October 31 Morning Edition

— Republicans, Democrats aren’t even buried together at downstate Illinois cemetery Carlock, IL, located just outside Bloomington (DIERSEN: There are two cemeteries in my Wheaton precinct.)

— Who Is Voting? Who Is Winning? Early Vote Only Offers Clues Here’s a closer look at what we know — and don’t know — about early voters – Nicholas Riccardi and Angeliki Kastanis

— A DuPage County election judge has been arrested and is accused of stealing campaign signs. When Villa Park Police arrested Beverly Johnston, who is a Democrat, they found her car full of Republican signs.

— Illinois early votes already more than half 2016 turnout; polling officials say they’re ready for next COVID-19 test We’ve already seen record early voting. For those who wait till Tuesday, it will be a distinctly 2020 polling experience thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. – Mitchell Armentrout
— Democrats up and down the ballot stump for the ‘Fair Tax’ The Zoom “rally” featured a who’s-who of Illinois politics, including Pritzker, Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton, Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Cook County State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx. – Rachel Hinton
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats shout at naturalized citizens, and at everyone else, that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things who should be gotten rid of once and for all. Democrats see naturalized citizens as being their soldiers in their army to destroy Republicans.
— Durbin faces long-shot bid from ‘truly independent’ GOP challenger Curran, Willie Wilson and two others Durbin, the Senate’s No. 2 Democratic leader, entered the home stretch of a mostly virtual campaign season with weeks of national exposure as one of the loudest voices against the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett. – Mitchell Armentrout

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats and RINOs make it clear that they want to get rid of Republicans once and for all. They certainly want to get rid of me and to get rid of my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. How much power do Democrat and RINO elected officials have to destroy Republican individuals, organizations, and companies in your neighborhood, in your precinct, in your municipal district, in your municipality, in your township, in your county district, and in your county?

— Republican challenger in McHenry County chairman race outraising Franks – Kelli Duncan

— Where the money is going in this year’s election? Madigan spends to expand his majority, while GOP donors counter Pritzker on his tax plan and take aim at a state Supreme Court Justice. – A.D. QUIG
— Why not ask major grocers to consider personalized pricing? More so than artisanal food providers, the big chains can make a huge impact in food deserts and their citizens by providing such prices subsidized by their profits in wealthier neighborhoods. – NIK ROKOP (DIERSEN: How wealthy is your neighborhood, your precinct, your municipal district, your municipality, your township, your county district, and you county? What percent of households have income under $10,000, $15,000, $20,000, $25,000, $30,000, $35,000, $40,000, $45,000, $50,000, etc.? What percent of households have negative net worth, net worth under $10,000, $15,000, $20,000, $25,000, $30,000, $35,000, $40,000, $45,000, $50,000, etc.?)

— Pierog blames Lauzen for loss of pot tax revenue (DIERSEN: What do your critics/opponents blame you for? My critics/opponents blame me for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems. I should write a book about my critics/opponents. I would focus on those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton’s West District, Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County’s 4th District, DuPage County, and Illinois. I would focus on those who are going to blame me and are going to blame my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails for all the defeats that Republican candidates on the ballot in my precinct will suffer in the November 3, 2020 election.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: To predict that a candidate will win is to promote that candidate.

— McGuire decries roadblocks for increasing diversity among Illinois teachers (DIERSEN: To increase diversity in the federal workforce, Democrats lowered qualification requirements and made them more subjective. My Democrat IRS superiors were furious when I earned an MBA from Loyola in 1976 and passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979. My Democrat GAO superiors were furious when I earned 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, became a Certified Fraud Examiner in 1990, became a Certified Government Financial Manager in 1994, became a Certified Financial Services Auditor in 1996, became a Forensic Accountant in 1996, and earned a master’s degree in financial markets and trading in 1997. All of the minorities and females who IRS and GAO promoted over me had less education, fewer professional certifications and licenses, and/or less work experience than I had.)

