March 7 Morning Edition

— Democratic AG candidate Raoul calls Quinn ‘failed’ governor – Monique Garcia (DIERSEN: Who hints/implies/argues/shouts that you are failed? I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois a) who state that they are religious, conservative, and/or Republican; b) who hint/imply/argue/shout that I am a failed GOPUSA Illinois Editor and Republican Precinct Committeeman; and c) who hint/imply/argue/shout that I was a failed TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member, GAO employee, IRS employee, etc. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always worked harder against me than they have ever worked against Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, or RINOs.)
— Ives wants more rights for accusers – Bill Lukitsch (DIERSEN: Have you ever accused anyone of anything? In 1988, when I was 40 years old, I became an active member in a class action lawsuit that charged my employer GAO with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation. My Democrat GAO superiors retaliated against me for that a) by throwing me off audits of IRS, b) by giving me unfair performance expectations and appraisals, c) by always ranking me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, d) by forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old, and e) by doing everything that they could to stop me from getting a job that would be appropriate for someone with my work experience, education, professional certifications, and professional license. What is Ives’ position on the aforesaid? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, many of whom read my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, side with my Democrat GAO superiors against me.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Rauner primary challenger state Rep. Jeanne Ives called for a vote on her proposal to expand protections for those who accuse a state lawmaker or employee of ethics violations. “We want this done now,” Ives said at a Tuesday news conference in Springfield. “We don’t want this to sit until the end of May. We want this bill out and on the floor and operable immediately.” The bill says that legislative and executive inspectors general must give certain information to people filing complaints, including a receipt when a complaint is filed, notification of an investigation, a summary of evidence and a report of decisions made during an investigation. It also gives the accuser the right to testify at hearings and would expedite the process if allegations concern sexual harassment. Appearing with Ives was victims right advocate Denise Rotheimer, who in October publicly accused Sen. Silverstein of sexually harassing her through text and social media messages while she was working with him to pass legislation. “Currently, we have no rights,” Rotheimer said. “We need to make this process transparent, we need to make it fair and as just as possible, because complaints like mine are very personal.)
— Can the news media acknowledge when Trump does something right? – Ruben Navarrette


— Accuser of Madigan aide says ‘crystal clear’ harassment warning rings ‘hollow’ – Tina Sfondeles
— J.B. Pritzker moves up in state rich-guy rankings, but still trails Ken Griffin – Mitchell Armentrout (DIERSEN: Should everyone involved in government, in politics, and in journalism be required to annually disclose a) all the sources and all the amounts of all their income, b) detailed descriptions and amounts of all their financial and other assets, and c) detailed descriptions and amounts of all their debts?)


— Sales tax rising in Naperville July 1 – Marie Wilson


— City Club of Chicago: Exodus from Illinois (DIERSEN: Should I write a book about my critics/opponents who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who focus on driving members of the following groups out of Wheaton, out of Milton Township, out of DuPage County, and out of Illinois: Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time? Since 1978, because I am a member of all of the aforesaid groups, my critics/opponents have worked especially hard to dive me out.)


— LaHood for 18th Congressional GOP primary – Endorsement


— For gubernatorial candidates, it’s all about taxes – Jim Dey


— McHenry County gun owners fear Senate bill, $1K license could harm small businesses Illinois law would require some shops selling guns to obtain state license – KATIE SMITH (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents want the Democrats who run Illinois to stop me from sending out emails unless the Democrats who run Illinois give me a license. They want to control/dictate a) the sources of the articles linked in the emails, b) the authors of the articles linked in the emails, c) the individual articles that are linked in the emails, d) my comments on those articles, e) who can receive those emails, e) when I can send out those emails, f) etc.)


— Grasso says he is GOP’s best AG candidate – SARAH HAYDEN


— Kinzinger and Marter differ on guns – David Giuliani


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ives and Rauner speak at Lincoln Day dinners.


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Illinois Democrats crow about their success in getting children to act as their operatives and as their dupes.


