January 29 Morning Edition

— Rep. Adam Kinzinger on the fight for the future of the GOP: ‘That epic battle has commenced. The most prominent Republican in Illinois, Kinzinger is stepping up his crusade to “RestoreOurGOP,” as his hashtag says, in this post-Trump era. – Lynn Sweet
(DIERSEN: The Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Central Committee (SCC) has postponed to February 6 the meeting that it had scheduled for tomorrow to interview candidates for IRP chairman. What positions do the candidates have on Trump, on Kinzinger, etc.? The answers to those questions should by now be well-known not only by the IRP SCC members, but a) by all the chairmen of the Republican county, township, and ward organizations in Illinois and b) by all the Republican Precinct Committeemen/Captains in Illinois. This is especially true because IRP SCC members are not elected by Republican voters in Illinois, but by Republican Precinct Committeemen outside of Cook County and by Township and Ward Committeemen in Cook County. All Republicans in Illinois should know by now, but do not know what positions the IRP Chairmen candidates have on Trump, Kinzinger, etc.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Evangelist and Trump acolyte Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham, likened the 10 to Judas Iscariot in a Facebook post: “It makes you wonder what the 30 pieces of silver were that Speaker Pelosi promised for this betrayal.” I asked Kinzinger about what Graham said regarding the 10, and he told me, “as a Christian myself it was just heartbreaking to see” how “far, you know, personalities in the movement have fallen.” Kinzinger, 42, raised a Baptist, left that church when he was 20 and is now a “non- denominational Protestant.” For Graham to “equate those of us that voted to defend the Constitution to Judas, who betrayed Jesus, aka Trump, I mean it was — I didn’t get mad about it because nothing really makes me mad, you know — but I was just, I was actually more heartbroken,” Kinzinger said.)
— ‘Quincy made it inside’: 2 more Illinoisans charged in Capitol breach. The case against Christina and Jason Gerding of Quincy appears to be the first from Illinois to directly reference the QAnon conspiracy. – Jon Seidel
(DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters paint Trump supporters as being QAnon believers.)

— Kinzinger’s criticism of Trump puts focus on divide in Illinois GOP as party gets set to elect new leadership – RICK PEARSON
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Republican State Central Committee will meet Feb. 6 to decide among three candidates for outgoing Chairman Tim Schneider. But some in the party want to use the forum to discuss Kinzinger and a possible reprimand for his anti-Trump statements, which increased in vitriol following the Nov. 2 election and the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters. “There’s a group that wants to talk about it and it’s not positive. There are those who want to censure him. There’s people wanting to know what the state party is going to do about it,” said former Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar, who represents the 11th Congressional District near Kinzinger’s 16th District on the state GOP central committee. The schism in the state GOP mirrors what’s happening with Republicans nationally as the party struggles to move forward even as many of its voters continue to back Trump and believe the November election was stolen from him. . .Kinzinger’s recent views and actions toward Trump, his supporters and the majority of his party have elevated his national stature, earning him cable-news interviews and profiles in The Washington Post and The Atlantic. But they also did not go unnoticed by state GOP leaders. Some have said they have received phone calls asking what the Illinois Republican Party was going to do about Kinzinger. The congressman was the subject of some discussion at a GOP State Central Committee meeting last weekend. “I think the party majority are kind of disappointed. I mean, the one thing I’ve heard most from Republicans over the years since Reagan is the old 11th Commandment,” Claar said of the former president’s admonishment to not speak ill of fellow Republicans. Claar accused Kinzinger of causing upheaval in the party to no clear end. “What is the point? Why are you elevating this thing into regional if not national prominence? What purpose are you serving here? You’re further pointing out the division in the party,” Claar said. . .Claar supported Trump and even co-hosted a fundraiser for him at the Bolingbrook Golf Club. That’s where the state GOP leaders were supposed to meet Saturday until a predicted snowstorm pushed off the date to Feb. 6. But he said Illinois Republicans should take a wait-and-see attitude on the party’s future and whether it should continue to align itself with the former president. “Let’s just leave it alone and see how it plays out,” Claar said. He said if the party does decide to speak out on Kinzinger he would oppose any effort to censure the congressman for his conduct, a course taken by GOP party leaders in some states against congressional members who voted for impeachment. “It serves no purpose to have headlines that say ‘Republican state party censures congressman.’ That would just give it more legs,” Claar said. “I think it would be better to just issue an observation of the reality that a congressman can say what he wants and it’s up to his constituency to decide whether they like it or not.” . . . Much of the state GOP’s decision on how to respond to Kinzinger may come down to its pick of a new chairman to replace Schneider, a former Cook County commissioner and Hanover Township trustee from Streamwood. . . State Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, said his focus for the next meeting was on picking a new state chairman, not on Kinzinger. “It’s about picking the right person to move us forward as we prepare for 2022,” said Rose, the 15th Congressional District state central committeeman. “We need to be focused on the right person to win 2022 and frankly, how we unite the party is what I’m hoping to hear from each of the candidates.”)
— If Biden and Democrats truly support ‘equity,’ why are they silent on school choice? – JOHN KASS
— CTU’s Sharkey for mayor? Why not, isn’t he already the boss? – JOHN KASS

