February 7 Morning Edition

ABC7
— PENCE MAY HAVE TO BREAK TIE IN DEVOS CONFIRMATION VOTE TODAY – ABC News
http://abc7chicago.com/news/pence-may-have-to-break-tie-in-devos-confirmation-vote-today-/1741503/

 

NBC5
— Senate Set to Confirm Education Secretary by Narrow Margin  Republicans accused Democrats of slow-walking DeVos and other qualified nominees to placate liberal base voters – Erica Werner and Maria Danilova
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/politics/Senate-in-Round-the-Clock-Session-to-Confirm-Trump-Cabinet-412915023.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Lisa Madigan spars with Rauner over immigration ban – ANDY GRIMM  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats side with foreign countries and with their citizens against America and against its citizens.)
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/lisa-madigan-spars-with-rauner-over-immigration-ban/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Obama saw low-wage workers as struggling moms. Trump may see them as suburban teens – Jim Puzzanghera  (DERSEN: Are/were you a low-wage suburban teen?  I was.  I did yard work, delivered newspapers, washed dishes, cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, pumped gasoline, and delivered mail while my outstanding parents provided me with room and board.  With the money that I earned/saved, I bought a 1958 Chevy BelAir in 1964, a new 1966 Pontiac Tempest Sprint in 1966, a new 1968 Oldsmobile 442 in 1967, and a new 1969 Dodge Charger SE in 1968.  In addition, I paid for all my college expenses at UIC 1966-1968 and at NIU 1969-1970.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-low-wage-workers-20170206-story.html
— Suburbs vs. city: Who will win the wooing contest for Caterpillar’s headquarters? – Robert Reed
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-cat-move-robert-reed-17-biz-20170206-column.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Already, DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin has sent a letter to Caterpillar CEO James Umpleby touting his west suburban area and stressing a willingness to work with Cat’s relocation team. Although no tax breaks or deals are mentioned, Cronin’s letter stresses DuPage’s business base and that the ongoing Western Access O’Hare Project will provide “convenient, hassle-free access” to the airport. That’s true, but it won’t be for a while.)
— China’s middle class anger at its education system is growing – Lauren Teixeira
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-wp-china-schools-35dc34ae-ecae-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5-20170206-story.html

 

DAILY HERALD
— Mayor, residents decry former Arlington Heights candidate’s Facebook post – Christopher Placek
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170206/news/170209207/
— Arlington Heights controversy an object lesson in role of acrimony, indiscretion in local politics – Editorial
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170207/discuss/170209184/
— Take a position, Congressman Roskam – Michael Malone, Glen Ellyn  (DIERSEN: In Illinois, you “take a position” that you are a Republican every time you cast a Republican ballot in a primary election.  Further, in Illinois, if you are elected or appointed to government office or a political office as a Republican, you obligate yourself to defend and to advance the Illinois Republican Party platform.)
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170207/discuss/170209232/

 

CRAIN’s CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Rauner and Madigan—Lisa Madigan—make war – GREG HINZ
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170207/BLOGS02/170209890/bruce-rauner-and-lisa-madigan-square-off

 

WTTW
— Left Wing ‘Tea Party’ Growing in Chicago – Paris Schutz
http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/02/06/left-wing-tea-party-growing-chicago

 

ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR
— Fear sparked by Donald Trump’s executive order prompts more immigrants in Rockford area to pursue citizenship – Kristen Zambo
http://www.rrstar.com/news/20170206/fear-sparked-by-donald-trumps-executive-order-prompts-more-immigrants-in-rockford-area-to-pursue-citizenship

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Gov. Rauner still staying out of ‘grand bargain’ discussions – Doug Finke
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20170206/gov-rauner-still-staying-out-of-grand-bargain-discussions

 

KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE
— Residents organize with ‘Indivisible Guide’ to counter Trump policies   ‘We can start a movement. We can do this’ – BRENDA SCHORY
http://www.kcchronicle.com/2017/02/05/residents-organize-with-indivisible-guide-to-counter-trump-policies/ajlyn8a/

 

BELLEVILLE NEWS DEMOCRAT
— Madigan joins 15 attorneys general in fight against Trump immigration order – DANA RIECK (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats side with foreign countries and with their citizens against America and against its citizens.)
http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article131093404.html
— TRAGIC: Belleville gives its OK to video gaming at new development – MIKE KOZIATEK
http://www.bnd.com/news/local/community/belleville/article131141739.html
— Illinois took in 11,000 refugees since 2007 from countries in Trump order – CASEY BISCHEL
http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article131179659.html

 

FOX ILLINOIS
— Chamber of Commerce Looking to keep Illinois Competitive – Jordan Abudayyeh
http://foxillinois.com/news/local/chamber-of-commerce-looking-to-keep-illinois-competitive

