March 25 Evening Edition

— Trump Supporter’s Husband Faces Deportation


— 18 Chicago city workers topped $100K in OT in 2016 – Fran Spielman and Mick Dumke
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats always want Republicans to pay more taxes.
— Security, parking, garbage irk Ivanka Trump’s DC neighbors – AP


— Violence erupts at pro-Trump rally in Huntington Beach – Cindy Carcamo and Ben Brazil
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Violence erupted at a Make America Great Again rally in Huntington Beach on Saturday when an anti-Trump protester allegedly doused the female organizer of the event with pepper spray and was immediately set upon by a group of Trump supporters. After spraying the march organizer, the man, wearing a black mask, was tackled by a group of flag-waving Trump supporters, who started punching and kicking him, according to witnesses at the scene.)
— Former Evanston city worker alleges millions in undeposited cash, checks – Genevieve Bookwalter
— Will you have enough? Only 18% very confident about their retirement savings – Gail MarksJarvis  (DIERSEN: Are the operatives and the dupes who work for your critics/opponents “confident about their retirement savings?”  All the operatives and the dupes who work for my critics/opponents appear to have severe financial, health, and/or other problems. They talk and act like they will do just about anything for money.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats always want Republicans to pay more taxes.
— Yes, Illinois has a budget problem, but legalizing marijuana won’t fix it – Stephen Petersen, Downers Grove
(FROM THE LETTER:  Do state Sen. Heather Steans and state Rep. Kelly Cassidy have no shame? The thought of legalizing marijuana for the purpose of raising revenue from the manufacture and sale of marijuana is yet one more example of stealing from the futures of our children to pay for lawmakers’ pet projects today. I have two children in high school and one in middle school. They are good kids, get good grades, and are active in scouts and the community. I hear stories from them of what some of the other students are up to at Downers Grove North. I read about the heroin epidemic and grieve for the families that have recently lost children. My children tell me they just say no, and I believe them. But I also know what I was up to when I was in high school, and there but by the grace of God go I. I know that Illinois has a budget problem and have been told by Democrats for many years that there is literally nowhere to cut. I have also seen with my own eyes much of the graft in city and state contracting. The Democrats’ positioning is that there are no options but to raise taxes. These lawmakers want to raise taxes through drug use, and I find that despicable. For whatever reason, there has been no grand bargain on expanded gambling for expanded revenue, and that’s got to hurt. Prostitution is still illegal in Illinois, however not rare. My heart goes out to the young ladies and their families whose revenue potentials will be eyed next. Democratic leadership has already spent more money for today than our kids and grandkids could possibly pay back in their lifetimes, so that must make the politicians proud. Their idea of promoting and taxing drug use is a good one to keep money flowing in, but bodes poorly for future generations. By the time the bill comes due these two legislators will be living on their fat, taxpayer-provided pensions, so what do they care? What if there are no public taxpayers left in Illinois to pay it? Steans and Cassidy must think carefully about what they’re doing. And in the meantime, try not to string out the kids for their comfort.)
— Group disappointed to have no ‘impact’ on Roskam’s health care views – Linda Girardi
— Schneider credits public engagement for Trumpcare defeat – Luke Hammill  (DIERSEN: What do you say “Republicans” who paint themselves as being anti-Trump?  Trump has promised to defend and advance the Republican Party platform.)
— New Naperville policy forces Day of Prayer event out of council chambers – Erin Hegarty
— OUTSTANDING: Indoor shooting range, gun store planned for Naperville site – Erin Hegarty


— The Mendoza line on legislators pay – Editorial


— What if money, name and connections aren’t enough to take on Rauner? – RICH MILLER  (DIERSEN: Will the anti-Rauners engage in negative campaigning?  I should write a book about “Republican” activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who since 2000 have worked harder against me than they have ever worked against any Democrat.  The aforesaid talk and act like they are Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, or RINOs.)
— Illinois’ stack of unpaid medical bills now reaches $3.5 billion – BRIGID SWEENEY


— Emboldened Democrats look ahead to next fight – ASHLEY KILLOUGH  (DIERSEN: How hard are anti-Trumps working in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois to get rid of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)


— DISGUSTING: Colorado weighs strategy for guarding against pot crackdown – AP  (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you are NOT a Republican. If you got elected to or appointed to a government or to a political position as a Republican, and you promote pot, you should immediately resign so that you can be replaced with a Republican.  If you promote pot, you are a Democrat, a Libertarian, or a Green.  You are anti-Republican, anti-conservative, anti-religious, and anti-American.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect its nascent marijuana industry from a potential federal crackdown, even at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax collections. A bill pending in the Legislature would allow pot growers and retailers to reclassify their recreational pot as medical pot if a change in federal law or enforcement occurs. It’s the boldest attempt yet by a U.S. marijuana state to avoid federal intervention in its weed market. The bill would allow Colorado’s 500 or so licensed recreational pot growers to instantly reclassify their weed. A switch would cost the state more than $100 million a year because Colorado taxes medical pot much more lightly than recreational weed – 2.9 percent versus 17.9 percent. The measure says licensed growers could immediately become medical licensees “based on a business need due to a change in local, state or federal law or enforcement policy.” The change wouldn’t take recreational marijuana off the books, but it wouldn’t entirely safeguard it either. What it could do is help growers protect their inventory in case federal authorities start seizing recreational pot. The provision is getting a lot of attention in the marijuana industry following recent comments from members of President Donald Trump’s administration. White House spokesman Sean Spicer has said there’s a “big difference” between medical and recreational pot. Sponsors of the bill call it a possible exit strategy for the new pot industry. It’s hard to say how many businesses would be affected, or if medical pot would flood the market, because some businesses hold licenses to both grow and sell marijuana in Colorado. The state had about 827,000 marijuana plants growing in the retail system in June, the latest available data. More than half were for the recreational market. “If there is a change in federal law, then I think all of our businesses want to stay in business somehow. They’ve made major investments,” said Sen. Tim Neville, a suburban Denver Republican who sponsored the bill. If federal authorities start seizing recreational pot, Colorado’s recreational marijuana entrepreneurs “need to be able to convert that product into the medical side so they can sell it,” Neville said. His bill passed a committee in the Republican Senate 4-1 last week.)


