September 25 Evening Edition

— Lawmakers square off after President Trump’s Ukraine call transcript released, Illinois politicians weigh in – Will Jones
— Gun violence rally draws hundreds of Chicagoans to US Capitol – Jesse R Kirsch

— Washington plunges into Trump impeachment probe

— Chicago groups travel to DC for national anti-violence rally – TAHMAN BRADLEY

— Who are the Republicans challenging Donald Trump in the 2020 primaries? (DIERSEN: If I was still the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, the organization would be hosting debates for a) Trump v. Walsh v. Weld v. Sanford; b) Curran v. Hubbard v. Marshall v. Tarter v. Kelly; c) Sanguinetti v. Ives v. Kinzler; d) Almiron v. Holder; e) O’Toole v. Veenstra; f) etc.  Walsh, Sanguinetti, and Ives have spoken at TAPROOT events.)
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Cresco Labs has won permission to move its medical marijuana dispensary into the John Barleycorn building near Wrigley Field – Ally Marotti
— Get ready for a nasty fight. Impeachment is a battle Donald Trump can’t afford to lose. – Dahleen Glanton
— No surprise — response to impeachment inquiry from local Congressmen and their political opponents falls along party lines – SUZANNE BAKER
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: US House passes bill giving pot businesses access to banking – AP–marijuana-banking-20190925-story.html

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: DuPage to discuss repealing video gambling ban – Robert Sanchez
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Kane County may implement lower pot sales tax to attract more businesses – James Fuller

— Members of Congress from Illinois react to impeachment inquiry

— No matter the opponent, politics is a contact sport – Jim Dey

— Illinois pot offenders hope to clear their records – Robert McCoppin (DIERSEN: Your past predicts your future. Your disrespecting the rule of law in the past predicts that you will disrespect the rule of law in the future.)

— Is Politics Stressing You Out? – RHITU CHATTERJEE (DIERSEN: Sadly, putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS together and sending them out is extremely stressful. Sadly, I fully acknowledge that reading GOPUSA ILLINOIS can be extremely stressful.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The political headlines have been relentless lately. Calls for impeaching the President. Debates over health care, immigration and gun control. Fights over who tweeted what. Discussions of these issues can quickly get heated and toxic. They can affect relationships and even your health, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE. It seems that Americans “are suffering some pretty negative consequences because of their attention to and engagement in politics,” says author Kevin Smith, a political scientist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, discussing the survey results. . .Nearly 40% of respondents said that politics was a cause of stress in their lives. About 20% reported losing sleep, feeling fatigued, or being depressed due to politics. Between 10% and 30% of the respondents said that politics took an emotional toll on them, by causing anger, frustration, hate,or guilt, or caused them to make comments they later regretted. And about 20% reported that politics had damaged their friendships. And, says Smith, “16% say that politics has made my home life less pleasant.” . . . In 2017, the APA annual survey on stress levels of Americans found that 57% of respondents said that they were stressed by the current political climate, whereas 63% said that the future of the nation was a cause of stress for them. Sixty percent said they thought that the country was its lowest point in history. And over half of the respondents said that while they like to stay informed about news and politics, doing so stresses them out. . .For now, Bufka says, the new study suggests that political engagement comes at an emotional cost. And that in turn could affect politics. “In a democracy, it’s really important that people want to be engaged,” she says. “It would be really discouraging if people felt [so] stressed and negatively impacted by the political discourse of the day, that … they disengage from politics.”)

— Illinois politicians favor impeachment proceedings – Samantha Handler

— Trump Impeachment Inquiry: What Could Be Next? A Local Expert Weighs In “I’m directing our six committees to proceed with their investigations under that umbrella of impeachment inquiry,” Pelosi said.

