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Monday Morning Quarterback – 7/15/13

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: July 16th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

 The Rouen Group: Grassroots Advocacy, Data Driven Marketing, Strategic Communications. Forward: Thank you to those who have continued reading the MMQ over the summer months, when I know many people take a break from business and politics.  If you enjoy the content please take a minute and forward to a friend. (Forward) 10 Insanely Overpaid Public Employees: If it doesn't make you laugh it will make you cry, especially if you are a taxpayer: "In 2009, 347 Texas state employees earned more than the president; 53 of them made more than $600,000. In New York, 35 employees were paid over $400k last year. Since 2005, the number of Federal employees earning $150,000plus has jumped tenfold: going from 12,399 to 171,689. Much of the increase has been in medicine. Doctors at veterans hospitals and prisons averaged $179,500 in 2010, up from $111,000 in 2005." (Read). Partisanship: Via Hotline: In 1972, 44% of Congressional districts split tickets between President and US House votes. In 2012 that split was 5.7%. Pinterest Stressed? Ok, this article is pretty funny and probably somewhat true: "In a recent TODAY moms survey, 42% of mothers say that they "sometimes suffer from Pinterest stress..." This is what I like to call, first-world problems. Mad because those Valentines you spent two weeks making for your kid's party were outdone by another mom? First-world problems. Your teen refused to wear a coordinating shirt for your carefully-crafted family pictures? First-world problems..." (More) Campaign Update Latest news from the Trail: 2016 Already: A new national poll by Quinnipiac University shows Hillary Clinton leads New Jersey Governor Chris Christie by 6 points.  There is also some interesting numbers on voter attitudes towards griddlock in Washington and approval ratings of the Supreme Court Justices. (Read) Emmer Raises $220,000: Tom Emmer announced he raise $220,000 in his first month running to replace Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann. Worth A Read Nine Traditions Lost From Baseball: This is a great article for all of the baseball fans.  I just taught Connor how to keep score at a Twins game and there were not many others doing the same.  "Baseball is a tradition-filled sport. But some are disappearing. A list of those should make oldtimers and youngsters alike smile at how the game once was..." (Read) Why do Mosquitoes bite some people more than others? I have actually always wondered how you can sit at a campfire and one person gets eaten by mosquitoes and someone else is fine.  Turns out mosquitoes, just like many of you, are attracted to beer.  Find out all of the natural factors that attract and repel Minnesota's unofficial state bird...(Read) Vital Statistics on Congress: This is a very cool resource for all political junkies.  It is also proof that good things happen when both liberals and conservatives work together: "For more than three decades, Vital Statistics on Congress, a joint effort undertaken by Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and Tom Mann of Brookings, in collaboration with Michael Malbin of the Campaign Finance Institute, has been a go-to reference guide for Congressional watchers for impartial data on Congress and its members..." (More)  PR Then and Now: This is a really eye-opening graphic that shows the evolution of PR in just the last couple years. (Look) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 54 Number of Senators in the 113th Congress that have served less than 6 years. Only other time that number was so high: 97th Cong ('81-'83) $34.1 Million The amount Political Action Committees (PACs) gave to Congressional Candidate in s1974.  In 2012 PACs gave $425.5 million. 2001 The last time the Twins won a series against the Yankees in New York until yesterday. 46% Both the Approval and Disapproval rating for President Obama in the latest Gallup Poll. Thanks for reading! Please consider The Rouen Group for your grassroots and public affairs campaigns.

Monday Morning Quarterback – 7/8/13

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: July 16th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

 The Rouen Group: Grassroots Advocacy, Data Driven Marketing, Strategic Communications. Snobs: I was going to brag about the series of great weather we were having, but then I realized that would just increase our snob rating.  Find out why Travel and Leisure Magazine names the Twin Cities as the 5th snobiest city in America. (Read) We're Number 1: This article is a week late for the long holiday weekend, but there is still plenty of summer left to enjoy cheap beer.  Find out which Minnesota beer tops the list for best cheap beer in America. (Beer) Speaking of Cheap Beer: For those going to the big Kenny Chesney/Zac Brown Band concert on Friday here is a little preview. (Watch) Great Idea: MMQ Friend Ben Golnik's son Alex (5) has been searching for license plates from all 50 states and then he takes a photo with the license plate.  Congrats to him for finding Hawaii this week thanks to a tip.  He is still looking for only 2 remaining states  Rhode Island, West Virginia.  What a cool idea and I bet more than one of you will be paying more attention to license plates today.(Hawaii)  Campaign Update Latest news from the Trail: Hann out of 2014 Race: After several candidates jumped into the race for Governor in the last 2 weeks, Former Senate Majority Leader took his name out of the race.  Read his full statement (here). McFadden Raises $700,000 in First Month: US Senate candidate Mike McFadden announced an impressive first month of fundraising. (Read) Delaying Affordable Care Act May Hurt Democrats in 2014: Interesting read from RCP on the political implications of The White House decision to delay implementation of the ACA. This includes some interesting polling from both Republicans and Democrats.  (Read) Worth A Read The New Charmed Life of Tim Pawlenty: This is a good read on just what former Governor Tim Pawlenty is up to these days.  Sounds like it beats all those trips to small towns in Iowa and New Hampshire. (Read) What Happened in Egypt? The New York Times has an interesting article about the last few hours of Mr. Morsi's leadership and what is next: "The abrupt end of Egypt’s first Islamist government was the culmination of months of escalating tensions and ultimately futile American efforts to broker a solution that would keep Mr. Morsi in his elected office, at least in name, if not in power.  A new alliance of youthful activists and Mubarak-era elites was driving street protests. A collapsing economy put new pressure on Mr. Morsi and his allies in the Muslim Brotherhood, the once-outlawed Islamist group that had finally come to power after the ouster of the former president, Hosni Mubarak. And an alliance between Mr. Morsi and the nation’s top generals was gradually unraveling..." (More) Murray Sets Nation's Heart Aglow To understand just how big Andy Murray's win at Wimbledon was, you have to read the article in UK Newspaper the Guardian: "In the end, inside a giddy, sun-bleached and genuinely adoring Centre Court, it felt like it was all worth the wait. Andy Murray is Wimbledonchampion, ending that oft-mentioned 77-year hiatus since the last time a British man lifted tennis's most alluring prize, and in the process scaling one of the more vertiginous sporting Everests.  It is a genuinely gold-standard achievement for the man from Dunblane, given weight not just by the burden of history and the folkish annual summer romance of Wimbledon itself, but by the fact he is competing in one of the great periods of elite men's tennis." (More) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 7 days The age difference between Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and runner up Novak Djokovic. 77 The number of years since a British Man has won Wimbledon until Murray won. 2 Number of Twins selected to the All-Star Game.  Joe Mauer will be the starting catcher for the America League. 225 The number of DWIs given in Minnesota since Wednesday. Have a great week!