— Agencies, Contractors Suspend Diversity Training To Avoid Violating Trump Order – MELISSA BLOCK (DIERSEN: Democrats use Diversity to get rid of Republicans, and especially to get rid of Republicans who are law enforcement officers, Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, White, male, older, heterosexual, married, non-poor, gun owners, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: What do you say to groups that vote for those candidates who promise to give them the most preference?
— What’s At Stake For LGBTQ Voters This Election? – BRIANNA SCOTT (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and RINOs get rid of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that do not promote LGBTQ.)
— As Election Nears, A Look At What Motivates Some Wisconsin Voters – NOEL KING & H.J. MAI & TAYLOR HANEY (DIERSEN: What motivates you to help elect candidates? For me, it includes their demonstrated ability, motivation, and commitment to defend and advance the Republican Party platform. Further, I watch every closely how the following treat me and treat my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails: the candidates and their kitchen cabinet members, major donors, endorsers, political consultants, campaign managers, campaign staff, and campaign volunteers.)
— Black And Latino Voters Flooded With Disinformation In Election’s Final Days – SHANNON BOND (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all government and political news and commentary is disinformation except for the government and political news and commentary that they put out or bless.)
— ‘A Huge Attack.’ Critics Decry Trump Order That Makes Firing Federal Workers Easier – BRIAN NAYLOR

— Illinois State University Office of the President announces start of biweekly updates regarding diversity – KELLIE FOY (DIERSEN: Democrats use Diversity to get rid of Republicans, and especially to get rid of Republicans who are law enforcement officers, Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, White, male, older, heterosexual, married, non-poor, gun owners, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— Uncertainty At Burr Ridge Village Hall? Board plans to close its doors next week. Leadership transition is in question. Top finance official is on leave. – David Giuliani (DIERSEN: While I worked for GAO 1980-1997, its Democrat leaders made it very clear that they wanted to get rid of GAO employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who they had not promoted to GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40. Extremely few GAO employees made the aforesaid promotion deadlines.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The mayor revealed the Village Board was looking at a “younger qualified” candidate to replace the significantly older administrator. As part of the separation agreement, the administrator waived his rights under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.)

— Internet censorship is the left’s Fairness Doctrine – William Haupt III (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents want to a) censor me, b) censor my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, and c) censor www.gopillinois.com . I should write a book about my critics/opponents. Better yet, I should sue them.)

— Republicans Accuse Champaign County Clerk Of Election Misconduct – Jim Meadow

— Breen warns voters to reject governor’s plan: ‘We simply can’t afford this graduated income tax’ – Glenn Minnis
— Curran believes Democrats’ ultimate financial goal is ‘that the federal government will have to bail us out’ – Glenn Minnis

— Grant deems IDES response to COVID-19 spike in unemployment ‘a monumental failure’ – Glenn Minnis

— More than 6,900 new virus cases in Illinois – AP (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats use COVID-19 to destroy Republicans.)

— Voter Fraud: Dead Republicans Come Back As Democrats

— Who Are Your Neighbors Voting For? – Christopher Gage (DIERSEN: During the last 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30+ years, in your precinct, what percent of those who have moved in are Republican-haters? The cost of living in Wheaton, Milton Township, and DuPage County is very high. Nevertheless, hypocritical hate-filled Republican-hating Republican haters want to live there to hypocritically take advantage of the prosperity and safety that Republicans created there. I should write a book about hypocritical hate-filled Republican-hating Republican haters in Wheaton, Milton Township, and DuPage County.)

