July 9 Evening Edition

— Border Wall will Help People on Both Sides — Trump is Right

— Every town should ban pot in public places Legislators thought video gambling would be limited only to bars, restaurants and veteran organizations. But video gambling machines are everywhere. – Anita Bedell, Executive Director, Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems
(FROM THE LETTER: Illinois’ new marijuana law includes an exemption to the Smoke-Free Illinois Act ban on indoor smoking, and lets cities decide whether to allow on-site marijuana use at bars, restaurants, and cannabis smoking lounges, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Rep. Kelly Cassidy and her colleagues decided that social consumption of marijuana would be allowed, but not licensed by the state, leaving that up to local officials, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Public health and safety are concerns with on-site consumption. Legislators thought video gambling would be limited only to bars, restaurants and veteran organizations. However, video gambling machines are everywhere, except in the 125 municipalities and counties where they are banned. We could see a similar situation with marijuana unless local officials pass ordinances to ban recreational marijuana dispensaries, processing, transporting, cultivation facilities and on-site consumption of marijuana in municipalities and counties. Living near marijuana dispensaries makes youth more likely to use marijuana, according to a study by the Rand Corp. Youth who use marijuana are more likely to experience negative consequences, such as increased risk of mental and physical health problems, according to the researchers. Contact your mayor, city council and county board to ask for a ban on recreational marijuana businesses and on-site consumption. Act now to protect your family and community before it is too late.)
— Pritzker administration yanks band from Downstate fair over Confederate flag logo The flare-up in DuQuoin, about 320 miles south of Chicago, rekindles a centuries-old rift in Illinois, whose southern tip reaches far into the confines of the old Confederacy. – AP
— Gay and proud: Megan Rapinoe is the current face of athletic excellence And this is what she said as the tournament began: “You can’t win a championship without gays on your team — it’s never been done before, ever.” – Rick Telander 

— Freshman Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood gets another GOP challenger – RICK PEARSON

— McConnell equates his ancestors’ slave ownership to Obama’s – AP
— McMahon going into private law practice, has no plans to run for public office – Harry Hitzeman

— State Sen. Sue Rezin will run for Congress in 14th District – Derek Barichello

— Skillicorn Brings Inside Dopester Report to Libertarians
— Confederate Railroad Band Tossed Out of DuQuoin State Fair, But Snoop Dog Still Featured at Springfield’s State Fair
— 14th Congressional District Update
— JB Pritzker Admits He Stands “Short and Squatty for Illinois”
— Jack Franks’ Allies Use Jack Franks’ Citizen Participation Act Argument in Brettman, Schuster Suit Dismissal Motion
— Casten Brags of Having Raised $1.1 Million, Underwood Has Similar Amount
— Misinformation on Social Media Draws Criticism of Lauren Underwood
— Casten Called Out for Voting with His Party 98.8% of the Time
— Will McHenry County Democrats Dump Jefferson Day Dinner?
— Legislators Going to Get Back Pay Resulting from Not Being Allowed to Take COLAs?

— Still no A-List Republican to challenge Durbin (DIERSEN: On July 5, 2003, a mere 16 years ago, all five announced Republican U.S. Senate candidates: John Cox, Chirinjeev Kathuria, Andy McKenna, Jim Oberweis, and Jack Ryan) attended a picnic that I arranged in the Prairie Path Park in my precinct for voters in my precinct, in Jeanne Ive’s precinct to the east, and in Debra Olson’s precinct to the west. The 200 attendees included Randy Hultgren.)
— Rezin files paperwork to run for US House

— Ilhan Omar goes after the stoner vote (DIERSEN: The Republican Party platform opposes the sale of pot. None of the Republicans who represent DuPage County in Springfield voted for the sale of pot. In Illinois, you declare your political party affiliation with the type ballot that you cast in primary elections. If you promote the sale pot, you should cast a Libertarian Party ballot. Which politicians are going after the stoner vote in your neighborhood, in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, and in your county? I should write an article about those “Republican” politicians who are going after the stoner vote in my neighborhood, in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, and in DuPage County. They fail/refuse to call for a ban on the sale of pot in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, and in DuPage County.) 
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Ilhan Omar renewed her call for legalizing marijuana nationwide this week, framing federal action on the issue as a matter of economic equality. In an interview with BET, the freshman Minnesota Democrat said lawmakers should “not allow for the states to pick and choose” whether to legalize the substance. “What happens

