July 1 Evening Edition

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: This evening, the Illinois Republican Party notified the news media that Governor Bruce Rauner and Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti will walk in Wheaton’s Independence Day Parade.  Previously, the Wheaton Park District announced that U.S. Senator Mark Kirk; State Senator Mike Connelly and State Representative Jeanne Ives; State Representative Peter Breen; DuPage County Board candidate Tim Elliott, DuPage County Board member Amy Grant, and DuPage County Forest Preserve Commissioner Tim Whelan; and the Milton Township Republican Central Committee will be in the parade. For the 11th consecutive year, DuPage Republicans will help sponsor the parade. This year, they are a $2,500 Gold Celebration Partner for the fireworks and parade. 22 DuPage Republicans have pledged $2,500: $250 from Chris Nybo; $150 from Liam Brennan, Dave Diersen, and Phil Suess; and $100 each from Bob Berlin, Peter Breen, Fred Bucholz, Mike Connelly, Tim Elliott, Amy Grant, Jeanne Ives, Richard Jorgensen, Chris Kachiroubas, Mark Kirk, Brian Krajewski, Bob Lyon, Deanne Mazzochi, James Mendrick, Peter Roskam, Darlene Ruscitti, Tim Whelan, and Jim Zay. The DuPage County Republican contribution has been designated for the Tunes of Glory Pipes and Drums $1,000 entry, the Wheaton North High School Band $600 entry, and the Wheaton Warrenville South High School Band $600 entry. I have hand-delivered to residences and businesses in Wheaton 500 flyers that promote the parade, Republican participation in the parade, and Republican sponsorship of the parade and fireworks.  Be sure and stop by the DuPage County Republican booth at the fireworks.)
http://www.gopillinois.com

 

CONSERVATIVE HQ
— The Fourth of July doesn’t work on Democrats  (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Who discourages Republicans from participating in Independence Day Parades and who discourages people from watching Independence Day Parades?  ANSWER: Those who are anti-patriotic, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
http://www.conservativehq.com/node/23485
(FROM THE ARTICLE: We conservatives often bemoan the commercialization and secularization of our traditional holidays.  Christmas – or should we say the Winter Holiday – now begins around November 15, Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day are occasions for mattress sales, not solemn commemorations of the sacrifices made to preserve our way of life. Now comes news from researchers at Harvard University that the July 4th holiday commemorating the announcement of the Declaration of Independence may still be serving its intended purpose – promoting patriotism. The good news is it only seems to work on Republicans. According to the study by Andreas Madestam and David Yanagizawa-Drott, “There is no evidence of an increased likelihood of identifying as a Democrat, indicating that Fourth of July shifts preferences to the right rather than increasing political polarization.” The three key findings of those attending July 4th celebrations: *When done before the age of 18, it increases the likelihood of a youth identifying as a Republican by at least 2 percent. *Celebrating Independence Day raises the likelihood that parade watchers will vote for a Republican candidate by 4 percent. *Celebrating the 4th of July boosts the likelihood a reveler will vote by about 1 percent and increases the chances they’ll make a political contribution by 3 percent. *What’s more, the impact isn’t fleeting. “Surprisingly, the estimates show that the impact on political preferences is permanent, with no evidence of the effects depreciating as individuals become older,” said the Harvard report. It is worth noting that many of the grievances the Founders outlined in the Declaration of Independence had to do with taxes and big government, charges we regularly level at Democrats, such as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, so perhaps it is understandable that the sentiments commemorated on July 4th don’t resonate with establishment Democrats as much as they do with conservatives. However, we are not sure that turning children into establishment Republicans is a good thing; they might find themselves, like Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, drawn to doubling the national debt, pork barrel spending, endless and inconclusive wars and bringing vast numbers of anti-constitutional immigrants to our country. Given that movement conservatives are the last remaining American political movement to fully embrace the values and guidance of the Declaration of Independence, it seems to us that if there was ever a time for Americans to recall exactly why we declared our independence it is this Fourth of July.)
— Cruz Nails Obama Willful Blindness To Muslim Terrorism And Its Goals – George Rasley
http://www.conservativehq.com/node/23486
— Presidential Horse Race 2016: When does opposing Donald Trump become a moral issue? – Jeffrey A. Rendall
http://www.conservativehq.com/node/23484

 

CBS2
— Indiana Governor Meeting With Trump, Amid Veep Speculation – Bob Roberts
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2016/07/01/indiana-governor-meeting-with-trump-veep-discussions-to-ensue/

 

NBC5
— Chicago Raises Minimum Wage to $10.50  “Anybody who works in the City of Chicago should be able to afford to live and raise a family here,” Emanuel said. – Tom Schuba
http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Chicagos-Raises-Minimum-Wage-385228731.html
— Budget Battle Sees Relief, but No End in Sight – Carol Marin
http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/WEB-430P-PKG-DEEP-DISH_Chicago-385260651.html

