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GOPUSA ILLINOIS Daily Clips - August 21, 2014

-- Rove-related group jumps in Schneider-Dold race in 10th District - LYNN SWEET
-- Under the gun in petition challenges - DAN MIHALOPOULOS
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A couple of months after Julieus Hooks signed a political party’s nominating petitions, a man with a gun walked up to Hooks as he left his home in Oak Park. The man said he was a private investigator. He told Hooks the petition that he had signed was fraudulent and asked him to sign something. Hooks hastily agreed to sign the paper. “I did not have time to fully review this document because the man with the gun instructed me to sign it, and I was afraid of him and what he may do to me if I refused,” Hooks says. This isn’t something out of a V.I. Warshawski novel. It’s part of the behind-the-scenes legal maneuvering that Democrats and Republicans alike are engaging in to help boost the chances for their candidates for governor in November. Expensive TV ad buys might help determine the race’s outcome, but supporters of Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner also are quietly working to ensure that no third-party candidate has the chance to tilt the outcome in a tight election.)
-- CTU president Lewis opens campaign fund for possible mayoral bid - DAVE MCKINNEY
-- Tax revenue surge fuels increase in transit agency budgets - ROSALIND ROSSI
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Mary Mitchell blasts Whites.
-- Minorities will be new majority in public schools this fall - CHAD MERDA
-- Who sez da mare ain’t no real Chicagoan? - Editorial
-- Another (inevitable) defeat for term-limits proposal in the courts - Eric Zorn
-- FRONT PAGE: Medical marijuana a cutthroat competition in Illinois - Ellen Jean Hirst  (DIERSEN: If you promote pot you are Libertarian, anti-religious, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, and/or anti-American.)
-- Do black leaders ignore black-on-black crime? - Steve Chapman
-- Don't be a martyr, take your vacation - Arianna Huffington  (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I was someone who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, who had always been privileged, and who did NOT disserve to take a vacation. They would not have done that if I had been a Democrat, minority, female, or veteran.)
-- State plans to boost Medicaid funding for contraception - Wes Venteicher
-- Metra could get extra RTA money for improvements - Marni Pyke
-- DuPage County forest director says he was forced out - Robert Sanchez  (DIERSEN: Having been suddenly forced to take early retirement myself, when I was 49 years old in 1997, I am especially interested in this story.)
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Schock blasts Quinn and Duckworth blasts Rauner.  Schock says “Pat Quinn, who quite frankly hasn't done much of substance in his entire life, both as a governor as well as a private-sector person.” Duckworth says of Rauner "we have a word for people who abandon their nation, who change their allegiance, and there’s nothing worse than a deserter.  It’s unpatriotic and it’s not the American way.”
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Some harsh rhetoric from last week’s political days at the Illinois State Fair is still kicking around in my head. I realize that civility in politics sounds like a quaint anachronism, but you can always hope for better. One example is from U.S. Rep. AARON SCHOCK, R-Peoria, whose former chief of staff, STEVE SHEARER, left his staff last year and spent much of the primary season working to defeat BRUCE RAUNER for governor. Shearer had all but blamed Rauner for being behind anti-Schock TV ads that came when Schock was considering a run for governor. Rauner denied any link to those ads.  Anyhow, Schock stayed neutral in the primary and is now backing his party’s nominee — Rauner. “Bruce is someone who has been a man of action,” Schock told reporters at the fair. “He’s a business guy. He’s been successful. It’s in stark contrast to Pat Quinn, who quite frankly hasn’t done much of substance in his entire life, both as a governor as well as a private-sector person.” Pretty harsh, given that Schock, 33, was not yet born when Quinn successfully ran a petition drive that led voters in 1980 to cut the size of the Illinois House from 177 to 118 members. Like the results or not, it was a big and popular change at the time. And Schock, whose district includes a portion of Springfield, wasn’t very old in 1983, when the Citizens Utility Board was created by the General Assembly after 111 communities overwhelmingly passed advisory referendums to create the board to give consumers more of a voice on issues including utility rates. Quinn spearheaded that statewide ballot effort, which got approval of 77 percent of voters in the city of Springfield in April 1983. I mentioned to Schock that I thought CUB had saved consumers much over the years, and he said I might be overstating CUB’s case. I later called the board office, and spokesman JIM CHILSEN said CUB works in concert with other consumer advocacy organizations but claims to have helped save consumers more than $10 billion over 30 years. Part of its work is fielding 9,000 calls a year from consumers, and it also works with local officials to host utility bill clinics to show people if they are paying for unnecessary services. Chilsen stressed that CUB is not partisan and works with officials from both major parties.  Meanwhile, another startling statement came from U.S. Rep. TAMMY DUCKWORTH, D-Hoffman Estates, who was keynote speaker at the brunch hosted by the Democratic County Chairmen’s Association on Governor’s Day. Duckworth, a former Illinois Army National Guard helicopter pilot who lost both legs when her aircraft was shot down in Iraq, talked in her speech not only of companies that move headquarters overseas, but also “millionaires like Bruce Rauner,” who she accused of “funneling his money to the Cayman Islands.” “I’m an old soldier at heart, and let me tell you, we have a word for people who abandon their nation, who change their allegiance, and there’s nothing worse than a deserter,” she said to some applause. “It’s unpatriotic and it’s not the American way.” Rauner’s past company set up some accounts in the Caymans, which he said is usual for investment companies, and he also says that Illinois pension funds have similar accounts. Disagreements over a portfolio should not yield such talk about a candidate who is clearly working hard to get a job because he wants to improve the state. Illinois U.S. Sen. MARK KIRK, a Republican from Highland Park and a Navy veteran, may have responded best when asked on the fair’s Republican Day about Duckworth’s comments. “If we use comments like ‘deserter’ and ‘traitor’ that normally those crimes have a capital punishment consequence, I would say that rhetoric is probably too overblown for a country that wants to stick together and hang together,” Kirk said.)