— Illinois lawmakers consider new rules for underage gambling stings – Taylor Utzig
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Like a growing number of restaurants and bars around Illinois, Don Carter Lanes in Rockford offers video gaming for customers over the age of 21. “These games have become such an important part of our business model now that we’re doing everything we can to keep minors out,” said Sommer. But Sommer says his best efforts might not be enough in an undercover sting. Under the law, sting operations can send in a minor to a bar or restaurant with video gaming. If the minor plays a machine before a waitress or manager can check their ID, lawmakers say that business could be fined up to $5,000. “By the time they can walk over there and tell the person they have to leave, they could have easily gotten one bet in and that was never the intent,” said Republican Senator Dave Syverson. That’s why Syverson is sponsoring a new bill to protect business owners from what he calls unfair practices.)


— Opinion: No, Rauner can’t be trusted to end corruption (again)


— BERRIOS FIRM’S LOBBYING CLIENT GETS BIG TAX BREAK FROM HIS ASSESSOR’S OFFICE – Chuck Neubauer & Sandy Bergo (DIERSEN: Have you appealed your assessed valuation? I should write a book my appealing the assessed valuation of 915 Cove Court in Wheaton during the 1980s and 1990s. Those who opposed me either wanted to curry favor with or feared the home’s builder, the subdivision’s developer, the City of Wheaton, Milton Township, and/or DuPage County.)




— On taxpayer-funded abortion bill at least, email proves it: Diana Rauner was in charge – KIRK ALLEN (DIERSEN: In Illinois, people who act against the Illinois Republican Party platform should not be allowed to seek or hold any kind of government or political office as a Republican. They should run as a Democrat, as a Libertarian, as a Green, or as an Independent.)


— Ives to offer tough challenge to Rauner – Michael McGrady (DIERSEN: If Ives loses the primary, will Rauner hint/imply/argue/shout that Illinois Republicans have spoken, a) that they want the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) to dump the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and the rest of the planks in its platform and b) that they want the IRP to dump all those who support the IRP platform? The aforesaid is a strong motivation for those who are going to vote for Democrats in the general election to vote for Rauner in the primary election.)
— For Illinois gun owners, Rauner’s silence on gun control, confiscation bills is deafening – W.J. Kennedy
— Rauner caught in slip trying to tie Ives to Madigan – W.J. Kennedy


— OUTSTANDING: Katie Miller says no to legalizing recreational use of marijuana – Angela Underwood


— Ives weighs in on Downers Grove schools’ $137 million funding request – Glenn Minnis
— Nybo-backed liquor zoning bill moves to the House – Angela Underwood (DIERSEN: I should write a book about my critics/opponents who state that they are religious, conservative, and/or Republican, but who focus on prompting booze, gambling, pot, and other vices. They are really Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, or RINOs.)
— Breen, Wheeler and Andersson call proposed workers task force unnecessary – Angela Underwood
— Kinzler: Silverstein donation shows Democrats can’t be trusted – Chandra Lye


— Would Rauner change anything from first term? “No.” (DIERSEN: From what I see, if Rauner is reelected, he and his wife will focus on driving individuals, organizations, and companies out of Illinois that do not promote LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, and other terrible things. Those who want Illinois to drive individuals, organizations, and companies out of Illinois that do not promote LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, and other terrible things WILL VOTE FOR RAUNER IN THE PRIMARY.)


— Chicago Tribune Endorsement of Pinocchio Rauner – Laurie Higgins


— THE LOOMING NATIONAL SECURITY CRISIS: YOUNG AMERICANS UNABLE TO SERVE IN THE MILITARY (DIERSEN: In 1966 when I was 18 years old, I was 1-A for the draft notwithstanding the fact that a) my eyesight could not be corrected to 20/20, b) I had partial red/green color blindness, and c) I had Osgood-Schlatter disease (


— ‘FREE SPEECH ISSUE OF OUR TIME’: TECH GIANTS TRIGGER CONSERVATIVE REVOLT Ex-Google insider: ‘Political activists in these companies want to push a liberal agenda’


— ‘Sensitive Content’: Twitter Hides President Trump, Don Jr. Posts for Sharing Drudge Headlines – ALLUM BOKHARI


— DISGUSTING, OUTRAGEOUS: U.S. Air Force Academy Symposium Presents Transgender Couple, Marxist, and Sex Guru As Models – William F. Jasper (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will the military get rid of its members unless they promote LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, reverse discrimination, age discrimination (up-or-out), and the rest of the Democrat Party platform?)


