January 8 Morning Edition

— AUGUST 28, 2017 FLASHBACK: Rauner signs immigration, automatic voter registration bills into law – Kim Geiger
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Rauner entered a bill signing ceremony at Mi Tierra restaurant in Little Village to cheers from at least 200 supporters of the measure. Outside, an opponent carried a sign that said, “Illinois victim families say no sanctuary state.” The governor’s approach to the immigration bill signing was an indication of his efforts to walk the line between his conservative base and the more moderate constituencies he’ll need in order to win reelection in 2018. Rauner faced an intense lobbying campaign over the bill and warnings last week that he might lose support from conservatives if he were to sign it into law. State Sen. Kyle McCarter, a Republican from Lebanon outside St. Louis, said “this could be the last straw” for Downstate voters who have backed the governor if Rauner failed to veto the bill. So before the governor inked his signature to the legislation, an array of supporters, including members of the law enforcement community and business advocates, appeared on stage to demonstrate broad support. “Contrary to popular belief, this bill does not turn Illinois into a sanctuary state,” said Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, a fluent Spanish speaker who kicked off a slate of more than a dozen speakers with remarks in both English and Spanish.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti sticks with Gov. Rauner despite disagreements – Kim Geiger (DIERSEN: If I was still the chairman of TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, the organization would have invited Sanguinetti and Morthland to debate each other. Conservatives oppose anything that encourages people to come to America illegally, to stay in America illegally, or to bring others to America illegally. Outrageously, if not unethically, Geiger fails/refuses to discuss in this article Sanguinetti’s promoting Rauner’s sanctuary state bill.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: As Gov. Bruce Rauner weighed the fate of a controversial abortion bill last fall, Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti had a decision to make. Born to a teenage mother and deeply religious, Sanguinetti opposes abortion rights. Rauner, who gave money to Planned Parenthood, was about to sign into law a measure expanding taxpayer-funded abortions. “It was not easy,” said Sanguinetti, recalling the discussion she’d had with the governor. “And him and I talked about it, and he did tell me at the end of the day that he needed me to be there with him. And I told him I needed to pray on it.” A re-election bid quickly approached. Would she stay on the team or opt out of the 2018 ticket? She says she took a few days to decide. “I talked to my family about it. And I decided to stand by the governor because in Illinois we have a lot of things that we need to focus on,” Sanguinetti said during a recent interview with the Tribune. “And so here I am, next to him. But was I upset? Yes. Do I remain upset? Yes.” If it’s uncommon to hear about the state’s chief executive and his running mate disagreeing on issues, that’s at least in part due to the fact that it’s rare to hear about Illinois’ lieutenant governor at all. Aside from being first in the line of succession, the office is so light on responsibilities that conversations often crop up about doing away with it altogether. During her first term, Sanguinetti has focused on studying the opioid epidemic and Illinois’ unusually high number of local governments, with mixed results. A newly created task force on opioid abuse, which Sanguinetti co-chairs, has successfully advocated for the creation of a hotline to help addicts, and for a new law requiring doctors to register with a prescription drug monitoring program. But Sanguinetti’s task force on local government consolidation has produced few changes to help rein in Illinois’ 7,000 units of government, beyond a four-year moratorium on the creation of new ones. Despite its longtime punchline status, the office was made a bit more politically useful when election procedures were changed so that candidates for governor and lieutenant governor now run as a team in the primary. The change allows candidates for governor to boost their ticket’s appeal by adding a running mate with a different pedigree. In Rauner’s case, Sanguinetti checked off several important boxes as a Latina woman who grew up poor, counterbalancing Rauner’s background as a wealthy white man who came from privilege. Unlike Rauner, Sanguinetti is a social conservative. In addition, she hailed from the collar counties, a key swing voting region. She also lacked political experience, having served only on the Wheaton City Council for a few years. One of her council colleagues was Jeanne Ives, who’s now a state lawmaker challenging the Rauner-Sanginuetti ticket in the March Republican governor primary. Ives declined an interview request through a spokeswoman. Sheila Simon, who was lieutenant governor under Democrat Pat Quinn but opted to run for a different office in 2014 where she could make a “greater impact,” said she respects Rauner’s running mate choice. Sanguinetti “has different access points than he does — a woman, someone who is fluent in Spanish and is literally going to hear things he doesn’t hear or understand things he doesn’t understand,” Simon said. Simon also noted that the lieutenant governor is “an adviser to the governor that the governor can’t fire.” Indeed, Sanguinetti remains one of the few original Rauner team members following a tumultuous period that included several departures by the “superstars” Rauner had hired early on, plus a spate of staff firings and resignations over the summer. Asked what she and Rauner disagree on, Sanguinetti listed two areas — one serious, one not so much. “So, he doesn’t know how to dress. And I’ve tried to help, but brother won’t listen,” Sanguinetti said, referring to Rauner’s typical uniform of casual ranch-hand slacks with a plaid button-down shirt and ultra-long sport coat. Sometimes, the governor swaps the coat for a vest. “He’s his own person. He beats to his own fashion drum, but that’s one disagreement,” Sanguinetti said. The two also have been at odds over clemency requests. Sanguinetti said she’s often more inclined to grant clemency petitions to people who want their record cleared so they can take a job in law enforcement or help turn around struggling youth in their community. “Because of my backdrop, I’m the one to say, ‘I want him (to get clemency). I would only listen to somebody like this if I was a youth in trouble because he’s an authentic messenger. He’s not somebody starting out of college telling me how I should behave. He’s been through it, and he’s risen from it,’” she said. But as Rauner has diligently cleared a massive backlog of clemency petitions in recent years, he’s granted just 3 percent of the requests. Quinn, by contrast, had an approval rate of around 36 percent. And, of course, the two clashed on