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Monday Morning Quarterback – 10/29/12

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: October 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. Who Wants to Buy a Haunted House? Turns out a Lot of People Would: Enjoying a good scare during Halloween is nothing out of the ordinary – but what about living in a haunted house all year long? One might think that having a permanent unseen house guest would spook potential home buyers, but not according to Realtor.com’s Haunted Real Estate survey. (Read More)
Rock n' Roll Love Affair: That is the title of the new single from MMQ's favorite aritst Prince.  He performed live last week on Jimmy Kimmel Live.  For fellow Prince enthusiasts you can watch the video (here), you won't be disappointed. Montana or Bust Rick Hill, father of MMQ friend Todd Hill, is in an extremely close battle to be the next Governor of Montana.  This race took an interesting turn this week Via Politico: The story of a single $500,000 donation to the campaign of Montana GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Hill took a new twist yesterday, when a judge issued a restraining order on spending it after a legal fight by Democratic rival Steve Bullock (read). Also, please visit Rick Hill's website and help if you can:  (Here) Ad Watch Its the final week for ads and the frequency is picking up.  Anyone heard of Chip Cravvack and Medicare or Rick Nolan's pay raise?: Bills Hits the AIr? GOP Senate Candidate Kurt Bills released an attack ad tying Amy Klobachar to Tom Petters  (Watch) Arne Carlson is Back: This time Carlson appears in an anti Voter ID ad with Gov. Dayton (Watch) Michele is Here Rep. Bachmann is up with a new positive ad about her role as a congresswoman. (Watch) Who is Thomas Peterffy? It's one of the more personal ads of the 2012 campaign, but no presidential campaign or super PAC is behind it. Rather, a new TV ad and Web video that warns of the ills of socialism while urging America to vote Republican next month is financed by Hungarian-born billionaire Thomas Peterffy.  (Watch Ad) Here is a bio of Peterffy.(Read) Best of 2012: I kept this link in from last week's MMQ. I know many of you missed this, so here is your second chance. Ad Age looked at the over 6,600 political ads of 2012 and here are their standouts: (Watch) Also, Washington Post has a summary of the 4 best political ads of 2012, some you may have seen, but a couple probably not.  (Watch) Road to the White House: By The Numbers October 28, 2012 Romney is still ahead this week in both the RCP Average and the daily tracking.  I did include the one tracking poll that has Obama ahead if you would like to examine that click on the link below. Here are the latest tracking polls:
RCP Average 47.7 46.8 Romney +0.9
Rasmussen Reports 50 47 Romney +3
IBD/TIPP 44 45 Obama +1
Gallup 50 46 Romney +4
The more important numbers are the Electoral College numbers.  If you want to understand just how close this election should be, last week Romney lead in the Electoral Count and this week we see President Obama with the lead.  Here is the breakdown:  Obama 201,Romney 191 with 146 electoral votes up for grabs.   Most of the battleground states will be releasing polls this week and next so be sure to check back as the map will be in flux until election day. To see a state by state graphic click here: Latest Battleground Numbers: Obama still keeps a lead in many of the battleground states, but many have tightened considerably and some recent state polling has shown Romney with a lead.
