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Monday Morning Quarterback – 7/30/12

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: July 30th, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Brought to you by The Rouen Group,  helping clients better communicate with their customers, employees and each other. Ant go Marching: Via @UberFacts: "The total weight of all the ants on Earth is almost equal to weight of all the humans on Earth."  That is a lot of ants. For those Dave Mathews fans here is a great live version of Ants Marching Road to the White House: By The Numbers July 30, 2012 The Real Clear Politics national tracker has Obama up by 1.6 points.  For Context Obama was ahead of McCain by 2.5 points at the same point in 2008. The more important numbers are the electoral college numbers.  Here is a breakdown including the latest battle ground polls. Obama 231Romeny 191 with 116 electoral votes up for grabs.  To see a state by state graphic click here Ad Watch:  Here is a new MMQ feature.  We will be providing links to the latest campaign ads some of our favorite political ads. This ad for Roger Williams for Congress called "Donkey Whisperer" is great:  Watch Here is a list of 7 bizzare political ads compiled by ABC:  There are some great ones here including links:Watch WHAT WE ARE READING AND WATCHING: Ten Things You Need to Teach Your Kids About Politics: Thanks to friend and avid MMQ reader Dave Chura for this link.  It is a good read for all sides of the political spectrum and all parents of young kids: Via Allprodad.com: "A well-known adage declares that polite conversation always steers family away from politics, religion or sex. But we say that’s bunk! If we’re not talking about these things in our family, then our kids are most certainly having the conversation elsewhere. “Elsewhere” should never be the primary source of facts, discussion, advice and grounding when we have the opportunity to talk about important matters at home."  Here is the top ten list In VP Race Think Cottage Cheese not Cheese Cake This was a piece in the Des Moines Register and is an interesting take on the VP stakes.  One of the conclusions is he may lean towards picking a Governor or former Governor (TPaw?): "In an election as tight as the presidential race is shaping up to be, safe and conventional will prevail over exciting and risky. If you’re inclined to join the cottage industry of veepstakes speculation, think cottage cheese, not cheesecake."More It's primary season in Minnesota, and the perennial question arises: What good is party endorsement anyway? Lori Sturdevant Writes a great piece in the Star Tribune about the current state of the party endorsement and the need for change.  There is bi-partisan agreement the process needs to be fixed, maybe the new legislature can make that happen.  Read the Article: Here Congrats:  Congratulations to Bruce Nuestad on his new position as President of the Minnesota Retailers Association.  We will miss him at the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce. His hard-work and enthusiam will certainly help lead MNRA to a great future. Bag of Balls?: Late Saturday night the Twins traded Francisco Liriano to division rival Chicago for a couple players that were assigned to AAA Rochester.  Hopefully for us fans this means the Twins will be agressive in pursuing some free agent starting pitching next season.  Here is a some video of Liriano's 2011 no-hitter against the same White Sox team: Here 

Monday Morning Quarterback – 7/23/12

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: July 23rd, 2012 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

