February 6 Morning Edition

— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PICTURE OF RAUNER: HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Rauner calls Ives’ controversial ad hateful – Marni Pyke (DIERSEN: Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs a) are moral relativists who believe that their end justifies their means, b) are disciples of Saul Alinsky, and c) reject the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and/or many other planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform. Ever-increasingly, they hint/imply/argue/shout that Republicans like Ives and me are haters, White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, racists, sexists, bigots and even worse things.)
— Rauner clinches GOP Cook County party endorsements – Marni Pyke (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, to get reelected, Rauner and his supporters make it clear a) that they will officially strike the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and other planks in the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) platform and b) that they will banish from the IRP all those who support the aforesaid planks.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Republican Cook County Central Committee members endorsed Gov. Bruce Rauner Monday night over rival state Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton. Rauner won 27 out of 30 townships, party officials said, and clinched a majority of Chicago wards. The decision heightens tensions between the two Republicans vying in the March 20 primary. Ives, a social conservative, has attacked Rauner as abandoning the party’s traditional values while the incumbent has largely ignored the Wheaton lawmaker, focusing his criticism on J.B. Pritzker, one of six Democrats seeking the nomination. “Ives is a strong advocate for conservative principles,” said Aaron Del Mar, Cook County Republican Central Committee deputy chairman. But Rauner has greater appeal statewide, he thinks. “He is the one candidate with the ability get elected and defeat the Democrats,” Del Mar said. An Ives ad that lambastes Rauner at what critics call the expense of transgender individuals, immigrants and women who have abortions, turned off some, Del Mar added. “We’re not in Kansas,” he said. “It’s not truly representative of Illinois Republican Party, we need to be the party of the big tent.” Ives has been undaunted by the loss of GOP establishment endorsements, saying some Republicans are beholden to investment banker Rauner because he has donated substantial amounts to the party. She received an endorsement from the Wheeling Township Republican organization last month. Cook County represents the largest number of Republicans in Illinois.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs a) hint/imply/argue/shout that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things, b) stress Nazis who run as Republicans, and c) stress Nazis who give money to Republicans. What did Rauner’s Illinois Republican Party (IRP) do to encourage a Republican to run against Art Jones in the 3rd Congressional District? One could argue that to get Rauner’s support, you have to reject the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and many other planks in the IRP platform.)
— Polish man’s name didn’t work for judicial candidate, so now he’s Shannon O’Malley – Kim Janssen (DIERSEN: From the beginning, many German-Americans have pretended that their ancestors had not immigrated from Germany, because from the beginning, many in America have not wanted immigrants from Germany. What if from the beginning, I had pretended to be Swedish-American? While all my ancestors immigrated from what is now Germany to northeast Illinois during the 1840s and 1850s, according to DNA Ancestry at http://dna.ancestry.com, my ancestry is 33% Europe West, 28% Scandinavia, 24% Great Britain, 11% Ireland, 2% Europe East, 1% Finland/Northwest Russia, and 1% Italy/Greece.)


— Illinois Republican Party exploring ‘options’ to dump GOP Holocaust denier – Lynn Sweet (DIERSEN: What did Rauner’s Illinois Republican Party (IRP) do to encourage a Republican to run against Art Jones in the 3rd Congressional District? One could argue that to get Rauner’s support, you have to reject the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and many other planks in the IRP platform. To try to get me to not run again as a Republican Precinct Committeeman, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes a) have done everything that they can to stop me from sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails since 2000, b) have done everything that they can to stop everyone from reading GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails since 2000, c) gerrymandered my precinct in 2015, d) ended my TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairmanship in 2012, d) ended my Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee membership in 2011, e) ended my Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster service in 2010 and 2004, f) ended my Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee membership in 2007, g) ended my American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board membership in 2004, h) etc.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Illinois Republican Party executive director Drew Collins told the Sun-Times in a statement, “going forward, the Illinois Republican Party will explore all options to oppose Mr. Jones’ candidacy — whether that be supporting an independent candidate for IL-03 after the primary, encouraging a write-in campaign, and potentially other options. Nazis have no place in our nation’s democracy, and to that end, we will continue to vehemently oppose everything Mr. Jones stands for.” Illinois Republican Bruce Rauner, up for re-election and facing a primary challenge from state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, on Monday condemned Jones. “There is no room for Neo Nazis in American politics. I condemn this man in the strongest possible terms,” Rauner said in a statement. What remains to be seen is whether the Illinois Republican Party, a part of Rauner’s political operation, or Rauner will actually find a write-in candidate and bankroll a campaign. The Republican Jewish Coalition chair also floated on Monday the possibility of a write-in candidate surfacing to run against Jones.)
— Pritzker, Blagojevich weighed pros, cons of potential Obama successors


— Controversial Campaign Ad Attacks Issues, Not People, Ives Says – Brendan Pedersen


— “If Bruce Rauner tightened up his ship we would have been bigot free this whole primary election” – PETER ZIMMERMAN (DIERSEN: If someone calls you a White supremacist, a Nazi, a KKK member, a hater, a racist, a sexist, a bigot, etc., should you sue them for slander? See “Elements of Libel and Slander” at http://injury.findlaw.com/torts-and-personal-injuries/elements-of-libel-and-slander.html)


— Jeanne Ives Asks ‘What’s Offensive?’ About ‘Provocative’ Campaign Ad – Amanda Vinicky


— Area GOP official backs Ives ad – David Giuliani


— Cabello the maverick is betting against Rauner (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, in Illinois, Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs call those who support the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) platform mavericks. I blame IRP’s problems on its letting people hold leadership positions who reject some, most, or all of the planks in the IRP platform. I should write a book about Milton Township Republican Central Committee, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and IRP leaders a) who reject some, most, or all of the planks in the IRP platform and b) who focus on destroying those like me who support those planks.)
— Ives hammers Rauner on abortion funding during Rockford visit


— Ives goes full culture warrior – Jon Alexander (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Rauner and his supporters make it clear that they reject the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and many other planks in the Republican Party platform and in the Illinois Republican Party platform.)