Monday Morning Quarterback – 7/1/13

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: July 2nd, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

 The Rouen Group: Grassroots Advocacy, Data Driven Marketing, Strategic Communications. Golf at Hazeltine National Join me at the 4th annual Tix for Tots golf classic at Hazeltine National Golf Club on Sept. 9th.  This is a once in a life time opportunity to golf a course that has hosted many great major championships.  As you may know, Hazeltine will also host the 2016 Ryder Cup.  Details and Registration (here). Summer Tunes If you are my age and want to feel old, here is a great summer play list of songs that are 20 years old featuring: Snoopy Dogg, Lenny Kravitz, Counting Crows and more(Listen). The Dreaded Mail Merge: From a tweet by Paulsen staffer and "great American" @lukehellier :" The aforementioned 'How to Mail Merge' doc is now on Google Drive for interns everywherebit.ly/11NCAfS. "  This would have saved me and my interns hours and hours over the last few years. Just in Time for the Weekend: Trust me I know it is only Monday morning, but as many of us head to a cabin, lake or just enjoy some R & R on this Fourth of July week, we may be in the mood for a tasty adult beverage.  The Star Tribune has a great story on the MN craft beer scene, including some good ideas for those summer beverages. (Read) Campaign Update Latest news from the Trail: Backfire: City Pages tried to score some points by digging up a picture of 8th District Congressional Candidate Stewart Mills III, with a quote: ""whatever your political views are, Minnesota will never elect a green-and-gold-bleeding Green Bay fan."  Problem is Mills has a pretty good reason to be a Packer fan.  Find out why (here). Zellers Makes the Rounds: Former Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers made the rounds of the public affairs programs.  You can watch WCCO (here), At Issue (here) and see the piece on all four GOP candidates on Almanac (here). Worth A Read A Minnesotan's Look at Gettysburg: The battle of Gettysburg took place 150 ago this week.  The Star Tribune has a fascinating article with excerpts from a journal of George Buckman of the First Minnesota.  This is worth the read over this holiday week.  A sampling from the journal: "July 1: Went into camp late in the evening about three miles from Gettysburg and formed line of battle. The roads passed over during the day were bad from late rains and blistered feet added to my discomfort. After the line was formed search was made for water to make coffee. It was found after a tedious tramp and preparations at once made for a royal supper which consisted of hard tack in addition to the coffee. The hard tack was considered to be very choice as it came from a box marked 2,000 B.C. This was interpreted by the boys to mean 2,000 years before Christ. Indeed its appearance confirmed the interpretation. But I digress from my coffee. It is doing nicely but as it commenced to boil the orderly came along with orders to move. The line had to be changed. Over went the coffee & my expectations with it. Well, the line is reformed and a new cup of solace prepared. It is almost ready when that confounded orderly shows up again and I am detailed with twenty men and ordered to report to Surg. Genl. Hammond’s Hdqrs. That fixed the coffee business, and if I remember correctly, my temper too. It was now twelve o’clock. I got my detail together and started out to find the Surgeon Genls. Hdqrs. It was a foggy dismal night and after wandering around for some time at last found Hdqrs and reported. All right said the Genl. lie down and make yourselves comfortable. Comfortable! Gracious me. Wet grass for a bed and a delicious hard tack thrown in. I unslung my knapsack for a pillow, unrolled my blanket and rolled up in it, and slept all unconscious of the impending morrow until the guns first streak of daylight awoke the echoes of the morning." (Read/Learn) New Taxes Start Today: If you put off downloading that book, song or ringtone until today, you will now pay a new tax.  Minnesota's record $2.1 Billion in new taxes and fees start today.  Don't forget about the new fees on drivers license, speeding tickets and also Minnesota becomes only the second state in the nation with a "gift tax."  For a good list of the many new items, goods and services now taxed you can check it out (here). Successful: Time to Move? Twin Cities Business, not exactly known as a right wing mouth-piece, has an interesting commentary on the impacts of the recent budget and the overall "anti-rich attitude" in Minnesota: "We all get it: Attack-the-rich positioning is popular politically, given that the majority of the population is not rich. But attacking the affluent demonstrates economic ignorance and political cowardice in addressing what’s truly needed: reforming state spending so that it’s more efficient, and effective, before throwing more money into its coffers..." (More) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: $139,000,000 The money the state of Illinois was short in its first year of tobacco tax collections. If MN follows we will be $170,000,000 short next year. $7,700 The average amount of money Lebron James makes every time he attempts a shot in an NBA game. 16.1% Average jump in CEO pay of largest publicly traded companies, with median pay at $15.1 million. Have a great and safe Independence Day!
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