— Republicans set to choose new state party chairman Saturday – Marni Pyke (DIERSEN: The meeting has been postponed to Saturday, February 6, 2021.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: It’s crucial for the next chairman to be personable, plus a savvy fundraiser and organizer, officials said. “We want the unicorn,” Grogan said. “We’re looking for someone who is well-rounded.” . . . “We feel 2022 will be a good cycle,” Grogan said.)

— GOP PARTY PAUSE: The Republican State Central Committee has canceled Saturday’s meeting to name a new party chair. The meeting was supposed to be in Bolingbrook (not Bloomington, as I mistakenly stated on Thursday). Some downstate committee members were concerned about their return home as snow is forecast for Saturday evening, according to a spokesman. The plan is to hold the meeting Feb. 6. Kinzinger’s criticism of Trump puts focus on divide in Illinois GOP: “The Republican State Central Committee will meet Feb. 6 to decide among three candidates for outgoing Chairman Tim Schneider. But some in the party want to use the forum to discuss Kinzinger and a possible reprimand for his anti-Trump statements, which increased in vitriol following the Nov. 3 election and the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters,” by Tribune’s Rick Pearson. Kinzinger talks to Axelrod about his impeachment vote: Rep. Adam Kinzinger is willing to lose his seat over his vote to impeach then-President Donald Trump, the Illinois Republican told CNN’s David Axelrod during an episode of “The Axe Files” podcast released Thursday. “I did it knowing full well it could very well be terminal to my career,” Kinzinger said of his vote. “But I also knew that I couldn’t live with myself having, you know, try to just protect it and just felt like the one time I was called to do a really tough duty, I didn’t do it.” And Kinzinger addresses his evangelical roots with The Atlantic’s Emma Green. – Shia Kapos
— Casey Urlacher, the Mettawa mayor pardoned by former President Donald Trump for his alleged involvement in a gambling scheme, is running for re-election as a write-in candidate now that his name has been cleared. “Even before I received a pardon, residents were encouraging me to run for reelection, to continue that progress. With the support of our residents, I made the decision that I would run for another term,” Urlacher said in a statement to Playbook. Urlacher, the brother of former Bears Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher, was among 73 people pardoned or commuted by Trump during his final hours in office. A federal indictment had charged that Urlacher and nine others ran an offshore sports gambling ring that raked in millions of dollars from hundreds of Chicago-area gamblers. Urlacher was charged with conspiracy and running an illegal gambling business. With an indictment looming over him, Urlacher didn’t file to run for a third term. That changed after Trump’s pardon. Urlacher’s quick return to politics comes as many Republican lawmakers nationwide shed their concerns about Trump’s role in inciting the attack on the U.S. Capitol. “My position is unpaid, and I look forward to a positive campaign, earning the votes of residents, and serving for another term,” Urlacher said in his statement. It’s too late in the process for Urlacher to get his name printed on the ballot for the April 6 election. He faces former Mettawa Mayor Jess Ray of the Back to the Future Party. – Shia Kapos

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in driving individuals, organizations, and companies out of Illinois that are pro-law enforcement, Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, heterosexual, married, non-poor, gun owners, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.

— House speaker Chris Welch plans to reduce partisan acrimony. How it will affect the chamber – Dean Olsen

— Illinois man caught on TikTok video fighting National Guard at Capitol arrested – AP

— DuPage County reports 263 COVID-19 cases Thursday, 6 deaths, region’s positivity rate decreases to 7.1% – Joshua Welge

— Amazon has asked federal regulators to block multiple shareholder proposals addressing criticism of company stances on curbing hate speech, diversity in hiring, workplace conditions and surveillance technologies. – AP

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters paint Trump supporters as being QAnon believers.
— After Riot, Acting Capitol Police Chief Calls For Permanent Fencing Around Complex – ALANA WISE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote discrimination against those who do not promote LGBTQ.
— Biden Signs Most Far-Reaching Federal Protections For LGBTQ People Yet – LEILA FADEL
(DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will all employers, organizations, governments, countries, etc. officially get rid of all individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that do not promote LGBTQ?)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot pushers push pot. To push pot on an individual, municipality, township, county, state, or country is to destroy that individual, municipality, township, county, state, or country.