— New Pritzker-Blagojevich audio from FBI wiretaps sheds light on race issue in governor contest – RICK PEARSON and JEFF COEN
— Losing the future: Universities struggle with enrollment as students leave state – LENORE SOBOTA (DIERSEN: From what I see, ever-increasingly, Illinois universities make it clear that they only want students, faculty, and administrators who are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— Rep. Ives defends controversial campaign ad – ERIC SCHELKOPF


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “2-In-3 Support Legal Status For DREAMers; Majority Oppose Building A Wall.”
— Running As An Independent: Liberating But Tough – CLAY MASTERS (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, in Illinois, if you reject planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform, you should run as an Independent, not as a Republican. Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform. Because Rauner rejects the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and many other planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform, he should have ran as an Independent in 2014, and if anything, he should run as an Independent in 2018.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “How Trump’s Funding Cuts Threaten ‘Basic Health Program’ Plans.”


— Ives: ‘Edgy’ ad ‘accurate representation’ of Rauner policies (DIERSEN: Those who Rauner listens to want him to pander to those who will never vote for him. Those who Rauner listens to want him to lose. Who does Rauner listen to?)


— Berkowitz w/ State Rep. Ives on Illinois’ pressing economic issues and education


— Daniel Biss Visits Campus, Talks Free Higher Education and Bannon Protests – Anne Nazzaro (DIERSEN: Where did the money come from to pay for your bachelor’s degree? I did yard work and delivered newspapers 1962-1964; washed dishes 1964-1966; cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline in 1966; delivered mail 1966-1969; and worked on an automobile assembly line and as a security guard in 1970. My outstanding parents provided me with room and board while I attended UIC 1966-1968, my first semester at NIU in 1969, and the summer of 1969.)


— Republican Governor Candidate Jeanne Ives’s Controversial Commercial Creates Reaction Video Exposes Rauner’s Anti-Conservative Actions – Cal Skinner (DIERSEN: I would also say “exposes Rauner’s anti-Illinois Republican Party platform actions.”)


— Straub ad targets Durkin as Madigan pal – Glenn Minnis


— Rauner’s Lottery Chairman Insults Illinoisans


— Cabello calls for Rauner’s resignation, backs Ives bid for governor – Glenn Minnis


— Ives at City Club


— Ignore the Critics: The Jeanne Ives TV Ad is a Blueprint for Republicans Nationally – John Biver


— Jeanne Ives Wins Standing Ovation After Defending Controversial ‘Transgender’ Ad – JASMINE HAUSER5


— Democrats Use Illegal Immigrant Activist To Fundraise – Derek Hunter


— TV ads, emails and more: The right’s war against Donald Trump’s immigration plan – ANITA KUMAR


— Trump to establish National Vetting Center focused on travelers, immigrants to US – Jeremy Diamond (DIERSEN: Just kidding, but should I apply to work for this National Vetting Center? While I worked for GAO 1980-1997, the last 11 years of which at GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $96,403-$125,325, I increasingly worked as a referencer, that is, as a fact checker. That work required assuring the accuracy and support for each and every word, number, table, graph, chart, conclusion, opinion, and recommendation in GAO reports. I worked for IRS 1971-1980, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $81,071-$91,880. My other fact checking qualifications include my becoming a Forensic Accountant in 1997, a Certified Fraud Examiner in 1990, a licensed CPA in 1981, a Certified Internal Auditor in 1981, and a CPA in 1979.)


— Are Leprechauns Racist? Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish offer some healthy cultural appropriation. – William McGurn


— 6 ways to measure if your retirement plan is on track – Ken Fisher (DIERSEN: My $51,864 Civil Service Retirement System pension is only 41% of my 1997 $125,325 ending salary in today’s dollars.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: 2. Determine what you’ll need annually Don’t use rules of thumb like, “Plan on needing 70% to 80% of your current income.” That silly myth comes from presuming retired folk slow down and spend less. Few do. Some travel, adopt hobbies and finance grandchildren. But almost all spend unexpected sums on medical comforts not covered by health insurance. List all your current expenses, separating them into “basic” and “discretionary” buckets. Food, shelter and utilities are basic. Hobbies and entertainment aren’t. Start bucket three: new expenses you’ll likely incur during retirement, like trips to see the grandkids and those health-comfort costs. Then use an online inflation calculator to total what it all costs when you plan to retire. (This one is good). If you totaled $75,000 “2018” dollars and want to retire in 20 years, you’ll likely need more than $135,000 annually, minus Social Security and any employer pension plans you have.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trumps says “The Trump Disciples Republican candidates across the country are trying to replicate Trump’s formula of bigotry and anger.”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.

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.