[without full legalization]

is you will have a state where someone is publicly and professionally able to profit and the next state, someone could be sent to life for it,” Omar said. “We want to make sure that there is equality in our laws. I don’t think it is just for that kind of economy to exist within this policy.” The push to legalize marijuana has gained traction in recent years. Eleven states have adopted laws allowing marijuana for recreational purposes. Dozens more, including Minnesota, approve medicinal use in some cases. But possessing or selling the substance remains a federal offense. Omar is a cosponsor of legislation that would remove the drug from the federal list of controlled substances and expunge federal convictions for marijuana possession or use. The measure is backed by a number of Democratic presidential candidates, including Sens. Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. The proposal has so far failed to get a hearing in either chamber or attract support from Senate Republicans, whose votes would be needed to pass. A number of members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation, including fellow freshman Democrats Angie Craig and Dean Phillips, have previously expressed support for allowing states to legalize the substance. But Omar is the state’s only member pushing for lifting the prohibition on the federal level. Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a presidential candidate, backs legalization but says “states should have the right to determine the best approach to marijuana within their borders.” The debate over legalization, including the economic impact of current policies, will return to the spotlight in Washington on Wednesday, when a congressional subcommittee holds a hearing on “racial justice and the need for reform” of marijuana laws.)
— Democrats’ chances, and their issues, in the toilet

— The Democratic Party is now a religious cult – and Biden and Pelosi don’t pass the purity test – Tucker Carlson

— Majority of Hispanic voters approve of citizenship question on U.S. census – Jennifer Harper
— Bill would allow victims to sue sanctuary cities – Stephen Dinan

— NBC uses census records from 1800s to shame McConnell into supporting reparations – Ellie Bufkin (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government always treated me like I should pay lots of reparations because my ancestors owned many slaves. But they knew that my ancestors never owned slaves, that all my ancestors always lived in northeast Illinois, that they worked in a brick factory in Chicago, that they operated farms in Crete and Grant Park, and that they operated a hardware store in Crete.)

— The American Left’s Army of Dupes – Steve McCann
— The media are a major contributor to the huge crisis at the border – Jack Hellner

— America Isn’t the Church and Shouldn’t Act Like It The U.S. cannot dictate moral truth and refashion the world in her own image. – CASEY CHALK (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs want America and the rest of the world to promote dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, abolition of speech and gun rights, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, patronage, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and even worse things.) 

— Charles Hurt: Hatred of Trump Rooted in ‘Contempt’ for ‘Regular American People’ – ROBERT KRAYCHIK

— Democrats And Their Race-Based Agenda – DEREK HUNTER

— Snowflakes Come Out In Full Force To Boycott Home Depot For A Really Stupid Reason – Beth Baumann
— Ilhan Omar Swipes Pelosi: You’re Just Salty Because We Are The Ones Wielding The Power – Matt Vespa

— Radicalism and tyranny to define the next Democrat president – Jeffrey A. Rendall

— Tucker Carlson: Tlaib Wants Power Due To Skin Color, Imagine A White Candidate Saying Vote For Me Based On Race – Ian Schwartz

— MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WANT MASS DEPORTATION OF ILLEGALS If Congress fails to reach deal this week to close loopholes

— McConnell says he and Obama are both ‘descendants of slaveholders’ – JORDAIN CARNEY (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government always treated me like I should pay lots of reparations because my ancestors owned many slaves. But they knew that my ancestors never owned slaves, that all my ancestors always lived in northeast Illinois, that they worked in a brick factory in Chicago, that they operated farms in Crete and Grant Park, and that they operated a hardware store in Crete.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Baltimore Sun reported in 2007 that Obama’s great-great-great-great-grandfather owned two slaves in Kentucky and that Obama’s great-great-great-great-great-grandmother also owned two slaves.)
— Democrats are too far left to win Middle America – COREY R. LEWANDOWSKI

— Trump Can’t Block Critics From His Twitter Account, Appeals Court Rules The decision may have broader implications for how the First Amendment applies to officials’ accounts in the social-media era. – Charlie Savage
— Why Women Getting Abortions Now Are More Likely to Be Poor – Sabrina Tavernise

— Three decades ago, the bottom 90 percent of America held 40 percent of total net worth. Today, it holds 30. – Philip Bump (DIERSEN: What is the top reason why you have less wealth? For me, it is the success that my Democrat superiors in the federal government had in wasting my career and forcing me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes side with my Democrat superiors in the federal government. I should write a book about my Democrat superiors in the federal government, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes.) 

— Three Steps to Avoid the Retirement Blues – Brandon Christy (DIERSEN: Prior to September of 1997, my Democrat GAO superiors mislead me to believe that they were going to let me work until I was 55 in 2003 and eligible for regular retirement.) 

— A new Knight report examines trust in media, showing that many young adults use news media to make decisions on policies and voting (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents do not want anyone to use the content of GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to make any kind of decision on anything. 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.) 

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Duckworth encourages veterans to engage in LGBTQ activity.

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.