October 26 Morning Edition

— Munger, Mendoza battle over campaign ties, pensions — and Trump – Tina Sfondeles

— Trump’s ‘nasty woman’ insult a gift for Clinton – Lynn Sweet  (DIERSEN: What if Clinton had said that Trump was a “nasty man?”)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD IN THE USA TODAY: Trump: Litigator  and Chief? – Nick Penzenstadler  (DIERSEN: Should I write a book about all the lawsuits that I have filed?)


— Comptroller candidates point fingers about political backers in testy debate – Hal Dardick and Monique Garcia
— Pair of aldermen play hooky for road trip to Cleveland – Hal Dardick
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrat teachers crow about their success in a) glorifying and praising Clinton and b) demonizing, denigrating, and condemning Trump.
— DuPage OKs payments for insurance, consultants – Gary Gibula  (DIERSEN: Are you a consultant, that is, do you offer consulting services? I have since 1997.  What obstacles does your consulting business face?  Since 1997, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois have viciously demonized, viciously denigrated, and viciously condemned my qualifications and ability to provide consulting services.  They dismiss/belittle my work experience, professional certifications, professional license, and education.  My critics/opponents have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout.  My critics/opponents focus on destroying individuals, organizations, companies, and governments that they cannot manipulate/dominate.)
— Naperville predicts similar tax levy as economy picks up – Genevieve Bookwalter
— Local youths to be ‘homeless’ for a night to raise funds, awareness – Erin Hegarty  (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who paint themselves as being GOD-LIKE and who blame homelessness of those who are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, non-veteran, gun owners, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
— On locker-room talk and implicit sexism – Janet Burroway
— How ‘SNL’ exposed the common thread of voter paranoia – Clarence Page
— Couples desperate for children turn to crowdfunding fertility – Bloomberg  (DIERSEN: My Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates viciously demonized, denigrated, and condemned my wife and I because we gave up trying to have children, because we did not adopt, and because we did not become foster parents.  They would not have done that if I had been a Democrat, a minority, a female, or a veteran.)


— Comptroller candidates claim independence from party leaders – Jake Griffin  (DIERSEN: Are you an operative or a dupe for those who have the most religious, government, political, and/or financial clout?  I have never been.  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always viciously demonized me, viciously denigrated me, and viciously condemned me because I have never been an operative or a dupe for those who dominate the Milton Township Republican Central Committee, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants, GAO, IRS, etc.  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always pandered to whoever has the most clout.)
— Where do Trump and Clinton stand on making your commute better? – Marni Pyke  (DIERSEN: Are/were you a commuter?  I was 1964-1997.  I drove to work 1964-1974, I walked to work 1974-1978, and I rode a train to work 1978-1997.)
— Foster, Khouri take different stances on national security, guns – Jessica Cilella
— 58th District Illinois House candidates agree pensions, term limits need to be addressed – Mick Zawislak
— Rauner deal pushes off bond issue problem until after 2018 governor election – BGA
— Caucuses anything but democratic – Mark Kmiecik, Wheaton


— Think Clinton vs. Trump is bitter? Think again – GREG HINZ


— Forum: Illinois Comptroller Candidates – Nick Blumberg


— Trump brand loses luster with affluent – AP  (DIERSEN: When are you affluent? Is it when your annual income exceeds $500,000, $750,000, $1,000,000+?  Is it when your net worth exceeds $10,000,000, $25,000,000, $50,000,000+?  But according to my failed critics/opponents, their failed operatives, and their failed dupes, you are affluent as soon as you have enough money to buy a new car like I did when I was 17, to pay for your college expenses to earn a bachelor’s degree like I did when I was 21, to buy real estate like I did when I was 24, to buy a collector car like I did when I was 40, etc.)
— Politics Trumps Policy in U.S. Senate Race – BRIAN MACKEY
— Local Democrats outspending Republican challengers by big margins – Anna Giles
— Trump, GOP look to ‘Obamacare’ report as comeback lifeline – AP


— 13th Congressional Candidates Meet In Springfield


— Republicans in Tight Races More Likely to Abandon Donald Trump – ABC News


— Springfield veteran honored for volunteer work – John Reynolds  (DIERSEN: Of course, obviously, needless-to-say, and without question, my nasty troubled failed vicious critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always viciously demonized, viciously denigrated, and viciously condemned all the volunteer work that I have done for Republican candidates, GOPUSA, Milton Township Republican Central Committee, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants, American Association of Government Accountants, Illinois CPA Society, etc.  I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes.  They are extremely disgusting.)
— Davis, Wicklund debate marijuana legalization – Doug Finke  (DIERSEN: If you promote pot in Illinois, you promote the further destruction of Illinois.)


