May 14, 2024

— Officially, who are all the candidates for Illinois Republican Party (IRP) National Committeeman and National Committeewoman? What are their qualifications? Why are they running? Illinois Republicans await a press release from the IRP. The deadline for applying was Friday, May 3, 2024 at 5:00 PM. According to a May 8, 2024 Prairie State Wire article at , Vince Kolber is seeking the IRP National Committeeman seat and he faces Dean White (8th CD) and Mark Shaw (1st CD). While I was the chairman of TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois in 2010, I conducted a candidate forum for an open IRP National Committeeman seat. Jack Roeser participated. See a Chicago Tribune article titled “Illinois Republicans pick Williamson as new national GOP representative” at and a Huffington Post article titled “Jack Roeser, Wealthy Conservative, Passed Over For GOP Leadership Role; Rich Williamson Wins National Committeeman” at . From the Tribune article: “Williamson succeeds Pat Brady, who vacated the position when he became chairman of the Illinois Republican Party last year. Also interested in the national post were conservative Carpentersville businessman Jack Roeser and former governor candidate Jim Oberweis. The selection was made before a Republican fundraiser in honor of the statewide ticket and featuring controversial RNC Chairman Michael Steele. It was supposed to be open to the media, but Brady decided to close it today.” – Dave Diersen

— APRIL 13, 2024 FLASHBACK: IL GOP National Committeeman Race Heats Up, Includes a Former State Party Chairman and a Wisconsin Voter
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “The race amongst the Illinois Republican Party’s State Central Committee to be the next Republican National Committeeman is heating up as candidates campaign to replace outgoing national committeeman Richard Porter and national committeewoman Demetra Demonte, who cannot run for a third time because of term limits. While the state central committee represents the governing board of the IL GOP, the national committeeman – one male and one female, represents the state party along with the state GOP chairman before the Republican National Committee The position requires frequent travel to RNC meetings throughout the country and they are elected by delegates at the state convention. The national committeeman also votes in the RNC chairman’s election, and last year, Porter, Demonte and IL GOP chairman Don Tracy all voted to support Ronna Romney-McDaniel over the grassroots-backed candidate Harmeet Dhillon. Running to replace Porter are three candidates: state central committee members Mark Shaw and Dean White, and IL GOP Finance Committee Chair Vince Kolber.”)

— This race matters (COMMENT: Who is your Republican Precinct Committeeman? Since 2002, leaders of the Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Illinois Republican Party (IRP) who oppose direction of IRP State Central Committee members and/or who reject planks in the IRP platform have failed in their efforts to recruit a registered Republican in my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 59 (previously Precinct 9) in Wheaton to run against me and to defeat me for Precinct Committeeman. But I anticipate/expect that the aforesaid leaders will do whatever that they believe is necessary to get a registered Republican in my precinct to run against me and to defeat me in 2026. I should write a book the aforesaid leaders and the many big adverse actions that they have taken against me so far, most recently, removing me from the IRP State Convention Platform and Resolutions Committee.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “Precinct committeemen wield tremendous power within the Republican and Democratic parties. They elect the county political party leaders, set the county party rules and send delegates to the state convention where they vote on the state party platform and state party officers. You vote for them during the May primary elections. They’re on your ballot if you are affiliated with the Republican or Democratic parties. Registered Republicans vote for Republican PCOs, and registered Democrats vote for Democratic PCOs. If you are not affiliated with a party, you have no say.”)

