November 29 Evening Edition

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump stokes anti-Muslim sentiments by retweeting extremist’s videos.”


— Illinois GOP signals support for Republican tax plan, but does Rauner? – Tina Sfondeles (DIERSEN: From what I see, outrageously, under “Republican tax plan,” the more that your itemized deductions have been, the more federal income tax that you will pay. My and my wife’s 2016 federal income tax return shows that we had $30,890 in itemized deductions. We paid $21,433 in medical and dental expenses and we were able to deduct $13,859 of that, we paid $12,835 in real estate taxes, we paid $1,468 in state income taxes, and we made $2,728 in 501(c)(3) contributions. From what I see, outrageously, the proposed “tax reform” is designed to a) punish those who have high medical and dental expenses, b) discourage homeownership, and c) discourage taking job-related graduate courses. Government should encourage homeownership. The deductibility of mortgage interest and real estate taxes a) encouraged me to buy a new town home in 1972 when I was 24 years old, a studio condo in 1974, and a one bedroom condo in 1976 and b) encouraged my wife and I to buy a home in 1978 and to have one built in 1984. Further, government should encourage getting job-related education. The deductibility of job-related education encouraged me to take job-related graduate courses 1972-1983 and 1992-1997.)
— Trump and Republican tax plan gives democracy a beating – Editorial
— Facing pressure, House OKs anti-harassment training- AP
— Age and time can’t stop allegations of sexual harassment – Mary Mitchell
— Smoking out investment gambles of Chris Kennedy and J.B. Pritzker – Tina Sfondeles
— Lipinski now supports DACA bill, Roskam still opposes – Mark Brown


— In Missouri speech, Trump touts benefits of tax cuts for ‘the people that like me best’ – John Wagner (DIERSEN: Trump must believe that those who take the standard deduction like him best. But overwhelmingly, those who take the standard deduction are young renters who vote for Democrats.)
— Matt Lauer’s firing and other skeletons in newsroom closets – Heidi Stevens
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Anti-Muslim videos retweeted by Trump misrepresent what happened.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump retweets hate group’s Islamaphobic videos — he is not well.”)
— Sen. Durbin ratchets up government shutdown fight over ‘dreamers’ – Ed O’Keefe and Sean Sullivan
— Rauner campaign touts rating from activist who said Lincoln fought Civil War over taxes, not slavery – Rick Pearson
— Rauner says Medicaid plan will save money despite increased contract costs – Kim Geiger
— DuPage County Board signs off on no-tax-raise budget – Gary Gibula
— Supporters, opponents air concerns at Orland Park video gambling forum – Mike Nolan


— DuPage voters may get say on dissolving election commission – Robert Sanchez
— Schools want reimbursement for election security – Jake Griffin
— $157 million contract cemented with tollway firm despite conflict of interest doubts – Marni Pyke


— Rauner says he’s ‘applauding Congress’ on tax bill


— Rauner backs D.C. tax reform efforts, not specifics – Bernard Schoenburg (DIERSEN: To back “D.C. tax reform efforts” is to back a) letting those who take the standard deduction pay less federal income tax and b) making those who itemize their deductions pay more federal income tax.)


— Wheaton judge Linda Davenport announces bid for retiring chief judge’s seat


— Local Support For Rauner? Area Republican Leaders Mum – Todd Wessell (DIERSEN: Rauner should be a) supported when he does things to defend and advance the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) platform and b) opposed when he does things against the IRP platform.)
— Local Support For Rauner? Area Republican Leaders Mum – Todd Wessell


— College students would rather be offered an Illinois job than a state tax credit – Editorial


— SIU cheerleaders say they are being hidden during national anthem due to kneeling protests – NATHAN DODD AND BRIAN MUÑOZ


— Joshua C. Griffin: Republican Maverick for Secretary of State – Lee Edwards


— New Campaign Ads, New Opponents for Illinois Governor Rauner in Gubernatorial Race Governor Rauner target of new Gubernatorial Campaign Ad – Jerrica Valtierra


— Ives Files ‘Maximum Number Of Signatures’ To Challenge Rauner Wheaton Rep. Jeanne Ives collected closed to 13,000 signatures in her bid to oust Gov. Bruce Rauner. – Lisa Marie Farver (DIERSEN: I gathered 10 of those signatures from registered Republican voters in my precinct. Previously, I had gathered 30 signatures from them for her House race.)


