March 12 Evening Edition

— Jeanne Ives takes last punches against Gov. Rauner ahead of primary election – Craig Wall
— Erika Harold speaks out about controversial gay foster parenting comment – Craig Wall


— Chicago Leaders Call on Rauner to Sign Gun Dealer Licensing Act – Sandra Torres and Kye Martin


— Emanuel: Rauner ‘Can Run, But He Cannot Hide’ On Gun Dealer Licensing “This is not a time for hemming and hawing. It’s not a time to sleep on it. This has been in the works for 15 years. Yes or no? Licensing gun shops or not?” the mayor said.
— Will Rauner Move Forward With Gun Legislation? CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley takes a look at pending gun legislation, and the Governor’s response.


— Rauner faces Republican challenger Ives in primary – TAHMAN BRADLEY


— Emanuel pressures Rauner to sign gun dealer licensing bill – Bill Cameron


— Rauner wants to ban bump stocks, doesn’t commit on gun retailer licensing – Kim Geiger, John Byrne
— Newman trying to turn progressive energy into votes against the Lipinski brand – John Byrne and Katherine Skiba
— Stormy Daniels offers to pay Trump $130,000 to end secret agreement that bought her silence – Beth Reinhard


— Rauner repeatedly dodges questions on signing gun control bill – Mitch Dudek and Fran Spielman
— Cook County Board 11th District Republican candidate: Carl Segvich
— Family becomes fodder in Dem gov race as Kennedy questions Pritzker’s upbringing – Tina Sfondeles
— It’s time to draw the line on gerrymandered political districts in Illinois – Madeleine Doubek


— Parents of special needs U-46 graduates organizing own prom – Madhu Krishnamurthy


— Gov. Rauner mum on gun-control measures – GREG HINZ
— State Street retailers bet armed guards will make a safer strip. But there are risks. – STEVE DANIELS
— Berrios dumped by much of Democratic machine – GREG HINZ


— McHenry County Board candidate downplays political scrutiny as ‘fiction’ Grand jury testimony against Orville Brettman says otherwise – ED KOMENDA


— Illinois Lottery to Help Find Cure for Multiple Sclerosis (DIERSEN: Are you a warrior, and if so, for what, and for how long? I became a warrior against reverse discrimination in 1971 when I was 22 years old when Oldsmobile withdrew a job offer that I had accepted saying that Oldsmobile had just agreed to stop hiring Whites to settle an EEOC complaint. In 1988, when I was 40 years old, I became an active member of a class action lawsuit that charged my employer GAO with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation. In 1998, my attorney Walter T. Charlton filed Diersen v. GAO in Washington, DC SEE: In 1998, I became a director and the treasurer for Adversity.Net SEE:
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “I became an MS warrior in 2007,” said Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, who suffers from MS. “With the help of my neurologist and my family, I have been fortunate not to let MS define me.”)


— Trump not retreating on gun control: White House


— New Trier GOP disses Gov. Rauner, issues “no endorsement”






— Chapter Seven: Arrogance


— IL Rising An Inside Look At Diana Rauner’s Political Influence


— Rauner expresses support for Erika Harold, but dodges most questions
— Today’s dodge word: “Comprehensive”
— Trover looks back and warns: A big lead can evaporate quickly
— The Circular Firing Squad sometimes encircles itself
— Rauner mailer says he’s “tall enough to stand up to Madigan”
— Kennedy’s “Florida tax” idea
— Kennedy again goes after Pritzker’s family upbringing


— TRUMP CHANGES MIND ABOUT RAISING AGE LIMIT ON GUNS Pushes forward with arming teachers, improve background checks (DIERSEN: Of those who commit gun violence, what are their most common demographics in terms of age, race, gender, national origin, income, net worth, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, religion, education, citizenship, military status, length of time they have been in America, length of time their ancestors have been in America, etc.?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: President Trump is pushing forward with a plan to arm teachers and improve background checks for gun purchases, but has retreated from his promise to raise the age limit to buy certain kinds of weapons, a move many see as caving to the National Rifle Assn. Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday that there is “not much political support (to put it mildly)” for raising the age limit from 18 to 21 to purchase powerful rifles like the one used to kill 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., last month.)


— Illinois Bill Requires Lawful Gun Owners To Transfer, Turn In Firearms – Tom Knighton (DIERSEN: Anyone who supports this is not a Republican.)


— Obama Gatekeeper Valerie Jarrett: Louis Farrahkan and the Koch Brothers Are the Same Thing – Katie Pavlich (DIERSEN: It would be interesting to learn who my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes equate me with.)