— Idaho 2024 primary election: Precinct committee races represent battle for soul of GOP. Hundreds of Idahoans are running for obscure precinct positions that could shake up the state’s Republican Party leadership. – CLARK CORBIN
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “Hundreds of obscure, down ballot primary election races for neighborhood-level political positions are drawing intense competition in Idaho and have the potential to shake up party leadership – particularly within the dominant Republican Party. The problem – according to officials on both sides of the fight for control and influence of the Republican Party – is that many voters have no idea what precinct committeemen are and likely don’t recognize the names of candidates running for these positions because they aren’t high profile offices like a congressional representative, state legislator or even a county commissioner or city council member. “I would say 99% of people don’t know and don’t know who their precinct committeeman is,” former Idaho Lt. Gov. Jack Riggs said in a telephone interview. “But your neighborhood precinct is the foundation of the party, and in our case, the Republican Party.” The stakes are so high that Riggs wrote in an April 26 opinion piece for the North Idaho Republicans that “This May, precinct committeeman will be the most important race on the ballot.” Riggs, a Republican physician who served as lieutenant governor from 2001 to 2003, is the co-founder of a group called North Idaho Republicans. The group is one of at least two groups of established, traditional Idaho Republicans who are engaging heavily in the precinct committee elections this year as part of an effort to take the Republican Party back from its current leadership team that includes Chairwoman Dorothy Moon. The other group is called Gem State Conservatives, and it includes former Idaho Republican Party chairmen Trent Clark and Tom Luna. Moon defeated Luna to become chairperson of the Idaho Republican Party in 2022. . .“There is a statewide effort to take over the party at the precinct level,” Regan said in a telephone interview. “That is not what precinct committeemen are supposed to be; it’s not supposed to be the elites and the higher ups, it’s supposed to be the grassroots, the ma and pa,” Regan added. “It’s supposed to represent the voters and the people, not a bunch of special interests. When Tom Luna lost in a landslide and his faction of the party was no longer in charge of the party, they set aside their prior calls for unity at the convention when they lost and a bunch got up and left.” Multiple efforts to reach Moon, the chairwoman of the Idaho Republican Party, were unsuccessful. Additionally, Moon did not respond to a list of questions about precinct committee races that a reporter from the Sun emailed to Moon and another Idaho GOP official on April 22. What is a precinct committeeman and what do they do in Idaho? There are only a few requirements to run for precinct committeeman. Candidates must be at least 18 years old, be a U.S. citizen and have been a registered voter in the precinct for at least six months before the election. Idaho law refers to the position as precinct committeeman, but anyone can run for the office, not just men. Although they are obscure, the precinct committeemen are important because they make up the grassroots level of political parties and help determine the parties’ leaders and rules. For example, the precinct committeeman elected in the May 21 Republican primary will play a big role in who is elected chairperson of the Idaho Republican Party during the upcoming GOP state convention this summer. Precinct committeemen essentially make up the county central committees for political parties in Idaho. Under state law, within 10 days of the primary election, the precinct committeemen who are elected are required to meet, organize their county central committees and elect a county chairperson and officers. Once the county central committees are organized, they select the delegates that will attend the 2024 Idaho GOP State Convention that begins June 13 in Coeur d’Alene. At the convention, delegates will vote on who to elect as chairperson of the Idaho Republican Party and will help write and pass any changes to party rules or the party platform, which lists the party’s core beliefs and policies it supports. In Idaho, it is basically impossible to track how much money is going into precinct committeeman campaigns. Unlike other offices, there are no campaign finance reporting requirements for precinct committeemen with the county or the state, and there is no limit to what they can raise or spend, said Chelsea Carattini, a spokesperson for the Idaho Secretary of State’s office. Precinct committeemen are required to disclose a “paid for by” designation on any materials, Carattini said. Campaign finance information gives the public a transparent look at money funding political campaigns and candidates, according to the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office. For state level candidates, all money raised and spent on a campaign must be tracked and accounted for, according to the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office. Even local county candidates and judicial candidates must report campaign finance information once they raise $500, including the sources and expenses for that first $500. But for precinct committeemen, there are no such reporting requirements, Carattini said. How many precinct candidates are running in Idaho’s primary election this year? Unlike statewide races and elections, the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office does not maintain a list of all the statewide candidates running for precinct committeeman in Idaho, Carattini said. Instead of the state keeping tabs, it’s up to local county election officials. But for context, there are almost 300 Republicans in Ada County alone running for a precinct committeeman position in the May 21 Republican primary. . .How can you tell where precinct committeeman candidates stand on issues? The ability to inform voters about these tiny precinct level offices is a challenge for everybody on all sides of this election. The North Idaho Republicans and supporters of the Gem State Conservatives have published lists of the precinct committeeman candidates they are supporting or have recruited. Regan said Republican Party rules prevent central committees from endorsing precinct committeemen. Instead, the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee has published a list of its current precinct committeemen in a list posted below a list of candidates for other offices that have been vetted and recommended by the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee. Beyond looking at lists published online or on social media, Wasden recommends voters find out what precinct they are in and spend time researching the candidates running for precinct committeeman in their neighborhood. To support establishment Republicans looking to take the party back, Wasden urged voters to listen to see if candidates support education and public schools, reasonable government services, low taxes and fewer regulations. There’s been an increase in those running for the position in other Idaho counties as well. “For years now, the public’s interest and participation in Idaho’s Republican Party has been growing, and this year there were a record number of applicants to serve in Bonneville County,” said a press release from Nicholas Contos, Bonneville County Republican Party chairman. Across the state, there are more than 930 precincts in total, and each precinct can be represented by a different precinct committeeman in each of the four political parties the state recognizes. While state election officials do not have an exact number of precinct committeeman candidates running for office this year, longtime political observers say they have never seen this much interest and competition for the positions. “Right now what is happening is traditional, true Republicans have decided we are going to take back this party,” said Tracey Wasden, a longtime Republican booster and party official who has served as a precinct committeeman and president of the Idaho Federation of Republican Women.”)