State RCP Average RCP Status
Ohio (18) Obama +1.9 Toss Up
Florida (29) Romney +1.8 Toss Up
Virginia (13) Tie Toss Up
New Hampshire (4) Obama +2.0 Toss Up
Wisconsin (10) Obama +2.3 Toss Up
Michigan (16) Obama +4.0 Toss Up
Pennsylvania (20) Obama +4.7 Toss Up
North Carolina (15) Romney +3.8 Toss Up
Iowa (6) Obama +2.3 Toss Up
Colorado (9) Tie Toss Up
Nevada (6) Obama +2.4 Toss Up
What We Are Reading and Watching: Romeny and Obama in Dead Heat in Minnesota: The latest Star Tribune Minnesota Poll delivered a huge surprise on Sunday when it showed Mitt Romney and Barrack Obama virtually tied in Minnesota.  "The poll shows Obama with support from 47 percent of likely voters and Romney earning backing from 44 percent -- a lead within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points."  Last month President Obama had an 8 point lead in the Minnesota Poll.  The poll also showed good news for the supporters of the Photo ID ammendment with a 12 point lead: 53% supporting and 41% opposed.  The poll also showed the marriage amendment deadlocked.  View the amendment poll(Here) and the Presidential Poll (Here) Dispiriting Numbers: Another thought provocing column from George Will: "Beginning two decades after the death of Franklin Roosevelt, who would find today's government unrecognizable, government became a geyser of entitlements. In 2010, government at all levels transferred more than $2.2 trillion in money, goods and services to recipients -- $7,200 per individual, almost $29,000 per family of four. Before 1960, only in the Depression years of 1931 and 1935 did federal transfer payments exceed other federal expenditures. During most of FDR's 12 presidential years, income transfers were a third or less of federal spending. But between 1960 and 2010, entitlements exploded from 28 percent to 66 percent of federal spending. By 2010, more than 34 percent of households were receiving means-tested benefits. (read more) Des Moines Register Endorses Romney: First Republican since 1972 On the heels of another big newspaper endorsement in Detroit, Romney also became the first Republican since 1972 to be endorsed by the Des Moines Register.  From the Editorial: Which candidate could forge the compromises in Congress to achieve these goals? When the question is framed in those terms, Mitt Romney emerges the stronger candidate. The former governor and business executive has a strong record of achievement in both the private and the public sectors. He was an accomplished governor in a liberal state. He founded and ran a successful business that turned around failing companies. He successfully managed the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Romney has made rebuilding the economy his No. 1 campaign priority — and rightly so...(read more)

Monday Morning Quarterback – 10/22/12

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: October 26th, 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 knew Mitt Romney could tell a joke: I always like to start the MMQ with a little humor, and this was one of the funnier and more surprising videos of the campaign.   The two presidential candidates took a break from the caustic criticism of the campaign trail to score political points with biting humor last week in New York City.  Mitt Romney and President Obama exchanged jokes and jabs at the Al Smith Dinner. Feel free to share your thoughts on who won the comedy "debate" on our facebook page Meet the Rising Stars in the House GOP: Once again we will be hosting the MN GOP Rising Stars event on Oct. 23rd from 6:30 to 8:30pm.  This event will feature many of the leading House candidates as well as Speaker Kurt Zellers and other House leadership.  This is a great opportunity to help some great candidates.  Space is limited so please RSVP tonoah@rouengroup.com. Congrats: Congratulations to Dan and Leslie Rosedahl on the birth of their son Owen.  True to Leslie form, Owen was born on his due date! Ad Watch Exciting time for people, like me, that love political ads.  Here are a couple ads that debuted this week: Can't Get Enough of the Dome? Rep. John Kline launched his first TV ad last week.  The ad features Kline on the turf at the Metrodome talking about the national debt.  (Watch) Controversial Marriage Amendment Ad: Minnesota for Marriage launched a new TV ad that was met with a lot of outrage from the Vote No campaign.  (Watch) American Made: Rep. Tim Walz launched his first TV ad of the election cycle titled "American Made"  (Watch) Numbers Guy Rep. Paulsen released his latest ad  "numbers."  The ad talks about medical device tax, foreign oil, and more. (Watch) Best of 2012: Ad Age looked at the over 6,600 political ads of 2012 and here are their standouts: (Watch) Also, Washington Post has a summary of the 4 best political ads of 2012, some you may have seen, but a couple probably not.  (Watch) Road to the White House: By The Numbers October 21, 2012 Things are really getting tight.  Last week, Romney had a slight 1 point lead and this week the RCP average has the race virtually tied.  You can see that Romney is ahead in the daily tracking polls over the last few days, but the average still shows it a tie. Here are the latest tracking polls:
Poll Obama (D) Romney (R) Spread
RCP Average 47.1 46.9 Obama +0.2
NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl 47 47 Tie
Rasmussen Tracking 47 49 Romney +2
Gallup Tracking 45 52 Romney +7
  The more important numbers are the electoral college numbers.  We also see a dramatic shift here:  Obama 201Romney 206 with 131 electoral votes up for grabs.   This is the first time Romney has been ahead.  Just a few weeks ago President Obama was only a few votes shy of the magic 270 electoral votes. To see a state by state graphic click here: Latest Battleground Numbers: Obama still keeps a lead in many of the battleground states, but many have tightened considerably and some recent state polling has shown Romney with a lead.