— Busing students a huge expense for school districts – Nicole Lafond  (DIERSEN: Did you ride a bus to school?  The only time that I did was 1961-1962 when I lived with my parents in Crete and attended Hope Lutheran Grade School in Park Forest.  Otherwise, I walked to school at Trinity Lutheran in Crete 1953-1961 and Crete-Monee High School 1962-1966.)


— Trump campaign manager: We are vetting people for Trump’s cabinet  Kellyanne Conway is confident Trump will win – CNN  (DIERSEN: What might encourage Trump to offer you a job in his administration?  I argue that for me, it would include my having worked for GAO for almost 18 years, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels (currently $92,632-$120,427), my having worked for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels (currently $77,899-$88,286), my having six job-related professional certifications, my having a job-related professional license, my having three job-related graduate degrees, my having a job-related bachelor’s degree, etc.)
— Trump on whether election will be stolen: ‘Ask Obama’ 2008 video surfaces – CNN


— Here’s how Gov. Rauner’s salary compares to his peers – Craig M. Douglas  (DIERSEN: What is your salary?  The less that your salary is, the more that my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes demonize you, denigrate you, and condemn you as being a loser.  The more that your salary is, the more that my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes demonize you, denigrate you, and condemn you as being overpaid.  Because I am not paid anything to serve as your GOPUSA Illinois Editor, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes demonize me, denigrate me, and condemn me as being a loser.  Because GAO paid me $120,427 in today’s dollars in 1997 when I was 49 years old, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes demonize me, denigrate me, and condemn me as having been overpaid.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Public payroll data from all 50 states indicates that the average U.S. governor earns $137,415 per year in salary, with variances ranging from a low of $70,000 to a high of just under $200,000 per year. By those measures, the average governor’s pay is nothing to slouch at — especially when considering that the median household income in the United States hovers around $52,000 per year. However, it does pale in comparison to the eight-figure paydays that are increasingly common among private-sector CEOs, many of whom oversee far-smaller budgets and workforces relative to the typical state governor. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, who has been in office since January 2015 and oversees an annual state budget of $38.6 billion, is expected to earn $177,412 this year, which puts him at No. 5 among the 50 state governors. His pay is at 129 percent of the national average. But it must be noted that Rauner forgoes an annual salary from the state.)


— Hillary Clinton Wins — With Illinois Kids  Scholastic’s presidential poll put Hillary Clinton on top with kids in both the country and in Illinois. – Joseph Hosey  (DIERSEN: Democrat teachers crow about their success in a) glorifying and praising Clinton and b) demonizing, denigrating, and condemning Trump.)


— New DuPage County Associate Judge Appointed After Months of Deliberation  Brian Jacobs is filling the vacancy created by Karen Wilson. – Anicka Slachta


— Prairie Ridge Teacher on Paid Leave After Showing Pro-Clinton Video to Class  William Walker makes $119,000 per year and was outside the school this week protesting the district’s move to boot him from the classroom. – Amie Rowland


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Republicans demonize, denigrate, and condemn Republicans.


— Think a vote for Trump is a vote against the machine? Think again. The GOP nominee has been tight with Chicago Dems for a long time. – Ben Joravsky  (DIERSEN: What have you been tight with for a long time? For me, it has been the Republican Party platform.)


— State GOP sets up voter-fraud hotline after Kankakee allegations


— In just three years, Bruce Rauner upended Dems’ control of campaign finance


— INFORMED AMERICANS CAN PULL US BACK FROM PRECIPICE – Ben Kinchlow (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes do not want anyone to be informed, and they especially do not want me to inform anyone about anything.)


— Newt Gingrich Goes Ballistic at Megyn Kelly Over Trump ‘Sexual Predator’ Claim –  Greg Richter  (DIERSEN: It seems that ever-increasingly, Kelly wants to be viewed as being anti-male.  If Clinton wins, will Clinton offer Kelly a cabinet position?)


— Angry Newt Gingrich Loses It on the Air With Megyn Kelly: ‘You Are Fascinated With Sex!’ – JASON HOWERTON


— Whether It’s John McCain, Mitt Romney or Donald Trump, Democrats Always Run ‘War on Women’ Campaign – JOHN HAYWARD  (DIERSEN: Of course, obviously, needless-to-say, and without question, my critics/opponent, their operatives, and their dupes have always shouted that I discriminate against women.)


