— Hope to see you at Wheaton’s Independence Day Parade this morning.  It starts at 10:00 AM. The following Republicans will be in the parade: U.S. Senator Mark Kirk; Governor Bruce Rauner and Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti; State Senator Mike Connelly and State Representative Jeanne Ives; State Representative Peter Breen; DuPage County Board candidate Tim Elliott, DuPage County Board member Grant Eckhoff and Amy Grant, and DuPage County Forest Preserve Commissioner Tim Whelan; and the Milton Township Republican Central Committee.  Please thank those who helped sponsor the parade and fireworks yesterday evening: Bob Berlin, Peter Breen, Liam Brennan, Fred Bucholz, Mike Connelly, Tim Elliott, Amy Grant, Jeanne Ives, Richard Jorgensen, Chris Kachiroubas, Mark Kirk, Brian Krajewski, Bob Lyon, Deanne Mazzochi, James Mendrick, Chris Nybo, Peter Roskam, Darlene Ruscitti, Phil Suess, Tim Whelan, and Jim Zay. – Dave Diersen


— Can Hillary Clinton overcome her trust problem? – Anne Gearan
— The Supreme Court really matters in this election – Albert R. Hunt
— Trump draws rebuke for his tweet with an image of Clinton and a Star of David – David Weigel
— In Colorado, conservatives grapple with the Trump conundrum – Melanie Mason
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Abortion, guns and the left’s selectivity – Jonah Goldberg
(FROM THE ARTICLE: I have an idea. The federal government needs to compile a list of women who shouldn’t be allowed to get abortions. The criteria for getting on the list must be flexible. If an official at, say, the NIH or FBI think that a woman should be a mother for some reason or other, he or she can block an abortion. Maybe the woman has great genes or a high IQ or the sorts of financial resources we need in parents. Let’s leave that decision where it belongs: in the hands of the government. Heck, there’s really no reason even to tell women if they’re on the “no abort” list. Let them find out at the clinic. And if they go in for an abortion only to discover they are among the million or more people on the list, there will be no clear process for getting off it, even if it was a bureaucratic error or case of mistaken identity. Sound like a good idea?)
— Take your vacation – James Baily  (DIERSEN: Democrats are nasty. While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I did not disserve any vacation days. They hinted/implied/argued/shouted that only those federal employees who were Democrat, minority, female, and/or veteran disserved vacation days.  My last supervisor always waited for me to ask for vacation days, and then she would schedule important job meetings for those days.) http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-vacation-time-summer-relax-work-20160701-story.html
— Another victim of yearlong budget stalemate: HIV testing, prevention – Duaa Eldeib


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Neil Steinberg uses a “presidential mediocrity quiz” to demonize, denigrate, and condemn Trump and his supporters.
— Fixing immigration impasse unlikely – Erin Kelly


— Kane County flea market in flap over Nazi banner – Susan Sarkauskas
— DIVIDED AMERICA: Town and country offer differing realities – AP
(FROM THE ARTICLE: There are few divides in the United States greater than that between rural and urban places. Town and country represent not just the poles of the nation’s two political parties, but different economic realities that are transforming the 2016 presidential election. Cities are trending Democratic and are on an upward economic swing, with growing populations and rising property values. Rural areas are increasingly Republican, steadily shedding population for decades, and as commodity and energy prices drop, increasingly suffering economically. The political divide goes even deeper than simply between the two parties. In the GOP primary, rural areas voted reliably for Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, whose angrier style of politics many analysts argued were too harsh and off-putting to play well with a broader electorate. Urban and suburban Republicans were more likely to support candidates widely seen as more electable like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio or Ohio Gov. John Kasich. “The urban-rural split this year is larger than anything we’ve ever seen,” said Scott Reed, a political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce who has advised previous GOP campaigns. While plenty of cities still struggle with endemic poverty and joblessness, a report from the Washington-based Economic Innovation Group found that half of new business growth in the past four years has been concentrated in 20 populous counties.)


    — Rep. Rodney Davis is a Republican with an occasional twist – Chuck Raasch  (DIERSEN: Anti-Republicans glorify and praise those who vote against Republicans.)


— Donald Trump critics bash Hillary Clinton instead at Western Conservative Summit – Valerie Richardson


— Pat Buchanan: GOP Elites Not Attending Convention Because Trump’s ‘Insurrection’ Against Romney/Ryan Wing on Trade, Immigration, Foreign Policy Succeeded – Tony Lee
— Santorum: Trump Resonating Because He Rejected GOP Orthodoxy on Trade – TONY LEE


— Kristol: ‘Last Chance’ for GOP to Back Effort to Unbind Delegates – Brian Freeman


— Majority of Unchurched Friends Are Willing to Listen About Faith, According to LifeWay Research Study  (DIERSEN: What do you say to churched people who demonize, who denigrate, and who condemn those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: LifeWay Research conducted a survey to find out how often “unchurched Americans” think about faith, the meaning of life, and what their general attitudes are concerning religion. The study was carried out on 2,000 unchurched Americans, and was sponsored by the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College. Those people were considered ‘unchurched’ who had not attended any religious service in the last six months except weddings or funerals, and for holidays. Of those interviewed, many said that they would listen if their friend talked about religion and that they think often about the meaning of life, but do not care much regarding what happens after death.)


— Gary Johnson Accuses Donald Trump Of Being A Racist – Juliegrace Brufke  (DIERSEN: Soon, if not already, if you support Trump, anti-Trumps will say that you are a racist and even worse things.  In America today, if someone says that you are a racist, sooner or later, a) if you have a job, you will be fired, b) if you are looking for a job, no one will hire you, c) you will be blamed for everyone’s problems, and d) you will be gotten rid of.  Constructively, in America today, if you say that someone is a racist, you are condemning that person to death.)


— Still Want to Get the News on Facebook? Read All About It – MIKE ISAAC  (DIERSEN: Of course, needless-to-say, if you want to get Illinois government/political news from a conservative/Republican point of view, you should read GOPUS ILLINOIS emails.)


— John McCain: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton don’t know enough to handle terrorism or Middle East crisis – Erin Durkin


— Pa. delegate to pack heat at Republican convention – Teresa Boeckel


— What Hillary Clinton might do in the first 100 days if elected president – Patrick Healy


— New citizens embrace American patriotism – TOM FONTAINE AND KARI ANDREN  (DIERSEN: Democrats shout at new citizens that the following have caused, are causing, and will forever cause all their problems: 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.)

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.