— City of Baltimore to spend taxpayer money on lawyers for illegal immigrants – Mike Ciandella (DIERSEN: Anyone who supports this is not a Republican. Foreign countries are responsible for their citizens.)


— Rally: Media bashing Trump upsets establishment sycophants (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who say that they are conservative and/or Republican, but a) who glorify and praise, pander to, serve as operatives or dupes for, and/or give money to Rich Miller and the rest of the Democrat news media and b) who demonize, denigrate, and condemn me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
— Suspect in deadly crash bonds out of jail as sheriff’s dept. refuses to honor ICE detainer
— California Has Become a Disgraceful State


— Howard Dean: Trump’s Cabinet full of ‘incompetent doofuses’ – BRETT SAMUELS (DIERSEN: What if Trump offered Dean a job?)
— Proposed U.S. Journalist Protection Act has more drawbacks than benefits – ALEXANDRA ELLERBECK (DIERSEN: I should write a book about activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. a) who hint/imply/argue/shout that I am NOT a journalist when it serves their purposes and b) who hint/imply/argue/shout that I AM a journalist when it serves their purposes. When they hint/imply/argue/shout that I am NOT a journalist, they stress that I do not have a degree in journalism, that I am not employed by the Democrat news media in Illinois, that no one pays me for what I do as your GOPUSA Illinois Editor, that neither GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails nor contain any advertising, that no one pays to receive GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, and that no one pays to visit In my defense, I worked for GAO as an Analyst for almost 18 years, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $96,403-$125,325, and much of what GAO Analysts do is very similar to what journalists do. Further, I have served as the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000, and what GOPUSA state editors do, is what journalists do.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The bill has bigger drawbacks. Any law to protect journalists as a special class needs to define who is a journalist, and this leaves an opening for the government to start making judgement calls about who is not a journalist. While the definition adopted in the bill is fairly broad, and would encompass freelancers and all kinds of media, there are still concerns about defining who is and who is not a reporter. This is especially true because 31 of the 44 attacks documented on the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker occurred during protests. As more livestreamers and citizen journalists show up at protests, it can be tricky, even for press freedom groups, to determine who to count as a journalist. The government is often far more conservative. In December, federal prosecutors tried photojournalist and livestreamer Alexei Wood on chargers of riot, conspiracy, and destruction of property. Even though Wood’s video footage from the day shows that he took no part in any vandalism, the prosecution tried to make the entire case about whether he was a journalist or not. The definitional issue exists with other legislation to protect reporters. A shield bill, for instance, would also require the government to define journalists. This was one of the major areas of debate in 2013 when there was serious energy to put in place a bill protecting journalists from federal subpoenas that would require them to divulge their sources. In the end legislation is always about weighing the costs versus the benefits. In the context of an attorney general who claims to have 27 open leak investigations and wants to make it easier to subpoena reporters, a shield law would at least have immediate concrete benefits to weigh against potential drawbacks. The Journalist Protection Act is an effort in the right direction, and there is an argument that it could serve as a useful global model. The diagnosis of increased hostility bleeding into physical threats is spot on, given what we’ve seen in the data. However, Swalwell’s proposed legislation would not offer journalists any material benefit, even as it would allow the federal government to define who is and who is not a journalist. In the current climate, that may not be a worthwhile tradeoff.)


— The Trump Administration’s Campaign to Weaken Civil Service Ramps Up at the VA Firings surged at the Veterans Affairs Department last year in the wake of a new law. Now the president wants to replicate that legislation across the federal government. – Isaac Arnsdorf (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always promoted patronage. Because I have always been a Republican, were it not for federal civil service protections, a) the Post Office would NOT have hired me in 1966 or let me work there for almost 3 years, b) IRS would NOT have hired me in 1971 or let me work there for almost 9 years, c) IRS would NOT have promoted me in 1972, 1973, or 1974, d) GAO would NOT have hired me in 1980 or let me work there for almost 18 years, and e) GAO would NOT have promoted me in 1986.)


— Trump’s VA Is Purging Civil Servants A bipartisan law was supposed to make it easier to fire bad actors at the Department of Veterans Affairs. But it’s targeting the wrong people. – ISAAC ARNSDORF (DIERSEN: I should write a book about GAO’s success during the 1980s and 1990s in purging its non-veteran White male employees who did not make GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40.)

— Pundit Mona Charen blew up CPAC. Even she was stunned by the vitriol that ensued. – Manuel Roig-Franzia


— House Democratic Leaders Rally to Defend Their Illinois Heretic – Ed Kilgore


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot pushers push pot.

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.