he co-founded with his brother. Excluding the Pritzker brothers, of the 55 employees currently listed on the firm’s online employee rosters, just eight are women. And of the 26 employees with a senior title of vice president or above, three are women. Pritzker said the lack of women in leadership positions is an industrywide problem for firms like his. “In each of those industries, I think you’re probably aware, there are — have been — significant challenges in senior positions,” he said in an interview with the Tribune last month. “There have not been enough women or minorities across every part of the industry — those three industries. That’s a problem that I’ve recognized and acknowledged, and tried to address over many years.” Pritzker stopped short of saying whether he believes the challenges are a result of a lack of qualified women and minorities in the workforce, or a historical reluctance of managers like him to promote women up the corporate ladder.)
— Illinois educators call Trump’s proposal to arm teachers ‘insanity’ – Vikki Ortiz Healy and Robert McCoppin
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-arming-teachers-20180222-story.html
— Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasts Trump remarks on arming teachers as ‘absurd’ – Juan Perez Jr.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-chicago-mayor-emanuel-trump-teacher-guns-20180222-story.html
— Emotional support dog bites child on Southwest flight, forcing airline to re-examine policies – Mary Schlangenstein
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-emotional-support-dog-bites-child-southwest-20180222-story.html
— As Obama Presidential Center comes closer to reality, tensions on race, class surface – Lolly Bowean
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/obamacenter/ct-met-obama-center-tension-20180208-story.html
— Days after Parkland shooting, Illinois Democrats move toward licensing gun stores – Monique Garcia
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-illinois-legislature-guns-20180221-story.html
— Video gambling approved for Oswego winery – Linda Girardi
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/news/ct-abn-oswego-wine-st-0223-20180222-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-conservative says “‘Lock her up?’ Still?: Conservatives at CPAC battle the left, without a clear foe.”
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-cpac-day-one-20180222-story.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Will Mike Madigan get the boot? Depends whether there’s another shoe to drop – Mark Brown
https://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/will-mike-madigan-get-the-boot-depends-whether-theres-another-shoe-to-drop/

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Who we’re backing for governor – Editorial
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20180223/ISSUE07/180229937#utm_medium=email&utm_source=ccb-morning10&utm_campaign=ccb-morning10-20180223

 

WTTW
— Illinois Democrats Pushing for State Licensing for Gun Stores – Paul Caine
https://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2018/02/22/illinois-democrats-pushing-state-licensing-gun-stores

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Teachers unions: Arming educators ‘not the answer’ – Jason Nevel
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180222/teachers-unions-arming-educators-not-answer

 

BLOOMINGTON PANTAGRAPH
— Rauner says state ‘sliding toward the abyss’ – Lenore Sobota
http://www.pantagraph.com/news/state-and-regional/illinois/government-and-politics/rauner-says-state-sliding-toward-the-abyss/article_73c6d559-1d07-5923-948c-a18d29875a9e.html

 

RATHJE & WOODWARD
— DuPage County Lawyers Tim Elliott, Emily Shupe Named to Super Lawyers Lists (DIERSEN: It is extremely difficult for non-veteran White males to be “super employees” in the federal government. They are written off as being lazy, stupid, losers, and even worse things and gotten rid of if they do not make GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40. Extremely few non-veteran White males make the aforesaid promotions by the aforesaid ages. It is called “up-or-out.” Things that frustrated my Democrat superiors efforts to get rid of me were my I earning a) 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.)
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/02/prweb15223753.htm

 

CHICAGO DAILY OBSERVER
— Rauner Adds Career Politician to Executive Position at Tollway
http://www.cdobs.com/archive/featured/rauner-adds-career-politician-to-executive-position-at-tollway/

 

WILL COUNTY GAZETTE
— Straub asks Durkin to join him in call for Madigan to resign – Glenn Minnis
https://willcountygazette.com/stories/511349634-straub-asks-durkin-to-join-him-in-call-for-madigan-to-resign

 

ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
— Identity Politics: Is America and the World Running Out of Patience with LGBTQIA Activism? – John Biver
https://illinoisfamily.org/homosexuality/identity-politics-america-world-running-patience-lgbtqia-activism/

 

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— LAKE CO RIGHT TO LIFE: IVES IS ONLY PRO-LIFE CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2018/02/lake-co-right-to-life-ives-is-only-pro-life-candidate-running-for-governor.html

 

GOPUSA
— School security officer waited outside as shooter killed students (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will Duckworth analogize the school security officer to Trump because Trump, like me, avoided the draft?)
http://www.gopusa.com/school-security-officer-waited-outside-as-shooter-killed-students/

 

FREEDOM’S JOURNAL
— RACE AND SPORTS: IT’S NOT 1947 ANYMORE. LET’S NOT PRETEND THAT IT IS – Larry Elder
https://freedomsjournalinstitute.org/uncategorized/race-and-sports-its-not-1947-anymore-lets-not-pretend-that-it-is/

 

CONSERVATIVE HQ
— Pence To CPAC: ‘Progress Is Driven By The People Who Show Up’ (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents do not want me to a) know about their events and other activities, b) promote their events or other activities, c) attend their events, or d) report on their events.)
http://www.conservativehq.com/node/27461

 

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Speakers roast the media on first day of CPAC – Tristan Justice (DIERSEN: Should I write a book about activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. who blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems? They refuse to include [email protected] on their press advisory and press release lists. They do not want me to a) know about their events and other activities, b) promote their events or other activities, c) attend their events, or d) report on their events. They pander to Rich Miller and to the rest of the Democrat news media.)
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/speakers-roast-the-media-on-first-day-of-cpac/article/2649810
— A year after being the toast of CPAC, Steve Bannon is nowhere to be found – Sarah Westwood and Al Weaver
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/a-year-after-being-the-toast-of-cpac-steve-bannon-is-nowhere-to-be-found/article/2649828