-- Council set to lay down law on rowdiness around downtown Naperville bars - Susan Frick Carlman
-- Imposing Beliefs, One Institution at a Time - Robert Knight
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: From what I see, sooner or later, virtually everyone who is Libertarian, anti-religious, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, and/or anti-American will be smoking pot.
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Quinn says that if Rauner wins, "we" lose.  Who is the "we" that Quinn refers to?  From what I see, it is those who are anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-religious people, anti-non-poor people, anti-gun owners, anti-people-whose-ancestors-have-been-in-America-for-a long-time, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, and/or anti-American.)
-- Ferguson and Eric Holder's Violent Past - Jason Kissner
(FROM THE ARTICLE: As a freshman at Columbia University in 1970, future Attorney General Eric Holder participated in a five-day occupation of an abandoned Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) headquarters with a group of black students later described by the university’s Black Students’ Organization as “armed,” The Daily Caller has learned. Department of Justice spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler has not responded to questions from The Daily Caller about whether Holder himself was armed — and if so, with what sort of weapon. So, there is evidence that Holder participated in an armed occupation while at Columbia, and neither he nor anyone else has ever denied that he himself was armed. Very arguably, this amounted to an act of domestic terrorism by someone who should have known better, and who is now the nation’s chief law enforcement official.)
-- Holder tells Ferguson students he was a victim of racial profiling - Alexander Bolton  (DIERSEN: Democrats run America.  Democrats run Illinois.  Democrats run Cook County.  Democrats run Chicago.  Democrats profile Republicans as being racists, sexists, ageists, bigots, and worse.)
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: How long have you lived in Illinois?  I have lived in Illinois since 1948.  How long have your ancestors lived in Illinois?  All my ancestors have lived in northeast Illinois since 1844.
-- FRONT PAGE: TV Habits? Medical History? Tests for Jury Duty Get Personal - STEPHANIE CLIFFORD  (DIERSEN: None of the lawsuits that I have filed have gone to a jury.  One was settled just before the jury was to be seated.  Summary judgment was granted in the others.  In my opinion, defendants cannot say that they "won" a lawsuit if the plaintiff was denied their Seventh Amendment right to present their claims and evidence to a jury.)
-- How a Part-Time Pay Penalty Hits Working Mothers - Claire Cain Miller  (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government hinted/implied/argued/shouted that the jobs, the promotions, the etc. that federal government gave me should gone to needy Democrats and especially to needy Democrats who were female, mothers, minorities, younger, unmarried, veterans, and/or to those whose ancestors had not been in America for a long time.)
-- Texas Could Soon be a Democrat State - Floyd Brown
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In years past, California used to be reliably Republican. After all, it’s the state that launched the career of Ronald Reagan.  California often sent GOP Senators to Washington, it elected a string of Republican governors, and the state even had Republican majorities in both houses of the Sacramento legislature as late as the 1990s. Not coincidentally, California was a place of great innovation during the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s. Real estate boomed, and people minted money. Meanwhile, the Republicans in power believed the good times would never end. But they did… and California became as reliably Democrat as it had been Republican. Amazingly, I now see a similar trend taking place today in one of the nation’s most Republican states: Texas. In fact, I believe that because of Obama’s policies, Texas will soon be painted as blue as California.)
-- Book Review: 'Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite' by William Deresiewicz  Students sacrifice all to grades and resume building—'I might be miserable,' a Yalie noted, 'but were I not miserable, I wouldn't be at Yale.' - EMILY ESFAHANI SMITH  (DIERSEN: Were you miserable when you were earning your bachelor's degree?  I was not.  I was optimistic that I would have a successful career in the automotive industry.  But that all ended less than a year after I graduated in 1970 when a) Oldsmobile withdrew a job offer that I had accepted and b) Firestone Stores fired me for accepting that offer.  Oldsmobile told me it had to withdraw the job offer because it had just agreed to stop hiring Whites to settle an EEOC complaint.  I was unemployed and seeking a financial hardship draft deferment to help support my mother and brother.  IRS offered me a job and I accepted that offer.  Firestone was paying me $7,800 for 44 hours a week, but IRS paid me $8,582 for 40 hours a week.  My IRS job duties and responsibilities were much more important than my Firestone duties and responsibilities.  As an IRS Revenue Officer, I made much more use of what I had learned at NIU than if I had stayed with Firestone.)