the abortion bill. Though she decided to “stand by” Rauner, Sanguinetti was not at the news conference the governor held to announce his position on the bill. Instead, she issued a brief statement saying she “wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for a 15-year-old refugee who chose to have me and keep me.” “While I disagree with the governor on this, we must focus on our areas of agreement — enacting real reforms we need to turn Illinois around,” the statement said. Rauner offered similar logic when he was asked recently why it was important for him to keep Sanguinetti on board. “Getting our state going the right way is going to be a big team effort,” he said. “She’s my lieutenant governor,” Rauner later added. Still, Sanguinetti says, the two are on the same page about most things — a dynamic she credits to the new election system that required them to campaign as a team from the start. “From day one when we were sworn in, we were on the same plane, you know, we were in sync as far as messaging and the things that we believed in and what we wanted to deliver for the people of the state of Illinois,” Sanguinetti said. After winning election, Sanguinetti quickly went to work settling into her Thompson Center office, bringing in a collection of modern art paintings she’d inherited from her father. “My husband hates modern art, so he was very happy to see it in my office,” she said. She held on to several of Simon’s staff members to help with the transition, but ultimately cut her staff size in half and closed down office spaces in Carbondale and Springfield. Sanguinetti says that move was made possible by her close working relationship with the governor — the two are able to share staff for policy issues. But it does limit her independence. Even before the election, Rauner had been traveling the state telling voters that he planned to task Sanguinetti with figuring out ways to consolidate Illinois’ 7,000 units of local government to save taxpayer money. Creating the task force was one of the first things he did when he took office, and Sanguinetti went quickly to work, though she says she was less than excited about the idea. “I wanted to dedicate myself to more issues that are more sexy to your usual person,” Sanguinetti said. “And when you think about consolidation and unfunded mandates, it’s not very sexy, right?” As she set out on her task force mission, Sanguinetti got an on-the-job education about the issue, finding that oftentimes school districts or local fire departments were already cooperating with one another to share resources and reduce duplication. The task force produced 27 recommendations for ways to consolidate local governments and reduce unfunded mandates. But so far, only a handful have made it into law. Sanguinetti says she now sees the issue as “the gift that keeps on giving.” And she’s taken what she learned on the task force and turned it into a journal of “best practices” to highlight areas where local governments are already consolidating and sharing services and expenses. Ives spokeswoman Kathleen Murphy suggested the task force was an example of the Rauner administration’s failure to live up to its promises. Also on Sanguinetti’s list of duties is the opioid epidemic — another issue that she says she didn’t know much about before taking office. It was the DuPage County coroner, she said, who alerted her last year that the epidemic had reached into the suburbs. “You know about Wheaton, Ill. We are very religious and conservative there,” Sanguinetti said. “And he was telling me about all the people that were dying and the fact that it knew no neighborhood and no class.” Drug use and gang violence associated with the drug trade have plagued Chicago for decades, and Downstate communities have battled meth use for years. Sanguinetti traveled the state to hear about the crisis and says she now views the opioid epidemic as a public health issue. She’s been trained to administer Narcan, an antidote that’s used to reverse opioid overdoses, and is defensive when challenged by people who question giving addicts access to unlimited doses of the antidote. “The first thing I tell these people is it’s time to change the lexicon because science is telling us that this is a disease,” she said, likening Narcan to the drugs she uses to treat her multiple sclerosis. “The way I choose to treat my disease, nobody questions it because it’s a disease. We need to think of substance abuse disorder and accept it for what it is, it’s a disease.”)
— Senator Silverstein accused of sexual harassment fighting to stay on ballot – Monique Garcia
— In next round of budget talks, ‘dreamers’ are set to dominate – Ed O’Keefe, Mike Debonis and Erica Werner
— Age gap awkwardness – Brent Gleeson (DIERSEN: Have you had to work for some who was younger than you? During my last 4 years at GAO 1993-1997, I reported directly to a GS-15 Step 10 (currently $164,200) who was much younger than me. During the previous 4 years, my supervisor reported to her. Most, if not virtually all of my GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates DID NOT want to work for her or work with her because she was very demanding, female, younger, Jewish, and wealthy. She had an MBA from the University of Chicago and had passed the CPA examination on her first attempt. To turn her against me, my Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates stressed to her that I was conservative (she was liberal), Republican (she was Democrat), I was 100% German national origin (she was 100% Russian national origin), I was baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran (she was Jewish), and that my ancestors had been in America since the 1840s (her ancestors were recent immigrants.)
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: New mindset needed for budgeting goals – Jill Schlesinger DIERSEN: What are you spending less on? Since my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in 1997 in cutting my income by $73,528/year (59%), that is, from $125,392 down to $51,869 in today’s dollars, my wife and I have spent even less on immediate pleasures including vacations, restaurant meals, entertainment, etc.)
— It’s time for the Census Bureau to stop dividing America – Ward Connerly and Mike Gonzalez (DIERSEN: How bad are your demographics? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes talk and/or act like they believe that the following demographics are terrible: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The American people are dangerously divided, but one event looming on the horizon has the potential to put us on a path toward unity: the U.S. census. If President Donald Trump makes no changes, the U.S. Census Bureau in 2020 will again seek to shoehorn some 330 million Americans into official racial and ethnic categories. This system doesn’t just ignore science. It also completely overlooks a burgeoning “mixed-race” population that resents arbitrary racial straitjackets.)
— Could Texas’ Big Bend be the border’s weakest link? Smuggling of drugs and immigrants is on the rise – Molly Hennessy-Fiske