 

BLAZE
— Sen. Dick Durbin banned from communion ‘until he repents’ of pro-abortion ‘sin,’ bishop says – Dave Urbanski
https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/02/22/sen-dick-durbin-banned-from-communion-until-he-repents-of-pro-abortion-sin-bishop-says/
— School deputy was just fired over what he did during the Florida shooting, and it’s terrible – Carlos Garcia
https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/02/22/school-deputy-was-just-fired-over-what-he-did-during-the-florida-shooting-and-its-terrible/

 

DAILY CALLER
— Deputy Who Arrived At Shooting ‘Never Went In’ School – Justin Caruso (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will Duckworth analogize the deputy to Trump because Trump, like me, avoided the draft?)
http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/22/deputy-never-went-in-school/
— The Government Repeatedly Failed To Stop The Parkland Shooter – Peter Hasson
http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/22/government-missed-opportunities-to-stop-florida-school-shooter-broward-county/

 

FOX NEWS
— Obama’s legacy will be that he allowed Russia to ‘sow discord’ in the US – Liz Peek
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/02/23/liz-peek-obama-s-legacy-will-be-that-allowed-russia-to-sow-discord-in-us.html

 

WASHINGTON TIMES
— At CPAC, conservatives celebrate Trump’s accomplishments – David Sherfinski and Seth McLaughlin (DIERSEN: What conservative accomplishments have the Republicans had who represent your municipality, your township/ward, your county, and Illinois?)
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/22/at-cpac-conservatives-celebrate-donald-trumps-acco/

 

CAMPUS REFORM
— UChicago criticized for promoting ‘white supremacy ideology’ – Ema Gavrilovic
https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=10551#.Wo7k58rafzU.twitter

 

CNN
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-conservative says “As conservatives party at CPAC, it’s liberalism that’s on the rise.”
https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/22/politics/conservatism-static-liberalism-rising/index.html

 

WASHINGTON POST
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats use a Loyola medical student to promote policies that encourage people to come to America illegally, to stay in America illegally, and to bring others to America illegally.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/immigration/with-three-months-left-in-medical-school-her-career-may-be-slipping-away/2018/02/22/24a7a780-10f3-11e8-9570-29c9830535e5_story.html
— Government workers must perform gay marriages — or get new jobs – Kathy Heggemeier, Cary, N.C. (DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government. If you work for the federal government, and you do not promote the Democrat Party platform, your career will be wasted and you will be gotten rid of.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/government-workers-must-perform-gay-marriages–or-get-new-jobs/2018/02/22/090f8d5e-166a-11e8-930c-45838ad0d77a_story.html

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: One could argue the overhauled the tax code, and therefore its promoters, are anti-marriage and anti-homeownership.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/when-married-filing-separately-lowers-your-tax-bill-1519381801
(FROM THE ARTICLE: When Congress overhauled the tax code last year, lawmakers capped deductions for state and local taxes, or SALT, at $10,000 per return for 2018 and after. Thus married couples get half the SALT write-off per person that singles do. But spouses can’t get two $10,000 deductions by filing separately. If they do, the law allows only $5,000 of SALT deductions to each spouse. To qualify for two $10,000 write-offs, the couple would have to divorce.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: The Big Loophole That Helped Russia Exploit Facebook: Doctored Photos Tech company’s filters can’t adequately detect misinformation distributed through altered images – Georgia Wells, Shelby Holliday and Deepa Seetharaman
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-big-loophole-that-left-facebook-vulnerable-to-russian-propaganda-1519314265

 

FEDERAL TIMES
— Trump again targets EPA with ‘punishing’ budget cuts – Jessie Bur (DIERSEN: Republicans hit GAO with budget cuts during the 1980s and 1990s, but Republicans hit GAO with especially big budget cuts during the mid-1990s. Of course, that motivated the Democrats who ran GAO to get rid of a) their employees like me who were Republican and b) their employees like me who were non-veteran White males who had not made GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40.)
https://www.federaltimes.com/management/budget/2018/02/22/trump-budget-repeats-2018-attempts-at-punishing-cuts-to-epa/

 

GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE
— Watchdog Groups Create Guide to Help Feds Protect Themselves Against Political Misconduct – Eric Katz (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors in the federal government knew full-well that it was illegal to discriminate against their employees because they were Republican, White, male, older, non-veteran, draft avoider, conservative, Protestant, German-American, rich, gun owners, because their ancestors have been in America for a long time, etc. So of course, they avoided putting things in writing that would incriminate them.)
http://www.govexec.com/management/2018/02/watchdog-groups-create-guide-help-feds-protect-themselves-against-political-misconduct/146180/

(FROM THE ARTICLE: One key recommendation in the report is for federal employees to take contemporaneous notes, be it in meetings, on calls or as part of policy research or proposals. Those notes should be as detailed as possible, the groups said, and be dated and backed up to personal devices as long as the information is not classified. The groups issued the guide after hearing from their members and in the media about the Trump administration tightening restrictions on the federal scientific community. Agencies have reportedly instructed employees not to use certain words, disbanded scientific advisory commissions and reassigned employees who speak out about issues the administration is no longer prioritizing. “We’ve been hearing a lot of stories about people being told not to take notes, not to use certain words, not to have a paper trail,” said Andrew Rosenberg, a former regional director for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and current director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, which helped write the guide.)

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.