 

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— Trump’s Labor Dept. pick admits to employing undocumented worker  Puzder’s nomination hearings have been delayed
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/trumps-labor-dept-pick-admits-to-employing-undocumented-worker/650571405
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Andrew Puzder, President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Labor Department, employed an undocumented immigrant for years, the business magnate said in a statement Monday. It’s an admission that in the past has sunk other Cabinet secretary nominees. Puzder’s nomination has been stalled in Congress after a series of delayed hearings from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Puzder, the head of the parent company that owns fast food companies Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., said he and his wife have already paid back taxes on the employee. “My wife and I employed a housekeeper for a few years, during which I was unaware that she was not legally permitted to work in the US,” Puzder said in a statement. “When I learned of her status, we immediately ended her employment and offered her assistance in getting legal status.” He added: “We have fully paid back taxes to the IRS and the state of California and submitted all required paperwork.” The Huffington Post first reported the fact Puzder employed an undocumented worker.)

 

JOLIET PATCH
— Joliet Mayor to Meet With Community Over Concerns With Trump’s Exec Orders & Immigration  The meeting will be at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. – Joseph Hosey
http://patch.com/illinois/joliet/joliet-mayor-meet-community-over-concerns-trumps-exec-orders-immigration

 

CHICAGOIST
— Toby Keith Is Playing Ribfest, & Some People In Naperville Are Pissed – STEPHEN GOSSETT
http://chicagoist.com/2017/02/06/toby_keith_is_playing_ribfest_and_n.php

 

CHICAGO NOW
— The most famous federal appellate judge in the Country tells it like it is: Berkowitz w/Posner (DIERSEN: Have you ever argued a lawsuit before Judge Posner?  I did in 1996. SEE: David J. Diersen v. Chicago Car Exchange, Inc., 110 F.3d 481 (7th Cir. 1997), cert. denied, 118 S.Ct. 178 (1997) (
http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1385001.html) The lawsuit involved the Federal Odometer Act (FOA), the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) authority to grant exemptions from the FOA, and the sufficiency of material facts that would make a dealer suspicious of a car’s mileage. On September 16, 1996, I presented oral arguments to Chief Judge Posner and to Circuit Court Judges Coffey and Kanne.  On March 31, 1997, the Appellate Court agreed with me and ruled that DOT’s exemption for cars over 10 years old was invalid.)
http://www.chicagonow.com/public-affairs-with-jeff-berkowitz/2017/02/the-most-famous-federal-appellate-judge-in-the-country-tells-like-it-is-berkowitz-wposner-cableweb/

 

WILL COUNTY GAZETTE
— Kevin Coyne seeking re-election to finish job on Naperville City Council – Glenn Minnis
http://willcountygazette.com/stories/511075089-kevin-coyne-seeking-re-election-to-finish-job-on-naperville-city-council
— Three candidates removed from DuPage Township ballot – Ruth de Jauregui
http://willcountygazette.com/stories/511079643-three-candidates-removed-from-dupage-township-ballot

 

NORTH COOK NEWS
— Republican Unity Slate sets sights on Maine Township races – Ruth de Jauregui
http://northcooknews.com/stories/511079575-republican-unity-slate-sets-sights-on-maine-township-races
— New Trier H.S. superintendent, school leadership are registered Democrats
http://northcooknews.com/stories/511080084-new-trier-h-s-superintendent-school-leadership-are-registered-democrats

 

SANGOMON SUN
— Illinois offers ample tax breaks but pays the price – Carol Ostrow
http://sangamonsun.com/stories/511065018-illinois-offers-ample-tax-breaks-but-pays-the-price

 

KANE COUNTY CONNECTS
— 9 REFERENDUMS NOW ON APRIL 4 BALLOT
http://kanecountyconnects.com/2017/02/3-fire-district-referendums-so-far-in-april-consolidated-election/

 

ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE
— NEARLY 240 COOK COUNTY CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS CALL IN SICK FOR SUPER BOWL  Super Sunday sees 239 corrections officers – or 19 percent of the staff assigned to work that day – call in sick despite pleas to officers ahead of time from the Cook County Sheriff’s office. – Brendan Bakala
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/nearly-240-cook-county-correctional-officers-call-in-sick-for-super-bowl/

 

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— MISSOURI JOINS MIDWESTERN RIGHT-TO-WORK SURGE SURROUNDING ILLINOIS
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2017/02/missouri-joins-midwestern-right-to-work-surge-.html

 

