September 12 Morning Edition

— Downtown hotel workers strike continues, guests feel impact – Eric Horng


— Obama hides his cynicism behind a silky tongue – John Kass
— Obama’s return sure to fire up voters from both political parties – Ted Slowik
— Reince Priebus defends President Trump at state House GOP fundraiser; mayoral candidate Garry McCarthy attends – Rick Pearson
— Batavia residents to vote on city’s home rule status – Linda Girardi
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “The Trump administration wants to tax protests” and ask “What happened to free speech?”
— How to reduce the absurdity of premature political petition drives – Erc Zorn
— The importance of a college education – Mark A. Heckler
— Today is the first day someone born after Sept. 11, 2001, can enlist to serve in the war that was launched in response to the terrorist attacks.


— Trump greasing Chicago pols, Durbin’s immigration meetings recounted in ‘Fear’ – Lynn Sweet
— A growing body of evidence favors raising the minimum wage – Editorial
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: What makes a candidate credible?


— GOP Fall Rally set for Sept. 16 at Geneva ballpark
— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON ILLINOIS TIGHTENS: Fundraiser launched to expand Wayne Township food pantry – Katlyn Smith (DIERSEN: Soon, under the Democrats, everyone in Illinois will be receiving charity and/or handing out charity.
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PICTURE: Voters in 18 local schools could force tax-cut referendums It’s possible, thanks to referendums on next April’s ballot – Jake Griffin


— GOP leaders blast Pritzker on progressive tax at campaign stop in Carbondale – ISAAC SMITH


— GOP lawmakers rally against Pritzker tax plan – Andrew Feather


— Ives Calls on Legislators to Reject Political Pork Spending Hidden in New State Budget


— Kinzler files police report over theft of his campaign signs; points finger at Conroy campaign – W.J. Kennedy


— Wesley Township Trustee resigned during meeting – JOHN KRAFT


— Marijuana Alert: Three webinars will be live streamed this week at


— Open thread Woke up early this morning with a sore throat. Went back to bed. Woke up again with a sore throat. Had some tea. Didn’t feel much better. Checked my e-mail and various news sites for anything major. Saw nothing important. Going back to bed. Be nice to each other and keep it Illinois-centric, please. Thanks. (DIERSEN: What is important? According to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, only what they say is important is important. They have always viciously demonized, viciously denigrated, and viciously condemned my judgment as to what is important.)


— Newt Gingrich, Republicans float new Contract with America


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who say that federal employees are overpaid would never seek or take a federal job because the pay is too low.)


— The Once ‘Golden State’ Is Badly Tarnished – Janet Levy


— Border Patrol and ICE Agents Face Increasingly Violent Illegal Immigrants – James Murphy


— CALIFORNIA DMV GIVES ILLEGAL VOTERS A SURGE “New” and “underrepresented” voters could spell victory for leftist Democrats in November.
– Lloyd Billingsley


— Border Patrol in Texas nabs more than 130 illegals in just over 24 hours – Paulina Dedaj


— The Democrats Are Now the Party of Rage, and Maxine Waters Is Their Only Honest Face – Robert Laurie


— Confirmed again: Journalists don’t understand firearms – Becket Adams


— Court Sides With Employee in Anti-American Bias Discrimination Case National origin discrimination claims typically involve allegations of discrimination based on an employee’s non-American country of origin. Middlebrooks v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Civ. A. No. 17-412 (E.D. Pa. Aug. 31, 2018) involved the atypical claim of alleged national origin discrimination based on anti-American bias. – Sid Steinberg


— GOP warns crime, immigration will spike if Dems win – REID WILSON
— Conservatives who don’t own guns still support gun rights, says pollster
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Women wield sizable power in ‘Me Too’ midterms.”


— In an Increasingly Diverse House, Aides Remain Remarkably White – Nicholas Fandos (DIERSEN: GAO works for Congress. While I worked for GAO 1980-1997, the agency was always under tremendous pressure from Democrat politicians a) to hire, retain, and promote young Democrat minorities and young Democrat females and b) to make way for them by getting rid of its employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
— F.D.A. Cracks Down on Juul and E-Cigarette Retailers – Sheila Kaplan


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Anatomy of a Trump rally: 68 percent of claims are false, misleading or lacking evidence.”
— Middle-class income hit an all-time high of $61,372 last year, U.S. Census says – Heather Long and Jeff Stein
— FDA chief calls youth use of Juul, other e-cigarettes an ‘epidemic’ – Laurie McGinley


— The Rare Workers Who Thrive on Negative Feedback – Sue Shellenbarger (DIERSEN: I had lots trouble accepting feedback from my superiors in the federal government because I knew they were all under tremendous pressure from Democrat politicians to get rid of employees who shared my demographics.)
— What’s the Best Way to Store a Car for a Long Time? – Heidi Mitchell


— 5 myths people have about early retirement that aren’t true, according to a guy who retired at 35 – Steve Adcock (DIERSEN: What is your purpose in life? My main purpose in life is to promote the Illinois Republican Party platform and the Republican Party platform by putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out each and every morning and each and every evening. Individuals, organizations, companies, and governments that reject planks in the aforesaid platforms work against me.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Here, I debunk the top 5 myths of early retirement: 1. You will completely lose your purpose in life)


— Trump is right: More than Facebook & Twitter, Google threatens democracy, online freedom – Brad Parscale
— Google, Twitter and Facebook should just be honest if they don’t like conservatives – Matt Lamb
— Are you middle class? This calculator by Pew Research Center aims to tell you – Ashley May


— Why 300,000 feds may soon face retraining – Jessie Bur (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that the undergraduate and graduate courses that I took a) were not job-related, b) did not help me carry out my job duties, c) were taken by me to get a job in the private sector, and d) were a distraction. To keep their jobs and to get promoted, they focused on getting rid of federal employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)

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.