January 3 Morning Edition

— How did you respond or how will you respond the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) survey questions (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LBGPSVC)? 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:

1. How often do you work and/ or interact with the Illinois Republican Party? – Extremely Frequently (Daily)


  1. What role do you play in the Republican Party? – Precinct Committeemen


  1. How active would you consider yourself within your GOP organization? – Extremely active (Daily)


  1. Is there anything specific the Illinois Republican Party can help you and/ or your organization with? – Other (please specify) Promoting the IRP platform.


  1. What could the Illinois Republican Party do better to increase your activity and interest within your local regular Republican organization? – Promote the IRP platform.


  1. How active would you say your GOP organization(s) is/are? – They meet monthly and regularly are represented at community events.


  1. Please check the answer that best describes your political philosophy on fiscal policy matters: Conservative


  1. Please check the box that best describes your political philosophy on social policy matters: Conservative


  1. 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)


  1. 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)


  1. Who did you vote for in the 2018 Illinois gubernatorial Republican primary election? – Jeanne Ives / Rich Morthland


  1. What are the biggest challenges to unity in the Illinois Republican Party? – Stopping anti-conservative IRP leaders from driving conservatives out of the IRP


  1. 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


  1. 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.


  1. What do you think are the most important things the Illinois Republican Party can do to promote unity? – Promote the IRP platform.


  1. 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.
  2. What is your first and last name? – David Diersen


  1. What is your email address? – [email protected]




— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON ILLINOIS TIGHTENS: Illinois is among top states for outbound moves: study – AP
— Expect delay in early voting: election officials – Mitch Dudek


— Liberal revolt threatens to derail House Democrats on their first day in charge – Mike DeBonis

— New GOP rivalry? Romney bolts into Washington, blasts Trump – AP
— Republicans worry a primary challenge would hurt Trump – AP
— CPS watchdog report: Elementary teacher hired despite past sexual misconduct, famed choir director mismanaged donations – Juan Perez Jr.


— CPS watchdog found some CPS employees cheated to get children into top schools – Mitchell Armentrout


— Nine-story surrealist mural goes up on Mag Mile – BRIGID SWEENEY (DIERSEN: Are you a member of “the right people?” Ever-increasingly, companies dump customers who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “There’s a belief that this younger generation—millennials and younger—is no longer interested in walking into the store and getting the best price,” he said. “It’s about what emotions (shopping) evokes and whether it’s the place to be. Being associated with the right people brings in the other right people.” Eyal said art doesn’t have any direct impact on the value of real estate, but may serve as “social (media) proof” to draw in potential new retail tenants.)
— 2019 Will Cost You More In Chicago: A List Of Tax And Fee Hikes Now In Effect A water tax hike, property tax hike and an increased surcharge on Uber and Lyft rides will all hit Chicago residents. – Heather Cherone
— Chicago-area Democrats move into bigger D.C. slots As Democrats prepare to take over majority control of the U.S. House later this week, local members of Congress finalize the new and more influential posts they’ll hold. – GREG HINZ
— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON ILLINOIS TIGHTENS: Illinois is a popular state—to leave So say reports from three moving companies. – BRIANNA KELLY


— Federal Government Shutdown Adds To A Crushing Load In Chicago’s Immigration Court – Maria Ines Zamudio


— Illinois Republicans Preparing for Return to One-Party Rule – Scot Bertram


— Outgoing Illinois state Sen. Kyle McCarter was (finally) confirmed Wednesday on voice vote to be U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Kenya, according to a tweet by the U.S. Senate Republican Cloakroom staff. McCarter was nominated March 28. Over his lifetime, McCarter has served as a missionary to Kenya. The Republican from Collinsville has held the 54th state Senate seat since 2009. He ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Congress in 2016. McCarter announced last year he wouldn’t seek re-election and was succeeded by Jason Plummer, also a Republican. State Rep. Dave McSweeney cheered his McCarter’s news on Twitter. “Senator Kyle McCarter is a great conservative leader in Illinois and will be a great Ambassador to Kenya!” – Shia Kapos


— Freshman senator already declares candidacy for an Illinois top pol spot – Gregory Tejeda (DIERSEN: Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs a) SAY “Republicans have gone so far overboard to become the political party of rural America; b) PROMOTE welfare, dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, retaliation, and even worse things; and c) DRIVE OUT OF ILLINOIS individuals, organizations, and companies that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: To me, the explanation is that she’s from Naperville – which once was a part of the great DuPage County Republican organization that was among the strengths of the GOP nationwide. There once would have been a time when Stava-Murray would have been a Republican aspirant for political office – except that the Republicans have gone so far overboard to become the political party of rural America that I suspect if she had tried to run in the Republican primary last year, she’d have lost. They wouldn’t want her. She’s a Democrat by default! It may well be that Stava-Murray is showing off her political ignorance and doesn’t fully realize “which side” she’s on. For her sake, she’s going to have to figure things out and “pick a side,” or else it could turn into a bloody two years for her.)