ACCURACY IN MEDIA
— Ivanka Trump Promotes Gay and Transgender Rights – Cliff Kincaid  (DIERSEN: Those who promote LGBTQ activity work very hard against Republicans.)
https://www.aim.org/aim-column/ivanka-trump-promotes-gay-and-transgender-rights/

 

GOPUSA
— Soros funded anti-Trump Republicans (DIERSEN: If you seek/take money from anti-Republicans, you are NOT a Republican.)
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=20362

 

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Peter Roskam: Congress will overhaul tax code in 2017  Status quo suffocating, unsustainable – Tom Howell Jr.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/feb/6/peter-roskam-congress-will-overhaul-tax-code-in-20/

 

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— Trump is stronger than national polls suggest – DAVID M. DRUCKER
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-stronger-than-national-polls-suggest/article/2614092

 

FREEDOM’S JOURNAL
— WEAPONS-GRADE IMMIGRATION – Patrick Hall  (DIERSEN: By sending millions of its citizens into America illegally, by keeping millions of its citizens in America illegally, and by sending mountains of illegal drugs into America illegally, Mexico has declared war on America.)
https://freedomsjournalinstitute.org/latest-news/opinion/weapons-grade-immigration/

 

FOX NEWS
— Melania Trump re-files lawsuit against Daily Mail over report she worked as an escort
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/07/melania-trump-re-files-lawsuit-against-daily-mail-over-report-worked-as-escort.html

 

BREITBART
— Soros Fund Execs Funded Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, John McCain, John Kasich, Lindsey Graham in 2016 – MATTHEW BOYLE  (DIERSEN: One could argue that if you seek/take money from anti-Republicans, you are an anti-Republican.)
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/02/06/records-soros-fund-execs-funded-paul-ryan-marco-rubio-jeb-bush-john-mccain-john-kasich-lindsey-graham-in-2016/

 

THE BLAZE
— University stops formation of Turning Point USA chapter due to campus leftists feeling ‘unsafe’ – Brandon Morse
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/02/06/university-stops-formation-of-conservative-group-due-to-campus-leftists-feeling-unsafe/

 

FEDERALIST
— If College Students Will Protest Mike Huckabee, They’ll Protest Anybody  If people choose to protest with as light a provocation as someone such as Mike Huckabee provides, then life will become miserably dominated by political ideology. – Hunter Baker
http://thefederalist.com/2017/02/07/college-students-will-protest-mike-huckabee-theyll-protest-anybody/

 

WORLD NET DAILY
— LEFT’S NEW CATCHWORDS: ‘NAZIS, WHITE NATIONALISTS’  Author pulls back curtain on strategy to dehumanize Trump advisers, supporters – PAUL BREMMER  (DIERSEN: Who takes the lead in dehumanizing Trump supporters in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois?  I should write a book about the lead dehumanizers in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois.)
http://www.wnd.com/2017/02/lefts-new-catchwords-nazis-white-nationalists/
— I’M TIRED OF REPUBLICAN TOUGH-TALK LIES  Brent Smith likens GOP voters to ‘an abused spouse who just keeps going back’
http://www.wnd.com/2017/02/im-tired-of-republican-tough-talk-lies/

 

THE HILL
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “GOP gets bolder in breaking with Trump.”
http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/318189-gop-gets-bolder-in-breaking-with-trump

 

POLITICO
— White House rattled by McCarthy’s spoof of Spicer  Trump ‘doesn’t like his people to look weak,’ a top Trump donor said. – ANNIE KARNI, JOSH DAWSEY and TARA PALMERI
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/melissa-mccarthy-sean-spicer-234715
— TREASONOUS: In response to Trump, New York Assembly passes ‘sanctuary state’ bill – JIMMY VIELKIND
http://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2017/02/assembly-passes-sanctuary-state-bill-as-trump-response-109389

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Steve Bannon Carries Battles to Another Influential Hub: The Vatican – JASON HOROWITZ
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/07/world/europe/vatican-steve-bannon-pope-francis.html
— Iran’s Supreme Leader Sarcastically Thanks Trump for Showing America’s ‘Real Face’ – THOMAS ERDBRINK
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/07/world/middleeast/trump-iran-ayatollah-ali-khamenei.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Members of the following groups argue that if you are pro-life, you should be pro-refugee: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, 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.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/07/opinion/im-pro-life-and-pro-refugee.html

 

WASHINGTON POST
— A Boycott Budweiser movement begins over Super Bowl immigration ad – Cindy Boren
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/02/04/a-boycott-budweiser-movement-begins-over-super-bowl-immigration-ad/

 

LOS ANGELES TIMES
— San Diego venture capitalist John Cox says he’s considering a run for California governor – Phil Willon
http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-san-diego-venture-capitalist-1486425776-htmlstory.html
— California joins 15 other states going to court to challenge Trump’s immigration orders – Patrick McGreevy
http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-california-13-other-states-go-to-court-1486413357-htmlstory.html

