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Monday Morning Quarterback – 8/13/12

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: August 13th, 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. Who said Pro-Wrestling is Bunch of Fakers?: Via @UberFacts: "John Cena has granted over 250 Make-A-Wish foundation wishes - This is more than any person has ever granted in history."  Who is John Cena?  In the famous words of The Big Lebowski: "obviously your are not a golfer" or a Wrestling fan in this case.  Cena is a WWE star.  Here is a link to the Lebowski clip andJohn Cena taking on the "Big Show" in an epic cage match. Road to the White House: By The Numbers August 12, 2012 The Real Clear Politics national tracker (7/21-8/11) has Obama up by 4.6 points this week.  That is another jump that reflects the race before Romney named his running mate Congressman Paul Ryan.  The latest daily tracking polls show a bump for Romney and have him erasing any lead President Obama had. The more important numbers are the electoral college numbers.  Here is a breakdown including the latest battle ground polls.Obama 237Romney 191 with 110 electoral votes up for grabs.  To see a state by state graphicclick here Here are the latest tracking polls:
Poll Date Sample MoE Obama (D) Romney (R) Spread
RCP Average 7/9 - 8/11 -- -- 48.0 43.4 Obama +4.6
Rasmussen Tracking 8/2 - 8/11 1500 LV 3.0 44 46 Romney +2
Gallup Tracking 7/28 - 8/11 3050 RV 2.0 67 46 Tie
Battleground States Numbers (new poll numbers this week in bold): This week we are leaving the state battleground polls off of the MMQ.  There were no state polls released since Romney's VP announcement on Saturday so at this point that state data is old news.  We will return next week. Ad Watch: Can you imagine a Republican getting elected in Minneapolis?  Congressional candidate Chris Fields can.  Despite almost insurmountable odds, Fields is running a strong and credible campaign.  While he may not be victorious this November, he is asking Rep. Ellison and the Democratic machine some tough questions about where the one party rule has taken the city.   We invite you to check out his latest TV ad that began airing this Sunday  WATCH HERE A Bit of a Kerfuffle There was a bit of a kerfuffle between the Romney and Obama campaigns over a couple of ads last week.  The Romney campaign released an ad claiming President Obama gutted the work requirements passed as part of Welfare Reform (Watch).  The ad received some criticism from fact checkers in the media and the Obama campaign launched this response ad called "dubious" (Watch) Then there was the "ad that never aired" by an Obama campaign superPAC Priorities USA that links Romney's roll at Bain Capitol to a women dying of cancer. (Watch)  The ad has been largely discredited by every major news outlet.  For a good run-down on the actual facts in this ad READ THIS All Paul Ryan All the Time: Unless you are just getting back from the cabin, with no contact with the outside world you have heard Mitt Romney has selected Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate.  While Minnesota's own Tim Pawlenty did not get the nod this time, Ryan does have at least one Minnesota connection.  He is a relative of Twins General Manager Terry Ryan. Latest Ryan Updates If you aren't following @feliciasonmez on twitter you should start doing it right now. She is covering Paul Ryan for Washington Post. Get to Know Paul Ryan Here is a link to a great interactive site by the New York Times highlighting Paul Ryan's career complete with Photos and Videos (Click Here) So How Did Romney Pick Ryan and Keep it a Secret? The Associated Press has a great piece on just how Romney selected Ryan and how the week preceeding played out.  There is Applebee's takeout, sneaking through the woods and more.  It is worth the read (Read here) Good Score: 60 minutes was able to get the first interview with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan that aired last night.  (Watch) What We are Reading and Watching: Traits of a Truly Entrepreneurial Mindset: Thanks to Nate Garvis and @nakedcivics for sending this piece from INC. : "most small-business owners don't truly understand how to think like an entrepreneur. And, because of that, the vast majority of small businesses--and the people who create them--remain today what they were when they were started: jobs for the people who created them. They aren't entrepreneurs at all, but are instead what I call "technicians suffering from an entrepreneurial seizure." (More) Don't think income taxes really matter? Read this: Via Forbes: "Perhaps more alarming is what type of individuals are leaving Minnesota for the Sun Belt. The average Guardian person who left Minnesota for the Gator State between 1995 and 2010 was a whopping $89,070 per transfer. In other words, Minnesota is losing wealthy residents – those paying the most taxes and those most likely to own businesses and create jobs." (Read More) BOLT: If you missed the world's fastest man winning gold in the 100m and 200m at the Olympics here are some video highlights including the dramatic 4 x 100 relay (Watch).  Want to know why he is so fast?  The UK Guardian has a nice breakdown including the fact that he has to take less steps than anyone else in the field. (Read)

Monday Morning Quarterback – 8/6/12

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: August 6th, 2012 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

