March 19 Morning Edition

— Diana Rauner: We’re moving to Italy if Bruce loses
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Gov. Bruce Rauner says he’ll fight for Illinoisans. But only if he wins re-election. If he loses, Rauner’s wife, Diana, says she and Bruce are out of here. “Bruce and I are moving to Italy,” a source says she flippantly told a group of “mostly Democrat” women from DuPage County last Thursday. The occasion was an event at the home of Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico and his wife, Julie Cole Chirico, chief fundraiser for embattled, but Rauner-financed House GOP Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs). Diana Rauner’s Italy remark was a response to a question she received about Illinois’ stunning rate of outmigration. An attendee noted that several of her neighbors had left the state, asking Diana Rauner what her husband planned to do to encourage people to stay. “She made a vague comment about stopping Madigan and then said that, if Bruce lost and they couldn’t stop Madigan, they were moving to Italy,” the source told DuPage Policy Journal. “It was awkward.” In addition to employing his wife, Durkin and his campaign chief, David Walsh, are a longtime backers of Mayor Chirico, a moderate Republican who supports Rauner but actively opposed President Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. The Rauners have traveled to Italy on official business during his administration. In Nov. 2016, Gov. Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel traveled to Rome along with State Sen. John Cullerton (D-Chicago) Chicago Ald. Ed Burke (D-14th), former social secretary to President Barack Obama, Desiree Rogers and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) to see then-Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich be elevated to cardinal. At a co-press conference with Emanuel in Vatican City, Rauner said “this time reminds us that the good lord did not make us Republicans or Democrats.” Seven months later, Rauner would break his promise to Cardinal Cupich that he would not sign a bill that would force Illinois taxpayers to pay for abortions.)


— Candidates in Final Push Ahead of Illinois Primary Undecideds could determine Democrat outcome – Carol Marin and Don Moseley
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Rauner spent his Sunday campaigning downstate. Meantime his challenger, state senator Jeanne Ives, criticized the $75-million dollar Rauner campaign. “He thinks he can use his money to spread lies about me,” she said, “to put him back into office and that’s pathetic.”)


— Trump a power player in Illinois 2018 primary – Lynn Sweet
(FROM THE ARTICLE: President Donald Trump is a big player in Tuesday’s Illinois primary with Trump-fueled voting expected to boost 2018 turnout compared to 2010 and 2012, the most recent nonpresidential years. Who does that help the most? On the GOP side, it’s pro-Trump governor candidate Jeanne Ives, taking on Gov. Bruce Rauner, who has been running from Trump. As for Democrats, the Trump factor benefits most the contenders who are able to seize the support of angry, newly energized voters. In the bigger primary races, that would include governor hopeful state Sen. Daniel Biss; House contender Marie Newman and Cook County Assessor challenger Fritz Kaegi. Here’s what I’ve learned about the Illinois Trump factors based on interviews with strategists, and my analysis of TV ads, direct mail and other political communications: Democrats furious over Trump’s 2016 victory, who usually don’t vote in nonpresidential years, are in this time. Those voters — younger, people of color and women — are likely more progressive, strategists tell me. Far fewer Republicans vote in Illinois primaries, so a candidate with a committed, animated base — that would be Ives — has an advantage. Rauner is wobbly on Trump. He’s loath to associate with Trump for fear of alienating Democratic and crossover GOP voters he will need in November. That is, should he be renominated since pro-Trump Ives, a state representative from Wheaton, has mustered a strong challenge from the right. The Democratic Governor’s Association is trying to throw the primary to Ives because she will be easier to beat in November. The DGA is running an ad praising her for being in “lockstep” with Trump — a pitch, wicked as it is from Democrats, to appeal to Trump primary voters turned off by Rauner.)


— The real job description to work for Trump: Blind loyalty – Dahleen Glanton (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout. Each and every one of them demands blind loyalty, and if you do not give them blind loyalty, they have their operatives and their dupes destroy you. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes.)
— Thousands of Chicago, Cook County voters cast early ballots in governor primary
— Competitive primaries expected in Lake County races – Emily K. Coleman (DIERSEN: Are you a Republican Precinct Committeeman? The more that you do to defend and advance the traditional family, right to life, immigration, Second Amendment, and the rest of the planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform and the more that you do to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance the aforesaid planks, the more likely that Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs will succeed in getting someone to run against you.)
— Men, ask a woman to mentor you – Melissa Lamson (DIERSEN: I did that in early 1990. In my opinion, GAO failed/refused to promote into its Senior Executive Service a GS-15 Jewish woman a) who was my immediate supervisor during my last 4 years at GAO and b) who supervised my immediate supervisor the previous 4 years because she failed/refused to do more to waste my career and to get rid of me. Most, if not virtually all of my GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates DID NOT want to work for her, work with her, or supervise her because she was female, younger, Jewish, very intelligent, very demanding, and wealthy. She had an MBA from the University of Chicago and had passed the CPA examination on her first attempt. To turn her against me, my Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates stressed to her a) that I was conservative (she was liberal), b) that I was Republican (she was Democrat), c) that I was 100% German national origin (she was 100% Russian national origin), d) that I was baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran (she was Jewish), and e) that my ancestors had been in America since the 1840s (her ancestors were recent immigrants.)
— False rumors spread fast. So do some true ones. – Cass Sundtein (DIERSEN: Should sue I those who hint/imply/argue/shout that I use my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to spread false rumors? The aforesaid have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois. But that does not discourage me from suing them.)


