May 12 Evening Edition

— Fact-check: Democrat blowing smoke with claim of decreased teen marijuana use – BGA
— Those who benefit most should pay the most in Illinois taxes – Daniel Pupo, Orland Park (DIERSEN: Who does the State of Illinois give the most money to each year? How much money does the State of Illinois give you? One could argue that the more money that the State of Illinois gives you, the more state income tax that you should pay.)

— AOC briefly takes Pelosi’s spot in presiding over House; reportedly youngest woman to wield gavel – Nicole Darrah

— Things Millennials Will Never Get To Experience – ASHLEY BIHUN

— Potential challenger wonders if U.S. Rep. Underwood puts constituents’ best interests first – Glenn Minnis

— Cassidy puffs up what stats say about teen marijuana use – Kiannah Sepeda-Miller

— College Dems buck DCCC over its ‘blacklist’ policy, see Ocasio-Cortez as inspiration More than 70 campus chapters boycott group, saying it’s ‘antithetical to our values’ – Gabriella Muñoz (DIERSEN: Should I write a book about those individuals, organizations, companies, and governments that blacklist me and blacklist my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails? Attend a Milton Township Republican Central Committee meeting and watch them in action.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: House Democrats’ plans to blacklist rebellious strategists have sparked a backlash from a key party demographic, with dozens of chapters of College Democrats vowing to boycott the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee over its efforts to protect incumbents from primary challenges. In doing so, the boycotting chapters are finding a champion in popular freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. They dissenting College Democrats chapters are objecting to the DCCC’s new rule refusing to do business with consultants, pollsters and other campaign workers who sign on to work for challengers seeking primary incumbent Democrats. The chapters are calling on their members not to donate to the DCCC, and to ask others also to withhold their support. “The rule would financially deter and greatly disadvantage vital new voices in our party, who are often younger and come from underrepresented and historically marginalized communities and identities,” the boycotters said in a statement. “This blacklist policy is undemocratic and antithetical to our values of inclusion and diversity.”)


— 700 MILLION PEOPLE COULD MOVE TO U.S., ANALYSIS SHOWS ‘Eye-opening numbers highlight the risks of an open-borders scenario’ – JOSEPH FARAH (DIERSEN: What percent of these 700 million 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 – 98%, 99%, 100%?)
— FARRAKHAN AND ALT-RIGHT: FLIP SIDES OF SAME COIN? Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson pinpoints causes of anger for both extremes

— STUDY: The CNN Search Engine — Google Search Results Overwhelmingly Favor Mainstream Media – ALLUM BOKHARI

— Harris calls for Facebook regulation – PATRICK TEMPLE-WEST

— Can Nancy Pelosi Keep the Democrats in Line? From Blue Dogs to Green New Dealers, they’re not making it easy. – Michelle Cottle

— Good news, graduates: Hiring will be up this year – Maurie Backman (DIERSEN: When you earned your bachelor’s degree, what harmed your job search? For me, it was my being draft bait. Employers did not believe that my application for a financial hardship draft deferment would be approved. Consequently, I accepted the only job offer that I received. It was for a job that did really require my bachelor’s degree in management from NIU. Further, I had not demonstrated leadership abilities. I had worked part-time for the Post Office in Park Forest for almost 3 years and I had worked part-time for the S.S. Kresges in Chicago Heights as a dish washer for 1 ½ years and I doubt that employers saw that favorably.)

— Ohio: More than 30K people register to buy medical pot – AP

— Pot Smuggling Arrests at LAX Have Surged 166% Since Marijuana Legalization

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.

— Beto O’Rourke in a pinch, overshadowed by Joe Biden’s experience and Pete Buttigieg’s fresher face – Todd J. Gillman (DIERSEN: Government is nasty. Politics is nasty. What experience do you have? I should write a book about those who focus on demonizing, denigrating, and condemning the experience that I have.)

— Group that funded civil war in Texas GOP launches new offensive – Taylor Goldenstein
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Empower Texans made its name by using its political action committee’s deep pockets to threaten Republicans with aggressive primary challenges if they fell out of line with the conservative group’s hardline agenda. Then the 2018 elections happened. State records show the Tea Party-aligned group spent a record sum of more than $4 million last year — more than three times the amount it spent in the 2016 presidential year. Yet the majority of the candidates it endorsed, 26 out of 47, lost their primary, general and special elections. If its increasingly irate email blasts are any indication, that’s led to a frustrating legislative session for the group — one that’s often left it on the sidelines of major debates. The budget, with an additional $9 billion for public education and tax reform, is oversized, members complain. Property tax solutions offered up thus far are “not relief, just reform,” they scoff. Some conservative lawmakers are voicing the same critique. Texas Take: Get political headlines from across the state sent directly to your inbox)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Stoners do not want me around and I do want them around.
— Why Breaking Up Facebook Doesn’t Solve Our Most Pressing Social Media Problem – Michael Posner

— Venezuelans fleeing crisis are seeking asylum in Texas – Ivette Feliciano and Zachary Green

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: How electable are you? According to non-Republicans, the more of the following that you are, the more electable that you 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.

— Longest-Serving Iowa Republican Becoming a Democrat, Blames Trump – Barbie Latza Nadeau (DIERSEN: Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can/will defend/advance their platform. If you want to help elect candidates who can/will defend/advance the platform of a political party, you should be a member of that political party. I should write a book about present/past members/leaders of the following organizations who focus/focused on getting rid of those like me who help elect candidates who defend/advance the traditional family, right to life, immigration, Second Amendment, illegal drugs, and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks in the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) platform and the Republican Party platform: Milton Township Republican Central Committee, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, IRP, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, and Illinois Center Right Coalition.)

— Cal Poly faculty votes to remove Chick-fil-A from campus – Rafaella Gunz (DIERSEN: What would you do if Democrats tried to remove a Chick-fil-A from your municipality, from your township/ward, from your county, from Illinois?)

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.