October 25 Evening Edition

— Illinois COVID-19 today: IL reports 4,062 coronavirus cases, 24 deaths
— Coronavirus surge: US reports second-highest day of COVID cases. The highest day was Friday Social gatherings and family events moving indoors to avoid the colder weather is largely to blame for the high rates of spread. – CNN
— White House chief of staff Mark Meadows says ‘we’re not going to control the pandemic’ “Because it is a contagious virus just like the flu.” – CNN

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Election Could Stoke US Marijuana Market, Sway Congress The cannabis initiatives will draw voters to the polls who could influence other races – Michael R. Blood (DIERSEN: To push pot on an individual, municipality, township, county, state, or country is to destroy that individual, municipality, township, county, state, or country.)

— Man sets fire to ballot box in Boston, destroying 35 ballots – AP

— Early vote total exceeds 2016; GOP chips at Dems’ advantage – AP
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Hate-filled conservative-hating conservative haters say “Conservative news sites are misleading millions of readers.”

— Republicans say DuPage County voting machines give Democrats an advantage – Charles Keeshan
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Nonetheless, Republican leaders remained skeptical over the weekend. Zay said Sunday he believes the clerk’s office can find another way to assist disabled voters, and Republican state Rep. Grant Wehrli of Naperville, who is running for reelection to his 41st District House seat, threatened legal action in a tweet Saturday. “Good grief. This is happening on every voting touch screen in DuPage County. They highlight vote yes for the tax hike and EVERY Madigan backed candidate,” he wrote. “Litigation forthcoming.”)
— Medical professionals push back after Trump says COVID-19 cases are inflated to ‘get more money’ – Jake Griffin

— Number of publications linked to former Springfield reporter Brian Timpone balloons; Trump and LaHood – Bernard Schoenburg
— Rep. Tim Butler tests positive for COVID-19 – Brenden Moore

— Trashed by fellow Democrats, Madigan still flush with cash – Jim Dey

— Foreign students show less zeal for US since Trump took over – AP (DIERSEN: Foreign students are citizens of foreign countries. Democrats shout at them, and at everyone else, that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, and even worse thing who should be gotten rid of once and for all. What percent of foreign students are anti-law enforcement, anti-Trump, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-heterosexuals, anti-married people, anti-non-poor people, anti-gun owners, anti-Christian, anti-Protestant, anti-Italian American, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders (except Joe Biden and Bill Clinton), and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)

— Senate Republicans Advance Barrett’s Supreme Court Nomination – BARBARA SPRUNT
— How Donald Trump’s Presidency Has Changed The Media (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have tried to “change” me and “change” my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. I would focus on those who succeeded in ending my TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairmanship in 2012, my Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee membership in 2011, my Milton Township Republican Organization (MTRO) webmaster service in 2010 and 2004, my Illinois Center Right Coalition (ICRC) Steering Committee membership in 2007, and my American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board membership in 2004. I would focus on those who unsuccessfully tried to get ICRC to censure me in 2006 for my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. I would focus on those who stopped me from becoming MTRO’s Treasurer in 2004.)

— New York Times’ 8-Month-Long ‘Investigation’ of The Epoch Times: Light on Facts, Heavy on Bias

— US early voting hits 58.6 million, surpassing all of 2016 early and absentee voting – JOHN BOWDEN (DIERSEN: Yesterday and today, I hand-delivered the following door-to-door to all 60 homes in my precinct that have at least one Republican voter who had not yet voted: Milton Township Republican Organization (MTRO) “Republican Voter Guide,” sample ballot for my precinct, and a new joint Tim Whelan/Tim Elliott literature piece. Previously, I hand-delivering door-to-door the following to all 150 homes in my precinct a) that had at least one Republican or Independent voter and b) that had no Democrat yard signs: MTRO “Republican Cheat Sheet,” sample ballot, Illinois Family Institute Trump/Biden comparison piece, literature from the other 13 Republican candidates on the ballot in my precinct in contested races (Mark Curran, Jeanne Ives, Amy Grant, Christopher Kachiroubas, Robert Grogan, Richard Jorgensen, Babette Holder Youngberg, Timothy Elliott, Timothy Whelan, Ann Celine Walsh, Monique O’Toole, James McCluskey, and Richard Felice), and my GOPUSA Illinois business card. 900 of the aforesaid 2,400 pieces had to be folded to fit inside the envelopes provided by the DuPage County Republican Central Committee. The 150 envelopes had a) 358 mailing labels on them provided by the DuPage County Election Division, one for each individual Republican or Independent voter and b) my return address label.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: By definition, you are not conservative or Republican if you vote for Biden.
— Pre-election voting surpasses all 2016 early ballots cast with 9 days left until Election Day – Adam Levy, Ethan Cohen and Liz Stark

— Over Democratic Fury, Republicans Push Barrett to Brink of Confirmation A near party-line vote on Sunday to cut off debate over Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination set up a final confirmation vote on Monday. – Nicholas Fandos
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Hate-filled Republican-hating Republican-haters say that the Supreme Court’s “Legitimacy Is Now in Question.” My Democrat GAO superiors would have questioned the legitimacy of my promotion to GS-13 in 1986 when I was 38 years old if I had not a) worked for GAO for almost 7 years, b) became a licensed CPA in 1981, c) passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981, d) earned a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, e) passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979, f) earned an MBA from Loyola in 1976, and g) worked for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years at the GS-12, Step 1-5 levels.

— Both Biden and Trump have questioned the other’s physical and mental fitness. Here’s what we know about their health. – Toluse Olorunnipa and Michael Kranish

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who slammed Trump, to become first African American cardinal – John Bacon

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.