— Election preview: Congressional primaries across the suburbs – Marie Wilson
— Tronc execs got raises, bonuses after Tribune cut staff – Robert Feder
— Weaponizing news to promote an agenda – Gregory Moffett, Glen Ellyn
— Effort underway in Kane County to save 1854 schoolhouse – AP (DIERSEN: Where did your parents attend grade school? My outstanding mother never attended high school. She attended grade school in a one room schoolhouse that was in walking distance of the farm where she spent her childhood in Grant Park along the Indiana border.)


— How changed are Chicago-area Democrats? – GREG HINZ (DIERSEN: From what I see having lived in the Chicago-area since 1948, Democrats here are ever-increasingly anti-Trump supporters, 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, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. Where have you lived and worked? I lived in Crete 1948-1972, in University Park 1972-1976, in Chicago 1976-1978, and in Wheaton since 1978. I worked in Chicago Heights 1964-1966 and 1970-1972, Flossmoor in 1966, Park Forest 1966-1969, DeKalb and Belvidere in 1970, Chicago in 1971 and 1973-1997, Harvey in 1972, and Joliet 1973 and 1974.)
— What’s making traffic worse in Chicago? Signs point to Uber, Lyft. – MARK GUARINO
— Here’s who’s been spending millions on Trump condos this year – DENNIS RODKIN


— Security of state voter rolls a concern as primaries begin – AP


— Negative ads drive away more voters than they attract – Chris Kaergard and Nick Vlahos


— Candidates for Illinois governor weigh in on gun control policies
— Illinois gubernatorial candidates differ on marijuana legalization


— Hundreds gather in downtown Decatur for Second Amendment rally – TONY REID


— Tea party group backs Marter (DIERSEN: Which groups do NOT back you? Groups that do NOT back me or my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails 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 and/or they are anti-Trump supporters, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, ant-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— Money And The Legal Weed Debate In Illinois – JACLYN DRISCOLL (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)

— Q&A with Ives: ‘Fringe’ Issues, Gun Control, And Why Everything Begins With Pensions – RYAN DENHAM


— Black families left in lurch after state abandons commission tasked with helping them, critics say – Sandra Guy


— Chicago Leads the Nation in Homes Underwater…Ives has a Life Preserver


— Hundreds of second amendment supporters hold rally – Erick Payne


— Rauner mailers predict “showdown” with Madigan, who will be sent “packing”
— The politics behind Rauner’s veto and the future of gun bills


— Hillary Clinton tries to explain her comments on Trump voters after backlash – Samuel Chamberlain (DIERSEN: What percent of the voters in your precinct continue to side with Hillary? For which candidates will they vote for in the March 20, 2018 primary?)


— Illegal immigrants made 1.3 million identity thefts and IRS isn’t sure if cases were prosecuted – Teri Webster


— Sens. Dick Durbin, Lindsey Graham Warn Trump Not to Fire Mueller – Susan Jones (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors in the federal government acted like no Republican politician had ever warned them to not take adverse actions against me. Consequently, a) my Democrat GAO superiors forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, gave me unfair performance expectations and appraisals, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, got rid of my mentor in 1987, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take an $19,203 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980; b) my Democrat IRS superiors did not promote me beyond GS-12, disallowed my education deductions in 1978, got rid of my mentor in 1975, and disallowed my partial day per diem claims in 1974; and c) my Democrat Post Office superiors forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests in 1969 and 1968.)


— Hillary Clinton’s India Trip Cost Taxpayers More than $22k Gov’t spends thousands for security on Clinton’s accident-prone trip through India – Brent Scher


— Democratic Showdown in Illinois’ 3rd District Lipinski-Newman primary is flashpoint in party’s identity struggles – Simone Pathé


— Democrat leaders pull back from hard-line immigration demand – MIKE LILLIS (DIERSEN: Not in Illinois. In Illinois, Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs continue to viciously destroy those like me who support the immigration plank in the Illinois Republican Party platform.)