Brought to you by The Rouen Group, specializing in helping clients communicate better with their customers, employees and each other. HA HA: Via @UberFacts: "@UberFacts: Laughing for 15 minutes a day burns about 40 calories -- Doing this daily can help you lose about 4 pounds a year." Here are a couple of video clips to help you burn those calories:  Chuck Norris stars in this voter registration ad: here And a personal favorite, The Wedding Scene from Old School.  "What my friend is saying is true love is blind:"  Clip Here The Numbers as of Sunday, July 22
Race/Topic Poll Results Spread
General Election: Romney vs. Obama Gallup Tracking Obama 48, Romney 44 Obama +4
General Election: Romney vs. Obama Rasmussen Tracking Obama 44, Romney 46 Romney +2
President Obama Job Approval Gallup Approve 46, Disapprove 47 Disapprove +1
President Obama Job Approval Rasmussen Reports Approve 48, Disapprove 51 Disapprove +3
Battleground States Numbers (new poll numbers this week in bold): North Carolina: Romney 47.2, Obama 46.0- Romney +1.2 Michigan: Obama 46.5, Romney 44.7 - Obama +1.8 Ohio: Obama 47.3, Romney 43.0 - Obama +4.3 Florida: Obama 45.8, Romney 44.7 - Obama +1.1 Iowa: Obama 46.5, Romney 44.0 - Obama +2.5 Colorado: Obama 47.2, Romney 44.4 - Obama +2.8 Virginia: Obama 46.0, Romney 44.8 - Obama +1.2 Wisconsin: Obama 48.6, Romney 43.8 - Obama +4.8 Nevada: tackles.3, Romney 44.0 - Obama +5.3 New Hampshire: Obama 48.7, Romney 43.0 - Obama 5.7 WHAT WE ARE READING AND WATCHING: How Does a Free Society Protect Itself from a Twisted Mind?:
The Wall Street Journal tackles that questions: "A civilized modern society is paradoxically more vulnerable to an act of individual malevolence than it is to a terror plot that at least its law enforcers are watching for. There may be no real defense against the Loughners and Holmeses save for the guardrails of watchful friends, family and community. And society's determination through its justice system to suitably punish the killers."  More
The Road to 270 Here Karl Rove and Joe Trippi break down the state by state contests trying to determine the road to 270 electoral votes.  Video Here ICYMI: In Pawlenty, Romney Campaign May Find Down-to-Earth Appeal: Via NYT: "The country received only an abbreviated introduction to Mr. Pawlenty, 51, a former two-term governor of Minnesota, whose working-class roots, experience outside Washington and evangelical faith have formed the core of his appeal to a broad spectrum of Republicans. While Mr. Romney has kept more distance from the rest of his primary challengers, he has embraced Mr. Pawlenty, seeking his advice about running against President Obama and sending him to Republican events on his behalf. They began forging a closer relationship last year on a visit to the Romney family’s lakeside home in New Hampshire, aides said, and during debates this year when Mr. Pawlenty often traveled with the Romney campaign after dropping out of the race himself." Who is Rob Portman?: Often mentioned as the leading contender to be picked as Mitt Romney's running mate, we decided it was time to get to know a little more about Sen. Rob Portman.  Here is a brief summary from the New York Times:  Here 55% of Smartphone Users Price Compare in Stores: @RouenGroup is working with retail clients to better engage their customers (smartphone users).  This latest study shows the need to keep focus and attention on this issue and the growing challenges retailers are facing. via @mashable: "An increasingly large subset of U.S. shoppers are using their mobile phones in stores. Some retailers, like Target, are encouraging that behavior, giving shoppers gift cards and other rewards for checking in and scanning merchandise. Others, like Best Buy, are doing their best prevent it, even going so far as to strip the standard barcodes on products to discourage shoppers from running price comparisons with other retailers.  Here is a coolINFROGRAPHIC "Big Easy" Wins the Open Championship!: All I can say is WOW!  Congratulations to Ernie Els, easily one of the best swings in golf.  If you are not excited for Ernie and devestated for Adam Scott (bogeys on the last 4 holes to lose) you do not like golf.  At least Adam Scott always has Jean van de Velde's historic collapse on 18 at the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie.  If you recall, he needed to make a double bogey 6 or better to win.  He made 7 and lost in a 3 way playoff.  Here is a video for those that have the stomach to watch:  HERE  

Monday Morning Quarterback – 7/16/12

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: July 16th, 2012 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

