January 18 Morning Edition

— Democrats for state attorney general talk pot legalization, slam Trump administration at Evanston forum – Alex Nitkin (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, to be a Democrat, a Libertarian, a Green, or a RINO is to be a pot promoter. If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: All of the candidates threw their support behind the full legalization of marijuana for recreational use, vowing to stymie any efforts by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to crack down on medical cannabis sales already being rung in across the state. “Don’t decriminalize. Don’t go halfway. Don’t investigate it,” said civil rights attorney and law professor Aaron Goldstein who is running for the post. “Illinois needs to show some courage and legalize this right now, and we need to stand up to [President Donald] Trump.)
— Treasurer wants Will County to sue University Park over alleged misappropriation of $1.2M – Zak Koeske
— Even after tax hike, Illinois education board wants double the money – Bill Lukitsch
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Sorry, Mr. President, your black approval rating has not doubled.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Trump, Nielsen and the border wall fraud.”
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: French bid to outlaw fake news makes news – AP (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents hint/imply/argue/shout that because I am a Republican Precinct Committeeman, I should not include links to articles in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, include my comments in the emails, or promote events in the emails without specific authorization from the following: a) the officers of the Milton Township Republican Central Committee, the DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and the Illinois Republican Party (IRP), b) my representative on the IRP State Central Committee, c) Mike Bost, Rodney Davis, Adam Kinzinger, Randy Hultgren, Darin LaHood, Peter Roskam, and John Shimkus, d) Bruce Rauner and Evelyn Sanguinetti, e) Michael Connelly and Jeanne Ives, f) DuPage County Republican elected officials, g) Milton Township Republican elected officials, h) Wheaton Republican elected officials, i) etc.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Trump immigration deal MUST bring in more Norwegians, boot out everyone else.”
— Trump campaigned to remove the GOP’s ‘shackles.’ Instead, he’s often wearing them – Noah Bierman (DIERSEN: Trump promised that if he was elected, he would defend and advance the Republican Party platform.)
— FRONT PAGE: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump takes flak over press attacks, ‘fake news’ cracks.” – Noah Bierman
— The GOP that rips IRS now helps it – Erica Werner and Jeff Stein (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have done the most to waste my knowledge of IRS.)
— 4 reasons Norwegians won’t go near Trump’s welcome mat – Dana Hill (DIERSEN: QUESTIONS: If Norway is so great, a) why do illegals come to America instead of Norway, b) why do illegals stay in America instead of going to Norway, and c) why do illegals bring others to America illegally instead of Norway? Why did your ancestors immigrate to America instead of Norway?)


— ‘Independent’ city watchdog Khan’s secret backer? Right-wing policy group (Illinois Policy Institute)
— Perennial candidate Robert Marshall asks question that just won’t go away – Mark Brown


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH PHOTOS OF BIBBIANO AND MENDRICK: Opioid crisis a key issue for DuPage sheriff candidates – Robert Sanchez
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Frivolous ‘Fake News Awards’ are threat to take seriously.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Arizona’s GOP senators denounce Trump attacks on news media.”
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE: Meet the 2017-18 Daily Herald Leadership Team (DIERSEN: The higher the government or political office that you seek, the harder that your critics/opponents will work to discredit what you did when you were in high school.)
— ‘Birthday Boxes’ encourage Naperville 18-year-olds to vote – Marie Wilson (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps shout at 18-year-olds and at everyone else that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things.)


— Chicago makes first cut for Amazon HQ2


— Grasso, Mohammad make pitches for their candidacies – Chuck Sweeny


— Empty University of Illinois Board of Trustees seat should be filled – Editorial


— Political success formula is simple: listen to the voters – Scott Reeder (DIERSEN: Question for Reeder: Should politicians listen to voters who want government to get rid of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)


— Wheaton eyes increase in stormwater fees to make up shortfall


— Ives calls Kennedy debate reaction disqualifying GOP candidate for governor discusses DACA, recent polling – Paul Cicchini


— Connie Beard Vying To Be County GOP Chair Wants To Win Hearts and Minds – RYAN DENHAM (DIERSEN: Who has announced their candidacy a) to serve as officers of your Republican township/ward/county party organizations, b) to serve as your representative on the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Central Committee, and c) to serve as officers of the IRP?)
— Rauner Signs Law Creating Tailored Response To Women Inmates – AP (DIERSEN: What about “creating tailored response” to inmates based on other demographics – race, age, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation, and other demographics?)


— A Call For Transparency – CHARLES N. WHEELER III
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The intent of disclosure, of course, is to alert voters to economic interests that could pose a conflict as a public official carries out his or her duties. But identifying such conflicts “is a huge gray area” under the current rules, says Sarah Brune, the campaign’s executive director, because the filings are so vague. What’s needed, she says, is more detailed disclosure, so that the media and the public understands what someone’s interests are. Specific changes the campaign is proposing include requiring filers to disclose the names of businesses and investments with ties to the individual, along with the degree of ownership and the actual income received. Also, professionals should be required to provide the names of individual clients from whom they’ve received more than $5,000, unless barred by confidentiality rules, rather than simply the types of services provided and the nature of the businesses served. As a hypothetical, Brune notes a candidate now can report simply getting more than $5,000 for professional services on behalf of an energy company, when in fact the individual might have been paid $500,000 by Exelon.)


