March 13 Morning Edition

— ‘Political Hit Job’: Rauner Responds to Harold Gay Adoption Controversy – Mary Ann Ahern (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, to be a Democrat is a) to promote LGBTQ activity and b) to destroy those who do not promote LGBTQ activity.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The recent controversy over what Erika Harold said while a contestant for the Miss Illinois pageant 18 years ago is a political hit job, Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday. He said he still supports her candidacy for attorney general, but how do Rauner and his opponent Jeanne Ives stand on the issue of gay adoptions? “I’ve known Erika Harold for about five years,” Rauner said. “I have found her to be a person of great talent and integrity.” Harold has not released a public schedule since the NBC 5 report last week that when she competed in the pageant in 2000 and was asked if she had to choose to place a child in foster care with either a loving gay couple or a heterosexual couple who were known child abusers. Sources in the room that days said she selected the child abusers. “It’s a preposterous question and I know many loving, excellent parents who are gay couples–and that would be a good option,” Rauner said. Jeanie Ives responded to the question as well. “Nobody ever places any child in an abusive situation–period,” she said. The four sources with knowledge of the pageant, including a contestant who watched the videotaped interview, confirmed Harold’s response. Other officials have taken offense to the comment. “I know there are anti-gay people out there,” Democrat state Rep. Greg Harri said. “But the disturbing thing to me is that she would want a child to go into a family of abusers.” As for the state of the GOP race, while Rauner leads in the polls, Ives, who is fighting ads that link her to House Speaker Mike Madigan, believes she could score an upset. “We know the most motivated voters are the ones that are showing up at the poll,” she said. “And when that comes up–I’ll tell you what–that is real victory on March 20 for us.”)


— Sessions points to background check requirements – AP


— Ives to have WTTW to herself tonight
(FROM THE ARTICLE: With a week to go before the primary election, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s primary opponent state Rep. Jeanne Ives is scheduled to get as much as 30 minutes on TV this evening. WTTW-Ch. 11’s “Chicago Tonight” has a forum for the GOP governor candidates scheduled for 7 p.m. A Rauner campaign spokesman confirms the governor isn’t attending, and a spokeswoman for the station says Ives will be interviewed alone if he doesn’t show. That likely leaves the January Rauner vs. Ives matchup before the Tribune Editorial Board as their only joint appearance of the campaign, when she voiced the frustrations of conservative Republicans disappointed in Rauner on abortion and taxes.)
— Protests over border wall await Trump for his first visit to California as president – AP
— J.B. Pritzker profile: Gold Coast billionaire bets big on governor’s race – Rick Pearson
— Sen. Daniel Biss runs in progressive lane while trying to outpace voting record – Monique Garcia and Kim Geiger
— Biss plots overthrow of Madigan Democratic Party control – Rick Pearson (DIERSEN: If you asked your Republican Precinct Committeeman/Captain the following questions, would they know the answer: a) Who represents our congressional district on the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Central Committee (SCC), b) is he/she seeking another term, and c) who has declared their candidacy for the IRP SCC position?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Democratic governor candidate Daniel Biss is exploring ways to help insurgent candidates for the state party’s leadership committee and challenge House Speaker Michael Madigan’s chairmanship. A Biss aide said the state senator from Evanston has talked with campaign attorneys about what fundraising mechanism could be used to assist challengers to about a dozen members the Democratic State Central Committee. The 36-member panel elects the party chairman. It’s made up of one man and one woman from each of Illinois’ 18 congressional districts, and the seats are on the primary ballot. There were no details yet on whether any arrangement had been made. Madigan has been actively backing current committee members seeking re-election. Such a move would be a furtherance of Biss’ effort to support progressive causes in his bid to gain support for governor from the more liberal wing of the Democratic Party. On Tuesday, he is expected to add endorsements from Indivisible groups in the Lakeview neighborhood and Oak Park. The Indivisible groups were formed in the wake of President Donald Trump’s election. Over the weekend, rival candidate Chris Kennedy said he believed the Democratic Party establishment should welcome such groups into the party fold but said they had been rebuffed. “It’s great to see Chris Kennedy wants progressive groups involved in the state party, especially since those progressive groups have overwhelmingly endorsed Daniel Biss for governor,” said Biss spokesman Tom Elliott.)
— An experiment in Democracy: Stroll to the Polls (DIERSEN: Who are the Republican Precinct Committeemen in these five Naperville precincts? What have they done to turn out the vote? Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes will watch very closely a) how many of the 504 registered voters in my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 in Wheaton vote, b) how many of the registered Republican voters cast Republican primary ballots, c) how many of the registered Independent voters cast Republican primary ballots, c) how many of the registered Democrat voters cast Republican primary ballots, and d) how many votes that Rauner/Sanguinetti, Ives/Morthland, Harold, Grasso, Minor, Grant, Byrne, Mendrick, Bibbiano, McGowen, Almiron, Eckhoff, Zaruba, Tatro, Chinchilla, and Diersen get. Of course, as soon as my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes get the vote totals, they will hint/imply/argue/shout at the primary winners and at the primary losers that they got fewer votes because of me and because of my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: n a chilly Sunday afternoon, 69 American Government students from Metea Valley High School and Waubonsie Valley High School turned out to join with the League of Women Voters Naperville to encourage voters to participate in the March 20 primary elections. Five Naperville precincts were identified as having some of the lowest voter turnout in terms of the number of registered voters, so students went door to door in those precincts to encourage people to vote. Students returned with feedback from residents, some of it positive, and some of it negative. Some of the negative comments included, “Voting is too much effort,” “All politicians are liars.” Positive feedback included, “Voting is a way to have an impact on society,” and “I vote because I want to see good things happen in my country.” One resident told students, “I like it when you’re not selling anything,” to which the students replied, “We’re only selling Democracy.” After the March 20 election, students and their teachers will review voter turnout numbers to see if they were able to positively affect voter turnout in the precincts they visited.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE: Democrats crow about their success in a) using high school students as cannon fodder and b) using high school students as Democrat Party operatives and as Democrat Party dupes.