Brought to you by The Rouen Group, a strategic communications firm, specializing in grassroots advocacy, public relations, and political engagement. Hmmm: Via @UberFacts: "The average user spends about 3.5 hours a day on Twitter. Twitter "addicts" tend to spend about 10.4 hours a day."  Where do you rate? Tell us by tweeting @Rouengroup Need Help Picking A Candidate?:  Here is a fun and informative Candidate Matching Game via USA TodayCandidate Match Game II to find out which candidate -- Barack Obama or Mitt Romney -- you agree with most on the key issues of the day. And as you take the quiz, learn more about their positions on the issues. Click Here That one not for you?  You can also try this one and easily share the results with all of your facebook friends:  Click Here Latest Obama v. Romney Polling:  There is a slight change in the President Obama's approval rating.  For his supporters it is moving in the wrong direction.  So, what does it mean?  As of Sunday night the President's approval rating averaged 47.3%. In the past half-century only George W. Bush has won re-election with an approval score of under 50 percent.   Below is a chart via mullings.com that show where other Presidents stood at this point in their first term. Name    Year   Overall   Ind.  Result Approval  Appr Johnson 1964     74%     68%   Won Nixon   1972     52      61    Won Ford    1976     45      48    Lost Carter  1980     33      25    Lost Reagan  1984     55      56    Won HW Bush 1992     32      27    Lost Clinton 1996     57      57    Won GW Bush 2004     47      39    Won Obama   2010     46      41    ---   The Numbers as of Sunday, July 15
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
General Election: Romney vs. Obama Gallup Tracking Obama 47, Romney 45 Obama +2
General Election: Romney vs. Obama Rasmussen Tracking Obama 45, Romney 45 Tie
President Obama Job Approval Gallup Approve 46, Disapprove 47 Disapprove +2
President Obama Job Approval Rasmussen Reports Approve 48, Disapprove 51 Disapprove +3
Battleground States Numbers (new poll numbers this week in bold): North Carolina: Romney 47.2, Obama 46.0- Romney +1.2 Michigan: Obama 46.5, Romney 44.7 - Obama +1.8 Ohio: Obama 46.2, Romney 43.6 - Obama +2.6 Florida: Obama 46.2, Romney 45.3 - Obama +0.9 Iowa: Obama 46.5, Romney 44.0 - Obama +2.5 Colorado: Obama 47.2, Romney 44.4 - Obama +2.8 Virginia: Obama 47.8, Romney 44.8 - Obama +3.0 Wisconsin: Obama 48.4, Romney 44.0 - Obama +4.4 Nevada: Obama 49.3, Romney 44.0 - Obama +5.3 New Hampshire: Obama 48.7, Romney 43.0 - Obama 5.7 WHAT WE ARE READING: Flush Times Draw Newcomers to Farming:
Raising crops has become much more attractive to a generation weaned on the idea that farming -- while a nice lifestyle compared to cubicle drudgery -- was an economic loser. These days, corn and soybean prices are perched near historic highs, and farmers are making record incomes.  More Building your Social Influence This is a nice blog post full of great info graphics via Kglobal.com.  We have already starting using some of this info with our clients.  This information is relevant to anyone looking to extend their reach and influence across the social networking sphere, whether you are looking to win a contest, draw more attention to your cause, or to drive traffic and sales to your website. More
Horner and Penny-Voting out Incumbents Won't Change Congress: In a joint editorial in the Star Tribune, 2 former Independence Party candidates outline a series of reforms to make Congress work: Via Star Tribune: "Today, though, simply voting out incumbents won't change Washington. Congress itself is broken. Our solutions aren't an exhaustive list of needed reforms. But they have this virtue: They could be implemented by a simple majority vote in one or both houses of Congress, and are thereby readily achievable." With Congress approval rating below 20% these reforms merit further discussion.  Find out what they had to say here: more Prayers Needed: Please take a moment to pray for Peter Franklin, son of Mike and Amanda Franklin. Baby Peter's cancer has returned and we pray for God's healing for him.  Visit the caringbridge.com site for the latest information and do send them a note. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/peterfranklin Movies:  We are looking forward to watching Will Ferrell in "The Campaign." Watch the Clip Happy Birthday: To my father-in-law Gordy Engel and Best Buddy Peter Peterson on July 15.
KSTP's At Issue Features A Face Off : Broton v Golnik  watch here

http://www.tpt.org/images/headers/programs/almanac/home4.jpg Watch the Political Panel: Republicans Fritz Knaak and Marianne Stebbins face off with Democrats Mike Hatch and Karla Bigham.Watch it here.