— Trump Returns to His Democratic Roots The president’s recently voiced support for tariffs and infrastructure spending should please Bernie Sanders fans. – MICHAEL TANNER
— Segregated Staff Meetings at Nichols Middle School in Evanston – ELI STEELE & BETH HUESTIS FEELEY


— Porn Still Turning Up in the Federal Workplace Despite Ban Congress made rules to block employees from watching porn. But will it act to enforce them? – Kellie Mejdrich


— Wildlife groups fear what comes next on elephant trophies – MIRANDA GREEN (DIERSEN: In 2007, I arranged for an elephant to walk behind Roskam in Wheaton’s Independence Day parade.)
— HHS official to return to work after probe into inflammatory social media posts – BRANDON CARTER (DIERSEN: Would/should my Democrat superiors in the federal government let me return to work a) if I apologized for becoming a member in a class action lawsuit that charged them with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation, b) if I apologized for complaining about political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation, c) if I apologized for refusing to help them get rid of their employees because they were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran, d) if I apologized for my refusing to become a Democrat, and/or e) if I apologized for my avoiding the draft?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A spokesperson for HHS told Politico that Cordova has “expressed sincere and deep apology” for the posts. “Mr. Cordova has expressed sincere and deep apology for those statements and for any harm or injury he may have caused to readers of any of his social media posts,” the spokesperson told Politico. “While he continues to work at HHS, Mr. Cordova – along with all department employees – will be expected to demonstrate a full commitment to inclusiveness and respect for all Americans that we serve.” A spokesperson also said the posts were created before Cordova joined the agency and that the agency hasn’t received complaints about Cordova through “usual departmental channels.” Four HHS staffers told the outlet that Cordova was seen at his desk and around the HHS offices. After CNN reported on the posts, Cordova removed the posts from his Twitter page. He joined HHS in February 2017, and in his role oversees day-to-day operations in the Office of Human Relations and other officers within HHS. Multiple Trump administration officials have resigned in the last year following reporting on their past social media posts, including Carl Higbie and William C. Bradford.)


— Trump Administration Sues California Over Immigration Laws – Katie Benner and Jennifer Medina
— The Real Reason the Investor Class Hates Pensions – David Webber


— BEYOND OUTRAGEOUS: Trump administration quietly makes it legal to bring elephant parts to the U.S. as trophies – Eli Rosenberg (DIERSEN: In 2007, I arranged for an elephant to walk behind Roskam in Wheaton’s Independence Day parade.)
— Porn actress Stormy Daniels sues Trump, says hush agreement is null because he didn’t sign it
— Trump is systematically backing off consumer protections, to the delight of corporations – Renae Merle and Tracy (DIERSEN: If I sought a government office or a political office, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would stress the lawsuits that I have filed to paint me as being litigious, anti-business, anti-employer, anti-government, anti-etc.)


— 50 Years of Blaming Everything on Racism The 1968 Kerner report on urban riots absolved blacks of responsibility and ignored real progress. – Jason L. Riley
— Stormy Daniels Sues Trump Over Nondisclosure Agreement Former adult-film actress says Trump lawyer forced her to sign false statement over alleged sexual encounter – Michael Rothfeld and Joe Palazzolo
— Yale and the Puritanism of ‘Social Justice’ Ditching class to protest won’t count against you—at least if the university approves of the cause. – Walter Olson
— U.S. Steel to Restart Illinois Plant Operations to Handle Demand The company plans to call back about 500 employees – Allison Prang


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH PICTURE: Warning of raids, staking out courthouses: Immigration activists find new ways to thwart Trump – Trevor Hughes
— Jeff Bezos’ wealth is now equal to 2.3 million Americans’ – David Carrig


— President Trump’s Net Worth Tumbled Last Year. Here’s What Changed


— New Push to Drop Drug Offenses as Barrier to Student Aid A student receiving federal grants and loans who commits an infraction as minor as possessing marijuana faces losing aid eligibility. Some see this rule as unwise and are pushing to change it. – Andrew Kreighbaum (DIERSEN: Have you ever used an illegal drug? I have not and I never will. I give credit for that to my outstanding parents who had me baptized as a Missouri Synod Lutheran (MSL), raised me as a MSL, and had me confirmed as a MSL.)

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.