— A Republican operative is running for Congress in Georgia with Trump’s blessing. Will it be enough? (COMMENT: I have never been an operative for any person and I never will be. My critics/opponents have a very hard time calling me an operative because I do not need/want more money. I have enough money. I have a Civil Service Retirement System pension, currently $65,165/year. The federal government pays 72% of my and my wife’s health insurance. We have no debts. We have no children or dependents. We have substantial retirement savings. We own a home in Wheaton, a car condo in Naperville, and seven cars and an SUV. I have no desire for a political office or government office. I am 75 years old. Because of the aforesaid, no one manipulates me, no one dominates me, and no one ever will. While they can and do take big public adverse actions against me, for example, removing me from the Illinois Republican Party Platform and Resolution Committee, my critics/opponents decry that no one can tell me what to do.)

— The Illinois Democratic Party elected their seven “base” members to serve on the Democratic National Committee on Monday. They are Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch, Illinois Senate President Don Harmon, Congresswomen Robin Kelly and Delia Rameriz, former Senate President John Cullerton, Democratic Committeewoman Kristina Zahorik and former Deputy Gov. Dan Hynes. Here’s how the votes broke down, via Lee Enterprises’ Brenden Moore. ( ) – SHIA KAPOS (COMMENT: It would be great if the Illinois Republican Party would be so open.)


— Northwestern threatens disciplinary action as American, Israeli flags vandalized. Flags were set up for Israel’s Memorial Day. – Jessica D’Onofrio
— CPD’s massive safety plan to protect Chicago during DNC – Barb Markoff, Christine Tressel, Tom Jones, Maggie Green and Adriana Aguilar and Chuck Goudie

— Democrats ever-increasingly promote more LGBTQ.

— End-of-year FEST at DePaul University canceled with protest encampment continuing – Adam Harrington
— Antisemitic signs left on cars in Chicago’s West Ridge community

— Chicago police investigate anti-Semitic fliers found on predominantly Jewish block – Nic Flosi

— Chicago City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin Fined $10K for Firing Whistleblowers – Heather Cherone (COMMENT: While I worked for the Democrats who ran the federal government for almost 30 years, I increasingly blew the whistle on political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, religious discrimination, and national origin discrimination. Consequently, they increasingly took big adverse actions against me.)

— With or without CPS/CTU ‘day of action’ in Springfield, there’s no more money for Chicago schools – Editorial
— ‘We’re on the friends and family plan now’: New details emerge in alleged AT&T scheme to bribe House speaker. – Jason Meisner, Ray Long

— Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters promote more hatred against Trump.

— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH TWO PHOTOS: GOP legislative hopefuls sue state over slating ban – Russell Lissau
— Democrats promote Democrats who blast Trump.

— Ron DeSantis is planning to raise money for Donald Trump in Florida and Texas and possibly other large states in the coming weeks. – AP

— Haley voters don’t want Trump – Isabella Murray (COMMENT: I have been a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999. For general elections, Republican Precinct Committeemen are required to help elect those candidates who win Republican primary elections. I have always done that.)

— Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters run America. The more that you question the 2020 election, the faster that they destroy you.

— Anticipate/expect that Democrat leaders will send their illegals to battleground/swing states to use their false identifications to vote for Biden.