Profile Picture Missed ABC's This Week Roundtable: Roundtable picks best TV moments. Check it out here:  Watch

Monday Morning Quarterback – 7/9/12

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: July 9th, 2012 | 0 Comments

Monday Morning Quarterback

Brought to you by The Rouen Group, a strategic communications firm, specializing in grassroots advocacy, coalition building, and political engagement. Hmmm: Via @UberFacts: "It takes 9 months to a year to produce one episode on Family Guy."  Here is a great clip from the show on undecided voters: watch Latest Obama v. Romney Polling:  Not much change over the 4th of July Holiday week as candidates and the electorate took a much needed rest. Sunday, July 8
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
General Election: Romney vs. Obama Gallup Tracking Obama 47, Romney 47 Obama +3
General Election: Romney vs. Obama Rasmussen Tracking Obama 45, Romney 45 Tie
President Obama Job Approval Gallup Approve 47, Disapprove 45 Approve +2
President Obama Job Approval Rasmussen Reports Approve 49, Disapprove 50 Disapprove +1
Realpolitics Poll Averages - Battleground States (new poll numbers this week in bold): North Carolina: Romney 47.3, Obama 45.3 - Romney +2.0 Michigan: Obama 46.5, Romney 44.7 - Obama +1.8 Ohio: Obama 46.2, Romney 43.6 - Obama +2.6 Florida: Obama 46.7, Romney 45.0 - Obama +1.7 Iowa: Obama 46.5, Romney 44.0 - Obama +2.5 Colorado: Obama 47.2, Romney 44.4 - Obama +2.8 Virginia: Obama 47.8, Romney 44.8 - Obama +3.0 Wisconsin: Obama 47.4, Romney 44.4 - Obama +3.0 Nevada: Obama 49.3, Romney 44.0 - Obama +5.3 New Hampshire: Obama 48.7, Romney 43.0 - Culture5.7 WHAT WE ARE READING: Cabin Culture: A Place at the Lake:
Taking a quick break from politics, we enjoyed this peice on Minnesota's Cabin Culture.  We hope many of MMQ's readers enjoyed some great cabin time this past week. via Star Tribune: "A cabin, he said, has a screen door that bangs. There's no Internet and little cellphone coverage, but stacks of games and decks of cards. Mobiles of driftwood hang as evidence of the occasional rainy day, as do the superfluously helpful signs: "Shed." "Dock."more "It's about cabin fever," Ohman said, upending the term to describe the need to get inside four walls. "We've put up with the 40-belows and scraping the windshield, and it's like we've earned the right. Sure, I-94 on a Friday afternoon can be cabin fever at its fullest, but we get off at Monticello, and we enter the zone."
Andy Griffith: That was good TV; coudn't we still have it? via JAY AMBROSE , Scripps Howard News Service: "Nothing I have run across has the wholesomeness of the Griffith show, which is not the same as saying sitcoms should all be fashioned in that mode. It is instead a way of saying that we have drifted far from an entertainment world that could give us decent human beings always making final resort to decent behavior to solve their problems, with no untoward innuendo or sex scenes thrown in."more George Will: The Obama Administration's Heavy Hand: "The federal government is a bull that has found yet another china shop, this time in Arizona. It seems determined to inflict, for angelic motives and progressive goals, economic damage on this state. And economic and social damage on Native Americans, who over the years have experienced quite enough of that at Washington's hands." more Golf: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson missed the cut in the same tournament for the first time over the weekend.  The next generation of golfers has arrived. Tennis:  Wimbledon has some great story lines.  Serena Williams battles back from 2 years of injuries to win her 5th singles championship, matching her older sister Venus.  Also Andy Murray was the first Brit to make the Men's final in 74 years. In the end Roger Federer, was too much and won the Men's title in 4 sets.  That was his 7th Wimbledon title and 17th Grand Slam title.  Both the Men's and Woman's Champions were over 30.  So your sayin there is a chance.... Brothers of the Sun: For those that missed the show last night at Target Field, or those that can't get enough here is a little more Tim and Kenny: watch

Monday Morning Quarterback – 7/2/12

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: July 2nd, 2012 | 0 Comments