— Former Vice President Joe Biden has used footage of Nazi dictator and mass murderer Adolf Hitler in a new campaign ad attacking President Donald Trump. – Joel B. Pollak (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the more of the following that you are, the more that Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and RINOs paint you as being a Nazi, White supremacist, KKK member, hater, racist sexist, bigot, and even worse things: German American, Protestant, Trump supporter, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, heterosexual, married, non-poor, gun owner, draft avoider (except Joe Biden and Bill Clinton), and if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— Shut Down DC Targets Conservative Organizations as ‘Trump Boosters’ – Rachel del Guidice (DIERSEN: What is your municipality, your township, and your county doing to defend their Republican residents from their Democrat residents? Which Republican homes, businesses, buildings, etc. in your precinct, in your municipal district, in your municipality, in your township, in your county district, and in your county will the Democrats destroy?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Shut Down D.C., a progressive group that says it uses “strategic direct action to advance justice and hold officials accountable,” is targeting at least 27 conservative organizations in the Washington metro area as Election Day approaches. An interactive map from Shut Down D.C. lists as “Trump boosters” a range of organizations, including The Heritage Foundation, the parent organization of The Daily Signal. Other groups listed include Americans for Prosperity, Competitive Enterprise Institute, FreedomWorks, Leadership Institute, National Taxpayers Union, Republican Jewish Coalition, and UrbanCURE. (The complete list is below.) Shut Down D.C.’s map contains the address, phone number, and website for each listed group. It also shows the location of media organizations, technology companies, and government offices in Washington, D.C. The left-wing group’s website boasts that “we’re getting ready for an uprising. Now’s the time to get involved so we’re ready to hit the streets.” Shut Down D.C.’s election week plan includes three phases: assembling on Nov. 3 at Black Lives Matter Plaza, taking action in the streets from Nov. 4-7, and targeting members of Congress when they return to Washington on Nov. 8. “Affinity groups may want to start now to plan actions that confronting [sic] targets who need to be disrupted regardless of what is playing out with the vote count (Department of Justice, ICE, RNC, etc.),” the website warns. On Friday, Shut Down D.C. retweeted a tweet from an account called Earth Guardians that said: “If you’re planning on taking to the streets on election day, @ShutDown_DC has lots of trainings to make sure you have the tools to stay safe and knowledgable [sic] of your rights. Check out the list of trainings below. https://shutdowndc.org/calendar #shutdowndc #earthguardians.”)

— Biden vows to enact Equality Act in first 100 days: 4 things to know about the legislation Biden vows to enact Equality Act in first 100 days: 4 things to know about the legislation – Ryan Foley

— Big Tech: ‘The Single Greatest Threat to Free Speech in America’ Republicans and Democrats have news for America’s social media moguls — the squirming has just begun. – TONY PERKINS

— Campus Pride issues list of LGBTQ-friendly colleges – Spencer Irvine (DIERSEN: UIC accepted me in 1966, NIU in 1969, Loyola in 1972, DePaul in 1976, and IIT in 1992. Because I do not promote LGBTQ, the aforesaid colleges would not admit me today.)

— Big Tech Needs to Embrace Free Speech to Enjoy its Protections – Deroy Murdock (DIERSEN: I should write a book about my critics/opponents who want to abolish the First Amendment. They want the following to have the power to stop me from sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails: Milton Township Republican Organization, 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 Midwest Chapter, Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois.)

— Big Tech now censoring all posts that question face coverings (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, a) will employers get rid of their employees who do not promote face coverings, b) will organizations get rid of their members who do not promote face coverings, and c) will schools get rid of their students who do not promote face coverings?)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: When a Republican is in the White House, Democrats do everything that they can to get foreign countries and their citizens, many millions of whom are in America, to hate America and to hate America’s citizens.