— Afternoon roundup


— Candidates file lawsuit challenging Illinois’ hastily changed election law – Catrina Petersen

— IL Dems unconstitutionally changed election rules to block Republican candidates from fall ballot, lawsuit says


— GOP lawmakers Tuberville, Vance, Malliotakis attend court to support Trump – Tom Howell Jr.
— GOP leaders clash with Secret Service over ‘protest trap’ near Republican National Convention site – Susan Ferrechio
— Trump campaign rails at ‘disgusting’ Mother’s Day ad from Biden-Harris campaign – Mallory Wilson
— Pull federal funding from universities that won’t protect Jewish students. ‘Never again’ is right now – Rep. Ashley Hinson
— After U.S. withdrawal, terror groups ‘gaining strength’ in Afghanistan, report warns. Critics questions effectiveness of ‘over the horizon’ surveillance. – Ben Wolfgang

— Can Blinken stand up to anyone other than Israel? – Zachary Faria
— Illegal immigration up 3.8 million since Biden became president – Conn Carroll (COMMENT: How many illegals are there in your county, township, municipality, and school district?)
— Campus mayhem, funded by our adversaries – Robert Bellafiore

— Ken Griffin slams pro-Palestinian protests as ‘performative art,’ urges Harvard to embrace ‘Western values’ – Ariel Zilber
— Nancy Pelosi yet again reveals Democrats’ disdain for average Americans – Joe Concha (COMMENT: My critics/opponents a) distain those who have less money than they have and/or b) glorify, praise, and pander to those who have more money than they have.).
— Border charities spending taxpayer millions on music therapy, ‘people-plant interactions’ and huge salaries – Megan Palin
— Anti-Israel Columbia grads wear zip ties, rip diplomas on stage during commencement – Doree Lewak and Emily Crane

— Boston uses taxpayer funds to support anti-ICE groups providing services to illegal aliens – CANDACE HATHAWAY
— House Committee investigates surge of Chinese nationals illegally crossing border after Biden relaxes vetting – CANDACE HATHAWAY

— Catch and Release: Biden’s DHS Freed Illegal Alien Convicted Killer into U.S. – JOHN BINDER

— Northwestern journalism professor counts Yemeni terrorism supporter among his ‘comrades’ – HUDSON CROZIER

— San Francisco Slammed For Spending Millions Of Dollars For Vodka And Beer For Homeless Alcoholics – Zach Jewell

— Teachers Unions’ Fanatical Hatred Of Children Ignited The Parent Revolution – COREY DEANGELIS

— Why 1960 Alternate Electors Succeeded Where 2020 Ones Failed. The two elections bear striking similarities, but important differences allowed one to succeed, while the other failed. – Lawrence Wilson
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A November election decades ago produced a clear winner in a hotly contested presidential race. Yet the popular vote immediately came under scrutiny in several states. In one, auditors discovered clear errors in tabulating vote totals. In others, credible evidence of election fraud was uncovered. With a court challenge underway, electors from both parties met at a state capitol and conducted the electoral vote. Two certifications were forwarded to Washington, one declaring the Democratic candidate to be the victor, the other naming the Republican. The Republican vice president—also a candidate in the race—convened a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6. Without fanfare, he moved to accept the Democratic slate of electors and set the Republican electors aside. So ended the presidential election of 1960. The state in question was Hawaii. The vice president was Richard Nixon, who ran against Democrat John F. Kennedy, and would have won if as few as 11,000 votes spread over five battleground states had gone the other way. Sixty years later, history nearly repeated itself as Republican electors from seven states sent alternative electoral certifications to Washington amid allegations of election fraud.)

— Without The SAVE Act, The Only Thing Keeping Foreigners From Voting Is The Honor System – MIKE LEE (COMMENT: Do not anticipate/expect that Democrat election officials will stop illegals from voting.)

— House Passes Bill to Stop Illegal Aliens from Distorting Congressional Apportionment (COMMENT: How many illegals are there in your congressional district and how many of their illegals have Democrat leaders sent there recently?)

— Biden’s unvetted migrant parole plan putting every community at risk. Abuse of parole is only one layer of Biden’s immigration ‘strategy,’ one that should be shut down immediately. – Sen. Roger Marshall, M.D.

— New Documents Reveal DC Training for Noncitizen Voting (COMMENT: Anticipate/expect that illegals will use their false identifications to register to vote and to vote for Democrats.)

— Could Biden Use Executive Order to Let Illegals Vote? – Catherine Engelbrecht (COMMENT: Anticipate/expect that Biden will do that.)
— Trump’s Popularity Is Soaring. But Will It Make a Difference? – Steve Bonta (COMMENT: Joseph Stalin said “It’s Not Who Votes That Counts, It’s Who Counts The Votes.”)