Monday Morning Quarterback

Brought to you by The Rouen Group, a public affairs firm, specializing in grassroots advocacy, coalition building, political engagement and communications strategy. Random Fact of the Week: Via @UberFacts: "According to NASA, the perfect nap should last no more than 26 minutes."  I don't think they surveyed those with kids under 4. Latest Obama v. Romney Polling:  There are a couple of interesting changes in the polling this week.  Obama has pulled even or ahead, getting a boost from the supreme court ruling on his health care legislation. Sunday, July 1
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
General Election: Romney vs. Obama Gallup Tracking Obama 47, Romney 44 Obama +3
General Election: Romney vs. Obama Rasmussen Tracking Obama 45, Romney 45 Tie
President Obama Job Approval Gallup Approve 48, Disapprove 46 Approve +2
President Obama Job Approval Rasmussen Reports Approve 48, Disapprove 51 Disapprove +3
RealClearPolitics Poll Averages - Battleground States: North Carolina: Romney 46.2, Obama 45.0 - Romney +1.2 Michigan: Obama 46.5, Romney 44.7 - Obama +1.8 Ohio: Obama 46.2, Romney 43.6 - Obama +2.6 Florida: Obama 46.8, Romney 45.0 - Obama +1.8 Iowa: Obama 46.5, Romney 44.0 - Obama +2.5 Colorado: Obama 47.2, Romney 44.4 - Obama +2.8 Virginia: Obama 47.8, Romney 44.8 - Obama +3.0 Wisconsin: Obama 47.4, Romney 44.4 - Obama +3.0 Nevada: Obama 49.3, Romney 44.0 - Obama +5.3 New Hampshire: Obama 48.7, Romney 43.0 - Obama +5.7 Pew releases American Values Survey:
The 2012 Pew Research Center Values Survey finds that Americans’ values and basic beliefs are more polarized along partisan lines than at any point in the past 25 years. Party has now become the single largest fissure in American society, with the values gap between Republicans and Democrats greater than gender, age, race or class divides. The parties also have become smaller and more ideologically homogeneous over this period. Republicans are dominated by conservatives, while a smaller but growing number of Democrats are liberals.
Why Roberts Did it: via Charles Krauthammer (@krauthammer) "It's the judiciary's Nixon-to-China: Chief Justice John Roberts joins the liberal wing of the U.S. Supreme Courtand upholds the constitutionality of Obamacare. How? By pulling off one of the great constitutional finesses of all time. He managed to uphold the central conservative argument against Obamacare, while at the same time finding a narrow definitional dodge to uphold the law — and thus prevented the court from being seen as having overturned, presumably on political grounds, the signature legislation of this administration." more Roberts Switched Views To Uphold Health Care Law: via CBS News: "Chief Justice John Roberts initially sided with the Supreme Court's four conservative justices to strike down the heart of President Obama's health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, but later changed his position and formed an alliance with liberals to uphold the bulk of the law, according to two sources with specific knowledge of the deliberations. Roberts then withstood a month-long, desperate campaign to bring him back to his original position, the sources said. Ironically, Justice Anthony Kennedy - believed by many conservatives to be the justice most likely to defect and vote for the law - led the effort to try to bring Roberts back to the fold." more George Will: Obamacare ruling a substantial conservative win: "The mandate's opponents favor a federal government as James Madison fashioned it, one limited by the constitutional enumeration of its powers. The mandate's supporters favor government as Woodrow Wilson construed it, with limits as elastic as liberalism's agenda, and powers acquiring derivative constitutionality by being necessary to, or efficient for, implementing government's ambitions." more Congratulation to Kathleen and Brian McClung on the birth of Mack Robert McClung born on June 29th, 2012.  Early reports are that he has red hair. Golf: Tiger Woods outlasted Bo Van Pelt in a back-nine duel Sunday at the AT&T National. The win was his third of 2012, and gives him 74 PGA Tour triumphs, moving him past Jack Nicklaus and into solo second place on the career win list. Twins: A season high 4 home runs lift the Twins over the Royals 10 - 8.  Somehow the Twins are still only 8.5 back of first place.
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