— The biggest Republican megadonor you’ve never heard of Richard Uihlein is spending tens of millions to reshape the GOP, including almost single-handedly funding Bruce Rauner’s primary challenger in Illinois. – MAGGIE SEVERNS (DIERSEN: What does Uihlein think of you and what does he think of what you do? Whose advice does Uihlein take concerning people like you and me? Does Uihlein read GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails? Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes hint/imply/argue/shout at Uihlein that me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails have caused all the defeats that Republicans have suffered in Illinois since 2000.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Democrats and many Republicans in Illinois were horrified by the ad: a 60-second spot released by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s GOP primary challenger, Jeanne Ives, featuring a parade of politically incorrect takes on thorny cultural issues. A deep-voiced man portraying a transgender woman tells Rauner, “Thank you for signing legislation that lets me use the girls bathroom.” Then a young woman thanks Rauner for “making all Illinois families pay for my abortions.” But equally shocking to the content was the person who had made the ad possible: Richard Uihlein, a little-known Republican donor who had until recently been one of Rauner’s biggest supporters. After a fallout out with the governor over abortion policy, Uihlien gave $2.5 million to Ives in a single week this past January — essentially bankrolling her campaign to defeat Rauner in a Republican primary on Tuesday.)


— Democrats hold double-digit lead for 2018 midterm elections A new NBC News/WSJ poll also shows President Trump’s approval ratings edging up – Mark Murray


— How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions – Matthew Rosenberg, Nicholas Confessore and Carole Cadwalladr (DIERSEN: Facebook is a Democrat website. What does Facebook know about you? Facebook knows that I am the GOPUSA Illinois Editor and a Republican Precinct Committeeman, Trump supporter, Protestant (baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran), conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, old (born in 1948), non-poor, gun owner, 100% German American, draft avoider, my ancestors have been in America since 1844, federal retiree, former union member, American-nameplate car owner, married, childless, pet-less, etc.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Facebook’s Role in Data Misuse Sets Off Storms on Two Continents – Matthew Rosenberg and Sheera Frenkel
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says that Trump “has damaged the American brand.” I should write an article about activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who state that they are conservative and/or Republican but a) who have damaged the Republican brand and/or b) who have damaged the conservative brand.
— FRONT PAGE: Sons of Rich Black Families Fare No Better Than Sons of Working-Class Whites – EMILY BADGER, CLAIRE CAIN MILLER, ADAM PEARCE and KEVIN QUEALY


— BEYOND DISGUSTING, BEYOND TRAGIC: Illinois Gubernatorial Candidates on Board for Legal Marijuana Democrats across the country see painless way to avoid raising taxes; no longer a political third rail – Douglas Belkin and Shibani Mahtani (DIERSEN: Who leads the fight against pot in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, in Illinois, in America, and in the world? Those individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that promote pot focus on destroying me. I should write a book about the aforesaid pot pushers.)
— FRONT PAGE: The Next Housing Crisis: A Historic Shortage of New Homes Fewer new houses are being built in America than at almost any time before; ‘It’s a good time to be here in Grand Rapids, if you can get a house’ – Laura Kusisto (DIERSEN: Government should encourage marriage and homeownership. Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)


— Facebook backlash: Failure to disclose political firm’s profile access draws scrutiny – Nathan Bomey


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps want the Republican Party to dump all individuals, all organizations, all companies, all governments, and all countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.


— Trump Made White House Staff Sign Non Disclosure Agreements in Futile Effort to Stop Leaks – Margaret Hartmann (DIERSEN: When you work for the federal government, you work for the federal government, NOT for your superiors or for your supervisors, and especially if those superiors and supervisors focus on getting rid of federal employees because they are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: It’s well-known that nearly everyone in Donald Trump’s orbit has to sign a nondisclosure agreement, from business associates, to campaign employees, to women he may or may not have had an affair with. Therefore it is simultaneously galling and non-at-all surprising that Trump may have pressured senior White House staffers into signing NDAs, though they are members of the federal government, not his personal employees. Trump actually told the Washington Post in April 2016 that he intended to use NDAs in the White House, saying “when people are chosen by a man to go into government at high levels and then they leave government and they write a book about a man and say a lot of things that were really guarded and personal, I don’t like that.” He allowed that “there could be some kind of a law that you can’t do this,” and experts say he was on to something: ACLU: Public employees can’t be gagged by private agreements. These so-called NDAs are unconstitutional and unenforceable.)

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.