— Pipes and patronage Sewer district pays well – Bruce Rushton


— Moody’s vs. Illinois politicians: $100 billion difference in pension debts – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner


— Madigan’s ‘on your side’ ad panned by some viewers as tone deaf – Greg Bishop
— Consolidation measures could cut a few of Illinois’ nearly 7,000 units of government – Greg Bishop (DIERSEN: What is your position on consolidation? I should write a book about those who viciously demonize me, viciously denigrate me, and viciously condemn me a) because they believe that I SUPPORT consolidation and b) because they believe that I OPPOSE consolidation.)
— Calling capitol an ‘unsafe workplace,’ freshman Democratic lawmaker to file discrimination claims against Madigan – Cole Lauterbach
— Bills to limit taxpayer-funded trips, conferences die in committee as spending continues – Cole Lauterbach and Brett Rowland
— INN investigation: Some communities spend big, others decrease spending at municipal conference – Greg Bishop, Cole Lauterbach and Brett Rowland


— GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: MONEY, MONEY EVERYWHERE, BUT NOT A DROP FOR A WALL – Larry Elder (DIERSEN: One could conclude that to curry favor with Hispanics, the Democrat Party has dumped Blacks.)


— SEND YOUR SON TO A LEFTIST SCHOOL OR THE GOVERNMENT WILL TAKE HIM Behind the Left’s war on Jewish schools. – Daniel Greenfield


— Billionaire Kochs Plot DACA Amnesty, Vow Not to Support Trump in 2020 – John Binder




— Articles of Impeachment Against Trump To Be Introduced Today by Democrat – TODD NEIKIRK


— Dick Durbin: I’m running for reelection in 2020 – MAX GREENWOOD
— Shutdown halts E-Verify checks – SCOTT WONG
— Democratic leaders face backlash if they compromise on wall – ALEXANDER BOLTON (DIERSEN: Backlash from individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are 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, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— Survey: Americans Give Everyone Negative Marks For The Government Shutdown Most of the public considers the shutdown a problem, but just one-third of respondents call it very serious. – Ariel Edwards-Levy (DIERSEN: 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) and at http://www.gao.gov/assets/160/156011.pdf (OTC DERIVATIVES: Additional Oversight Could Reduce Costly Sales Practice Disputes).)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The HuffPost/YouGov poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted Dec. 28-30 among U.S. adults, using a sample selected from YouGov’s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population. HuffPost has teamed up with YouGov to conduct daily opinion polls. You can learn more about this project and take part in YouGov’s nationally representative opinion polling. More details on the polls’ methodology are available here (http://data.huffingtonpost.com/yougov/methodology). Most surveys report a margin of error that represents some, but not all, potential survey errors. YouGov’s reports include a model-based margin of error, which rests on a specific set of statistical assumptions about the selected sample rather than the standard methodology for random probability sampling. If these assumptions are wrong, the model-based margin of error may also be inaccurate. Click here for a more detailed explanation of the model-based margin of error. Do you have information you want to share with HuffPost? Here’s how.)


— Censoring China’s Internet, for Stability and Profit Thousands of low-wage workers in “censorship factories” trawl the online world for forbidden content, where even a photo of an empty chair could cause big trouble. – Li Yan (DIERSEN: Of course, I know exactly what articles my critics/opponents do NOT want me to include links to in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. Of course, I know exactly what comments my critics/opponents do NOT want me to make on those articles. My critics/opponents a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Li Chengzhi had a lot to learn when he first got a job as a professional censor. Like many young people in China, the 24-year-old recent college graduate knew little about the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. He had never heard of China’s most famous dissident, Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who died in custody two years ago. Now, after training, he knows what to look for — and what to block. He spends his hours scanning online content on behalf of Chinese media companies looking for anything that will provoke the government’s wrath. He knows how to spot code words that obliquely refer to Chinese leaders and scandals, or the memes that touch on subjects the Chinese government doesn’t want people to read about. Mr. Li, who still has traces of youthful acne on his face, takes his job seriously. “It helps cleanse the online environment,” he said. For Chinese companies, staying on the safe side of government censors is a matter of life and death. Adding to the burden, the authorities demand that companies censor themselves, spurring them to hire thousands of people to police content.)
— China’s Moon Landing: ‘New Chapter in Humanity’s Exploration of the Moon’ – Steven Lee Myers and Zoe Mou
— FRONT PAGE: Sexism Claims From Bernie Sanders’s 2016 Run: Paid Less, Treated Worse – Sydney Ember and Katie Benner
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “Trump’s Shutdown Is Not About Border Security About 800,000 federal employees, and the citizens who depend on them, are being hurt for an empty political stunt.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Why Republicans Should Support Immigration.”
— The Army, in Need of Recruits, Turns Focus to Liberal-Leaning Cities – Dave Philipps (DIERSEN: Notwithstanding the fact that my eyesight could not be corrected to 20/20, I had partial red/green color blindness, and I had Osgood-Schlatter disease (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osgood%E2%80%93Schlatter_disease), while I was freshman and sophomore in high school, I planned on enlisting and using the GI Bill to get a college degree.)
— Trump Says Mattis Resignation Was ‘Essentially’ a Firing – AP (DIERSEN: Since 1997, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have stressed that forcing an employee to take early retirement is essentially to fire that employee. Since 1997, they have used my Democrat GAO superiors’ success in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 to hint/imply/argue/shout that they forced me to retire because I am a White supremacist, Nazi, KKK member, hater, racist, sexist, bigot and even worse things who should be gotten rid of once and for all. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes. Better yet, I should sue them.)