— Not content with shafting the kids, CTU demands more power to do more damage – Dennis Byrne

— Speaker Welch releases committee assignments, February session plans – SARAH MANSUR

— Rep. Marty McLaughlin Expresses Disappointment that Democrats Refuse to Meet
— Algonquin Township Abolition Petitioners Suffer Court Loss
— Reick Reports on New Standards for Teaching, Urges Citizens to Email Reactions to State Board of Education
— Illinois Coronavirus Protection Failure
— Jack Franks Swearing on House Floor While Insulting Lee Daniels Remembered
— Should State Mandate What Is Taught in Schools?
— Left Retools Its Fight Against 1099 Workers Focusing on App-Based Businesses

— Trump pledges to help McCarthy, GOP win back House majority in 2022 – Dave Boyer
— Pelosi says House GOP is ‘the enemy within’ Congress – Seth McLaughlin and Dave
Boyer (DIERSEN: RINOs who run Republican organizations treat conservatives, that is, treat those like me who support the Republican Party platform, as being “the enemy within.”
— RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel condemns QAnon as ‘beyond fringe’: ‘I think it’s dangerous’ – Jessica Chasmar
— Adam Kinzinger: Marjorie Taylor Greene is chasing fame – Seth McLaughlin
— Biden reverses Trump ban on U.S. foreign-aid funding for abortion. Order clears way to fund overseas organizations that perform or promote abortion – Valerie Richardson


— Big Tech is behaving more like Big Brother – Rep. Roger Marshall (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes side with Big Tech, that is, with Big Brother.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: During the 1984 Super Bowl, a young company that had been founded less than a decade earlier in a garage in Los Altos, California, spent $1.5 million to its first significant commercial for a new, groundbreaking product — the Macintosh, the first personal computer. The company was Apple, and the advertisement was a defining moment that distinguished Apple as a company willing to go against the grain and rescue humanity from conformity. The ad had been inspired by George Orwell’s 1984 and featured a woman escaping police pursuit, running through a movie theater. She runs to the front of the theater and throws a hammer through a screen portraying a man’s face meant to represent Big Brother. As the camera pans to the audience, fully in shock from the movie screen’s explosion, the commercial concludes with black text that reads: “On January 24, Apple Computer will introduce Macintosh. And you’ll see why 1984 won’t be like 1984.” Nearly 40 years later, it is hard to recognize the company that paid to air this ad and established itself as a company that thinks differently. Unfortunately, that company no longer subscribes to a belief in free individual thought. It has demonstrated as much in recent weeks, taking a 180-degree turn. Apple now finds itself, along with other major Big Tech companies such as Google and Twitter, serving as Big Brother through the censorship and surveillance of conservative voices they and their political allies in Congress don’t agree with.)
— Pelosi’s big Tesla stock buy raises ethics questions – James Varney

— Former California GOP gubernatorial candidate John Cox predicts successful Newsom recall effort due to ‘epic mismanagement.’ ‘This state is a wonderful state to live in, great weather, great natural beauty but the worst management in the country,’ Cox said. – Joshua Q. Nelson
— Biden HUD nominee Fudge explains ‘equity’ doesn’t mean ‘treating everyone the same’ Marcia Fudge explained the meaning of one of President Biden’s goals – Ronn Blitzer
(DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and RINOs demand more and more and more preference for members of protected groups. Protected groups include those who are minority, female, younger, LGBTQ, disabled, veteran, citizens of foreign countries, Trump-haters, non-Christians, non-Protestants, non-Italian Americans, non-German Americans, Democrat, Libertarian, Green, Independent, RINO, moderate, liberal, low-income, those whose ancestors have not been in America for a long time, drinkers, gamblers, stoners, criminals, and those who lack education, lack job skills, lack job experience, have financial problems, have health problems, and/or have other problems.)

— Names Struck From 44 San Francisco Schools, Including Lincoln, Revere — And Feinstein
— 28 GOP Lawmakers Blink As Blinken Voices Pro-LGBTQ Plans

— Duckworth: McCarthy ‘Violated his Oath’ Standing with ‘Enemy of the Constitution’ Trump – PAM KEY
(DIERSEN: What adverse actions will Duckworth take against the following who refuse to disavow Trump: a) the 2,446,891 in Illinois who voted for Trump, b) the 193,611 in DuPage County who voted for Trump, c) the 20,080 in Milton Township who voted for Trump, and d) the 157 in my precinct who voted for Trump?)