— LGBTQ representation in the House could double on Election Day. There are currently seven openly gay members of the House of Representatives, and there will be at least 24 LGBTQ candidates vying for House seats on Nov. 3. – Dan Avery (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and RINOs get rid of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that do not promote LGBTQ.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater asks “Has Trump surrounded himself with ‘only the best’ people?” What kind of people have your critics/opponents surrounded themselves with? My critics/opponents surround themselves with people who are manipulative, domineering, nasty, rude, crude, mean, condescending, disrespectful, bombastic, arrogant, slanderous, vicious, threatening, and even worse things. I should write a book about my critics/opponents and those who they surround themselves with.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters say “Tsunamis of Misinformation Overwhelm Local Election Officials. From Philadelphia to Sonoma County, Calif., election officials said they were working marathon hours to fight a flood of falsehoods.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasing, Democrat candidates make it clear that if they win, they will use government to get rid the following once and for all: individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are law enforcement officers, Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, heterosexual, married, non-poor, gun owners, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, draft avoiders (except Joe Biden and Bill Clinton), and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. Ever-increasingly, for their self-defense, the aforesaid are buying more and more and more firearms and ammunition for their self-defense.
— Most Conservative Christians Support Trump. Will They Help Him Win Again? White evangelicals have time and again offered uncompromising support for President Trump when he needed it the most. – Elizabeth Dias (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have focused on getting rid of conservatives. I would focus on those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton’s West District, Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County’s 4th District, DuPage County, and Illinois.)
— One More Thing the Pandemic Election Upended: First Campaign Job Rites of Passage Young staff members are adjusting to a campaign trail altered by the coronavirus, working long hours from their childhood bedrooms. – Evan Nicole Brown
— FRONT PAGE: How a Century of Real-Estate Tax Breaks Enriched Donald Trump. The real estate industry has long enjoyed uniquely favorable tax treatment — thanks in part to Mr. Trump’s actions before and after he became president. – Jesse Drucker and James B. Stewart (DIERSEN: I worked for IRS 1971-1980. My Democrat IRS superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were furious that I deducted what I paid for tuition and books for graduate business courses at Loyola 1972-1976 and for graduate accounting courses at DePaul 1976-1980. They were also furious that I deducted a) the mortgage interest and real estate taxes that I paid for my University Park town home 1972-1980 and for my Outer Drive East condos 1974-1978 and b) the depreciation that I deducted on the town home 1976-1980 while I rented it out.)
— How Three Election-Related Falsehoods Spread – Davey Alba, Kellen Browning and Jacob Silver (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents hint/imply/argue/shout that I spread falsehoods with my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. Needless-to-say, I should sue my critics/opponents.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters say “The unseen machine pushing Trump’s social media megaphone into overdrive. Researchers say the online feedback loop between Trump, high-profile influencers and rank-and-file followers is more dangerous than Russian disinformation.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Republican-hating Republican-hater says “In 2021 the GOP could descend into lawlessness and rebellion.”

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Republican-hating Republican-hater says “12 of 28 comments deemed racist on viral list are Trump’s direct speech.”
— More than 230 election-related federal lawsuits have been filed already. A look at each state. – Alan Gomez and Kevin McCoy

— Dow Wraps Up Worst Month Since March – Jem Bartholomew and Dawn Lim (DIERSEN: When Republican presidents run for reelection, Democrats always do everything that the can to drive the stock market down.)
— With No Commute, Americans Simply Worked More During Coronavirus – Jo Craven McGinty (DIERSEN: I walked to/from work and night classes 1974-1978. I read newspapers and/or did homework while I rode METRA 1973-1974 and 1978-1997.)

— Passing Fairtax May Worsen Illinois’ Budget Situation By Serving To Delay Needed Reforms – Ike Brannon