— Senators seek visitor logs from White House, Mar-a-Lago – AP  (DIERSEN: I should the seek the visitor logs for all those activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, and political consultants, etc. in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who work the hardest against me.  They talk and act like they have been promised lots of money, a new car, a new home, a sweetheart job, a sweetheart contract, favorable legislation, and much more if they succeed in stopping me from sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.  Just kidding, but not completely.)


— Lawmakers Relieved to Know They Will Get Paychecks – TONY ARNOLD  (DIERSEN: When has your income dropped and by how much in today’s dollars?  In 1997, my income in today’s dollars, dropped $72,135 (59%), from $122,991 down to $50,856, when my Democrat GAO superiors succeed in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer.”  In 1980, my income in today’s dollars, dropped $18,847 (21%), from $90,173 down to $71,326, when my Democrat GAO superiors succeed in forcing me to take downgrade from GS-12 Step 5 to GS-9 Step 10 to transfer from IRS to GAO.)


— Elgin incumbent decries new teachers’ contract – Glenn Minnis


— Anti-abortion group voices outrage over House bill – Glenn Minnis


— National Guard Not Needed In Downtown Naperville


— Iroquois County Board Member threatens Watchdog with violence – John Kraft


— POLL RESULTS SHOW ONLY 1/3 OF ILLINOISANS SAY THEY’VE BEEN AFFECTED BY THE BUDGET IMPASSE – Hilary Gowins  (DIERSEN: Many, if not most, if not virtually all of my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes depend on the State of Illinois for income and/or for assistance of some kind. They despise if not hate federal employees and federal retirees.)




— GOP cave on Obamacare repeal is the biggest broken promise in political history – PHILIP KLEIN


— De Blasio blames ‘dynamic of hatred’ created by Trump for racist murder – Rick Moran  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, hate-filled anti-Trumps promote hatred against Trump and against Trump’s supporters.  For their self-defense, how soon will Trump supporters buy more firearms and more ammunition?)


— Are We the Next Europe? – Pam Jablonski


— Trump was misled by Paul Ryan on health care bill, says Newt Gingrich – Carlos Garcia


— At What Age Do Millennials Consider Themselves Adults? The Answer Will Stun You. – AARON BANDLER  (DIERSEN: At what age were you an adult, that is, at what age did you start paying all your own bills?  For me, it was age 21 in 1970, when I started working for Firestone Stores in Chicago Heights.  I paid not only all my own bills, I helped pay my mother’s and brother’s bills. My father had died suddenly in October of 1969 and I had applied for and I eventually got a financial hardship draft deferment.  I was able to buy a new town home in University Park when I was 24 in 1972.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A new report has found that millennials don’t consider themselves adults until they reach the age of 30. Yes, you read that correctly. According to The Wrap, research compiled by David Poltrack, CBS’ chief research officer and their ratings expert, as well as Nielsen Catalina Solutions, found that millennials consider themselves adults at age 30 because that’s when they typically are completely responsible for themselves – they no longer reside with their parents and pay entirely for their own bills.)
— ‘Dear White People’ Posters Appear on Campus Ripping White Students – ELLIOTT HAMILTON  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps are anti-White.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Some of the signs, which were shared exclusively with Campus Reform, contained racially-charged language that peddled prejudiced and racist views toward white people. For example, one sign read, “Dear white people, there is no such thing as being ‘colorblind.’ You are perpetuating racism and white supremacy.” Another sign read, “Dear white people, black people can’t be racist. Prejudice, yes, but not racist. Racism describes a system of disadvantage based on race. Black people can’t be racist since we don’t stand to benefit from such a system.” Another sign peddled white stereotypes while insinuating all white people place black people in a box: “Dear white people, are you tired of your hum drum, Wonderbread existence of accidental racism and wishing you could sip on Henny out yo crunk cup without a bitch giving you the side-eye? Course you are.”)


— For Democrats, no clear leader – JONATHAN EASLEY  (DIERSEN: Who leads conservatives in Illinois, in your county, in your township/ward, in your municipality, and in your precinct?  What have they done during the last week, month, and year that shows their opposition to promotion of dependency on government and on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, illegal/mass immigration, booze, pot, gambling, and other vices, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, further erosion of the First and Second Amendments, etc.?)


— Trump Becomes Ensnared in Fiery G.O.P. Civil War – GLENN THRUSH and MAGGIE HABERMAN  (DIERSEN: I am on the losing side of that civil war.  I am on the side that supports the Republican Party platform, the Illinois Republican Party platform, and the Milton Township Republican Party Central Committee resolution against video gambling.  The other side talks, writes, and acts like they are Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, or RINOs who are hell bent on destroying the Republican party in Milton Township, in DuPage County, in Illinois, and in America.)


— Ivanka Trump’s Secret Service detail roiling her D.C. neighbors – Paul Schwartzman and Peter Jamison

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.