July 22 Morning Edition



— Kirk Calls For Debate In Spanish With Challenger Duckworth – Jay Levine  (DIERSEN: Levine says “In many ways, and on many issues, Kirk seems closer to Democrats than Republicans.” For many decades, Kirk supporters have dominated the Illinois Republican Party.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Like most of Illinois’ prominent Republicans, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is not at the Republican National Convention.  He’s proposing a series of bilingual debates against Democratic Challenger Tammy Duckworth. Kirk tells CBS2 Special Correspondent Jay Levine that aside from a few physical limitations, he’s fully recovered from the stroke which nearly took his life four years ago. The first-term senator still uses a wheelchair most of the time, but mentally, he says he’s fully recovered. He says he could handle debates. “In fact, I have asked Tammy Duckworth to debate me en espanol,” says Kirk, who is up for other debates, and in English. Kirk has said he won’t endorse his party’s controversial presidential nominee, Donald Trump. He says he’ll write in retired Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Colin Powell, and urge others to do the same. “I don’t think Donald Trump would make a good commander-in-chief, he’s too emotional,” Kirk says of Trump. In many ways, and on many issues, Kirk seems closer to Democrats than Republicans. “I am a moderate, pro-choice pro-gay rights guy who wants to spend less and tax less,” Kirk says. He says he also bucks his party where the NRA is concerned. Levine asked Kirk about a series of controversial statements he has made in recent memory. That includes a reference last year to Chicago’s South Side, when he referred to an unmarried colleague as a “bro with no ho.” “When you’re in a race like I’m in, everything is taken the wrong way,” Kirk says. But then he almost immediately let fly another headscratcher about the therapeutic benefits of pinot grigio. He says the wine has helped him talk more clearly. “Suddenly, as the pinot grigio hit the brain stem, my speech abilities came back. And I said to my girlfriend, ‘OK, it’s going to be only pignot grigio.’”  Kirk has waged a long, hard battle to recover from that life-threatening stroke. Now, he’s fighting for his political life, for a U.S. Senate seat Democrats feel may be their best chance to take that chamber from the GOP.)


— Illinois GOP Chairman Tim Schneider Urges Trump Supporters To Get Involved – Tony Arnold  (DIERSEN: QUESTION: If/when Schneider is asked what should Illinois Republicans do to keep up to date with news and commentary of interest to Illinois Republicans, how should he respond? ANSWER: Not only read GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails every morning and every evening at
www.gopillinois.com, but subscribe at that website to get those emails each and every morning and evening.  GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are free of charge and they contain no advertising.  The Illinois Republican Party (IRP) would love to put out emails like GOPUSA Illinois Editor Dave Diersen does, but the IRP could never afford to pay the millions of dollars each year that would cost.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: With some Illinois Donald Trump supporters at odds with the state’s Republican party, Illinois GOP Chairman Tim Schneider asked Trump supporters to get involved in races beside the presidential campaign when they return from Cleveland. Schneider said the state GOP organization has more tools to help elect Trump – and other Republican candidates – than political newcomers, who haven’t been involved in the party, can do alone. One way in particular Schneider said the state party can help candidates, is through personal data collection on voters. “We know more about you, I hate to say it, than you think,” Schneider said Thursday morning at the final breakfast meeting of the Illinois Republican delegation. “I mean, we know so much about you because of the data that we’re getting. I can tell you that we get the information from your credit cards and where you buy – what cable TV stations that you watch.” Schneider said all that information helps the Republican Party advertise to swing voters, instead of just the voters who are likely to mark ballots for the GOP regardless of advertisements. He said if Trump supporters want to help their candidate in a bigger way, they should get more involved in the established Republican Party because it already has a way to target specific voters for campaign literature. This comes as earlier in the week, Schneider introduced himself – and the state Republican Party – as the friend – not the enemy – of Trump supporters wary of party leaders who oppose Trump for president. “You all need the Illinois Republican Party,” Schneider said to the political newcomers who make up a lot of the Illinois Republican delegation at national convention. “We need you and you need us. You need us because we are the framework. We’re the grassroots. We’re the get-out-the-vote program. We’re the phone banks. We’re the data.” Schneider credited Bruce Rauner’s 2014 campaign for governor, in which Rauner contributed millions of dollars from his own bank account, for helping build the state GOP’s database on voters. Schneider says Republicans are targeting 22 state legislative districts currently held by Democrats around Illinois that he thinks can flip to Republican this November. Schneider says this election could help take away the Democratic supermajorities in the state House and Senate – if more political newcomers like the Trump delegates get involved.)
— Shared Beds And Hitting Thrift Stores: How Illinois Trump Delegates Are Cutting Costs In Cleveland – Lauren Chooljian
(FROM THE ARTICLE: With one day left in the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, some members of the Illinois delegation in Cleveland are already sure this week has been one of the best of their lives. They say the RNC has been energizing and inspiring, but also very expensive. Many of them have tried to find ways to cut costs, and some of those tactics are more intimate than others.)