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— DuPage County eyes merging Election Commission, clerk’s office – Gary Gibula
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/news/ct-nvs-dupage-election-clerk-merge-st-0703-20160701-story.html
— Rauner bends on budget, lives to fight another day on ‘turnaround agenda’ – Kim Geiger and Monique Garcia
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-bruce-rauner-mike-madigan-budget-met-0703-20160703-story.html
— Democrats should reject Bernie Sanders’ demands – William M. Daley
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-bernie-sanders-democratic-party-demands-20160701-story.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Trump in Chicago before GOP convention; now fundraising with RNC – Lynn Sweet
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/trump-in-chicago-before-gop-convention-now-fundraising-with-rnc/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee announced the expansion of joint fundraising efforts on Friday, tapping veteran powerhouse GOP fundraisers and donors Ron Gidwitz and Liz Uihlein to be the Illinois “Victory” finance chairs. Trump is expected to hit Chicago for fundraising by mid-July, before the start of the Republican Convention in Cleveland on July 18.)
— Ex-Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle says aloha to Rauner administration – Tina Sfondeles
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/former-hawaii-gov-linda-lingle-says-aloha-rauner-administration/
— Answer that phone when suicidal veterans reach out – Editorial  (DIERSEN: Government is nasty. Politics is nasty. Democrats are nasty.  My nastier Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government reminded my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates that I had avoided the draft, and that because of that, someone less privileged than me was injured or killed in Vietnam.)
http://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/editorial-answer-the-phone-when-suicidal-veterans-reach-out/

 

DAILY HERALD
— Appellate court reinstates Bianchi’s malicious-prosecution suit – Susan Sarkauskas
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160701/news/160709809/
— Tom Cullerton secures additional $14 million for DuPage County schools
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160701/submitted/160709928/

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Who benefits from stopgap state budget? – RICH MILLER  (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Who benefited from GAO’s dramatic downsizing during the 1980s and 1990s? ANSWER: GAO’s employees who were Democrat, minority, younger, and/or veteran.)
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20160701/NEWS02/160709980/who-benefits-from-stopgap-state-budget
— The good news and the bad news on that stopgap state budget – Editorial
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20160701/ISSUE07/160639987/the-good-news-and-the-bad-news-on-that-stopgap-state-budget

 

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— Will budget stalemate resume in January? – Doug Finke
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20160701/will-budget-stalemate-resume-in-january
— Former Hawaii Gov. Lingle leaves Rauner administration; new EPA head also named – Bernard Schoenburg
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20160701/former-hawaii-gov-lingle-leaves-rauner-administration-new-epa-head-also-named
— BEYOND TRAGIC: Illinois medical marijuana program gets boost from Rauner approval – AP
http://www.sj-r.com/news/20160701/illinois-medical-marijuana-program-gets-boost-from-rauner-approval

 

BLOOMINGTON PANTAGRAPH
— No independent candidates file for county offices – Derek Beigh  (DIERSEN: Of course, needless-to-say, in Illinois, if you are not going to defend and advance the Illinois Republican Party platform, you should not seek or hold a government office or a political office as a Republican.)
http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/government-and-politics/elections/no-independent-candidates-file-for-county-offices/article_61491f4b-fe76-5b37-bfe5-59a5d5d9e63b.html

 

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— Trump adds high-powered GOP fundraisers  July fundraising numbers expected to improve over June – CNN
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/trump-adds-highpowered-gop-fundraisers
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Additions to Trump’s team include Oklahoma energy executive Larry Nichols; Todd Christie, the brother of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a finalist for Trump’s vice president; David Fischer, a top auto manufacturer in Michigan and a major RNC donor; longtime GOP fundraiser Ron Gidwitz, of Chicago; Francis Rooney, the former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican; Brian Ballard, a prominent Florida lobbyist; and Larry Mizel, a Colorado real estate titan active in the Jewish fundraising world.)
— Sanders: ‘I do not hate Secretary Clinton’ – CNN (DIERSEN: Some of my critics/opponents might admit that they hate me, especially those who have threatened physical violence against me. But the rest would falsely deny that they hate me.  They blame me for their problems, they blame me for your problems, they blame me for my problems, and they blame me for everyone’s problems.)
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/sanders-i-do-not-hate-secretary-clinton
— New Trump hire splits after two weeks  Kevin Kellems resigned Thursday – CNN
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/new-trump-hire-splits-after-two-weeks

 

POSITIVELY NAPERVILLE
— ILLINOIS LAWMAKERS MAKE BUDGET PROGRESS, BUT IS IT ENOUGH? – Editorial
http://www.positivelynaperville.com/2016/07/01/illinois-lawmakers-make-budget-progress-enough/62281

 

CHICAGOIST
— No One Is Really Celebrating The State’s Stopgap Budget Deal
http://chicagoist.com/2016/07/01/not_many_are_celebrating_the_stopga.php#photo-1

 

CHICAGO MONITOR
— Chicago Arab and Muslim Organizations Boycott and Protest Mayor Emanuel’s Community Iftar – Muhammad Sankari
http://chicagomonitor.com/2016/07/chicago-arab-and-muslim-organizations-boycott-and-protest-mayor-emanuels-community-iftar/

 

ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE
— POST-MORTEM: WHAT’S IN ILLINOIS’ STOPGAP BUDGET? – Heather Weiner
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/post-mortem-whats-in-illinois-stopgap-budget/

 

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— MRS. UIHLEIN AND MR. GIDWITZ SIGN ONTO TRUMP FINANCE TEAM
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2016/07/mrs-uihlein-and-mr-gidwitz-sign-onto-trump-finance-team.html
— 11TH CD COULD BE A RACE TO WATCH IN NOVEMBER
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2016/07/11th-cd-could-be-a-race-to-watch-in-november.html

 

CAPITOL FAX
— It’s already getting super ugly
http://capitolfax.com/2016/07/01/its-already-getting-super-ugly/

 

WEEKLY STANDARD
— Roskam Slams ‘Shameful’ Boeing Deal with Iran  Boeing forsaking American values, trying “to make a quick buck.” – JENNA LIFHITS
http://www.weeklystandard.com/lawmaker-slams-shameful-boeing-deal-with-iran/article/2003109

 

GOPUSA
— Rumor: Gingrich, Christie top Trump’s running mate list
http://www.gopusa.com/rumor-gingrich-christie-top-trumps-running-mate-list/
— Trump: Candidates who violated RNC loyalty pledge disgraceful
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=11956
— The Embrace of Socialism — Despite Its Track Record
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=11916
— Brexit Shows Us The Future — And It’s Great
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=11914

 

THE BLAZE
— ‘Never Trump’ Advocates Look for Loopholes to Unbind RNC Delegates — but Will It Work? – Kaitlyn Schallhorn
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/07/01/never-trump-advocates-look-for-loopholes-to-unbind-rnc-delegates-but-will-it-work/

 

POLITICO
— Trump, RNC expand fundraising operation – Nick Gass
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/donald-trump-rnc-fundraising-225042
— Top conservative looks to shake up RNC  Ken Cuccinelli is pushing a proposal that would strip the Republican National Committee chairman of much of his power and give it to the committee’s members. – Alex Isenstadt and Shane Goldmacher
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/ken-cuccinelli-republican-national-convention-225039

 

HUFFINGTON POST
— Here’s The Draft Democratic Party Platform – Peter Dreier
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-dreier/heres-the-draft-democrati_b_10778090.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Here’s the draft of the Democratic Party platform. It is dramatically more progressive than the 2012 version. The nation’s political center of gravity has changed. Thanks to grassroots movements like Occupy Wall Street, the Fight for 15, the Dreamers, Black Lives Matter, .350 (fossil fuel divestment), struggles over women’s rights, LGBT rights, voting rights, and gun violence, along with the Sanders insurgency, the Democratic Party has shifted leftward. While progressive’s won’t be happy with everything in here, this draft platform is a reflection of that reality. Remember, this is still a draft — what the drafters call “deliberative and predecisional.” But it is definitely a great step forward.)
— President Trump’s Federal Employees Wouldn’t Be Able To Stay At Most Trump Hotels  The properties are missing from a federal list of hotels approved for fire safety. – Ben Walsh
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-hotels-fire-safety_us_57752ed5e4b0bd4b0b13b378

 

NEW YORK TIMES
— Nations Hinder U.S. Effort to Deport Immigrants Convicted of Crime – RON NIXON
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/02/us/homeland-security-immigrants-criminal-conviction.html

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— The 99% Got a Raise Last Year, But Not Enough to Dent Rising Inequality  The uptick for the bottom 99% was the best since 1999 – ANNA LOUIE SUSSMAN
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2016/07/01/the-99-got-a-raise-last-year-but-not-enough-to-dent-rising-inequality/

 

BLOOMBERG
— Cities Bill Trump for the High Cost of Rallies  The campaign has reimbursed at least one, but others wait. – Kate Smith and Jennifer Epstein
http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-06-30/trump-rallies
— The Long Road to Immigration Reform  The Supreme Court’s decision this week kicks the can to 2017. – Josh Eidelson and Karen Weise
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-30/the-long-road-to-immigration-reform

 

GAO
— Celebrating 95 Years of Accountability (DIERSEN: I worked for GAO 1980-1997, and the last 11 years of which, at the GS-13 level (currently $92,632-$120,427 a year).)
https://blog.gao.gov/2016/07/01/celebrating-95-years-of-accountability/

 

GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE
— Unions Push Democrats to Embrace Federal Employees’ Priorities in Party Platform – Eric Katz  (DIERSEN: I was a federal employee for almost 30 years.)
http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2016/07/unions-push-democrats-embrace-federal-employees-priorities-party-platform/129593/?oref=river

 

ACCOUNTING TODAY
— Tax Pros Highlight the IRS’s Biggest Challenges – JEFF STIMPSON
http://www.accountingtoday.com/news/tax-practice/tax-pros-highlight-the-irss-biggest-challenges-78573-1.html

 

THE TELEGRAPH
— Women at Facebook were ordered not to wear ‘distracting’ clothing, former employee claims – James Titcomb
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/07/01/women-at-facebook-were-ordered-not-to-wear-distracting-clothing/

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.