October 27 Morning Edition

— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PICTURE OF RAUNER, IVES, OBERWEIS, AND CONNELLY: HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Back Rauner or reject him? – Marni Pyke (DIERSEN: This article includes quotes from Durante, Ives, Stolman, Gasser, Breen, Rauner, Andersson, Gomez, and Harris.)
— China sees opportunity in America’s declines – Fareed Zakaria (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps have no problem with China ruling the world.)
— Arlington Heights library official says controversial initiatives led to firing – Christopher Placek
— Mortgage interest, property taxes in play in tax bill – Ken Harney

— Dem candidates for governor focus on women’s issues at UIC forum – Mitchell Armentrout (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats shout at women that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things.)

— Emanuel’s ethics board walks back $2,500 fines against 3 who illegally lobbied him – Bill Ruthhart
— Billionaire drug company founder charged with bribing doctors to prescribe opioids – AP

— After 2 Opponents Forfeited, Hope Academy To Start Playoffs Friday Night

— Can mom of 5 beat Rauner in primary? – Scott Reeder

— Bill Transparency Act Could Have Revealed Billions in Bills

— Kinzinger announces candidacy, challengers seek signatures – Brett Herrmann

— Rauner’s “blind trust procedures” don’t excuse lawsuit secrecy – Matt Dietrich

— Donald Trump recalls death of brother Fred from alcoholism, promotes abstinence

— Paul Ryan Says He Wants to ‘Fix’ DACA: But Reformers Want Much More – NEIL MUNRO

— University of Wisconsin-Madison Students Protest Abraham Lincoln Statue Because ‘He Owned Slaves’ – Jarrett Stepman

— NFL Popularity Plummets In New Poll, Especially Among Republicans – Katie Jerkovich

— Rubio: My Campaign Didn’t Dig Up Dirt on Trump – Cathy Burke (DIERSEN: What do Democrats consider to be “dirt” — a) being a Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American; b) having ancestors who have been in America for a long time; c) avoiding the draft (except if you are Bill Clinton); d) not owning a dog?)

— USC professor defends tweet promoting violence against whiteness – NATHAN RUBBELKE

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps a) glorify and praise illegals and b) demonize, denigrate, and condemn Trump.

— To Fight the Opioid Crisis, These Doctors Cut Back on Opioids – MAGGIE FOX (DIERSEN: I have never taken opioids. None of my doctors have ever recommended that I take opioids.)

— As DACA winds down, 20,000 educators are in limbo – Moriah Balingit (DIERSEN: From what I see, overwhelmingly, educators 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, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Disney encourages children to engage in LGBTQ activity.

— From Billy Graham to Roy Moore, evangelicals have come a ways, but still aren’t there – Rick Hampson

— Billionaire Boom: More of Them, With More Billions UBS reports shows Asia’s billionaires grew 23% in 2016, though U.S. still tops total wealth – Brian Blackstone
— Let’s Agree: Racial Affirmative Action Failed And college admissions offices should reveal the true secret sauce (not test scores) for getting in. – John Katzman and Steve Cohen (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes hint/imply/argue/shout that minorities should have been admitted instead of me a) by UIC in 1966, b) by NIU in 1969, c) by Loyola in 1972, d) by DePaul in 1976, e) by Roosevelt in 1980, and f) by IIT in 1992.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: We disagree in principle about affirmative action. One of us, a frequent fundraiser for Democratic candidates, believes that it’s better for colleges to have a diverse student body that more faithfully reflects the nation; and that we need to counterbalance the impact of poverty on education and opportunity, which often means giving special consideration to minority students. The other, a former Reagan staffer, believes consideration of race is intrinsically unfair and hinders race relations. But we agree that race-based affirmative action hasn’t worked. Because of how it has played out in practical terms, it’s time for colleges to shift the policy from being based on race to income. Affirmative action’s original intent was to incorporate more minority students, specifically blacks and Hispanics, into elite universities. But blacks and Hispanics have actually lost ground in the admissions race over the past 25 years, as recently reported by the New York Times . And while the original policy was intended to help minorities, Asian-American students feel they are taking the biggest hit. As a result, many have filed lawsuits against Ivy League schools such as Harvard, claiming that to gain admission, Asian-American students, on average, have to score 140 points higher on the SAT than white students, 270 points higher than Hispanic students, and 450 points higher than African-American students.)
— How Martin Luther Advanced Freedom The Reformation brought a radical egalitarianism to Christendom. – Joseph Loconte (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 anti-Missouri Synod Lutheran.)

— Why a GOP Tax Plan Without SALT Will Be a Tough Sell – Alexis Leondis

— Since Trump Took Office, State Democrats’ Chances Have Improved for 2018 The GOP holds the majority of governorships, but the number of those vulnerable next year has doubled. – LOUIS JACOBSON
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Three Republican-held governorships are so vulnerable that we’ve rated them lean Democratic. Those are the open seats being vacated by Paul LePage of Maine and Susana Martinez of New Mexico, as well as the seat held by incumbent Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, who announced his run for re-election earlier this week. . .Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) Rauner’s first term continues to be tough. A Republican in a strongly Democratic state, he’s fought an ongoing battle with the Democratic-controlled legislature that kept the state without a full budget for more than two years. The state remains in fiscal trouble, though, with over $15 billion in unpaid bills and the biggest public pension unfunded liability of any state. A decision to sign a bill providing state funding for abortions for low-income women in September, precipitated a war between the governor and social conservatives, possibly enough to provoke a primary challenge. Rauner has a vast personal fortune, but discontent within the GOP, combined with approval ratings in the mid-30s, point to a difficult re-election bid. The Democratic field includes three figures from the populous Cook County: J.B. Pritzker, a multibillionaire and the brother of the former Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker; Chris Kennedy, a businessman and son of Robert F. Kennedy; and progressive state Sen. Daniel Biss. Pritzker appears to be in the best position, having secured endorsements from the AFL-CIO, key unions and Cook County Democratic officialdom. Perhaps most important, Pritzker is a self-funder, which is attractive to Democrats looking for a way to beat the deep-pocketed Rauner.)

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.