— We have to break the Rauner coalition in 2018


— Straub joins call for Silverstein to resign from Senate – Glenn Minnis


— Illinois’ ‘independent’ news network publishes pro-Rauner propaganda ‘Hyperlocal’ news written from afar – Nathaniel Dean Fortmeyer, William Recktenwald and William H. Freivogel (DIERSEN: What if Gateway Journalism Review wrote an article about Dave Diersen and his GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails? Would that article be similar to Bernard Schoenburg’s August 16, 2012 article titled “A bunch of political info — daily” at ?)


— A District’s Survey Finds Anger Over Anti-Conservative ‘School Climate’ – Mark Glennon


— 5 DEMOCRATS, 1 REPUBLICAN FILE FOR ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL (DIERSEN: DuPage County Board Member Gary Grasso is circulating nominating petitions for the position.)


— ILGOP, Biss, Pritzker respond *** Rauner says he’s “applauding Congress” on tax bill
— Mendoza responds *** Rauner on Mendoza: “She is such a puppet for Madigan”


— Trump’s Justice Department Takes on Harvard’s Asian Quotas (DIERSEN: All during the almost 30 years that I worked for the federal government, my superiors were under tremendous pressure from Democrat politicians to meet Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion quotas, goals, and targets. They focused a) on hiring, retaining, and promoting Democrats, and especially Democrats who were minority, female, and/or younger and b) getting rid of their employees who were Republican, and especially Republicans who were White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)


— Billionaire’s Cheap Labor Lobby Behind Year-End DACA Amnesty Push – JOHN BINDER
— Tech Executives Claim DACA Illegal Aliens Are ‘The Next Mark Zuckerberg’ – JOHN BINDER (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps think as highly of citizens of foreign countries as they look down on citizens of America.)


— Liberal Organizers Incentivize Protesters To Get Arrested – PHILLIP STUCKY (DIERSEN: Since 2000, operatives and dupes who work for my critics/opponents talk and act like my critics/opponents have promised them lots of money, a new home, a new car, a sweetheart job, a sweetheart contract, favorable legislation, and much more if they succeed in stopping me from sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
— New York Times Openly Lobbies Against Republican Tax Bill On Twitter – Robert Donachie (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the NYT acts as an arm of the Democrat Party.)
— Almost Every Graduate Of DC High School Was Truant, Yet All Of Them Were Accepted To College – Amber Randall


— Illinois’ $750 million bonds won by BofA with still hefty yields


— House to vote on lengthening trial period for federal employees from one to two years – Eric Yoder (DIERSEN: My Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were furious that when I transferred from IRS to GAO in 1980 when I was 31 years old, that because I had been under a probationary period at IRS, I was not under a probationary period at GAO. Nevertheless, they did everything that they could to get rid of me. They forced me to take an $18,847 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980. GAO audits IRS. They kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO. They gave me unfair performance expectations and unfair performance appraisals. They assigned me to work for, to work with, and to supervise the office’s most problematic employees. They did not promote me beyond GS-13. They always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes. They forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, and even worse things. In my defense, I completed the requirements for a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981, became a licensed CPA in 1981, a Certified Fraud Examiner in 1990, a Certified Government Financial Manager in 1994, a Certified Financial Services Auditor in 1996, and a Forensic Accountant in 1997. In addition, I completed the requirements for a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997.)


— We need a #metoo moment, but for prostitutes: The only way to combat their routine victimization is to decriminalize sex work – S.E. CUPP (DIERSEN: Of course, Libertarians agree. How many Libertarians are there in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, in your county, in Illinois, and America who falsely claim to be Republican? They always vote for Democrats.)


— Cuts to Federal Retirement System: Evaded or Merely Postponed? – Randy Silvey
— Are You a Good Bureaucrat, or a Bad Bureaucrat? – Jeff Neal (DIERSEN: Of course, according to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, I was a bad bureaucrat. They stress that a) my Democrat GAO superiors forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take an $18,847 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980; b) my Democrat IRS superiors did not promote me beyond GS-12, disallowed my education deductions in 1978, and disallowed my partial day per diem claims in 1974; and c) my Democrat Post Office superiors forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests in 1969 and 1968. In my defense, I stress that they would not have taken the aforesaid adverse actions against me if I had been a Democrat, a minority, a female, or a veteran.)


— Preparations underway for Dec. 6 gubernatorial LGBT debate – Matt Simonette (DIERSEN: Which of these candidates will promise to do the most to get rid of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that do not promote LGBTQ activity?)

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.