— Chicago teacher says in-person schooling allows white people to kill black families: ‘If we do not speak up, nice white parents will get us killed’ – Sarah Taylor
— Health care worker taken to ER just a few hours after getting second COVID-19 vaccine shot. Four days later he was dead. – Dave Urbanaki

— McCarthy And Trump Discuss Plans To Win Back The House During Thursday Meeting In Florida. – HENRY RODGERS
— Impeachment Supporting Republican Peter Meijer Says Capitol Is ‘Walled Off’ Because People Can’t Be Trusted To Not ‘Try To Overrun It’ – BRANDON GILLESPIE
(FROM THE ARTICLE: I think if there was any complicity in the events of January 6th we shouldn’t jump the gun, we shouldn’t jump to conclusions. We need to wait for that investigation to play out,” Meijer responded. “But we’re taking security risks seriously. I think it was my colleague Adam Kinzinger who said, you know, it’s not necessarily the death threats that are made to you that you worry about, it’s the ones that aren’t, it’s the people who are planning and not saying what they’re planning to do.” Some Democratic members of Congress have expressed their views that some of their Republican colleagues are white supremacist sympathizers and they don’t feel safe around them. They have yet to name any specific members who they feel fit that description.)

— Facebook Will Reduce Political Content in Newsfeed – TYLER O’NEIL
(DIERSEN: My critics/opponents/competitors, including Facebook, want to stop me from sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters, but failing that, they want to stop me from including links in the newsletters to articles that promote the traditional marriage/family, right to life, immigration, illegal drugs, Second Amendment, equal opportunity (no race of gender based preference giving), and other planks in the Republican Party platform.)

— Apple CEO says ‘recent events’ show ‘risk’ of social media algorithms pushing disinformation – REBECCA KLAR
(DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is disinformation except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless. According to my critics/opponents, Republican Precinct Committeemen/Captains should only read what they get directly from the chairmen of a) their Republican township/ward/county party organizations and b) the Illinois Republican Party. According to my critics/opponents, the chairmen of Republican township/ward/county party organizations in Illinois and the Illinois Republican Party should get rid of Republican Precinct Committeemen/Captains who read GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, Independents and Independent plants, and RINOs crow about their success in destroying the Republican Party.

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater says “Gary Rabine has plowed cash into the pro-Donald Trump organization Turning Point USA, shelled out thousands of dollars to the former president’s reelection campaign and raised big bucks with Donald Trump Jr. Now, Rabine is striking out on his own — and plotting a run for Illinois governor.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters say “Trump may poison the party, but Republicans have decided they need him. A delicate dance is underway to keep some distance from the ex-president while also letting him know he’s beloved and welcomed.”

— Illinois mayor blames Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx for 12-year-old girl’s death by alleged drunk driver. – Joe Barrett

— Chicago Teachers Strike Could Upend Reopening Plans
Educators in the nation’s third-largest district have been negotiating with the city over how to reopen the schools safely amid Covid-19
— GM to Phase Out Gas- and Diesel-Powered Vehicles by 2035. Auto giant’s plan to eliminate tailpipe emissions is part of a goal to be carbon neutral by 2040. – Mike Colias (DIERSEN: If batteries are so great, why aren’t there any battery-powered passenger jets?)

— ‘Almost had me murdered’: AOC slams Cruz for his efforts to overturn the election – Savannah Behrmann
(DIERSEN: To what extent do hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters hold the following responsible for the Capitol Riot: a) your Republican Precinct Committeeman/Captain, b) the officers of your Republican township/ward/county party organization(s), c) your representative on the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Central Committee, d) the IRP National Committeeman, e) the IRP National Committeewoman, f) the IRP Chairman, g) your GOPUSA Illinois Editor, h) the Republican candidates on April 6, 2021 ballots for your precinct, i) etc.?)

— 10 Republicans Voted to Impeach Trump, 7 (including Kinzinger) Already Facing Challenges for Their Seats in Congress – JENNI FINK
— Pressure Grows on Kevin McCarthy to Cut Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Committee Assignments – DARRAGH ROCHE
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois told CNN on Thursday that Greene should be removed from her committee assignments. “She may be like this new definition of Republican, but that’s kind of a RINO thing,” Kinzinger said. “I don’t think she should have the privilege of any committees.”)

— GOP’s Adam Kinzinger: We need to ‘expose’ people like ‘unhinged’ Majorie Taylor who’ve ‘lost a sense of reality’ – Matthew Chapman

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Hate-filled conservative-hating conservative-haters crow about their success in destroying conservatives. I should write a book about those who focus on destroying conservatives in Wheaton’s West District, Wheaton, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Milton Township, DuPage County’s 4th District, DuPage County, Illinois, Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, etc. I would focus on those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout and who claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican.

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.