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Why DuPage Democrats may ask some county board nominees to drop out of race – Robert Sanchez and Bob Smith
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Elizabeth Chaplin, the only Democrat on the county board, said candidates have been aware of the strategy since last summer. While she didn’t sign the pledge, Chaplin said she likely will step aside if she’s not the top vote-getter among the three Democrats seeking her party’s nod for two District 2 seats. The challenge, she said, is that Republicans normally pull about 20,000 ballots in DuPage primaries while Democrats pull only 5,000. If those numbers hold this year — and there are indications they might based on the number of campaign signs and the number of DuPage politicians who marched in recent parades — the Democrats’ chances of winning any board seat will drop dramatically unless they focus their efforts on a smaller number of races. “We can have more candidates on the ballot and lose or fewer candidates on the ballot and have a better chance of winning,” Chaplin said. While the plan was known in Democratic circles, it didn’t gain much public attention until John Basco, one of three Democrats seeking two seats in District 3, posted it on social media. Basco said he originally agreed to step down if he finished second in the primary, but has since changed his mind.)
— Kenosha woman accused of striking, injuring Lake County judge on Metra train – Lee Filas
— 9th District Republicans differ on gun reform, concealed weapons – Chacour Koop
— District 300 superintendent’s email to parents about school walkout


— Rauner Signals He’ll Wait On Gun-Licensing Bill – CRAIG DELLIMORE


— New Initiative Aims to Reduce Alcohol Use in Chicago Teens – Kristen Thometz


— What if Downstate dumped Chicago and formed new state? – Phil Luciano
— 10 years later, statewide smoking ban is part of everyday life – Maximilian Kwiatkowski (DIERSEN: I have never been a smoker. Virtually all my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates who worked the hardest against me were big time smokers.)


— Democrats strong in local early voting – Derek Beigh (DIERSEN: In your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois, of those who have voted so far, what percent are a) Republicans who cast Republican ballots, b) Independents who cast Republican ballots, c) Democrats who cast Republican ballots, d) Republicans who cast Democrat ballots, e) Independents who cast Democrats ballots, and f) Democrats who cast Democrat ballots?)