— A Top Facebook Ad Spender Points to a Conservative News Site That’s Not News – Joshua Brustein (DIERSEN: Unlike my critics/opponents and their websites, on www.gopillinois.com , I stress the source, tittle, author, and hyperlink of articles.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Herald’s homepage is laid out like a typical news site, featuring dispatches from across the country, including “Trump Does Right by Floridian Families,” “President Trump Is Fighting for North Carolina Families,” and “President Trump is Fighting for Wisconsin Workers and Families.” Unlike most journalism outlets, American Herald doesn’t say who writes its articles; each one is either attributed to “American Herald Staff” or has no byline at all. A search on LinkedIn for Herald writers didn’t turn up a single one. The Herald is in fact run by America First Action itself, something the PAC isn’t hiding. At the bottom of the site is a disclosure that includes a non-clickable link to the PAC’s main site. Kelly Sadler—the PAC’s spokeswoman whose previous jobs include stints in the Trump administration and as a reporter at Bloomberg News—declined to answer specific questions about the Herald, but did say she would “love to tell you more about it after the Election as a post-mortem.” Disclosures aside, the Herald allows its owners to promote pro-Trump messaging in a format that takes on the shape of actual journalism. While America First Action pays to spread the site’s content, it is also designed to spread on its own as well. Social media sites tend to display information from all websites in ways that make them seem equally credible, and both America First Action and rank-and-file users are sharing articles as though they are news reports. The disclosures at the bottom of the site don’t show up on Twitter or Facebook when someone shares an article. It’s not hard to tell the site is a sham, but it can be difficult to resist suspending disbelief when someone is telling you what you want to hear. While the Herald is styled to look like journalism, it’s lacking in substance. Some articles prominently display out-of-context quotes that fact-checkers have described as misleading. Sadler acknowledged that Facebook has put disclaimers on some of America First Action’s ads, based on what she describes as “bogus fact checks.” The site’s Twitter account has been suspended, though neither Sadler nor a Twitter Inc. spokesman would explain why. While this kind of pretend reporting is directly connected to November’s election, it’s also a result of how the tech industry has reshaped the way people get news. The economics of digital journalism have gutted traditional outlets, especially those that cover local issues. Partisan organizations are increasingly eager to step into their place. Left-leaning digital strategy organization Acronym has started a handful of news websites focused on local news, and a recent New York Times investigation detailed a network of well over 1,000 websites where conservative political groups and corporate public relations firms can pay to dictate coverage. Whether the Herald survives much past November, its model for repackaging political messaging seems here to stay. “There is a big void,” said Penny Muse Abernathy, a professor of journalism and digital media economics at the University of North Carolina. “And what the void does is is push you over to your social media.”)

— Evanston/Skokie school district’s anti-racism plan for in-person learning sparks debate – Ash-har Quraishi (DIERSEN: What unfair advantages in life do your critics/opponents say that you have had? My critic/opponents stress that my parents sent me to Trinity Lutheran Grade School in Crete 1953-1961 and then to Hope Lutheran Grade School in Park Forest 1961-1962 to stay with the Missouri Synod. They hint/imply/argue/shout that if my parents had sent me to the public grade school in Crete, UIC would not have accepted me in 1966.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “We have to make sure that students, who have been oppressed, that we don’t continue to oppress them, and we give them opportunity,” said school superintendent Dr. Devon Horton of the Evanston/Skokie school district in late July. “We will be targeting our dependent learners – those are students who are marginalized first,” he said. Low-income students, special needs and those dealing with homelessness are just some who will be first in line. There have been angry letters, petitions and even death threats to the superintendent and school board. “Understanding that other folks are experiencing more vulnerability and more harm than my family is experiencing,” says Anya Tanyavutti, a parent of two and the Evanston district’s school board president. “I’m happy to see those resources go to people who need it more.” For the last four years, the Evanston school district has been working on implementing anti-racism resolutions and curricula to address inequity. “Taking an anti-racist stance requires some sort of sacrifice,” says Dr. Onnie Rogers a professor at Northwestern University’s school of Education and Social Policy. “I think that’s really the part of racial equity that our country is still getting used to on the ground.” Here in Evanston, the achievement gap does fall along racial lines where Black and Latino students are one-third as likely as white students to meet college readiness benchmarks.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Hate-filled conservative-hating conservative-haters say “Facebook doesn’t censor conservatives.”

— Mustang Club Of America Is Hosting Its First-Ever High Performance Driving Event – Brett Foote

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.