— Trump offers familiar promises, no specifics — again – Lynn Sweet
— Gutierrez to speak at Democratic convention – Lynn Sweet
— Calculating Cruz helped kill conservatism – Mona Charen
— Prejudice against Mexicans? Trump’s still all in – Marlen Garcia  (DIERSEN: Trump is prejudiced against those who come to America illegally, who stay in America illegally, and/or who bring others to America illegally.  Anti-Trumps are prejudiced against those who are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
— SNEED: Ka-ching! It’s no secret Trump has had trouble raising major money from big-bucks Republican donors. Sneed cornered House leader Jim Durkin — who is still furious with Trump for defaming Vietnam War hero John McCain — who was in Cleveland raising major moolah. But it was not for Trump. “I’m raising money for the Illinois legislative races, not for Trump,” he said. “It’s still a wait-and-see if I vote for him.”


— Trump steps into void left by what Republican Party destroyed – John Kass
— Lawsuit makes things awkward at Gov. Rauner and first lady appearance – Kim Geiger  (DIERSEN: Have you ever sued your employer?  While I worked for GAO in 1988, I became an active member in a class action lawsuit that charged GAO with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.  In 1978, while I worked for IRS, I took IRS to Tax Court for disallowing my education deductions.  In 1974, while I worked for IRS, I filed a grievance against IRS for disallowing my partial day per diem requests (SEE: http://www.gao.gov/products/463866).
— Judge orders state to reconsider medical marijuana for migraines – Robert McCoppin  (DIERSEN: Individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that push pot want everyone in America to be a stoner.  They want to destroy America.)
— Township highway commission files appeal in budget lawsuit – Genevieve Bookwalter


— Full text of Trump’s speech, footnoted by his campaign – AP
— The 10 most dramatic moments of the Republican convention – Bloomberg
— Making GOP history, Trump vows to protect LGBTQ community – AP  (DIERSEN: Trump is new to politics and he has never held a government office. Soon, he will learn that those who promote LGBTQ activity do not merely want “protection,” they want to destroy those who do not promote LGBTQ activity. When Trump comes to realize that, will he help those who promote LGBTQ activity destroy those who do not promote LGBTQ activity?  Those who promote LGBTQ activity, their operatives, and their dupes have always worked the hardest against me.)
— GOP convention ends quietly with few arrests after protests – AP
— GOP convention did little to reassure doubters – Editorial


— CTA, Metra are unworthy ‘social engineering,’ GOP says – GREG HINZ  (DIERSEN: While I worked for IRS for almost 9 years and for GAO for almost 18 years, my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were overwhelmingly anti-automobile.  They viewed automobiles a) as being things that people use to escape Democrat-run cities and/or b) as things that were made by overpaid UAW members.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Did you realize that, when you took Metra, Pace or the Chicago Transit Authority to work or school today, you were engaged in “social engineering?” Well, you were, according to a section of the 2016 Republican Platform that was adopted this week and on which Donald Trump and Mike Pence will now run. And it’s time for such “government transit” to get its hands off of the U.S. Highway Trust Fund, the GOP says. Under current law, proceeds from the federal 18.4 cents a gallon tax on gasoline are split between roads and transit, with the latter usually getting about a fifth of the total. The fund has come perilously close to running short in recent years, in part because people are driving less but the per-gallon tax has remained frozen for many years. Faced with that, GOP House lawmakers a few years ago moved to switch the entire amount to roads, something that would have forced transit to battle it out for every other demand for federal general funds. That got squelched when a handful of GOP congressmen from urban areas, including Chicago, revolted. But the idea has never quite died among GOP conservatives, mostly from rural and suburban districts. the 2012 party platform called for an end to the diversion, but left it at that. . .The new version goes considerably further.)