— Davis introduces bill to require ID for opioid pickup at pharmacies – RYAN VOYLES


— If your kid is headed to college, the deadlines are approaching for these scholarships – LEXI CORTES (DIERSEN: In retrospect, with benefit of hindsight, what would your undergraduate major have been? For me, it would have been accounting. I did not major in accounting because I thought I could never pass the CPA examination. However, almost 9 years after I graduated with a degree in management, I passed the CPA examination on my first attempt. I credit my having taken the Becker CPA review course, my taking graduate accounting courses at DePaul, my taking graduate business courses at Loyola, and my having worked for IRS for almost 8 years.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Illinois CPA Society scholarships The Illinois CPA Society, a professional association for certified public accountants, is offering a variety of scholarships. It encourages college students to apply if they plan to pursue the CPA licensure. The available scholarships include: Accounting tuition and textbook scholarships: Multiple tuition scholarships of up to $4,000 each and multiple textbook scholarships of up to $500 each are available. Applicants must be enrolled as a senior or graduate student. Herman J. Neal Accounting Scholarships: Multiple scholarships of up to $4,000 each are available to black students enrolled as a junior, senior or graduate student. Jovencio P. and Violeta R. Mangahas Accounting Scholarships: Multiple scholarships of up to $4,000 each are available to students enrolled as a senior or graduate student. Women’s Executive Committee Advancing Women in Accounting Scholarships: Multiple scholarships of up to $4,000 each are available to women enrolled as a senior or graduate student. All of the scholarships use the same online application, and students can apply for more than one.)


— Republican for attorney general in Illinois: Erika Harold – Editorial


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats promote Democrat 6th Congressional District Candidates


— Fox Host Tucker Carlson calls Rauner a “Fake Republican Governor.”
— IL Rising: Jeanne Ives Leads On Cleaning Up Springfield
— Sex, lies, and Bruce Rauner – W.J. Kennedy


— BEYOND DISGUSTING, BEYOND TRAGIC: Bill on medical marijuana use in schools moves to House floor – Angela Underwood
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “I remember how this went down the first time when we approved using marijuana products for epilepsy and I was in favor of it, and then the sponsor who is here today immediately changed all the rules in a floor amendment that didn’t go back to committee,” Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) said, adding Lang was doing the same thing again. “Now we know what the intent is, and the intent is to eventually have school personnel be the ones who are administering this drug.” She called the bill a a “slippery slope,” though it was narrowly tailored to a child sitting before her at the witness panel with her parents. “We started with a four-year pilot program for medical marijuana, and we have made changes every single year since,” Ives said. “Now the concern quite frankly is that before you know it, it’s an edible not an oil, there are all sorts of other conditions and not just epilepsy and then it is administered by school nurses or other personnel.” Ives made it clear to the family that she will support the bill for them, but she “will be watching,” Lang for future changes in the bill that he may try to slip in. . .Prefacing his comments with the fact that he comes from the old school, Rep. John Cavaletto (R-Salem) remembers when marijuana had only a negative connotation before it was considered to be medically healing, however he still sees it as a problem. “I visited Colorado not too long ago and happened to be there for about five days and did walk from one restaurant back to my hotel every evening with my wife and I witnessed these people on the sidewalks, in the corner and on the grassy knolls are drugged out,” Cavaletto said. “That’s the side of marijuana I see.” He said he cannot seem to put it in his mind that of all the drugs now produced, medical marijuana is the only one that can control epileptic seizures for children, but his thoughts are countered by the parents that sat before him, making him reconsider the notion.)
— House panel backs bill making physicals for substitute teachers optional – Angela Underwood (DIERSEN: Democrats run the schools. Of course, if physicals are made optional, those Democrats will waive the requirement for Democrat applicants and impose the requirement on Republican applicants. Overwhelmingly, my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government who had serious health problems were Democrats.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) brought up the irony of having unfit substitute teacher supervising a gym class. “Nobody says you have to hire them,” Sherer said. Sherer said the bill was about giving more rights back to local control. “I agree with that too; however you have issues here because once you leave it open to interpretation by the school district then you are absolutely opening it up for discrimination, because they forced someone to get a physical or they declined them because they felt like they were not physically fit enough for the position,” Ives said. “Then you put them (school districts) in a conundrum, you see.” Next comes workers’ compensation problems, Ive said, noting if a substitute gets injured doing an exercise they are not up for, the school district could become liable; however, Scherer said it is “about local control and it is as simple as that.” After Ives voted no and left the meeting, Rep. Robert Pritchard (R-Hinckley) sought clarification on the bill, asking if Sherer was looking to temporarily waive the licensing in an effort to get needed teachers sooner and was told no; he then asked if the “teachers association and management alliance” approved the bill. “There are no opponents,” Sherer said. Rep. David Olsen (R-Downers Grove) said he was confused. “Maybe I am the only confused one whether it is evidence of physical fitness or a physical where I go to my doctor and I get a physical,” Olsen said. Sherer said it is not about how many sit-ups a substitute can perform or times they can run around the block, it is a money issue, alleviating the ancillary educator from coming up with even more funds than necessary to be certified. “I respect the concerns Rep. Ives had about workers’ comp and such, but you are correct we do have a teacher shortage and I think we need to take some steps to address that shortage,” Olsen said. Rep. John Cavaletto (R-Salem) shared Ives’ apprehension. “I really don’t like that,” Cavaletto, adding though he understands the shortage, that should not be a reason to exclude some substitutes from mandates teachers themselves are required to follow. He then asked about the cost of a physical, which Sherer said could cost up to $400, but physical or not a substitute would have to be free of communicable disease. “How many of those are there I wonder,” Cavaletto said. Though he was not thrilled with the bill, Cavaletto said he would support the bill due to the teacher shortage. The panel approved HB4706 and the bill moved to the House floor.)


