March 25 Evening Edition

— BGA’s Andy Shaw proposes election reforms
— Man wearing body armor with loaded gun arrested at Union Station – Chuck Goudie
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats blame Republicans for gun violence. Democrats crow about their success in getting people to serve as their operatives and as their dupes.


— Trump, first lady will be 1,000 miles apart when Stormy Daniels appears on ’60 Minutes’ – John Wagner and Josh Dawsey


— Can a guy with a Bronx accent become mayor of Chicago? – Neil Steinberg (DIERSEN: How long have you lived in your municipality? Most, if virtually all of my current critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes live in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, or in DuPage County. Few of them have lived or worked outside of DuPage County. They have always painted me as being a newcomer and an outsider. I lived in Crete 1948-1972, University Park 1972-1976, Chicago 1976-1978, and Wheaton since 1978. I worked in Chicago Heights 1964-1966 and 1970-1972, in Flossmoor in 1966, in Park Forest 1966-1969, in Chicago 1971 and 1973-1997, in Harvey 1972-1973, and in Joliet 1973-1974.)
— Rauner’s primary victory speech left a few things out – Walt Zlotow, Glen Ellyn


— “That’s the game”: Tax planners look for loopholes in new law – Jeff Stein (DIERSEN: What are loopholes? I should write a book about those who have demonized, denigrated, and condemned taxpayers like me who have itemized and who have a) deducted the mortgage interest that they paid, b) deducted the real estate tax that they paid, c) deducted the medical and dental expenses that they paid, d) deducted the state income tax that they paid, and e) deducted the job-related education expenses that they paid.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats blame Republicans for gun violence. Democrats crow about their success in getting people to serve as their operatives and as their dupes.


— Need help? Want to help? Here’s a roundup of area food pantries and upcoming events (DIERSEN: Soon, under the Democrats, everyone in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, in Illinois, in America, and in the world will be a) handing out charity and/or getting charity.)


— Panel breaks down Rauner win, fallout – Paul Cicchin
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Can the Illinois Republican Party unify behind Gov. Bruce Rauner in the months ahead in an effort to defeat J.B. Pritzker. The question remains after state Rep. Jeanne Ives says she will vote for Rauner in November, but will not endorse him. Ives says Rauner needs to spend $1 million on an ad apologizing for false ads he ran during the primary. Chris Kaergard, with the Peoria Journal Star, and Mike Bigger, an Illinois GOP state central committeeman, break down the fallout from the primary and what to expect in the months ahead.)
— Capitol bureau chief talks primary, general elections – Paul Cicchini
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The general election is 226 days away, meaning there’s plenty of time for the candidates for governor to spend money on attack ads and crisscross the state to deliver their message to voters. Each party may be dealing with a fractured base, but none more so than the Republican Party after a divisive primary between Gov. Bruce Rauner and state Rep. Jeanne Ives. Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Maxwell joined Central Illinois On the Record to discuss fallout from the primary and what’s ahead in the general election.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot promoters promote pot. If you promote pot, you promote destruction.


— Rauner Trails by Double-Digits In Illinois A new Ogden & Fry poll in Illinois finds Pritzker running way ahead of Rauner 46% to 28%. – Taegan Goddar (DIERSEN: Rauner supporters would blame the aforesaid on those who support the traditional family, right to life, and immigration planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform. Jim Ryan supporters continue to blame Pat O’Malley supporters for Ryan’s loss in 2002.)


— Day after U.S. student-led gun control marches, Pope Francis urges young people to ‘keep shouting’ – Teri Webster (DIERSEN: What percent of these young people shout that they want to get rid of those who 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 – 98%, 99%, 100%?)


— 2020 presidential hopeful John Kasich opened his Sunday appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” with a full-throated call for gun control. – CHRISTIAN DATOC (DIERSEN: While 211 voted for Hillary in my precinct in the 2016 general election, only 137 voted for Trump. While 93 voted for Kasich in my precinct in the 2016 Republican primary, only 21 voted for Trump. Members of the following groups want me to “listen” to the voters in my precinct rather than promote the Republican Party platform: 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.)


— Trump and the Degenerate GOP Spenders – BRANDON J. WEICHERT


— Michael Madigan, America’s most powerful political boss, faces his #MeToo moment – REID WILSON


— Democrats think Parkland-fueled activism can neutralize the NRA – ALEX ROARTY


— U.S. Army veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan has been deported to Mexico – Theresa Waldrop (DIERSEN: Government is nasty. Politics is nasty. If I sought a government office or a political office, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would use Miguel Perez against me big time. They would stress that I sought and obtained four student draft deferments 1966-1970 and a financial hardship draft deferment 1970-1971. Because Roskam endorsed me in 2000 when I first ran for Republican Precinct Committeeman and because I have always supported Roskam, they would get Duckworth to call me a draft avoider, a draft dodger, a patriotic hypocrite, a coward, and even worse things.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Perez, his family and supporters, who include Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, had argued that his wartime service to the country had earned him the right to stay in the US and to receive mental health treatment for the PTSD and substance abuse. “It’s shameful to turn our backs on those who have the courage to wear the uniform,” Duckworth said after Perez’s citizenship application was denied. “We can do better than this.”)


— Stormy Daniels Says She Stayed Silent on Trump Out of Fear – Jim Rutenberg


— ‘I was scared’: On ‘60 Minutes,’ Stormy Daniels details threats she says were to prevent her from describing alleged Trump affair


— Facebook’s grip on political ads may defy stain of data leak (DIERSEN: Facebook is a Democrat website.)


— Is Stormy Daniels A Republican Or A Democrat? She Once Considered A Political Career – JOSEPH D. LYONS (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who claim to be Republican, but who talk and/or act like they are Libertarians. They work especially hard against me because I oppose the promotion of pot.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Now I cannot help but recognize that over time my libertarian values regarding both money and sex and the legal use of one for the other is now best espoused by the Republican Party.)


— What to expect when a college assigns students to random roommates More universities are randomly pairing first-year roommates, and research says that’s a good thing – BRUCE SACERDOTE (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who the University Plaza ( assigned me to live with for three semesters 1969-1970.)


— Is Your Government Job Turning You Into A Charity Case? – Martha (Austin) Wilson (DIERSEN: What did you do to qualify yourself for a better paying job? I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: I was introducing myself to someone yesterday and mentioned that I help burned out mid-career government employees get their happy back in their government work. She replied, “Well, good luck with that. The government employees I know are pretty entrenched. They just want to gripe and complain and draw a paycheck. They actually like it that way.” It was a short conversation. I was furious! First, the average citizen has no concept of the complexity of the issues you deal with at work every day. In fact, most don’t even know what you do! Until the day that your part of the system breaks down, of course, and then they’re all up in your grill. And second, I remember what it felt like. I remember being that burned out, pissed-off employee. I also remember desperately wanting NOT to feel that way. The mission of my organization mattered to me, and I felt like a failure at it. I had allowed my job to turn me into a charity case: taking all the crumbs I could get but not investing OF myself IN myself.)


— Porn star Stormy Daniels uses wry wit to put Trump in difficult position

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.