— Durbin, at Harper College, says he’s confident of bipartisan border deal but unsure of Trump support – Christopher Placek
– New Hampshire court upholds women’s topless conviction, saying rights weren’t violated – AP
— GM offers $25,000 reward for information on nooses and ‘whites-only’ signs at Ohio plant
KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE
— Geneva parents oppose anti-abortion protester’s methods ‘He’s taking video and I don’t think that’s right’ – BRENDA SCHORY
HERALD & REVIEW
— Gov. J.B. Pritzker report says Bruce Rauner drove Illinois ‘into a financial ditch’ – Rick Pearson and Dan Petrella
PEORIA PUBLIC RADIO
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: LGBT Curriculum Bill Advances – MAUREEN FOERTSCH MCKINNEY
— $15 minimum wage would have largest impacts outside Chicago
— TRUMP CALLS BORDER MIGRANTS A “TREMENDOUS ONSLAUGHT,” SPARKING CONCERNS FROM MENTAL HEALTH EXPERTS – Carly Graf
NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE
— Sean Casten: Socialism is Lovely – CARLY ATCHISON
(FROM THE POSTING: Sean Casten thinks the socialist Green New Deal is “lovely,” but to which part is he referring exactly? Turning all airports into museums? Abolishing farting cows? Paying those who are “unwilling” to work? The choo-choo train to Hawaii? Replacing each building in the country, including every home and business in Illinois? Shuttering the nuclear power plants that generate 53% of all electricity in Illinois and the coal and gas plants that generate another 40%? NRCC Comment: “Sean Casten might think tearing down every home and business in IL-06 and a fantasy choo-choo train to Hawaii would be lovely, but that only goes to show how desperately out of touch he is with Illinoisans. The Green New Deal is nothing more than Democrats’ latest attempt at a socialist takeover, guaranteed to eliminate thousands of jobs and raise taxes on hardworking Illinois families and the middle class.” – NRCC Spokeswoman Carly Atchison)
DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Only 3 other states, District of Columbia have $15 minimum wage
ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
— Medical Doctor from Peoria Opposes Legal Pot – David E. Smith
— Ocasio-Cortez Boasts of Steering Democratic Party Left with Green New Deal – Penny Starr
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “In terms of aspirational goals, it’s lovely,” Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL) said in the WSJ report. “I’d love to live in a world that’s totally clean and has green jobs for everyone and all sorts of other benefits.”)
— As border wall funding divides Washington, new multimillion-dollar barrier will soon break ground in Texas – Madeleine Rivera
— Here Are Ocasio-Cortez’s Latest Idiotic Remarks About Illegal Aliens And Immigration Enforcement – Matt Vespa
— NM Gov. Pulls Most National Guardsmen from the Border: We Will Not Partake in Trump’s ‘Fear-Mongering’ – Julio Rosas (DIERSEN: How soon will New Mexico leave the United States and join up with Mexico?)
— GOP/Dems Set to Offer Trump a Quarter of $5.7B for Border Wall – John Binder
— Illegal Immigration Expected to Hit Highest Level Since George W. Bush – John Binder
— Democrats Use Border Wall Talks to Expand ‘Catch and Release’ Policies – Neil Munro
— Chicago Bill Requires Social Media Background Check for Gun License – Awr Hawkins
— 4 Liberal Arguments against the Wall and How to Beat Them – Auguste Meyrat
— The Hijacking of a Presidential Election – Jon N. Hall
— Mass Immigration and Climate Change Doublethink – Quentin Borges-Silva
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Disney Hosting First Official LGBTQ Event at Paris Theme Park – Dave Bohon
— The ‘New Normal’: A New Era of Bigger Migrant Caravans Has Begun – Nolan Peterson
— Ivanka Trump Says Art Exhibit Depicting Her Vacuuming Is ‘Sexist’ – Evie Fordham
CONSERVATIVE DAILY NEWS
— President Trump to Hold MAGA Rally in El Paso, TX, Monday – R. Mitchell
— Survey Estimate: 42 Million Latin Americans Want To Migrate To The U.S.