— Steve Bannon’s olive branch said to be too late for angry Trump – Bloomberg
— Some shopping malls may be in deeper trouble than you think – Bloomberg


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: GateHouse Media Illinois likes watching scantily clad young women fight each other.


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Protests urged for Trump Atlanta visit.”
— Trump allies defend him against book’s claims – AP (DIERSEN: You find out who your allies are when your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes attack you.)


— Trump administration officials defend president’s mental fitness (DIERSEN: You find out who your allies are when your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes attack you.)


— Tavern Debate Thursday, January 18: Resolved: The Media are Biased, So Tweet Away, Mr. President


— Illinois Treasurer Frerichs Playing Activist Shareholder With College Savers’ Money – Mark Glennon


— Report shows federal bloat in Illinois – Greg Bishop (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I was federal bloat and that a) the Post Office should NOT have hired me in 1966 or let me work there for almost 3 years, b) IRS should NOT have hired me in 1971 or let me work there for almost 9 years, c) IRS should NOT have promoted me in 1972, 1973, or 1974, d) GAO should NOT have hired me in 1980 or let me work there for almost 18 years, and e) GAO should NOT have promoted me in 1986. In my defense, I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32.))




— Democratic billionaire is sending controversial Trump book to every member of Congress – Teri Webster


— GOP strategist Karl Rove: Republicans in ‘big trouble,’ could lose House in 2018 – Bradford Richardson
— Obama gun boom ends: Background checks fall from record-breaking 2016 – David Sherfinski
— Feminism, once noble — now nutty – Cheryl K. Chumley


— Bannon expresses ‘regret’ for comments attributed to him in ‘Fire and Fury’ – Joseph Weber
— Media go crazy over book claiming Trump is mentally unfit to be president, and other journalistic garbage – Dan Gainor
— Will disgraced Steve Bannon be invited to speak at CPAC? – Todd Starnes (DIERSEN: Which organizations do not invite you? Organizations that promote dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, abolition of the First and/or Second Amendments, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and/or even worse things do not invite me. Organizations 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 longer than their ancestors do not invite me. The aforesaid organizations that claim to be conservative and/or Republican refuse to keep diersen@aol.com on their press advisory and press release lists. The aforesaid organizations do not want me a) to know about their events and other activities, b) to promote their events and other activities, c) to attend their events, or d) to report on their events and other activities. One could argue that if the aforesaid organizations invite me, I should decline the invitation.)