— U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren warms to Trump – BRETT ROWLAND


— McHenry County officials react to Donald Trump’s acceptance of GOP nomination for president – HANNAH PROKOP


— Trump accepts presidential nomination, paints a dire picture of America  Trump at nomination: ‘I alone can fix it’ – CNN


— Illinois delegates strive for unity as GOP convention wraps up – MAUREEN O’REILLY  (DIERSEN: I should write a book about “Republicans” who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who do not “strive for unity,” but who a) focus on getting rid of those like me who support planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform and/or the Republican Party platform that they reject, most commonly, the traditional family, right to life, immigration, illegal drugs, and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks; b) who focus getting rid of those like me who support the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling; c) who focus on getting rid of those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate; and/or d) who focus on getting rid of those like me who have sued them.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats shout that Republicans are racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things.  How soon, if not already, should Republicans go to court and a) get retaining orders issued against Democrats and/or b) sue Democrats for sander and/or for libel?)


— Anti-Trump Protest Held in Champaign – Michon Lindstrom  (DIERSEN: Of course, needless-to-say, anti-Trumps promote their anti-Trump protests.)


— New Data Shows Illinois Voters Favor State Workers in Contract Talks  (DIERSEN: What are your demographics?  Do voters favor those who share your demographics?  Democrats and RINOs in Illinois hint/imply/argue/shout that Illinois voters favor those who are 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.)


— Lovers, Haters of Donald Trump Protest in Joliet  Despite the heat, a handful of people protested at Larkin Ave. and Jefferson St. Thursday. – Scott Viau  (DIERSEN: How have the Trump haters treated you so far?  How do you anticipate that the Trump haters will treat you in the future?  If/when they threaten/commit violence against you, will you go to court and a) get restraining orders against them and/or b) sue them?  Who are the biggest Trump haters in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois?  What do you say to “Republicans” who talk and act like they are Trump haters?)


— More than 181,000 Illinoisans have been issued a license to carry a concealed firearm since the spring of 2014, according to the Illinois State Police. Using the latest data, we list and map out which counties have the most license holders.




— Ted Cruz and an act of betrayal  He might have sacrificed his future as a Republican – Editorial


— JUST WHO IS THE ‘ESTABLISHMENT?’ – Ken Blackwell  (DIERSEN: Members of the establishment have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout.  Far too many establishment members use their clout to destroy those like me who a) do not glorify and praise them, b) do not pander to them, c) do not serve as one of their operatives, d) do not serve as one of their dupes, and/or e) do not give them money.  I should write a book about such clout abusers, their operatives, and their dupes in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois.)


— Priebus: ‘We Don’t Apologize for America, We Celebrate America’


— Chicago: Imagining a world without police
— Trump: The American people will come first again


— Reince Priebus: Hillary Clinton Views the Oval Office as a ‘Cash Cow’ – CHARLIE SPIERING


— Krauthammer: Cruz’s RNC Speech Was ‘Longest Suicide Note’ in U.S. Political History – Kate Scanlon


— Sure, Trump’s Speech Was Dark. America’s in a Dark Place Right Now. – JIM GERAGHTY
— Ivanka on Women and Workplace Issues – CARRIE LUKAS  (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government always hinted/implied/argued/shouted at my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates who were female that I caused all the problems that all my female superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates had, were having, and will have.)


— Trump Pledges to Make America Safe  He accepts GOP nomination for president and promises a law-and-order administration – John Bennett


— Trump manager: Women’s ‘husbands can’t afford to pay bills’ Paul Manafort said women will be voting for the real estate mogul because “they can’t afford their lives.” – Caitlin Yilek  (DIERSEN: Are you a married woman?  Why doesn’t your husband have more money that he has? My $50,720 Civil Service Retirement System pension is dramatically reduced because my Democrat superiors in the federal government wasted my career and forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old.  QUESTION: Why did they do that?  ANSWER: Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion.  To make way for their young Democrat minority and female employees, they had to get rid of their employees who are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
— Trump closes convention with stabilizing speech – NIALL STANAGE
— Obama decries anti-Muslim discrimination – Jordan Fabian (DIERSEN: How soon will the Democrats an the RINOs get rid of you if you do not promote Islam?)
— Trump on Cruz endorsement: ‘If he gives it, I won’t accept it’ – Lisa Hagen  (DIERSEN: Whose endorsement do you NOT seek? I do not seek the endorsement of those who are 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.)


— Ivanka Trump pitches father as champion of women – Katy O’Donnell  (DIERSEN: What will Trump do to stop political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation for complaining about the aforesaid?)