— Embattled Dolton Mayor’s Sky-High Salary Revealed – Adam Andrzejewski

— NYC Sued for Denying IVF Coverage to Gay Male Couples – Madeline Leesman (COMMENT: Should I write a book about my Democrat GAO superiors who used my and my wife giving up trying to have children in the 1980s without trying IVF to justify taking big adverse actions against me including throwing me off audits of IRS, giving me an extremely bad job assignment and performance appraisal, and ranking me at the bottom of my coworkers for pay-for performance purposes in 1989?)

— Illinois Math and Science Academy Faces Backlash Over Equity Training Requirements for Teachers (COMMENT: Who has used DEI to get rid of you? Those above me in the following continue to use DEI to get rid of me: Milton Township Republican Organization, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Illinois Republican Party. Those above me in the following used DEI to get rid of me: American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter in 2004, Illinois Center Right Coalition in 2007, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee in 2011, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois in 2012. Those above me in the following continue to use DEI to get rid of me: Wheaton, Wheaton Park District, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois. Those above me in the following used DEI to get rid of me: Post Office in 1969, IRS in 1980, and GAO in 1997. I should write a book those above me in the aforesaid and what they are doing and have done to get rid of me. If I had been a woman or a minority, they would not have taken the many big adverse actions against me that they did.)

— Biden Calls Illegals Crossing The Border “Hispanic Voters” – TYLER DURDEN (COMMENT: No one anticipates/expects that any illegal will ever vote for a Republican. Democrat leaders ever-increasingly promise to give illegals more and more and more preference.)


— He’s Running for Senate With an Immigrant’s Origin Story. Here’s the Rest. Bernie Moreno, the Republican challenging Senator Sherrod Brown in Ohio, tells a riches-to-rags-to-riches tale. But the reality isn’t so tidy. – Jonathan Weisman, Patricia Mazzei and Simón Posada (COMMENT: How much money did your ancestors have when they immigrated? On my father’s side, they had to work in a brick factory in Chicago 1844-1854 before they had enough money to homestead a farm in southeast Crete Township. On my mother’s side, they were sharecroppers in Grant Park along the Indiana border.)
— Democrats ever-increasingly promote more LGBTQ.

— U.S. Anchor Baby Policy Ensures Easy Welfare Access for Illegals – Jordan Andrews

— Democrats ever-increasingly promote more LGBTQ.

— Democrat and RINO leaders ever-increasingly promote more illegal immigration.

— Are people responsible for the actions of their ancestors? (COMMENT: What did your ancestors do? On my father’s side, my father took and kept an office job in a nasty chemical plant in Chicago Heights in 1941 and kept it until he died suddenly in 1969. He married my mother in 1945 and they had me in 1948 and my brother in 1953. My grandfather fought the Germans in WWI, operated Crete’s only a hardware store, had my father and my aunt Eunice, and had 1286 Wood Street built in Crete. My great grandfather raised and sold horses in Crete, operated Crete’s only hardware store, had my grandfather and other children, and had a large historical home built on Main Street in Crete. My great great grandfather and his father immigrated from what is now Germany in 1844, worked in brick factory in Chicago until 1854, homesteaded a farm in southeast Crete Township in 1854, had my great great grandfather and other children, sold the farm and bought 10 acres just northeast of downtown Crete in 1864, raised horses on it, and then operated Crete’s only hardware store. On my mother’s side, my mother was born and raised on a farm in Grant Park along the Indiana border. She raised me and my brother. Her parents operated that farm. Her grandparents operated that farm. Her great great grandparents immigrated from what is now Germany in the 1850s and were sharecroppers.)

— Illegal migrants are being ‘encouraged’ to vote, top Republican warns after shocking documents reveals ‘training’ for noncitizens to cast ballots in Washington D.C. Chip Roy is the lead sponsor of new legislation that will soon hit the House floor to prevent illegal immigrants from voting in federal elections. DC City Council voted to allow illegal immigrants to vote last year. – MORGAN PHILLIPS

— Blame Democratic dysfunction on big cities. The herd effect is leading progressive lawmakers down a dark path where fashion is more important than function. – RICHARD PORTER

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.