— “If we give them what they want, are there folks who can be helpful with positive statements, endorsements, etc.?” – KIRK ALLEN


— Rauner tip toeing around gun bill to placate his, um, liberal Democrat friends


— Combined hospital bed and outpatient tax increased by $140 million annually under new assessment program – Greg Bishop


— Bill would force Rauner to disclose new cases of Legionnaire’s (DIERSEN: What about a bill that would force the Democrats who run the federal government to disclose adverse actions that they take to get rid of their employees who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran 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?)


— Republicans Were Warned About Rauner. But in 2014, They Just Wanted to Win. – John Biver


— School CEO Rationalizes Violation of School Policy to Defend Disruptive Anti-Gun Protest – Laurie Higgins


— Hillary: Trump’s ‘Looking Backwards’ Reality TV Style Worked in Less Sophisticated, Less Diverse Red States – PAM KEY (DIERSEN: Clinton won in precincts, in municipalities, in township/wards, in counties, and in states in which the majority of voters are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— GOP AG candidate under fire for reported 20-year-old comments about gay couples adopting children – Sarah Taylor


— NEWEST FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PORN SCANDAL EMERGES SEC managers take 5 months to put the brakes on X-rated sites at work -BOB UNRUH (DIERSEN: I worked for GAO on audits of SEC 1990-1997 while I was at the GS-13 Step 3-10 levels, currently $102,830-$125,325.)


— Hillary Clinton: I won the places that are ‘dynamic, moving forward,’ while Trump’s campaign ‘was looking backwards’ – David Choi (DIERSEN: Clinton won in precincts, in municipalities, in township/wards, in counties, and in states in which the majority of voters are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— Over a Third of Democrats Would Repeal Second Amendment – MAIREAD MCARDLE


— Sessions pushes prosecutions for those who lie on gun background checks – JULIA MANCHESTER
— Scaramucci: Trump’s war on the media ‘not good for America’ – MALLORY SHELBOURNE (DIERSEN: I should write a book about the war on Diersen and his GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)


— How Young Is Too Young for Protest? A National Gun-Violence Walkout Tests Schools – Stephanie Saul and Anemona Hartocollis (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats use children as cannon fodder.)


— Wave Of Firings At VA Targets Working Staff, Not Top Officials – Isaac Arnsdorf (DIERSEN: If there are budget cuts or any other kind of problem in a federal agency, that agency will get rid of its non-veteran White male employees who had not made 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.)


— Trump ousts Tillerson, will replace him as secretary of state with CIA chief Pompeo – Ashley Parker and Philip Rucker


— America still divided by racism into two separate, unequal societies Not enough progress toward ‘jobs and freedom’ has been made since Kerner Report of 1968 (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, since the Civil War, Democrats blame Republicans for all the problems that Blacks have had, are having, and will have.)

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.