— Reince Priebus To America: ‘Hold On. Help Is Coming’ With Donald Trump – Igor Bobic


— Donald Trump: ‘Americanism, Not Globalism, Will Be Our Credo’


— DAUGHTER IVANKA TRUMP RAISES ISSUES FATHER RARELY MENTIONS – STEPHEN OHLEMACHER (DIERSEN: What will Trump do to stop political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation for complaining about the aforesaid?)


— Obama: Discrimination against Muslims an affront of American values  (DIERSEN: How soon will the Democrats an the RINOs, that is, the anti-Trumps, get rid of you if you do not promote Islam?)


— RNC chief Priebus: Hillary Clinton is corrupt, stale; ‘we are the party with new ideas’  “We honor what the people say,” the Republican Party’s national chairman said Thursday night. – Eric DuVall


— FRONT PAGE: G.O.P.’s Moneyed Class Finds Its Place in New Trump World – NICHOLAS CONFESSORE  (DIERSEN: How much income and net worth do you need to be in the moneyed class in Illinois, in your county, in your township/ward, in your municipality, and in your precinct?)
— The World Roger Ailes Created – JANE HALLJU
— Roger Ailes Fused TV With Politics, Changing Both – JAMES PONIEWOZIK
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: The Death Of the Party – David Brooks
— Donald Trump’s Campaign of Fear – Editorial
— Gay Republicans at the Convention: Scarce, Except in D.C. Delegation – JEREMY W. PETERS
— Mexican Journalist Who Exposed Scandal Says Lawsuit Is Meant as a Warning – ELISABETH MALKIN  (DIERSEN: I should write a book about all the warnings that I have received from the following: those who are 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 and from those who a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, c) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, d) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, e) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, f) are operatives for the aforesaid, and/or g) are dupes for the aforesaid.)


— Trump tells donors that Cruz boos showed GOP is united behind him – Sean Sullivan and Philip Rucker
— Obama calls Muslims ‘an essential part of the fabric of our country’ – Juliet Eilperin  (DIERSEN: How soon will the Democrats an the RINOs, that is, the anti-Trumps, get rid of you if you do not promote Islam?)
— Ted Cruz not backing down as he reopens wounds from hard-fought GOP primary


— Missouri Synod Lutherans Armor Up to Defend Women  The Senate wants to mandate female draft registration—starting a war over conscience. – KOREY MAAS  (DIERSEN: What do you say to those who demonize, denigrate, and condemn Missouri Synod Lutherans?)


— Trump will put America first – Rep. Duncan Hunter
— Good news, America! Trump, Clinton too old for 2nd term: We’re stuck with one of them now, but it might not be for long. What are they hiding in medical records? – Michael Medved  (DIERSEN: What health problems do/did your parents have?  My father fought type 1 diabetes from age 14 and he died suddenly of heart failure in 1969 when he was 47 and I was 21.  All of my potential employers and employers knew that.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats encourage people to come to America illegally, to stay in America illegally, and to bring others to America illegally.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps accuse Trump.


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, those who are 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 love Michael Steele.


— Donald Trump nomination transforms Republican party, Ivanka Trump stars with speech – Tim Bielik


— Trump and GOP Outline Plans for Federal Government at Republican Convention – Eric Katz  (DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government. Those Democrats will use any budget cuts to get rid of federal employees who are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Republicans from across the country gathered in Cleveland this week to nominate Donald Trump as their presidential candidate, and while there was some discord in the party ranks, the GOP was united in its desire to cut the size and scope of government. The speakers articulated few specifics of a government management agenda, but did not shy away from criticizing the Obama administration for expanding the roles of agencies and their regulatory reach. In his acceptance speech Thursday, Republican nominee Donald Trump to vowed “no tolerance for government incompetence.” He spent much of his speech discussing national security and government’s role in protecting it. “The most basic duty of government is to defend the lives of its own citizens,” Trump said. “Any government that fails to do so is a government unworthy to lead.” Trump promised to cut waste across government on an expedited timeframe. “We are going to ask every department head in government to provide a list of wasteful spending projects that we can eliminate in my first 100 days,” Trump said. “The politicians have talked about it; I’m going to do it.”)


— House Oversight continues its ‘political burrowing’ inquiries – Carten Cordell  (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, my nastiest Democrat superiors talked and acted like they were burrowed in Democrat extremists.)


— Priorities in Trump’s Acceptance Speech and the Federal Workforce – Ralph Smith


— Reince Priebus Tells Inspirational Story of GM Exec Who Helped Fuel Nazi War Effort – Josh Levin

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.