State Obama Romney RCP Average
Ohio (18) 48.1 46.0 Obama +2.1
Florida (29) 46.7 48.8 Romney +2.1
Virginia (13) 48.0 48.0 Tie
New Hampshire (4) 47.8 48.8 Romney +1.0
Wisconsin (10) 49.8 47.0 Obama +2.8
Michigan (16) 48.6 43.6 Obama +5.0
Pennsylvania (20) 49.7 44.7 Obama +5.0
Iowa (6) 49.0 46.6 Obama +2.4
Colorado (9) 47.7 47.9 Romney +0.2
Nevada (6) 49.0 46.0 Obama +3.0
What We Are Reading and Watching: Post Debate Analysis: The SNL debate opener was the most popular link in last week's MMQ and this week's skit was great as well.  Although I would have liked a Joe Biden cameo. (Watch) The Final Debate: Want to know what to look for in the final debate:  here are the topic areas from the Commission on Presidential Debates (Read).  Also, here is a link to a bio for the moderator Bob Schieffer (Read)  The "Marketing of A President" This a great article from the Harvard Business Review that combines politics and marketing together: "The way in which we market presidents is broken, much like the way that we traditionally market businesses is broken. I say "market" presidents rather than "select" them because the way in which an organization commits to market its products and services can substantially determine the quality of the product it produces and sells.....(read more) Down the Stretch They Come: This is a must read article from Washington Post's Karen Tumulty.  This breaks down the race and the final strategies.  It includes video, maps and more.  (Watch, Read Learn)

Monday Morning Quarterback – 10/15/12

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: October 16th, 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. Was College Worth It? The answer is clearly yes, after celebrating my 15 year Gustavus reunion this weekend with some great lifelong friends. While I would say I couldn't put a price on the friendships I made, this list of 10 of the most successful college drop outs still begs the question, is college worth it? (View Here). Meet the Rising Stars in the House GOP: Once again we will be hosting the MN GOP Rising Stars event on Oct. 23rd from 6:30 to 7:30pm. This even will feature many of the leading House candidates as well as Speaker Kurt Zellers and other House leadership. This is a great opportunity to help some great candidates. For more information or to co-host this event please contact me at noah@rouengroup.com. Take a Flying Leap: Skydiver Felix Baumgartner makes the highest skydive ever Oct. 14, 2012. He jumped from 128,000 feet (39,000 meters), or about 24 miles up, during the Red Bull Stratos mission. Check out amazing photos, video and complete story. (Here) Ad Watch Exciting time for people, like me, that love political ads. Here are a couple ads that debuted this week: Washington Makes a Pizza Former DFL Rep. Mike Obermueller who is taking on Rep. John Kline in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional district launched a new TV ad that shows what would happen if Washington DC was in the Pizza delivery business. (Watch) What is that on my Shoes? Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson launched a TV ad that has him cleaning something off his shoe. (Watch) Road to the White House: By The Numbers October 14, 2012 And there is a new leader this week. Mitt Romney is leading in the RCP average and the tracking polls this week. This was unimaginable just 3 weeks ago which shows the last three weeks will be very exciting. Here are the latest tracking polls: Poll Romney (R) Obama (D) Spread RCP Average 47.3 46.0 Romney +1.3 Rasmussen Tracking 49 47 Romney +2 Gallup Tracking 49 47 Romney +2 The more important numbers are the electoral college numbers. We also see a dramatic shift here: Obama 201, Romney 191 with 146 electoral votes up for grabs. To see a state by state graphic click here: Latest Battleground Numbers: Obama still keeps a lead in many of the battleground states, but many of tightened considerably and some recent state polling has shown Romney with a lead. State Obama Romney RCP Status Virginia (13) 48.0 47.6 Toss Up Ohio (18) 48.0 46.3 Toss Up Florida (29) 46.3 49.5 Toss Up New Hampshire (4) 48.0 47.3 Toss Up Wisconsin (10) 50.0 47.7 Toss Up Michigan (16) 48.8 44.4 Toss Up Pennsylvania (20) 47.8 43.3 Toss Up Iowa (6) 48.6 45.4 Toss Up Colorado (9) 47.0 47.7 Toss Up Nevada (6) 48.2 46.6 Toss Up North Carolina (15) 46.0 49.3 Toss Up What We Are Reading and Watching: Post Debate Analysis: Maybe not the intellectual analysis you are looking for, but Saturday Night Live opened their show with a hilarious debate recap. The Joe Biden impression is a must-see. (Watch) Tightening Race in Ohio Tests Both Campaigns' Strategy: Ohio has been on the winning side of every presidential election since 1964, largely for the same reason that consumer-products companies like to use the state as a test market — it closely resembles the nation in miniature. But the resemblance is not perfect; the state has leaned just slightly more Republican than the country as a whole, meaning that a GOP nominee who cannot carry Ohio is unlikely to win nationwide. None ever has. As recently as two weeks ago, with polls consistently showing a strong Obama lead here, demoralized Republicans openly talked of long-shot strategies to amass a majority of electoral votes without Ohio's 18. Now, with Romney riding a wave of enthusiasm since the first presidential debate and the national polls in a dead heat, that talk is gone. Instead, an intensifying fight is directly testing the two campaigns' core strategies....