March 31 Morning Edition

— Illinois Senate passes budget plan, sends bill to House – Craig Wall


— Rauner quiet on ‘truly balanced budget’; Senate begins work – AP


— Cox leads GOP California governor primary; barely noticed when ran in Illinois – Lynn Sweet  (DIERSEN: Trump has endorsed John Cox. Cox and I served together on the Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee. On July 5, 2003, Cox came with the other four announced candidates for U.S. Senate (Chirinjeev Kathuria, Andy McKenna, Jim Oberweis, and Jack Ryan) to a picnic that I arranged in the Prairie Path Park in my precinct. The 200 attendees included Randy Hultgren. We can forever ask ourselves, “What if Trump had endorsed Ives?”)
— ALMOST ALL OF THE FRONT PAGE: Dawn of an ERA? State House passes Equal Rights Amendment — 95 years later – Tina Sfondeles
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps use Barr against Trump and against Trump’s supporters.


— Illinois approves Equal Rights Amendment, 36 years after deadline – Rick Pearson, Bill Lukitsch
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Opponents largely contended the measure was aimed at ensuring an expansion of abortion rights for women. Supporters said it was needed to give women equal standing in the nation’s founding document. Opponents also contended the measure may be moot, since it’s original 1982 ratification deadline has long since expired. Supporters argued, however, that the ratification of the 1789 “Madison Amendment” preventing mid-term changes in congressional pay, in 1992 makes the ERA a legally viable change to the constitution. State Rep. Peter Breen of Lombard, an abortion rights opponent, called the measure “an alleged constitutional amendment” and warned it would be adopting an “illegal act.” But Breen also contended supporters “have no other thing they want to do” than expand abortion rights. “It will expand taxpayer funding of abortions, very well might rollback our parental notice (for minors to have an abortion) law and have other negative impacts on various abortion regulations,” Breen said.)
— Illinois lawmakers get closer to avoiding another long showdown as Senate advances budget – Kim Geiger, Monique Garcia
— In ad outside Wrigley Field, Rauner asks for 7 years like Cubs had before 2016 World Series title – Rick Pearson
— Walmart offers employees new perk: cheap access to college – AP (DIERSEN: Walmart does not pay for degrees from Ivy League universities. According to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, degrees from non-Ivy League universities are worthless.)–walmart-college-20180530-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote LGBTQ activity.


— Illinois becomes 37th state to ratify ERA – AP


— The ERA’s Revival: Illinois Ratifies Equal Rights Amendment – Amanda Vinicky


— Rock Island County Democrats get $1M from Pritzker (DIERSEN: Who heads the Rauner campaign in your county, in your township/ward, and in your municipality? What do they think of you?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Pritzker’s communications director, Galia Slayen, said Pritzker trusts Rock Island County Democratic Chairman Doug House — who also is chair of the Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association — to support and lead other county leaders across the state. “Not only has Doug House worked on the county level as a chair, but he is someone that we have worked with in his capacity as president of the IDCCA and we are confident in his ability to build a statewide, grassroots infrastructure that invests in counties across the state so we can beat (Governor) Bruce Rauner and win campaigns up and down the ticket,” Slayen said. House said the donation from Pritzker is the largest Rock Island County Democrats have ever received.)


— Illinois becomes 37th state to ratify Equal Rights Amendment – Maximilian Kwiatkowski
— Gun bills advance in Illinois legislature – Brenden Moore
— Gov. Rauner publicly quiet on budget in recent days – Bernard Schoenburg


— Rauner’s desperate ploy – Scott Reader


— Illinois Senate overwhelmingly OKs $38.5B budget


— Illinois Ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment — 36 Years After the Deadline – AP


— Illinois becomes 37th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment – Rachel Droze


— Is it Cheaper to Uber or Own a Car in Chicago? – Jim Dallke (DIERSEN: Do/did you own a car? I have owned at least one car since I was 16 in 1964.


— Rep. Ives defends military against radical graduate assistants union


— Illinois House Ratifies the ERA – David E. Smith
(FROM THE ARTICLE: On the pro-life/pro-family side, eight state lawmakers rose to speak against the ERA, including Pete Breen (R-Lombard), Allen Skillicorn (R-Crystal Lake), Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton), Mary Flowers (D-Chicago), Tom Morrison (R-Palatine), Terry Bryant (R-Mt. Vernon), and Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan).)