— Breaking Down DuPage County’s 2020 Budget

— IL-14: Anthony Catella Files with FEC; DCCC, Daily Kos Use McHenry County Blog 
— IL-06: Congressman Sean Casten’s Impeachment Town Hall in Downers Grove 
— Message of the Day – A Bumper Sticker: Impeach Underwood

— Sanguinetti resurrects ‘ludicrous’ Ives/Madigan connection from Rauner days – W.J. Kennedy
— Ives Response to Democrat Impeachment Inquiry

— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.

— The death of American citizenship What happens when the undocumented are legally indistinguishable from American citizens – Victor Davis Hanson

— How do other countries handle illegal aliens? With prison, labor camps, caning

— Drone Airdrops Marijuana And A Cellphone Into Illinois Jail Yard – KYLE HOOTEN

— New Poll: 64 Percent Of Democrats Now Support Socialism – Tristan Justice

— Gabbard Distances Herself From Other 2020 Dems, Says Impeachment ‘Would Be Terribly Divisive’ – Madison Summers (DIERSEN: How will impeachment impact the Trump-haters in your neighborhood, in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, and in your county?)
— Two of Trump’s Republican Challengers Support Impeachment Effort – Reuters

— MSNBC cuts from Trump speech: ‘We hate to do this, but the president isn’t telling the truth’ – REBECCA KLAR

— EEOC: Facebook job ads from Capital One, others may have violated age bias law – Daniel Wiessner (DIERSEN: From what I see, ever-increasingly, not only do employers not want older workers, they do not want workers who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, non-poor, gun owners, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Rights advocates call Trump’s pledge to decriminalize gay sex ‘a lie’ – Rachel Savage (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, LGBTQ advocates force all individuals, all organizations, all companies, governments, and all countries to promote LGBTQ activity.)

— Federal agents are enforcing E-Verify against employees — but not businesses – Editorial–but-not-businesses/2019/09/25/8b1ba7c6-dbf6-11e9-ac63-3016711543fe_story.html

— Trump defends nationalism, American sovereignty in rousing UN speech – Bob Fredericks, Mark Moore and Nolan Hicks

— New York City Employers Who Say ‘Go Back to Your Country’ Could Face Fines New guidelines specify what threats against undocumented immigrants violate law – Tyler Blint-Welsh (DIERSEN: Who wants you to go back to your hometown? Those in Wheaton and Glen Ellyn who want me to go back to my hometown of Crete a) promote LGBTQ activity, b) promote abortion, c) promote mass/illegal immigration, d) promote booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, e) promote patronage, f) promote political affiliation discrimination, g) promote reverse discrimination, h) promote age discrimination, and i) promote even worse things. They 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, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Impeachment Move Focuses House’s Trump Probes Launch of official inquiry gives Democrats’ existing investigations a place to funnel their work – Siobhan Hughes and Natalie Andrews

— OPM sets deadline for agencies to streamline employee dismissal – Jessie Bur (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who are the most overjoyed that my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old. Previously, my Democrat GAO superiors gave me unfair performance expectations and appraisals, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, got rid of my mentor in 1987, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take a $19,568 (21%) pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980.)

— NTEU says bar set too high in proving age discrimination – Eric White
— OPM tells agencies to review, streamline performance management, disciplinary policies – Nicole Ogrysko (DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government. Their personnel policies are designed to help them get rid of their employees a) who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran and b) who they did not promote to GS-13 (currently $98,198) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $116,040) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $136,495) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $165,500) by age 40.)

— How to Recruit the Next Generation of Feds: Better Pay, Benefits – ERICH WAGNER (DIERSEN: GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job. IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job. The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)

— Republican 2020 debate: a two-man battle for who hates Trump most Former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh and former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld tried to outdo each other with slams of Trump – Adam Gabbatt (DIERSEN: If I was still the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, the organization would be hosting debates for a) Trump v. Walsh v. Weld v. Sanford; b) Curran v. Hubbard v. Marshall v. Tarter v. Kelly; Sanguinetti v. Ives v. Kinzler; d) Almiron v. Holder; e) O’Toole v. Veenstra; f) etc.  Walsh, Sanguinetti, and Ives have spoken at TAPROOT events.)

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.