-- As 2016 Nears, Hillary Clinton Embraces Midwest Roots  Potential Candidate Hopes to Benefit by Connection to 'No Baloney' Region -  ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON  (DIERSEN: If you ran for a government or a political office, what "roots" would you embrace?  Typical "roots" include where you were born and raised, the religion that you were raised in, the schools that you graduated from, the jobs that you held, and where you lived the last 10, 20, 30+ years.)
-- Russia Closes Four McDonald's Branches in Moscow  Country Cites Sanitary Violations as Tensions Build Over Ukraine-Related Sanctions - JAMES MARSON and JULIE JARGON
-- Give police all the tools they need: Opposing view  Threats to public safety can take many forms. - Chuck Canterbury
-- Voices: Rick Perry comes out fighting - Rick Jervis
-- Simple ways to boost your savings - Nanci Hellmich
(FROM THE ARTICLE: There are some simple steps you can take to boost your savings, and the first one is creating a smart budget, financial experts say.  To become a super saver, you have to figure out where your money is going and cut back in areas where it shouldn't go, says certified financial planner Michael Dalton, a retired professor of accounting and taxation at Loyola University in New Orleans. He has written or co-written more than 100 books on financial planning. That means creating a budget, trying to stick with it and making changes so you can save more, he says. You also need to assess your tolerance for risk and invest your savings in ways that are appropriate for you, Dalton says. About 71% of people have financial worries, and 31% of them say their biggest concern is not having enough savings, according to a recent survey of 2,016 adults conducted for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. In fact, 34% of people say they have zero non-retirement savings. Only 39% of people have a budget and track spending, the survey showed. Those who aren't saving should focus on their spending habits and eliminate extraneous spending, which means taking stock of your needs vs. your wants, says Gary Schatsky, a New York City financial planner and president of You need a good retirement plan, some savings for emergencies and a plan for the future, Schatsky says. "You can enjoy lattes, dinners out and vacations as long as you are saving. You have to decide what's important to you and start saying no to the things that are not.")
-- Perry case ‘all hat, no cattle’ - Jonathan Turley
-- Rauner: "Caymans investments not an important issue to voters"  (DIERSEN: If you ran for a government office or a political office, what would your opponents argue is "not an important issue?"  When I ran for Milton Township Republican Central Committee (MTRCC) Treasurer in 2004, my opponents argued that the following were NOT important issues: a) my having passed the CPA and Certified Internal Auditor examinations on my first attempt, b) my having become a licensed CPA, c) my having become a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Government Financial Manager, Certified Financial Services Auditor, and Forensic Accountant, d) my having served as the Treasurer for the Illinois Center Right Coalition and the Association of Government Accountants Chicago Chapter, e) my having a masters degree in accounting, f) my having worked for GAO for almost 18 years, and g) my having worked for IRS for almost 9 years.  My opponents hinted/implied/argued/shouted that the following were important issues: a) those who dominated MTRCC blamed me for my problems, they blamed me for their problems, they blamed me for your problems, and they blamed me for everyone's problems and b) those who dominated MTRCC demonized me, denigrated me, and condemned me.)
-- How Veterans’ Preference Laws Are Dragging Down Federal Hiring - Eric Katz  (DIERSEN: While I was a federal employee for almost 30 years, many, most, and at times virtually all my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were veterans.  Government is nasty.  Politics is nasty.  Democrats are nasty.  Some of my nasty Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates hinted/implied/argued/shouted at my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates who were veterans that I was a draft dodger.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The federal government’s complicated and layered rules about hiring military veterans has created the perception of unfair and preferential treatment, which has in turn negatively impacted employee engagement, according to a new report.  The “patchwork of laws” that governs veterans’ preference hiring -- a concept that has existed in federal government for a century and a half -- was created with good intentions but has become too complex, the Merit Systems Protection Board found in an extensive review of the various policies. MSPB polling of federal employees revealed that 4.5 percent of workers said an official in their agency knowingly violated veterans’ preference laws, and 6.5 percent “inappropriately favored a veteran.”  The quasi-judicial agency noted its data demonstrated only perceptions, and not actual misconduct, but said the findings were significant as those opinions impacted the workplace. Four in 10 employees who said they witnessed veterans receiving inappropriate favorable treatment were not engaged with their work, while nearly half of those who saw a coworker knowingly violate veterans’ preference laws said the same. Back when agencies used the “rule of three” -- which President Obama disallowed in 2010 but still exists in statute -- to fill vacancies, veterans received five or 10 extra points on their evaluation score, depending on their service and injuries sustained while on duty. The arcane rules of veterans’ preference trace back to who qualifies as a veteran; the spouse, widow or mother of certain veterans are eligible for hiring preference. The mother of a veteran is defined as the former or current spouse of the father of the veteran, however. MSPB asked the Office of Personnel Management to explain that definition, but OPM was not able to offer a reason.)
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