(read more) What to Expect in the Next Debate: When President Obama and Mitt Romney take the stage Tuesday for the second presidential debate, they will carry with them the results of the first. Here are some questions and answers about what to expect at Tuesday's high-stakes rematch at Hofstra University on Long Island, N.Y., which comes 20 years after the first presidential town hall debate. (read) Thank You A special thank to entire team at the Minnesota Business Partnership. They put on a great dinner and program that included a terrific speech by MMQ favorite George Will. The actual speech is not online, but here is a recent speech from George Will in 2012 that weaves history, baseball and politics together in a way only he can. It is worth a watch. (Here) Thanks also to the friends that joined me at a great event with Paul Ryan at Solera downtown Minneapolis. We raised our goal!

Monday Morning Quarterback – 10/8/12

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: October 9th, 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. Where Are My Keys? From one of my favorite follows on twitter @uberfacts: "We spend about 10 minutes everyday looking for misplaced items."  If you found your keys this morning you can use your extra time to check out this awesome political Kombat video game.  In honor of his mention in the debate here is the Donald Trump v Obama version(Here) The Big Debate: Obviously the Romney/Obama debate grabbed most of the headlines, (more on that event below), but huge TV personalities, Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart also squared off in an entertaining and substantive debate on Saturday night.  Washington Post's "The Fix" blog has a great summary: "Dubbed “The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium,” the 90-minute debate on the campus of George Washington University weaved in and out of various topics, ranging from the serious to the silly. From entitlements to George W. Bush, from rapper Lil Wayne to former president Martin Van Buren (for the record, O’Reilly made the first Lil Wayne reference), the debate covered lots of ground."  (read more) you can(watch here)  Post Debate Analysis: I just had to share Jon Stewart's take on the debate.  As a warning I did laugh out loud while watching.  (Watch) Ad Watch Exciting time for those people, like me, that love political ads.  Here are a couple ads that debuted this week: Vote for This Black Guy Chris Fields, who we have featured in this section before, is running against Keith Ellison.  In this quick 10 second ad Fields tackles race in the campaign (Watch) My Dad Chip Cravaack launched a new ad this week. The ad features his dad as part of a soft attack on his opponent's cuts to Medicare.  (Watch) Better than an Ad As a PR guy I always appreciate the earned media even more that the ads (usually because the earned media turns into good ads) so I wanted to share this great piece KARE 11 did on candidates final push.  Plus, part of it was filmed at my neighborhood coffee shop (Cuppa Java) (Watch)  Road to the White House: By The Numbers October 7, 2012 All of the pundits that were saying last week that debates do not matter in Presidential Election may be having second thoughts.  While the polls are just coming in, the tracking polls show the race has tightened up and Romney once again has a lead in the Rasmussen tracking polls.  As a reminder, Obama was up an average of 4.1 points last week. Here are the latest tracking polls:
Poll Obama (D) Romney (R) Spread
RCP Average 48.4 47.0 Obama +1.4
Rasmussen Tracking 47 49 Romney +2
Gallup Tracking 49 46 Obama +3
The more important numbers are the electoral college numbers.  The debate has also had an effect on the state polls. While Obama still has a big lead, there are more states in play.  The current map shows:  Obama 251Romney 181 with 106 electoral votes up for grabs.   To see a state by state graphic click here: Latest Battleground Numbers:
State Obama Romney RCP Average
Florida (29) 47.0 47.0 Tie
Virginia (13) 47.2 46.8 Obama +0.4
North Carolina (15) 47.6 48.4 Romney +0.8
Iowa (6) 48.5 45.0 Obama +3.5
Missouri (10) 43.8 49.0 Romney +5.2
