January 16 Evening Edition

— State representative candidate Burt Minor held an outstanding fundraiser Tuesday evening, January 16, 2018, at Cooper’s Corner in Winfield. State Senator Mike Connelly, State Representative Dave Olsen, and DuPage County Board Members Jim Jay and Tonia Khouri spoke very highly of him. The 120+ attendees included Alekna, Anderson, Atkinson, Bond, Brennan, Bucholz, Burke, Carlyle, Caruso, Cherry, Dabrowski, Dusza, Fisher, Furstenau, Halley, Hummel, T. Johnson, R. Jorgensen, Kachiroubas, Keller, Kinzler, Kmiecik, Kleeman, Krajewski, Larsen, MacKay, McCluskey, McGowen, McKillip, Mendrick, A. Murphy, Prater, Rash, Rathje, Romano, Russo, R. Sanguinetti, Schultz, Thomas, Voelz, Wiley, Wilson, Winger, Yurgaitis, and Zegel. – Dave Diersen


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps promote “Saturday’s Women’s March Chicago” that “seeks to energize women in politics.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps promote “Chicago priest on hunger strike due to inaction on DACA.”


— DHS secretary says she doesn’t recall Trump vulgarity in White House meeting on immigration – AP
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot promoters say “Legal marijuana could generate more than $132 billion in federal tax revenue and 1 million jobs.” If you promote pot, you promote destruction.
— Ford goes ‘all in’ on electric cars with $11 billion investment – Keith Naughton, Ryan Beene and Gabrielle Coppola
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Judge orders Illinois to expand medical marijuana qualifying conditions to include pain – Robert McCoppin
— Rauner campaign: ‘Governor believes David Duke is a racist’ – Monique Garcia (DIERSEN: Ever-increasing, anti-Trumps call all Republicans White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexist, bigots, and even worse things, and especially Republicans who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. Who next will Rauner call a racist?)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats promote Dreamers. Democrats are counting on Dreamers to help Democrats get rid of Republicans, and especially Republicans who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
— Race to run against Rep. Peter Roskam in November reflects new wave of women candidates – Suzanne Baker
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump asks “Is Trump a racist or does he just say racist things?”


— Durbin grills DHS Secretary about Trump vulgarity regarding African nations – Lynn Sweet
— VERY SAD, IF NOT TRAGIC: Republican AG candidate Erika Harold up for ‘exploring’ legalizing marijuana – Tina Sfondeles
— Foxx should steer clear of donations from property tax lawyers – Editorial (DIERSEN: In Illinois, Republican activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, political consultants, etc. should steer clear of donations from any individual, organization, and company that rejects any of the planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform. He who pays the piper calls the tunes.)
— More minority cops in Chicago? Not many. Yet. – Sam Charles (DIERSEN: GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job. IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job. The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)
— ‘Enthusiasm for Trump hasn’t diminished one bit’ downstate – Neil Steinberg


— Commission recommends government reforms in Lake County – Russell Lissau
— Police, DuPage minority leaders ‘want to find peace and harmony’ – Marie Wilson
— DuPage County voters to decide several ballot questions in March – Robert Sanchez


— Kennedy, Emanuel and race: Where’s the truth? – GREG HINZ


— State Rep. Ives sees too many leaving Illinois, vows to revive business climate as governor – Doug Wilson


— Governor signs bill to help women inmates – Joe Astrouski


— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Judge orders intractable pain onto marijuana treatment list – AP


— A Village’s Fight With Jim Durkin


— Illinois group wants to know where the candidates stand on gerrymandering – Cole Lauterbach


— Is Illinois Going to Pot? – David E. Smith


— Ives takes heat (FROM THOSE WHO REJECT THE TRADITIONAL FAMILY PLANK IN THE ILLINOIS REPUBLICAN PARTY PLATFORM) for claiming solution to Chicago’s gun crime is fathers in the home
— Rauner campaign responds *** David Duke tries to use Rauner quote to his own advantage (DIERSEN: Ever-increasing, anti-Trumps call all Republicans White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexist, bigots, and even worse things, and especially Republicans who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. Who next will Rauner call a racist?)


— Schumer to Trump: You Can Begin to Prove You’re Not Racist or Bigoted By Supporting Bipartisan Immigration Compromise – IAN HANCHETT (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats call Republicans White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things. What did Hitler call the Jews during the 1930s and 1940s?)
— Sen. Dick Durbin: I’m Working ‘Full Time’ for DACA Illegal Aliens – JOHN BINDER (DIERSEN: Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs see illegals as being cannon fodder for them to use in their war against Republicans.)


— DHS Recommends Arrests For Sanctuary City Leaders – Chuck Ross


— ‘GANG OF 6’ PUSHES AMNESTY FOR MORE THAN 10 MILLION ILLEGALS ‘Dreamers … will be able to sponsor their parents under chain migration laws’ – GREG COROMBOS


— DHS secretary under oath: Trump didn’t say ‘sh—hole’ Others in meeting used ‘inappropriate language’ with president – Stephen Dinan