Brought to you by The Rouen Group,  helping clients better communicate with their customers, employees and each other. Men v Women: Via @UberFacts: "The two highest IQ scores ever recorded belonged to women."  I guess the Grateful Dead was either on something or onto someting when they recorded this classic Woman Are Smarter!  Watch a great live performence here Road to the White House: By The Numbers July 30, 2012 The Real Clear Politics national tracker has Obama up by 3.0 points this week.  That is a jump from last week.  For Context Obama was ahead of McCain by the exact same 3.0 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 247Romeny 191 with 100 electoral votes up for grabs.  To see a state by state graphic click here Back by popular demand, or at least by request of Tony Kwilas we have the tracking polls and the updated battleground state polls:
Poll Date Sample MoE Obama (D) Romney (R) Spread
RCP Average 7/9 - 8/4 -- -- 47.6 44.6 Obama +3.0
Rasmussen Tracking 8/2 - 8/4 1500 LV 3.0 45 47 Romney +2
Gallup Tracking 7/28 - 8/3 3050 RV 2.0 47 45 Obama +2
Battleground States Numbers (new poll numbers this week in bold): North Carolina: Romney 47.4, Obama 46.6- Romney +0.8 Michigan: Obama 48.3, Romney 42.0 - Obama +6.3 Ohio: Obama 48.3, Romney 43.5 - Obama +4.8 Florida: Obama 47.0, Romney 45.6 - Obama +1.4 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 Ad Watch: This is one of the best political ads we have seen this cycle.  This is for Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass) who is in the middle of one the closest and most expensive senate races this cycle. Watch Here Minnesota Republican Senate Candidate Kurt Bills launched his first ad this week. The ad is a take off of former Sen. Paul Wellstone's 1990 ad.  Watch Wellstone's "Fast Paul" ad Here and Bills  "Quick Kurt" ad Here WHAT WE ARE READING AND WATCHING: 5 Myths About the Middle Class: Very interesting piece, that tackles some longstanding myths.  Via Both President Obama and Mitt Romney say they'll support it. Many Americans say they're in it. And virtually everyone says something must be done to help it. It's the American middle class, and it's the biggest talking point of the 2012 election - and one of the most misunderstood. More Playing B-Ball with Obama: 6 Steps to Crossing Anything Off Your Bucket List: Thanks to friend and entrepreneur Jason MacDonald for this great link: If you want a lesson in boldness, and to cross things off of your bucket list, there is no better teacher than Ben Nemtin. His story, and that of the entireBuried Life team, is amazing. It started with a list of 100 things and a planned two-week roadtrip. Along the way, Ben has somehow managed to play basketball with Obama,throw the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game, delivery a baby (not his), make the biggest roulette spin in Vegas’ history, and much more. Read Are You Ready for Some Football? George Will takes on the future of the most popular sport in America.  Even if you love football and see nothing wrong with "bounty gate" or increasing violent hits this article will make you think.  Will points out the increase in the size of players: "Football is bigger than ever, in several senses. Bear Bryant’s 1966 undefeated Alabama team had only 19 players who weighed more than 200 pounds. The heaviest weighed 223. The linemen averaged 194. The quarterback weighed 177. Today, many high school teams are much bigger. In 1980, only three NFL players weighed 300 or more pounds. In 2011, according to, there were 352, including three 350-pounders. Thirty-one of the NFL’s 32 offensive lines averaged more than 300.  Various unsurprising studies indicate high early mortality rates among linemen resulting from cardiovascular disease. For all players who play five or more years, life expectancy is less than 60; for linemen it is much less." Read the entire article here. Will Romeny Pick Gov. Bobby Jindal? Continuing the profile of potential VP selections, here is a good piece in the LA Times: "By selecting Bobby Jindal as his vice presidential running mate, Mitt Romney would be reaching for history, much as John McCain did four years ago. The Louisiana governor — born Piyush Jindal — would be the first Indian American ever to run for the White House on a major party ticket. But Jindal could not be more different from Sarah Palin, McCain’s pick, who was the first Republican woman nominated for the vice presidency.  While Palin was the antithesis of a policy wonk, Jindal, 41, is a former Rhodes scholar who made his name deep-diving into substantive issues like healthcare. At 24, he was appointed head of Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals, beginning a pattern of firsts and youngests that have marked Jindal’s nearly two decades in public life."More Follow The Money: Minnesota campaign finance reports were released last week and overall the DFL was ahead in the fundraising battle for January-July, but as Politics in Minnesota points out: "the cash contest is a lot closer than advertised thanks to heftier Republican cash-on-hand figures entering the year. DFL party units hold a lead of $600,000 or so over their Republican rivals ($2.5 million to $1.9 million). Given the MIA status of the debt-crippled Republican Party of Minnesota in this cycle, one might have expected a bigger cash edge for the big three DFL party units."     Greatest Olympian of All-Time?: After Michael Phelps won his final event the debate rages as to if he is the "greatest olympian" of all time.  The New York Post provides a list of some of the greatest here Tennis Anyone?: We wrote about Andy Murray's disappointing loss in the Wimbledon finals this summer, but Murray took to the same court against the same opponent and this time won olympic gold for his home country. Check out the BBC story Here.
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