— Berkeley protesters form human chain to stop white students from getting to class – Bradford Richardson
— Sanctuary city illegal immigrant sparks $61M fire in national forest – Stephen Dinan


— Anti-Trump Violence Sweeps the Nation  Media pays little attention to escalating attacks, thousands of threats against Trump supporters – Matthew Vadum


— Berkeley students barricade bridge, force whites to cross creek – Anthony Gockowski
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Students at the University of California, Berkeley held a violent protest on campus Friday to demand additional segregated “spaces of color” for non-white students. The demonstration began at a key bridge on campus, where the protesters made a human chain to prevent white people from crossing, instead directing them to “go around” by trudging across the stream. Later, the activists turned their ire against an on-campus store leased to a private company, posting a fake “eviction notice” on the building threatening that “community action will continue to escalate” if the space is not vacated immediately.)


— TREASONOUS: Colin Powell says he’s voting for Hillary Clinton – Brent Griffiths


— Federal employees shun Trump, give big money to Clinton – Jonathan Swan  (DIERSEN: If I was still a federal employee, because of their hatred of Trump and because of their hatred of my demographics, my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworker, and subordinates would have killed me by now figuratively, if not literally.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Federal government employees are opening their wallets to help Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump on Nov. 8. Of the roughly $2 million that federal workers from 14 agencies spent on presidential politics by the end of September, about $1.9 million, or 95 percent, went to the Democratic nominee’s campaign, according to an analysis by The Hill. Employees at all the agencies analyzed, without exception, are sending their campaign contributions overwhelmingly to Clinton over her Republican counterpart. Several agencies, such as the State Department, which Clinton once led, saw more than 99 percent of contributions going to Clinton. Employees of the Department of Justice, which investigated Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of State, gave Clinton 97 percent of their donations. Trump received $8,756 from DOJ employees compared with $286,797 for Clinton. From IRS employees, Clinton received 94 percent of donations. Federal government employees overwhelmingly backed Clinton’s presidential campaign no matter which agency The Hill analyzed using Federal Election Commission data covering donors giving more than $200. Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller said these donation patterns are more evidence of the “rigged system” favoring establishment candidates like Clinton over outsiders like Trump. The Trump campaign has been citing lopsided media donations to Clinton — though there’s no evidence they’re coming from reporters covering Trump — as further evidence that the game is fixed. But David Schultz, a Hamline University Professor of Political Science, said government employees have historically favored Democratic candidates over Republicans both in their voting habits and political contributions made in their personal time. Under the Hatch Act, federal government employees are banned from engaging in political activities, including making campaign contributions, during work hours. “Government employees are, on balance, more moderate or more liberal as opposed to the general population,” Schultz said. “Not across the board, but in general.” Government employees are “more likely to believe in government as opposed to, let’s say, a privatization program,” he added, “programs that we would view as hostile to government.” Republicans typically campaign on promises to slash government payrolls, which helps explain why recent GOP presidential candidates have received the smaller share of donations from government workers. Yet while Republicans usually do worse than Democrats, Trump appears to be doing especially poorly in fundraising from government employees. The 2012 GOP presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, received 14 percent of donations from the same group of agencies surveyed for Trump. Trump received just 5 percent. Romney got close to $300,000 more from these same departments’ employees than Trump has four years later. Comparisons to previous presidential candidates are of limited value, since they took public funding for their general election campaigns. Trump might have had a chance to do better than Romney. He discarded much of Republican orthodoxy during his primary campaign, which could have led some federal employees to believe that he’d be more amenable to big government. He vowed, for example, to leave massive social welfare programs virtually untouched. But Trump also constantly attacked federal institutions. During his primary campaign, he described the federal government as a corrupt, bloated body run by “very, very, stupid people.” Trump vowed “tremendous cutting” of the government in an interview with The Wall Street Journal in January and singled out the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency as agencies he’d slash dramatically if not outright eliminate. Agency employees have likely taken note of Trump’s hostile rhetoric. In the Department of Education’s case, that included Trump’s pledges to hand over control to the states and to fight tooth and nail against Common Core standards. From Department of Education employees this cycle, Trump received three donations totaling $220. Clinton received 724 donations for more than $74,000. In all, she received 99.7 percent of donations from employees of the department. Donations from the State Department, which Clinton ran from 2009 to 2013, were even more slanted in her favor. State Department employees gave Trump 39 donations, for $4,652. Over the same time period, they gave their former boss 2,518 donations, for $425,525. Throughout his campaign, Trump has portrayed himself as a strongman who would toughen up America’s defenses — both militarily and at the border — and who would take care of veterans. It’s probably no coincidence, therefore, that Trump performed best in donations among employees of three agencies: Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs. But even employees of these more Trump-friendly agencies have overwhelmingly contributed to Clinton’s campaign. From Defense employees, Trump received 341 donations for $43,575. Clinton got 2,392 donations for $225,560, giving her 84 percent of the money. From Homeland Security employees, Clinton got 90 percent of the donations, and from Veterans Affairs she took 88 percent. Romney performed significantly better than Trump with employees at all three agencies, receiving, for example, $98,153 from Defense employees, which amounted 21 percent of donations. During the Republican primaries, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said, “Let’s create a little bit of a recession in Washington, D.C., so that we can have economic prosperity outside of Washington.” Fear of such plans might be the truest explanation of these uniformly lopsided donations. Schultz, the Hamline professor, said “self-preservation”— particularly for workers engaged in public sector unions — probably motivates their political giving. “This means support for their jobs,” he said. “Clinton, for the most part, is going to be probably a continuation of more or less what Obama is.” Federal government employees, he said, are likely “more willing to give to somebody who would be more predictable in terms of supporting their livelihood, their jobs, as opposed to somebody who might be less predictable.”)