 

LOS ANGELES LOYOLAN
— Conservatives on college campuses are minorities – Zachary Hayes  (DIERSEN: In one way or another, members of the following groups are minorities: Trump supporters, Protestants, conservatives, Republicans, Americans, Whites, males, older people, rich people, gun owners, German Americans draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://www.laloyolan.com/opinion/conservatives-on-college-campuses-are-minorities/article_f6e7b280-40c1-59ae-ba2c-958da1013a47.html

 

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE
— Trump administration says ‘aliens’ outside US have no constitutional protections – Maura Dolan  (DIERSEN: Democrats and RINOs always put foreign countries and their citizens ahead of America and its citizens.)
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/politics/4213196-trump-administration-says-aliens-outside-us-have-no-constitutional-protections

 

CBS SAN FRANCISCO
— Bay Area Conservatives Keep Meetups Secret Fearing For Their Safety
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/02/04/bay-area-conservatives-host-secret-meetups-fearing-for-their-safety/

 

KANSAS CITY STAR
— Stuck in immigration limbo, Dreamers are losing patience – Mary Sanchez
http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article131113584.html

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Who’s ‘Normalizing’ Donald Trump Now?  The vulgarity and violence of the anti-Trump left may be helping the president. – WILLIAM MCGURN
https://www.wsj.com/articles/whos-normalizing-donald-trump-now-1486426354
— Forget About Being Happy – NAOMI DUGUID
https://www.wsj.com/articles/forget-about-being-happy-1486426247

 

MTV
— WHITE PRIVILEGE IN A LIBERAL TOWN (Westport, Connecticut)  A TEEN ESSAY CONTEST HAS ROILED A PART OF CLINTON COUNTRY – JAMIL SMITH (DIERSEN: Are you White?  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argue shouted a) that instead of me, the Post Office should have hired a minority in 1966, b) that the Post Office should gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a minority could have my job, c) that instead of me, IRS should have hired a minority in 1971, d) that instead of me, IRS should have promoted minorities in 1972, 1973, and 1974, e) that instead of me, GAO should have hired a minority in 1980, f) that instead of me, GAO should have promoted a minority in 1986, g) that GAO should gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a minority could have my job and my preferred corner office, and h) that instead of me, UIC, NIU, Loyola, DePaul, and IIT should have admitted minorities in 1966, 1969, 1972, 1976, and 1992 respectively.)
http://www.mtv.com/news/2979678/white-privilege-westport-connecticut/

 

DAILY BEAST
— The Civil Service Helped Make America Great. Donald Trump Wants To Change That. Once, government jobs were political rewards, with workers kicking back to the parties they owed their jobs to. Our new president wants to make corruption great again. – RICHARD GREENWALD (DIERSEN: Because I have always been a Republican, were it not for federal civil service protections, a) the Post Office would NOT have hired me in 1966 or let me work there for almost 3 years, b) IRS would NOT have hired me in 1971 or let me work there for almost 9 years, c) IRS would NOT have promoted me in 1972, 1973, or 1974, d) GAO would NOT have hired me in 1980 or let me work there for almost 18 years, and d) GAO would NOT have promoted me in 1986.)
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/02/07/the-civil-service-helped-make-america-great-donald-trump-wants-to-change-that.html

 

BUREAU OF NATIONAL AFFAIRS
— EPA Staff Jittery About Trump’s Hiring Freeze – Stephen Lee and Brian Dabbs  (DIERSEN: While I worked for GAO 1980-1997, the agency was almost always under Republican-led hiring freezes and/or promotion freezes.)
https://www.bna.com/epa-staff-jittery-n57982083433/

 

FED SMITH
— After Trump: A Surge of Federal Employees Leaving Government? – Ralph R. Smith  (DIERSEN: Because I have always been a Republican, were it not for federal civil service protections, a) the Post Office would NOT have hired me in 1966 or let me work there for almost 3 years, b) IRS would NOT have hired me in 1971 or let me work there for almost 9 years, c) IRS would NOT have promoted me in 1972, 1973, or 1974, d) GAO would NOT have hired me in 1980 or let me work there for almost 18 years, and d) GAO would NOT have promoted me in 1986.)
http://www.fedsmith.com/2017/02/07/after-trump-a-surge-of-federal-employees-leaving-government/

 

GUARDIAN
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps make it clear that they are anti-American.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/07/john-bercow-donald-trump-parliament-state-visit-speech-westminster
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/07/trump-disempower-institutions-protect-truth
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/07/california-donald-trump-jobs-immigration-lgbt-rights

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.

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