— Shutdown worsens strain on U.S. immigration system – Nick Miroff
— The ‘blue water’ Navy veterans of the Vietnam War battle Agent Orange – Ann E. Marimow (DIERSEN: During the early 1980s, I worked for GAO on an audit of the VA’s handling of Agent Orange claims.)


— Sensible border security justifies government shutdown – James Jay Carafano
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Trump’s ‘border security’ shutdown: Cut off cash to people and agencies that protect us.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “The shutdown is hurting people, leaving Americans in uncertainty.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater says “Government shutdown: How it could hurt the economy.”


— Romney v. Romney brings GOP’s Trump dilemma into sharp relief – Brian Dickerson


— In a Shutdown, IRS Will Take Your Money, but Give No Refunds With limited funding, thin-staffed IRS prepares for busy individual income-tax filing season – Richard Rubin
— Trump Predicts Romney Will Fall in Line Behind Him President says incoming senator would have won 2012 White House bid if he had campaigned ‘the way he fights me’ – Michael C. Bender (DIERSEN: Should I write a book about those who claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican, but who have fought harder against me than they have ever fought against any Democrat? They include past and present Milton Township Republican Central Committee, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, and American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter leaders and members.)
— China Lands Probe on the ‘Dark Side’ of the Moon Landing heats up competition with U.S. to become the first country in half a century to land astronauts on moon – Trefor Moss
— New Front in College Admissions: Nudging Students to Decide Early Some counselors, parents and students say the offers—sometimes known as Early Decision II—pressure students to commit before they are ready – Douglas Belkin (DIERSEN: The only college that I applied to while I was in high school was UIC.)
— Now Hiring, With Attractive New Perk: Free College Degree Companies say benefits of a happy, better-educated staff outweigh the costs of paying for workers’ college education – Kelsey Gee (DIERSEN: Did any of your employers help pay for your education expenses? While I worked for the Post Office 1966-1969, it did not help me pay for my UIC or NIU expenses. While I worked for IRS 1971-1980, it did not help me pay for my Loyola or DePaul expenses. While I worked for GAO 1980-1997, it reimbursed small amounts of my DePaul, Roosevelt, and IIT expenses.)
— Romney’s Reproach Attacking Trump’s character is easy. How about defending trade? – Editorial


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps and Trump-haters say “Forget About Repeating 2018’s Strong Job Gains.”


— LEVERAGING TRANSFERABLE SKILLS (DIERSEN: I should write a book about my critics/opponents? According to them, a) I never acquired any skills and b) even if I did, those skills were not transferrable. They viciously demonized, denigrated, and condemned what I learned a) working for IRS 1971-1980, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $81,071-$91,880/year, b) working for GAO 1980-1997, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $96,403-$125,325/year, c) passing the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979, d) passing the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981, e) earning a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU in 1970, f) earning an MBA from Loyola in 1976, g) earning a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, and h) earning a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997.)


— Do brand politics impact consumer purchases? It’s complicated Multiple variables may affect how consumers react to brands that take a stand. – Greg Sterling (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, companies talk and act like they are operatives or dupes for the Democrat Party. Ever-increasingly, companies talk and act like they want 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, draft avoiders, German American, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A majority of consumers (63 percent), according to a new survey from SAP, say they prefer to purchase holiday gifts from brands that support specific social causes. This echoes earlier surveys that argue consumers increasingly want brands to take public social and political positions. The emerging consensus among marketers is that in the current climate brands are no longer able to “remain on the sidelines” and are compelled to stake out positions on controversial social issues. The most recent, high-profile example of this was Nike’s Just Do It anniversary campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, which was controversial but actually helped Nike financially and with key audiences.)


— Why Internships Are an Essential Part of Your Education – Jessica Brice (DIERSEN: Did you have any internships? I did not. I delivered mail full-time for the Park Forest Post Office during the summers of 1967 and 1968 while I attended UIC and during the summer of 1969 while I attended NIU.)


— UK: What jobs can 16-year-olds do? Everything you need to know From average wage to the hours you can work – DUSTY BAXTER-WRIGHT (DIERSEN: What jobs did you have when you were young? I did yard work and delivered newspapers 1962-1964; washed dishes 1964-1966; cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline in 1966; delivered mail 1966-1969; and worked on an automobile assembly line and as a security guard in 1970.)


— Why a Large Number of Americans Don’t Know All Their Grandparents’ First Names An attempt to make sense of an at-first baffling statistic – JOE PINSKER (DIERSEN: My grandfather on my father’s side died suddenly when I was 5 years old, but I had lots of interaction with my grandmother on my father’s side and with my grandparents on my mother’s side. My grandparents on my mother’s side operated a farm in Grant Park. I spent lots of time there during the summers in the 1950s and early 1960s.)

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.