— Ayatollah Khamenei: ‘Death To America’ Really Means Death To Trump – JOHN SEXTON
— Chicago Gun Bill Would Require Social Media Background Check For Permits – JAZZ SHAW
— More than 100 undocumented immigrants worked at Trump’s Bedminster resort during construction: report – JOHN BOWDEN
— U.S. Border Patrol overwhelmed by large groups of migrant families
— The Virginia Democratic Party is a dumpster fire – Chris Cillizza
NEW YORK TIMES
— FRONT PAGE: Virginia’s Racist History Clashes With New South Image – Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns (DIERSEN: Government is Nasty. Politics is nasty. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I have always been a racist. They stress my demographics – Trump supporter, Protestant (baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran), lived in Crete 1948-1972, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, old (born in 1948), non-poor, gun owner, 100% German American, draft avoider, and that my ancestors have been in America since 1844. In my defense, I could stress a) that all my ancestors have always lived in northeast Illinois, b) that I worked in Chicago Heights 1964-1966 and 1970-1972, c) that I worked for the federal government (for the Post Office in Park Forest 1966-1969; for IRS in Chicago in 1971, in Harvey 1972-1973, Joliet 1973-1974, and Chicago 1973-1980; and for GAO in Chicago 1980-1997), d) that in late 1971, I asked IRS to assign me to its Harvey office, and e) that I bought a new town home in University Park in 1972.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trump Does His Divisive El Paso Number. The immigration system is broken but the president has no interest in fixing it.”
— The $238 Million Penthouse Provokes a Fierce Response: Tax It – Jeffery C. Mays (DIERSEN: Do/did you own a pied-à-terre? In its 4-page nasty February 1978 article on me, to paint me as being grossly overpaid and undeservedly filthy rich, Money Magazine referred the studio condo that I owned in the Outer Drive East building in downtown Chicago 1974-1976 as being my pied-à-terre. I bought that condo so that I could walk to work at IRS and to graduate business classes at Loyola. I traded it in to the building’s developer for a one bedroom condo in 1976. I lived in a town home in University Park that I had bought new in 1972 full-time 1972-1974 and weekends 1974-1976. Starting in 1974, I unsuccessfully tried to sell it. I rented it out 1976-1984 because I was unable to sell it for a fair price. I sold it in 1984.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: For the last five years, a bill that would create a so-called pied-à-terre tax in New York has languished in the State Legislature, where proposals for new taxes often go to die. But after Kenneth C. Griffin, a hedge fund billionaire with an estimated net worth of $10 billion, added to his personal real estate portfolio last month by closing on a $238 million apartment on Central Park South, things may soon be different. The record purchase — surpassing the cost of the next most expensive home in the United States by more than $100 million — was a stark reminder that when wealthy buyers like Mr. Griffin purchase expensive apartments as second homes or investments, New York City and the state get less financial benefits. If the buyers live out of state, they are not subject to state or city income taxes, and do not pay New York sales tax while outside the state. A pied-à-terre tax would institute a yearly tax on homes worth $5 million or more, and would apply to homes that do not serve as the buyer’s primary residence.)
— McCarthy pressures Democrats to rebuke two Muslim lawmakers over alleged anti-Semitism – Mike DeBonis and Robert Costa
— The National Enquirer shows us just how sleazy it really is – Kathleen Parker
— What Trump has said about E-Verify
WALL STREET JOURNAL
— ‘Green New Deal’ Democrats Position Climate Change as Central Issue in 2020 Leading candidates embrace clean-energy push, setting up contrast with pro-fossil-fuel Trump – Andrew Duehren
(FROM THE ARTICLE: CASTEN: “In terms of aspirational goals, it’s lovely. I’d love to live in a world that’s totally clean and has green jobs for everyone and all sorts of other benefits.”)
— Bezos vs. the Enquirer Could Be a Watershed If it means journalists start reporting on how other journalists source their stories, hooray. – Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
— ‘THIS GOLF COURSE WAS BUILT BY ILLEGALS’: TRUMP PROPERTY WHERE IVANKA, KUSHNER MARRIED USED CHEAP, UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS, REPORT SAYS – JESSICA KWONG
— POLITICALLY CHARGED GROCERY STORE MAILER CLAIMING ‘HELL HAS OPEN BORDERS,’ STIRS CONTROVERSY – JENNI FINK
— DHS ISSUES WAIVER TO ‘EXPEDITE’ CONSTRUCTION OF 12.5 MILES OF ‘SECONDARY’ BORDER WALL IN SAN DIEGO TO ‘DETER ILLEGAL CROSSINGS’ – CHANTAL DA SILVA
— GUN CONTROL BILL WOULD REQUIRE POLICE TO REVIEW SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS BEFORE ALLOWING PURCHASE – DANIEL MORITZ-RABSON
— An Arizona federal judge chided Walmart Inc. for having a “‘complete and bright line’ disregard” for anti-discrimination protections in the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act when it fired an employee.
SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: If you are a member of a group, sooner or later, if that group does not promote LGBTQ activity, SPLC will call your group at hate group.
— What do you know about survey methodology (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survey_methodology and http://www.pewresearch.org/methods/u-s-survey-research/our-survey-methodology-in-detail/)? During my last 8 years at GAO, I worked at the GS-13 Step 4-10 levels, currently $106,044-$125,325/year, on audits that involved major surveys. Two of the GAO reports that I worked on are at http://www.gao.gov/assets/160/154342.pdf (FINANCIAL DERIVATIVES: Actions Needed to Protect the Financial System) (See pages 30-33 for methodology) and at http://www.gao.gov/assets/160/156011.pdf (OTC DERIVATIVES: Additional Oversight Could Reduce Costly Sales Practice Disputes) (See pages 37-40 for methodology).)
— JANUARY 3, 2019 FLASHBACK: How did you respond or how will you respond the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) survey questions (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LBGPSVC)?
(THE ARTICLE: Initial questions concerning this survey include: Who is exactly paying for this survey? When did you first learn that this survey was going to be conducted and who did you learn that from? Who developed the survey? What input did you, your Republican Precinct Committeeman/Captain, the officers of your Republican township/ward/county party organizations, your representative on the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Central Committee, the IRP officers, the IRP National Committeeman, and the IRP National Committeewoman have in the development of this survey? Where is the document that details the methodology used for this survey? What has been done to publicize this survey? Of course, anti-conservatives want liberals and moderates to respond to the survey and NOT conservatives. What about liberal and moderate responders who falsely claim to be conservative? I responded to the survey as follows:
- How often do you work and/ or interact with the Illinois Republican Party? – Extremely Frequently (Daily)
- What role do you play in the Republican Party? – Precinct Committeemen
- How active would you consider yourself within your GOP organization? – Extremely active (Daily)
- Is there anything specific the Illinois Republican Party can help you and/ or your organization with? – Other (please specify) Promoting the IRP platform.
- What could the Illinois Republican Party do better to increase your activity and interest within your local regular Republican organization? – Promote the IRP platform.
- How active would you say your GOP organization(s) is/are? – They meet monthly and regularly are represented at community events.
- Please check the answer that best describes your political philosophy on fiscal policy matters: Conservative
- Please check the box that best describes your political philosophy on social policy matters: Conservative
- The most important public policy issues facing our state are: Pro-Life, Same-sex marriage (oppose), Second Amendment issues (oppose gun control), Other (please specify) Enforce immigration laws (support)
- The most important public policy issues facing our country are: Pro-Life, Illegal immigration (concerned about), Second Amendment issues (oppose gun control), Other (please specify) Traditional marriage (support)
- Who did you vote for in the 2018 Illinois gubernatorial Republican primary election? – Jeanne Ives / Rich Morthland
- What are the biggest challenges to unity in the Illinois Republican Party? – Stopping anti-conservative IRP leaders from driving conservatives out of the IRP
- With respect to the Illinois Republican Party platform, the Illinois Republican Party at its next quadrennial Convention in 2020 should: Adopt the platform of the national Republican Party as the platform of the Illinois Republican Party
- Why do Illinois Republicans lose elections? – Illinois Republican candidates are not conservative enough and do not energize enough of the Republican base. Illinois Democrat candidates typically have more campaign funds than Illinois Republican candidates. Districts are too gerrymandered for Illinois Republicans to be competitive in areas where they otherwise should be.
- What do you think are the most important things the Illinois Republican Party can do to promote unity? – Promote the IRP platform.
- If you were to define or message what it means to be a Republican to the voters of Illinois; what would that message be? – Promote traditional marriage and the traditional family. Promote the right to life. Enforce immigration laws. Promote Second Amendment rights.
- What is your first and last name? – David Diersen
18. What is your email address? – [email protected])