— Tax bill to impact higher education: Freeman talks NIU’s financial future


— Governor promised “superstar” appointee a year ago, hasn’t delivered (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.)
— “Watchdog” flatly denies getting money from Illinois Policy Institute, but group funded 98 percent of budget


— 73% of convicted terrorists since 9/11 were non-citizens




— CNN Wins Big Time In Trump’s Fake News Awards – SAAGAR ENJETI


— ‘SPLC IS NOW A HATE GROUP ITSELF. IT’S A MONEY-GRABBING SLANDER MACHINE’ Chorus calling for probe of far-left organization grows – BOB UNRUH


— THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER SCAM John Stossel exposes a leftist hate group — and a money-grabbing slander machine.


— DACA negotiations reveal consequences of Democrats’ increasingly radical base – Emily Jashinsky (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the base of the Democrat Party is 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.)


— Two Democratic Lawmakers Go After One of Their Own in Illinois Schakowsky and Gutiérrez endorse Marie Newman over Daniel Lipinski in Democratic primary


— Graham, Durbin introduce bipartisan immigration bill despite setbacks – Tal Kopan and Daniella Diaz (DIERSEN: If a bill is “bipartisan,” it helps Democrats and harms Republicans.)
– This is what happens during a government shutdown – Daniella Diaz (DIERSEN: Are/were you an “essential” employee? If I sought a government office or a political office, of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would viciously demonize me, viciously denigrate me, and viciously condemn me as having been a nonessential employee while I worked for GAO for almost 18 years, for IRS for almost 9 years, and for the Post Office for almost 3 years. Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes paint themselves as being “essential” people.)


— Trump Hands Out ‘Fake News Awards,’ Sans the Red Carpet – MATT FLEGENHEIMER and MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, the only news that is not fake news is the news that they put out. My critics/opponents focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Trump Was Not ‘Fully Informed’ in Campaign Vows on Wall, Chief of Staff Says – Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Thomas Kaplan
— SEPTEMBER 6, 1992 FLASHBACK: Andersen Consulting’s Culture of ‘Clones’ – GLENN RIFKIN (DIERSEN: Arthur Andersen’s Charles Bowsher ran GAO 1981-1996 and focused on imposing Arthur Andersen’s “up-or-out” policy on the agency. Bowsher used a) Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion, b) pressure from Democrat politicians to get rid of the agency’s employees who were Republican, and c) acquiesce to budget cuts to get rid of the agency’s employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who did 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.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: At St. Charles, the rookies learn to fix their sights on partnerships, where the power and the six- and seven-figure salaries are found. There are only two directions on the Andersen career track — up or out. Many won’t make it. Andersen has a 15 percent annual turnover rate which translates into 1,200 of the firm’s 8,000 United States-based consultants leaving each year. Only 5 percent of recruits make partner.)
— Amazon Chooses 20 Locations as Finalists for New Headquarters – Nick Wingfield (DIERSEN: Chicago made the list.)


— Trump’s idea of good and bad immigrant countries has a historical precedent – Tom Gjelten (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps hint/imply/argue/shout that if you are a Republican, the longer that your ancestors have been in America, the more that you have benefited from their discrimination against minorities and against females and the more that you should pay the price of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion.)


— Amazon Narrows Choices for Second Headquarters to 20 Tech giant expects to create as many as 50,000 jobs and generate more than $5 billion in investments – Laura Stevens

— One Accounting Firm Wants to Hire Retirees Most top firms require partners to exit by a certain age, PKF O’Connor Davies bucks that practice – Lauren Weber (DIERSEN: Arthur Andersen’s Charles Bowsher ran GAO 1981-1996 and focused on imposing Arthur Andersen’s “up-or-out” policy on the agency. Bowsher used a) Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion, b) pressure from Democrat politicians to get rid of the agency’s employees who were Republican, and c) acquiesce to budget cuts to get rid of the agency’s employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who did 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.)



— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump’s ‘Fake News Awards’ Have a Sinister Subtext Back off, Mr. President. New libel laws aren’t needed to stop real defamation.”
— Goldman Sachs and Ken Griffin Funds Give Big to Obama Foundation – Max Abelson


— The 6 Most Dysfunctional States Then and Now In 2009, Louis Jacobson ranked the states with the worst leadership and policy challenges. Almost a decade later, what’s changed? – LOUIS JACOBSON
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The only state from the 2009 list that has remained in serious trouble is Illinois. Gov. Bruce Rauner hasn’t committed any serious ethics violations. Rather, the problem has been relentless gridlock between Rauner, a Republican, and the Democratic-controlled legislature. In fact, Illinois’ situation may actually have worsened in some ways since 2009. The state went without a full budget for more than two years, and it remains in fiscal trouble, with over $15 billion in unpaid bills and a massive unfunded pension liability. “This has made everything significantly worse — fiscal, social, economic and civic trust, [as well as] confidence and engagement,” says Kent Redfield, an emeritus professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield. All of this has all occurred at a time when Illinois’ policy challenges have grown, Redfield adds. These include “a weak, narrow revenue structure and insufficient tax rates, overspending and lack of priorities, a negative business climate, declining population, fiscal stresses for higher education, an aging state workforce, deteriorating infrastructure, state and local pension debt, and ineffective public service delivery at the state and local level,” he says. The one silver lining for Illinois is that the two sides did manage to enact a compromise budget last year — a significant, if belated, step forward. Still, Illinois would be a clear candidate for a new list of the nation’s most dysfunctional states. What other states might contend for this dubious honor?)


— White House Chief of Staff John Kelly says that Trump has ‘evolved’ in the way he looks at issues including the border wall – which he now believes can be a fence in some places – FRANCESCA CHAMBERS

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.