— Tobacco 21 bill clears House on second try
— Moody’s warns against reducing pension contributions
— Senate leaders crow about bipartisan budget deal
— Equal Rights Amendment passes with help from Durkin (DIERSEN: Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform. To vote for the ERA is to vote against the right to life plank in the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) platform. In Illinois, if you are going to vote against the IRP platform, you should not seek or hold a government or political office as a Republican.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In a surprising move, House GOP Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) helped give the Equal Rights Amendment the extra boost needed to pass the House. Durkin is a pro-life Catholic, and one of the loudest arguments against the ERA is it will open the door for more abortions. Earlier today Rep. Silvana Tabares (D-Chicago) had an excused absence, and everyone I asked had no idea what was going to happen with the Equal Rights Amendment. Then just before 6 p.m., Lou Lang introduced the ERA. If you heard psychotic clacking down the hallway in the Capitol basement, that was me running for the elevator. Two hours of debate later, it passed. Here’s the roll call. Watch video of the board during the vote here. GOP votes for the bill…

Steve Andersson
Dan Brady
Jim Durkin
David Harris
Chad Hays
David Olsen
Bob Pritchard
Grant Wehrli
David Welter
Christine Winger)


— Fake news media keeps bombing in effort to destroy Trump (DIERSEN: Despite tremendous efforts by my critics/opponents since 2000 to stop me from putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out, I continue to put them together and send them out.)
— Attorneys for illegal aliens complain that speeding up trials will speed up deportations
— Since Hillary can’t run America she wants to run Facebook


— Ingraham Blasts Racism ‘Double-Standard’: Media Silent on Jeremiah Wright & Obama, Uses Sharpton as ‘Expert’


— Summer Hiring is Raising Voters’ Wages Before Election – Neil Munro (DIERSEN: What do you say to anti-Trump employers that prefer hiring illegals over citizens of America?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The report also noted that more employers are using the federal E-Verify system to screen illegal immigrants from jobs. The survey said that “nearly 40 percent of employers plan to use E-Verify to evaluate summer applicants, up from 25 percent last year.” “Given the current political environment and noise around immigration and non-citizenship status, employers are clearly being more cautious,” said Snag CEO Peter Harrison. The survey’s data suggests that millions of American voters are going to get pay raises during the summer before the election because of President Donald Trump’s lower-immigration/higher-wage policies.)


— Why was Pope Francis silent on Ireland voting for abortion?


— Racism ‘One of the Most Powerful Words and Weapons’ the Left Wields Liberals trying to pin Roseanne’s repugnant tweet on Trump are carrying out a glaring double standard that penalizes those who disagree with them – Kathryn Blackhurst (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, to call someone a racist in America today is like calling someone a Jew in Germany during the 1930s, if not the 1940s.)


— The Left’s War On White Men Rages On – Stephanie Hamill (DIERSEN: What do say to White men who demonize, denigrate, and condemn White men to curry favor with those who are anti-White and/or anti-men?)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump’s tweets damage the nation.”


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: DIERSEN HEADLINE: What percent of Google employees 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, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps use children as cannon fodder.
— For ‘Columbiners,’ School Shootings Have a Deadly Allure – Manny Fernandez, Julie Turkewitz and Jess Bidgood
— Walmart Says It Will Pay for Its Workers to Earn College Degrees – Michael Corkery (DIERSEN: Walmart does not pay for degrees from Ivy League universities. According to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, degrees from non-Ivy League universities are worthless.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps promote anti-Trumps.


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps use Barr against Trump and against Trump’s supporters.
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Prosecutions deter illegal immigration – Andrew Arthur


— What to Do When That Shiny New Job Isn’t the Right Fit – Joann Lublin (DIERSEN: The GAO manager who hired me in 1980 did everything that he could to get me assigned to audits of IRS and to promote me. However, because I was Republican, old (born in 1948), White, male, non-veteran, and someone who did not start his career with GAO, he encountered tremendous opposition. He did not succeed in a) getting me assigned to audits of IRS until I was 37 and b) promoted to GS-13 until I was 38. But then, my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in forcing him to retire.)
— The Year Politics Collapsed The class of 1968 included Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Donald J. Trump. – Daniel Henninger (DIERSEN: What were you doing in 1968? I was a full-time student at UIC and a part-time employee for the Park Forest Post Office. I lived with my parents and brother in Crete. I sold my 1968 Oldsmobile 442 and bought a new 1969 Dodge Charger SE. I saved money for college expenses.)


— Why NFL’s Ban On Player Protests Invokes First Amendment Concerns But Canceling ‘Roseanne’ Does Not – Marc Edelman


— Largest federal union sues President Trump over executive order AFGE: White House directive illegally denies workers their right to representation


— The cancellation of Roseanne Barr’s television series – David Walsh

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.