— Donald Trump, Defending ‘Rigged’ Election Talk, Calls President Obama ‘a Phony’ – ADAM KELSEY


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE: What Drives Donald Trump? – Michael Barbaro  (DIERSEN: What drives you? Defending and advancing the Republican Party platform, the Illinois Republican Party platform, and the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling drives me.  Opposition to the aforesaid documents drives my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes.)
— Voters Fear Their Ballot Won’t Count, Poll Shows – GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO (DIERSEN: How many of the many millions who are in America illegally will use their false identifications to vote for Clinton and for the other Democrats in the November 8, 2016 election?)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors PROMOTE ISLAM.)
— Hillary Clinton’s Resounding Mandate – Frank Bruni  (DIERSEN: Individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors SHOUT THAT CLINTON’S MANDATE IS TO GET RID OF INDIVIDUALS, ORGANIZATIONS, COMPANIES, GOVERNMENTS, AND COUNTRIS THAT ARE Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— If Immigration Can’t Be Stopped, Maybe It Can Be Managed – Eduardo Porter  (DIERSEN: If there had been more immigration during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, the bad jobs that I got washing dishes, cleaning golf shoes, chipping slag, pumping gasoline, delivering mail, working on an automobile assembly line, working as a security guard, selling tires, automotive services, and major appliances, collecting delinquent taxes, and auditing federal agencies would have been given to immigrants instead of to me.)
— College Is the Goal. Will These Three Teenagers Get There? – ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS (DIERSEN: Who thinks/thought that you are/were not “college material?”  I should write a book about those who thought that I was not “college material.”  They stressed that neither of my parents attended college, that except for my father, none of my ancestors had earned a high school diploma, and that my mother had never attended high school.)


— Managing Driving’s Many Distractions  Technology in cars draws more drivers’ eyes off the road – ANNE MARIE CHAKER


— College Prices Hit New Record Highs in 2016 – Kim Clark  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress that college expenses were much lower when I earned my master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997, my master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, my MBA from Loyola in 1976, and my bachelor’s degree in management from NIU in 1970.)


— FRONT PAGE: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-men demonize, denigrate, and condemn men.
— Congress could never control Trump – John J. Pitney Jr.
— The perpetual death of the GOP – Brett McGinness
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Evangelicals demonize, denigrate, and condemn Trump.


— What’s More Distracting Than A Noisy Co-Worker? Turns Out, Not Much – Yuki Noguchi  (DIERSEN: When GAO moved into new space in the new 200 West Adams building in downtown Chicago in 1990, I got a quiet office instead of a noisy cube because I had been promoted in 1986 and I got a preferred office because I had earned almost 12 years of federal seniority before I transferred to GAO in 1980.  Of course, obviously, needless-to-say, and without question, my envy-filled GAO coworkers were furious about that.)


— Vote “no” on the CPS-CTU concessions contract!


— Hillary’s Climate of Hate – Michelle Malkin
— The Ruling Class – John Stossel  (DIERSEN: What do the members of the ruling class in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois think of you?  Do they expect you to pander to them?  Do they expect you to give them money?  Do they expect you to serve as one of their operatives or as one of their dupes?  Who do they glorify and praise?  Who do they demonize, denigrate, and condemn?)

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.