— Sen. McCann, PolitiFact agree: Rauner dishonest about Legionnaires’ claim


— Illinois House Primaries Will Be Early Testing Ground for Democrats  Democrats have several pickup opportunities, but they need viable candidates first – Simone Pathé
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Based on 2016 presidential performance, the 6th District looks like Democrats’ best pickup opportunity. Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the race Likely Republican. “It’s one of those districts where we have to perform; it’s a part of our path,” a national Democratic strategist said. Out of the four Illinois seats on the DCCC’s target list, it’s the only one Clinton carried — by 7 points. But voters in this affluent suburban Chicago district also backed incumbent Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk, who lost statewide, and easily gave Rep. Peter Roskam a sixth term. Democrats plan to hit Roskam on the GOP tax overhaul, which the state’s Republican governor called “punishing” because of its cap on state and local tax deductions. “It’s clear that [Roskam’s] voters wanted a conservative representative who was focused on cutting their taxes — and that’s exactly what Roskam did,” Maddie Anderson, a spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said in an email. “I’m a little confused by the notion that following through on what voters asked for would lead to being voted out of office,” she added. Seven Democrats have filed the requisite signatures to run in the primary, including 2016 nominee Amanda Howland, who lost to Roskam by 18 points. But the DCCC is not in a position to back any of the other candidates because members of the Illinois delegation are split. Many national Democrats see Kelly Mazeski, a former financial adviser and local elected official, as the front-runner. The breast cancer survivor announced her candidacy the day the House voted to repeal the 2010 health care law, which earned her national attention. She raised $163,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017 and loaned herself another $100,000. She ended December with $510,000 in the bank. In addition to support from EMILY’s List, she has endorsements from Illinois Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Cheri Bustos and several of Bustos’ closest female allies in Congress, who have been politically active across the country. But some members of the delegation prefer lawyer Carole Cheney, a former district chief of staff to Rep. Bill Foster. She has the backing of Foster and Rep. Robin Kelly. She had $90,000 at the end of the third quarter.)


— Ranking the Democrats’ Chances in the 2018 Governors Races – Paul Grossinger
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Tier 1: Democrats Clearly Favored Illinois: Bruce Rauner is an unpopular incumbent and Illinois is a Democratic state. The budget freeze doesn’t help.)


— President Trump’s daily medications include Propecia, rosacea cream


— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Tax Law Sharpens the Red-Blue Divide – Carl Hulse
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Can Lawyer Ignore Wishes Of His Client- Jeffery C. Mays


— Trump did ‘exceedingly well’ on a cognitive test, top White House doctor says – Jenna Johnson and Lenny Bernstein
— Trump’s disruption of government could aid top federal employees, survey says – Joe Davidson (DIERSEN: I have been an Association of Government Accountants (AGA) member since 1979 and I served on the AGA Chicago Chapter Executive Committee 1983-1996.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: With President Trump’s first presidential anniversary days away, hundreds of political positions in the federal government still lack nominees. Perhaps some folks don’t want to work for a white supremacist, but that’s another column. While the lack of political appointees can cause myriad problems, there also can be an upside for career staffers — like the opportunity for them to disrupt, which is not the same as resist. In fact, Trump campaigned and has governed with disruption of the established order as a primary goal. A new survey on “Navigating Disruption” sought to determine if government leaders “are being inducted into a new phase of government service, with disruption as its key operating principle.” Think of disruption as bold action upsetting the status quo. That can be good or bad. The survey, conducted by the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) and the Grant Thornton accounting firm, focused on federal chief financial officers (CFOs), but the findings also are relevant to other career government leaders.)


— The Census Should Ask About Citizenship Current data aren’t enough to enforce the Voting Rights Act. – Edward Blum
— OK Google, You’ve Been Served The company may find its political monoculture hard to defend under California labor law. – Allysia Finley
— Deciding Against the Paper Chase High costs, indifferent teachers, hours devoted to subjects that have little to do with earning a living in the real world: Is it all worth it? Naomi Schaefer Riley reviews ‘The Case Against Education’ by Bryan Caplan and ‘Rethinking School’ by Susan Wise Bauer. – Naomi Schaefer Riley (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that the undergraduate and graduate courses that I took a) were not job-related, b) did not help me carry out my job duties, c) were taken by me to get a job in the private sector, and d) were a distraction. To keep their jobs and to get promoted, my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government focused on getting rid of federal employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
— What Is the Perfect Age? Researchers are studying when we feel our best and why—giving new relevance to the question of the ideal age. – Clare Ansberry
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Getting Married: 28-32 Waiting to wed reduces the odds of divorce—by 11% a year—but waiting too long increases the odds by 5% annually, says Nicholas Wolfinger, a sociologist at the University of Utah, who looked at divorce rates in a 2015 study Those who wait longer may be “congenitally cantankerous” people who put off marriage because they can’t find anyone to marry them, he says. Having Children: before 32 That’s the age when fertility starts to drop off, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The decline becomes precipitous after 37. Making financial decisions: peak around 50 To measure financial literacy, researchers at Texas Tech University in a study published in 2016 asked 16 questions about borrowing, investing and insurance. They found the average scores increased within each year up to roughly age 50. After 60, financial literacy begins to fall.)


— ‘Fake news’ and ‘Truth Decay’ threaten America. How can we revive respect for facts? – Michael D. Rich and Jennifer Kavanagh (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all news is fake except for the news that they publish.)


— Financial Sinkhole States In The Trump Tax Era – William Baldwin
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Now high-income folks who pay the bills for big government in California, Illinois and New York will be even more motivated to decamp for Nevada, Florida or Texas. If they leave, a dwindling group of productive workers will be left to shoulder a rising financial burden. . .Illinois is $361 billion in the hole on state pensions. (That figure doesn’t include Chicago’s $90 billion shortfall.) If Illinois asked workers in the private sector and the federal government to make up the state’s deficit, each maker would have to chip in $68,000. That monkey on the back helps explain why, in the income migration that the IRS is tracking, Illinois is a loser.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti- Trump says “Standing With Trump Is Standing With Racism.”


— Happy Anniversary to Federal Civil Servants 135th Anniversary of the Federal Civil Service – Ralph R. Smith (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always promoted patronage. 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 e) GAO would NOT have promoted me in 1986.)

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.