— The Diversity Mania Rages On – George Leef


— Tell-all author: Trump’s White House staffers talk about the 25th Amendment ‘all the time’ – Kyle Feldscher


— Democrats out of order on DREAM Act – NOLAN RAPPAPORT


— Oprah Winfrey ‘actively thinking’ about running for president – Brian Stelter


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: HARDCOPY ARTICLE HEADLINE: Bannon Wilts Under Attacks From Ex-Allies – Jeremy W. Peters and Michael Tackett
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump demonizes, denigrates, and condemns Trump.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, pot promoters promote pot. If you promote pot, you promote destruction.
— Trump Administration Rules That Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans Must Leave, Officials Say – Miriam Jordan (DIERSEN: Because Democrats shout at everyone that the U.S. is run by White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, and bigots, why would these Salvadorans want to stay in the U.S.?)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Public school buildings are falling apart, and students are suffering for it While the grown-ups argue over whether federal aid would interfere with local control, kids sit in freezing classrooms. – Rachel Cohen
— White House adviser Stephen Miller calls Bannon an ‘angry, vindictive person’ – David Nakamura (DIERSEN: I should write a book about the most “angry, vindictive” people in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois. They blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for all of their problems, for all of your problems, for all of my problems, and for all of everyone’s problems. They blame me for all defeats that Republicans have suffered in Illinois since 2000.)
— Bannon apologizes, but Trump’s fury persists – David Nakamura, Ashley Parker and Josh Dawsey


— Refugee Admissions to U.S. Off to Slow Start in Fiscal Year 2018 Trump refugee policies helped slow inflow to just over 5,000 in first quarter – Laura Meckler (DIERSEN: Because Democrats shout at everyone that the U.S. is run by White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, and bigots, why would any refugee want to come to the U.S.?)
— Scholars Get The Real Scoop on ‘Fake News’ It turns out the people likeliest to read false stories are the ones who read lots of hard news too. – Allysia Finley (DIERSEN: I read “lots of hard news” while I spend 10+ hours each and every day putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out. Ever-increasingly, I see editorials that promote the Democrat Party platform being published that are unethically made to look like news articles. Ever-increasing, I see that news that cannot be spun to promote the Democrat Party platform is downplayed if not censured.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Bannon Works to Mend Rift Over Book Critical of White House Ex-Trump strategist tones down some of his comments as fallout reverberates – Rebecca Ballhaus and Harriet Torry
— My Favorite Writers on Retirement Planning Retirement columnist Glenn Ruffenach also answers questions about Social Security and volunteering – Glenn Ruffenach (DIERSEN: What do you base your knowledge of retirement on? I base my knowledge on what I have learned from being retired since 1997 when I was 49 years old.)
— Book Banning Bunkum Trump’s feckless bluster isn’t a threat to the First Amendment. – Editorial (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes want to ban me and ban my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. They blame me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for all of their problems, for all of your problems, for all of my problems, and for all of everyone’s problems. They blame me for all defeats that Republicans have suffered in Illinois since 2000.)


— Trump Allies Flood Airwaves to Defend the President – Ros Krasny and Jordan Yadoo (DIERSEN: You find out who your allies are when your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes attack you.)


— In reversal, anti-immigration groups are open to deal to let 800,000 DREAMers stay – Alan Gomez
— Haley: World perception of Trump as ‘unpredictable’ isn’t a bad thing – Nicole Gaudiano (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes know that they cannot call me unpredictable. They know that I always promote the Republican Party and the Illinois Republican Party platforms and especially their traditional family, right to life, immigration, illegal drugs, Second Amendment, and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks. They know that I always promote the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling. They know that I always oppose the promotion of dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, abolition of the First and/or Second Amendments, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and other terrible things things.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump gives advice on how to get rid of Trump.


— Trump Washes His Hands of Insurgency Against GOP Incumbents Trump says he’ll campaign aggressively for Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections but not for the GOP insurgents. – AP


— When Deportation Is a Death Sentence hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the U.S. may face violence and murder in their home countries. What happens when they are forced to return? – Sarah Stillman (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps glorify and praise foreign countries.)


— The False Promises of Worker Retraining Despite assurances from policymakers that retraining is the key to success, such programs have consistently failed to equip workers with the preparation they need to secure jobs. – JEFFREY SELINGO (DIERSEN: GAO audits IRS. One could say that between 1992 and 1997, I retained myself. In 1992, I started taking graduate courses at IIT, and in 1997, I earned a master’s degree in financial markets and trading. I did that because my Democrat GAO superiors had assigned me to audits of federal financial industry regulators and they had made it clear that they would never again assign me to audits of IRS. I had worked on audits of IRS 1986-1988 and I had worked for IRS 1971-1980.)

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.