Nevada (6) 50.3 45.7 Obama +4.6
Colorado (9) 47.0 47.0 Tie
Ohio (18) 49.0 46.0 Obama +3.0
What We Are Reading and Watching: Bracing for Impact: Nightline did a fascinating story on just what happens during a plane crash.  See what happens from inside a 727 airplane as it crashes into the ground.  The political twist to the story is they actually crashed the Dole for President plane.  Watch the story and incredible (video here) Unemployment Rate's Slide Sparks Political Debate Over Health of Jobs Market: The Wall Street Journal takes a deeper look at the jobs numbers that were released this week: "The data don't necessarily signal a sudden acceleration in the job market. But they do suggest that a spring slowdown in hiring was short-lived, and that the economy has returned to its recent trend of adding about 150,000 jobs a month, on average. That isn't robust growth, especially with unemployment still high by historic standards, but it represents a clear improvement over the spring, when the economy posted three consecutive months of sub-100,000 job growth. The unemployment rate showed a more dramatic improvement, but that number is based on a smaller and more volatile survey than the main payroll figures..." more including some good graphics etc... (read) Pressure on for Ryan v Biden Debate: From the Washington Post:  "Now, in the wake of President Obama’s widely panned performance last week in his first debate against Mitt Romney, the stakes for Biden are suddenly higher than ever. In the Oct. 11 vice-presidential debate he must not only avoid making any gaffes but also try to puncture his Republican opponent’s arguments on taxes, entitlement reform and deficit reduction, something Obama was criticized for failing to do last week. The pressure on Ryan has risen as well. Romney greatly exceeded expectations, appearing both presidential and in command of the debate stage. Ryan, who has never before debated at the national level, must prove that he is potential presidential material — while also defending the numbers that Romney put forth last week, especially on tax cuts..." (more) Join Me and Paul Ryan for a Drink? On Oct 13th, just 2 days after the big Vice Presidential Debate, Paul Ryan will be in Minneapolis.  Do you want to join us?  Please contact me and I will provide you with details.

Monday Morning Quarterback – 10/1/12

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: October 2nd, 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. The 'Bagel Head': Japan's newest fashion trend: Seriously can someone explain this to me?  If you haven't seen this you have to look at least once (here)includes video.  I really hope this doesn't catch on in the US. Obama or Romney? Political Scientists Share Their Predictions: This was an interesting article that goes beyond the polls and looks at the science of elections and predictions:From Washington Post: "Polls give Obama the advantage, nationally and in most of the battleground states, but they are, as is often said, snapshots in time, not predictions of the future. The election forecasts are in fact predictions, based on various and varied statistical models. Most give the advantage to the president, but the verdict is not unanimous. The 13 projections are contained in the new issue of PS: Political Science and Politics, which is published by the American Political Science Association. Eight of them project that Obama will win the popular vote; five say the popular vote will go to Romney. But the degree of certainty in those forecasts differs. One projection favoring the president says there is an 88 percent certainty that he’ll win, while two others forecasting Obama say there is only a 57 percent certainty..." (More) Historic Collapse: As I tweeted (@noahrouen) on Sunday, I was glad I was at the cabin without TV so I couldn't watch the USA collapse in the Ryder Cup.  I will say though the Ryder Cup is one of the best professional sporting events. I can't wait for it to come to Hazentine in 2016.  If you missed the collapse or just want to watch one more time you can check out highlights (Here) Ad Watch Exciting time for those people, like me, that love political ads.  Here are a couple ads that debuted this week: Math Guy Rep. Erik Paulsen launched his first TV ad of the campaign, called "Math Guy Part 2".  This is a really great ad that should help Paulsen cruise to re-election:(Watch Here) Who are the Undecided Voters? This SNL "ad" seeks to answer that question and more: This is great stuff: (Watch) The Vote Yes Marriage Amendment launched their first TV Ad (More here) Road to the White House: By The Numbers September 30, 2012 The Real Clear Politics national tracker has Obama up by 4.1 points this week, which is an uptick again from last week. The daily tracking polls specifically the Rasmussen continues to flip flop on a weekly basis showing the race is still very close.  We will see what happens after the first debate this week. Here are the latest tracking polls:
RCP Average 9/13 - 9/29 48.7 44.6 Obama +4.1
Rasmussen Tracking 9/27 - 9/29 48 46 Obama +2
Gallup Tracking 9/23 - 9/29 49 44 Obama +5
The more important numbers are the electoral college numbers.  This graph shows Obama very close to the magic number of 270 electoral votes.  The current map shows:  Obama 265Romney 191 with 82 electoral votes up for grabs.   To see a state by state graphicclick here: Latest Battleground Numbers:
State RCP Average RCP Status
Florida (29) Obama +3.2 Toss Up
New Hampshire (4) Obama +3.0 Toss Up
Virginia (13) Obama +3.7 Toss Up
North Carolina (15) Obama +1.1 Toss Up
Iowa (6) Obama +3.7 Toss Up
Nevada (6) Obama +3.8 Toss Up
Colorado (9) Obama +2.9 Toss Up
What We Are Reading and Watching: Look Between Today's Two Extremes. America Lies There: We continue on the wonkish articles this week, with this great piece by Stephen Young in the Star Tribune on Sunday.  The article dives into the political theory that has helped shape America and how we have drifted to two extremes.  From the article: "America's two principal political parties are pulling the country toward new extremes of ideological confrontation. Each party has abandoned, in its own way, the foundational beliefs of our republic. The unnecessary polarization was vividly demonstrated this month in the firestorm over Mitt Romney's secretly filmed remarks about the "47 percent." Harshness and exaggeration turned Romney's perfectly valid complaint about America's entitlement mentality into a gaffe that foreclosed useful discussion. America was founded on adherence to the moral sense, a capacity within each citizen to assume responsibility for the common good, to put aside selfishness, to reach good decisions through reason and compromise. America was to be a "City Upon a Hill"; Americans were to be stewards of destiny. Today, to the contrary, Democrats carry the banner of an entitlement ideology derived from French thinker Jean Jacques Rousseau, as I noted in my earlier commentary "Nanny state: The origin and evolution of the 'New Left' " (July 29). Meanwhile, Republicans have come to venerate social Darwinism, Englishman Herbert Spencer's egocentric sociology of the late 19th century, which I described in "Survival of the fittest: The evolution of an idea" (May 27)..."(Read More) Matt Birk Get's People Talking About Marriage, Speech and Politics: This week, former Cretin star and MN Viking took his turn at weighing in on the marriage amendment.  Readers will remember that current Vikings punter has been an outspoken critic of the marriage amendment, both in Minnesota and other states.  Matt Birk has a different opinion.  Could this be a start of a political career for the Harvard graduate? Birk: " It should come as no surprise that the National Football League supports the right of its players to share their opinions on important public matters, nor should it come as a surprise that I personally support my colleagues' rights to voice their opinions. But the conversation during the last few weeks on the subject of same-sex marriage has told a different story -- one that appears to be drawing a false connection between supporting true American values like free speech and the institution of marriage, our most fundamental and important social institution. I think it is important to set the record straight about what the marriage debate is and is not about, and to clarify that not all NFL players think redefining marriage is a good thing. The union of a man and a woman is privileged and recognized by society as "marriage" for a reason, and it's not because the government has a vested interest in celebrating the love between two people. With good reason, government recognizes marriages and gives them certain legal benefits so they can provide a stable, nurturing environment for the next generation of citizens: our kids." (Read More) Like 1980, Election Hinges on Debate, Turnout: From The National Journal: There was only one presidential debate in 1980 between challenger Ronald Reagan and President Jimmy Carter. Just two days before the October 28 debate, Carter was eight points ahead in the Gallup poll. A week after the debate, he lost to Reagan by nearly ten percentage points. Reagan’s debate quip, “there you go again,” reminded voters of Carter’s chronic crabbiness. Even more devastating was Reagan’s final, direct question to American voters: “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” No one, it seemed, could muster a “Yes!”..(read more) "This Whole Race is Going to be Turned Upside Down by Thursday Morning" Who said this and why is it important?  Check out this clip from CBS Face the Nation (Watch)
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