September 22 Morning Edition

— Illinois AG candidate responds to abortion, gay marriage attacks – Mike Flannery


— CPS recommends firing at least 13 adults based on background re-checks – Lauren FitzPatrick
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot pushers push pot.


— Rauner vetoes bill that would prohibit employers from asking job candidates about salary history – Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz (DIERSEN: If I had not been denied my 7th Amendment rights in Diersen v. GAO, I would have provided a jury with many examples in which GAO paid its female employees who had less work experience, less education, and/or fewer professional certifications and licenses higher salaries than GAO paid its male employees.)


— Trump questions credibility of Kavanaugh accuser as Senate panel issues ultimatum on her testimony – John Wagner, Seung Min Kim, and Sean Sullivan


— Pritzker open to building south suburban airport, Rauner not – Chuck Sweeny


— Gov. Rauner recommends changes to salary history bill – Doug Finke (DIERSEN: What assumptions do people make about people based on their salary? Federal employees have always been viciously demonized, viciously denigrated, and viciously condemned as being tremendously overpaid. In today’s dollars, the federal government paid me a) $15.85/hour when I was 18, b) $45,703/year when I was 22, c) $55,905/year when I was 23, d) $67,638/year when I was 24, e) $81,071/year when I was 25, f) $91,880/year when I was 30, g) $96,403/year when I was 38, and $122,325/year when I was 49. In my defense, I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32.)


— Voters hear from DuPage County candidates at Glen Ellyn forum – F. Amanda Tugade


— Kinzinger Speaks About Maligned Supreme Court Nominee


— Illinois Is a Few Elections Away from a Graduated Income Tax The state’s regressive taxation is surfacing in both the gubernatorial and mayoral races — and by 2020, it could look a lot different. – EDWARD MCCLELLAND (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Who wants a graduated income tax? ANSWER: Mainly, it is those who have little or no income, but also, those who have lots of income and who can easily afford to pay more tax.)


— College football earned $117 million for Illinois schools in 2016


— Rauner Bans Nepotism, Signs McSweeney Bill Banning of Payment of Legislative Hush Money in Sexual Harassment Cases
— Illinois Taxes per Person Top Surrounding States
— What Happened in County Board Cutback Consideration that Displeased Chairman Jack Franks


— Legislating Behavior – Yes, It Is Possible – Micah Clark (DIERSEN: There are tremendous conflicts between the Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, and Green party platforms.)


— Buying a stamp to mail a ballot too high a ‘hump’ for college students
— Grassley grants Kavanaugh accuser another extension


— Ben Carson defends Kavanaugh, says opponents ‘desperate’ to control courts – Stephen Sorace


— Brett Kavanaugh is Guilty Until Proven Innocent – Alex Griswold (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, to get their votes, Democrats give women more and more and more power to destroy Republicans.)
— Seventy-Five Women Voice Support for Kavanaugh Kavanaugh’s friends, colleagues speak in support of nominee’s conscience, character – Haris Alic (DIERSEN: Which women support you? Women who support the right to life plank and the equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) plank in the Republican Party platform support me. Women who reject one or both of the aforesaid planks work against me.)




— Yale Study: There Are Probably Twice As Many Illegal Immigrants Living In America As Commonly Believed – JOHN SEXTON  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps side with illegals against America and against Americans.)


— Nikki Haley Excluded from Refugee Reduction Meeting for Pro-Immigration Views – John Binder


— The Character Assassination of Brett Kavanaugh – Charlie Kirk


— No matter how low the Democrats go, I’m not ashamed to be a man – Dennis McCarthy (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps paint all men as being rapists who should be gotten rid of.)
— The Future of Gun Sanctuaries – Andrew Nickel
— Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel suddenly concerned Trump may…invade Venezuela – Monica Showalter


— THE LAZY MAN’S GUIDE TO WORLD DOMINATION Patrice Lewis updates Paul Harvey’s radio classic about satanic influence


— Trump Angry At Republicans Over ‘Ridiculous’ Spending Bill; Blasts Them for Not Funding Wall – KARA PENDLETON
— Twitter’s Initial Classification of ‘Illegal Alien’ As Hateful Shows Social Media’s Censorship Potential – Hans von Spakovsky and Ashley Vaughan


— America’s Immigration System Contributes to Income Inequality – Brendan Kirby


— Kavanaugh fight roils an already ugly political climate – MELANIE ZANONA (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats use Trump to shout at everyone that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, hater, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things who should be gotten rid of.)
— Grassley extends deadline for Kavanaugh accuser to decide on testifying – JORDAIN CARNEY
— Yale, MIT study: 22 million, not 11 million, undocumented immigrants in US – RAFAEL BERNAL


— The first general election ballots are cast today – ZACH MONTELLARO


— McConnell reassures conservatives Kavanaugh will be confirmed – KELLEN BROWNING


— Trump attacks Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford’s credibility and says judge is ‘under assault by radical left wing’ – Mike Calia


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, according to the anti-Trumps, you are “guilty as charged” if you are a Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, old (over age 40), non-poor, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.
— As Economy Roars, Army Falls Thousands Short of Recruiting Goals – Dave Philipps (DIERSEN: In 1966, when I was 18, I was deemed 1-A even though my eyesight could not be corrected to 20/20, I had partial red/green color blindness, and I had Osgood-Schlatter disease (


— A Kavanaugh Hearing Without Facts Would Be a Sham Liberal voters should save their fury for Senate Democrats rather than Republicans. – Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
— The Presumption of Guilt The new liberal standard turns American due process upside down. – Editorial (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, according to the Democrats, the more of the following that you are, the more that you are “guilty as charged” and the more that should be gotten rid of: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who came to America illegally, who stayed in America illegally, and/or who brought others to America illegally should NEVER BE GIVEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE.
— What Punishment Is Cruel and Unusual for a Crime Committed at 17? The courts in Mississippi failed to address whether Joey Chandler exhibited ‘irretrievable depravity.’ – Michael B. Mukasey and Mary B. McCord (DIERSEN: What were you doing when you were 17 years old? I worked as a part-time dishwasher for the minimum wage in the basement of the S.S. Kresges in Chicago Heights. I bought a new 1966 Pontiac Tempest Sprint with the money that I had earned and saved washing dishes. I graduated from Crete-Monee High School. I just barely made into the upper 20% of my class. My ACT score was only 24. Nevertheless, I got accepted by UIC. During the summer of 1966, I worked as a golf shoe cleaner for the Flossmoor Country Club, as a slag chipper for Thrall Car in Chicago Heights, and as a gasoline pumper for John’s Sinclair in South Chicago Heights. I lived with my parents and brother in Crete. I saved money for college expenses. My eyesight could not be corrected to 20/20. I had partial red/green color blindness. I had Osgood-Schlatter disease (
— ‘I Don’t Want to Die Without Telling This Story’: Reports of Alleged Abuse by Catholic Priests Rise Sharply More than 900 people have called a hotline set up by the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office following its report on sexual abuse – Ian Lovett


— Trump Questions Why Kavanaugh Accuser Didn’t Call the FBI ’36 Years Ago’ – DAVE QUINN (DIERSEN: What were you doing 36 years ago? In 1982, I was working for GAO. I had become a licensed CPA in 1981, passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981, earned a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, transferred from IRS to GAO in 1980, passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979, got married an bought a home in Wheaton in 1978, earned an MBA from Loyola in 1976, etc.)


— How much evidence is needed to destroy a reputation? – MARC A. THIESSEN DIERSEN: What facts do your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes use to destroy your reputation? Mine stress that I am a Trump supporter, Protestant (baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran), conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, old (almost 70), non-poor, gun owner, 100% German American, draft avoider, my ancestors have been in America since 1844, union member for almost 12 years, Federal employee for almost 30 years, never promoted beyond GS-13, forced to take early retirement, federal retiree for almost 18 years, American nameplate car owner, childless, pet-less, no longer a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member, etc.)


— Poorest Americans risk the most in hopes of striking it rich – Riley Griffin and Katia Dmitri


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “The Kavanaugh Confirmation Process Is Getting Even Uglier.”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Love of Trump covers a multitude of sins for Christian conservatives.”

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.