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Monday Morning Quarterback – 8/26/13

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: August 27th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

 The Rouen Group: Grassroots Advocacy, Data Driven Communications, Public Affairs Consulting He Has Arrived: On Friday August 23rd at 9:37 AM we were blessed to welcome Gavin Noah Rouen into the world.  He is a healthy 9lb 14oz redheaded baby boy.  Gavin and Mom are doing great and taking a little rest together as I write this week's MMQ.  (Picture) BMW UPDATE: Last week one of the most read articles was the story on BMW drivers being the most aggressive.  Well I heard feedback from BMW driver Matt Haapoja who points out that the study says Toyota Prius drivers are just as big of jerks on the road. I stand corrected.  (Read) AP's BBQ: AP Political Reporter Brian Baskt (@stowydad) also posts some good BBQ recipes.  Here is a great one on marinades just in time for tailgate season. (Cook) 32 Reasons MN has the Best State Fair in the Country For all of you that have already gone to the fair or going this week, here are some good reasons why The Great Minnesota Get Together remains so popular.  And, this was published before the debut of mini donut beer. So maybe it is really 33 reasons.  (Read) 23 Signs You are an Introvert: I can certainly identify with almost all of these.  This is a really interesting list that can help you better understand yourself as an introvert or better relate to those introverts like me. (Read) Campaign Update Latest news from the Trail: 6 Things Losing Candidates Say: A must read, from the Rothenberg Report, for all of the political junkies out there.  He nails it.  My favorite is "my son or spouse is running my campaign." (Read) State Fair Politics The Star Tribune looks at all of the politicians that made appearances on the first weekend of the fair.  It includes a great photo of Rep. Kurt Zellers, GOP Senate Comms staffer Luke Hellier and his new baby daughter.(Read/look) What's Next On Governor Dayton's Agenda: Lori Sturdevant sat down with Governor Dayton at the fair to ask him what's next.  The problem is he didn't have too many answers.  (Read) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... Raising Kids: Your Taxes Are Too High A timely, but frustrating article about how the US tax code punishes those of us with kids.  The article is a good read for those with or without kids.  (Read) Barbers, Bakers and Bankers-Which Jobs are Future Proof: Great read from the Wall Street Journal: Entertainers, barbers and bakers were around in 1850 and they're still working today.  What jobs have disappeared? (Read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 58% Increase in the amount of recycled material since Minneapolis went to single sort recycling. It is probably about 75% in the Rouen house. 50 Wednesday marks the 50 year anniversary of Martin Luther King's  "I have a dream speech." (Watch) 96 The record high for yesterday with a heat index of 104.  From what I saw it did not deter State Fair goers. 15010.51 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Down 31 points since last week. 200 Months That is 16 years that the global temperature has been "flat" Want more MMQ during the week?  Join us on Social Media at Twitter @rouenrgoup or on Facebook

Monday Morning Quarterback – 8/19/13

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: August 20th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

 The Rouen Group: Grassroots Advocacy, Data Driven Communications, Public Affairs Consulting No News Yet: When I wrote this last week, I didn't think I would write it again but: So far no news to share on the arrival of Rouen Baby #3, but will post photos on social media once he decides to join us! Do you Know Someone that Drives a BMW: A knew study released finds BMW drivers are the most aggressive and prone to road rage.  So watch out for McClung in your rear view.  Find what your car brand says about your driving (here) Prince On Twitter: As a huge Prince fan I was excited by the news that Prince joined Twitter this week.  Follow him @3rdeyegirl.  True to form, Prince has 134,000 followers and he follows 0. Facebook Ads: Thinking about buying Facebook ads but you don't understand all of the different types of ads?  Here is graphic to help (look/learn) Campaign Update Latest news from the Trail: No Deal: Lawmakers and the Governor failed to reach a deal on the terms of a special session. Expect a lot more discussion and back and worth this week as both sides try to reach an agreement on if they will repeal some of the business taxes passed in May. Cam Winton Continues to Shine I mentioned Cam Winton's campaign for Mayor or Minneapolis a few weeks back.  In Sunday's Star Tribune Lori Sturdevant sat down with Cam for an interview.  Find out more about his campaign and how it may impact the 2014 Governor's race and US Senate race. (Read) Are Republicans Really Out of Step: This is a must read for all of the pundits, political scientists, journalists and political junkies.  This 3 part series by Real Clear Politics takes a deep dive into the history and data surrounding voter attitudes and trends and what this means for the future of the GOP. (Read) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... 5 Ways to Shake Things Up at the Office: No matter if you are working for a small business, large corporation or even run a public affairs business based in the basement of a bowling alley, these are 5 great suggestions from the Wall Street Journal. (Read) Parents are Digital Hypocrites: This article from Time Magazine hit home with me and is a good read for parents of young children, about the increasing use of technology and gadgets among parents and children alike. (Read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: $9,000,000 The Amount the State will spend to advertise enrollment in MNSure, the state's new insurance program. 90% The number of millennials that say checking their smart phone is last thing they do before going to sleep. 15081.47 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Down 340points since last week. 3x The growth in social media use among adults 65+ (now over 43% use social networking sites)

Press Release – Rouen Wins Award

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: August 15th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Noah Rouen Named TwinWest’s 2013

Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year

Minneapolis, MN- Noah Rouen, founder and president of The Rouen Group was honored with the TwinWest’s Chamber of Commerce 2013 Emerging Entrepreneur Award. In a room full of entrepreneurs and business professionals, Rouen was chosen out of three finalists as the 2013 award winner. In giving Rouen the award, TwinWest Chamber President Brad Meir said “Like so many other entrepreneurs, Noah Rouen took a huge risk when he started his business.  Thanks to his hard work and commitment to his clients he has built a great public affairs and marketing practice that has earned the respect of his peers.  We look forward to watching Noah’s business grow in the years ahead. “ During his impromptu acceptance speech, Rouen thanked his wife Keri, three sons, staff and his first client, Pawn America who believed in Noah’s vision for the Rouen Group when he launched the company in 2010. Rouen said, “We have been blessed with great clients that have helped us grow and challenged us to develop new and innovative ways to assist their public affairs efforts.” In just 3 years The Rouen Group has worked on some of the most prominent public policy issues including, minimum wage, gun control, election reform, health care reform and tax policy.  The Rouen Group has worked with clients to create effective advocacy campaigns by developing larger grassroots networks, issue advertising, coalition development and public relations.  For a sample of clients visit www.rouengroup.com/about-us/client-list/
Along with running a successful business, Rouen also invests time and energy into the community by serving on many non-profit boards and advisory committees including Tix for Tots, The Minnesota Chiefs of Police Foundation and the TwinWest Scholarship Foundation.

For More information visit www.rouengroup.com

 
About: The TwinWest Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year recognizes a member entrepreneur who has established a company with $100 million or less in annual revenue, which is less than five years old and displays excellent growth potential. [caption id="attachment_1254" align="alignnone" width="300"]Noah Rouen was honored with TwinWest Chamber of Commerce as the 2013 Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year. Congrats team! Noah Rouen was honored by the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce as the 2013 Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year. Congrats team![/caption]

Monday Morning Quarterback – 8/12/13

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: August 13th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

 The Rouen Group: Grassroots Advocacy, Data Driven Communications, Public Affairs Consulting No News Yet: Today marks the official due date of Rouen baby boy #3.  So far no news to share, but will post photos on social media once he decides to join us! Messy Desk?: So what dose your messy desk say about you? Find out, based on new research from the U of M.  (Read) Pass the Vino: A new gallup poll shows that wine may be challenging beer for America's drink of choice.  Just 20 years ago beer was preferred by 47% of Americans, and today 36% of Americans chose beer with 35% choosing wine, a statistical tie.  The entire article from Wine Spectator is interesting.  (Read)   One More Plug: There are still 4 spots left in the Tix for Tots golf event at Hazeltine.  If the course and cause aren't enough, every player will get a limited edition 2016 Ryder Cup towel and its a great chance to take your clients out on one of America's most exclusive courses. Check out the towel(here) and register (here) Campaign Update Latest news from the Trail: A Pork Chop and Politics: Lori Sturdavent of the Star Tribune took a trip to Farmfest last week and found Kurt Zellers and Julie Rosen: "State Rep. Kurt Zellers wasn’t the only politician who glad-handed amid the spreaders, sprayers and megatractors on display at Farmfest last week.  But as he stood in line for a juicy pork chop at the Farm Bureau tent, he allowed that he may be the only statewide candidate who spent his youth operating such equipment at a family farm...also working the Farmfest crowd on Wednesday, was state Sen. Julie Rosen of Fairmont. (The pork chops came from her district, she boasted.) If she runs for governor, the ex-wife of beef-processing magnate Tom Rosen will present another contrast to the Middle Income Guys in the race, who include Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson and Lakeville state Sen. Dave Thompson as well as Zellers." (More) Larry Jacobs Takes on Rank Choice Voting: This fall those of us in Minneapolis will once again abandon the one person one vote principal in favor of ranking up to 3 candidates in the order we prefer.  Even candidates have a hard time explaining the process.  U of M professor Larry Jacobs provides his take on the process: "The irony of RCV is that its efforts to improve the quality of elections may end up inadvertently erecting yet another hurdle for citizens who lack the time, motivation, and resources to master a complicated election process. RCV may represent another unintended discouragement of participation by our neighbors who are in communities of color and in blue‑collar occupations..." (More) The 2014 BS Detector: The Star Tribune takes a look at the Governor's race beginning to take shape as the summer and fall political events begin, including why farmers are the best "BS detectors."   (Read) A Bad Week For Mark Dayton: No matter what the spin coming from St. Paul, Governor Mark Dayton had one of his worst weeks as governor.  He was once again forced to switch courses on a major piece of legislation saying he didn't know or didn't understand the farm repair tax passed last legislative session.  He now says it should be repealed. (Read)  He also continued to say he did not know the Minnesota Vikings would use seat license fees to pay for part of their contribution to the knew stadium, something the Vikings testified to during the legislative process.  All of this while the Wilf's legal troubles in New Jersey have Governor Dayton calling to re-examine the fine print of the stadium deal. (Read) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... 10 Simple Things You Can Do To Make You Happier (Backed by Science): Forget all of the self-help and motivational posters around the office.  Here are 10 easy things you can do today that science proves will yield good results.  Take a couple minutes to read this, it is worth it. (Get Happy) Louise Erdrich- Time to Start Over On Southwest Light Rail: Whether or not you support the SouthWest Light Rail, Louise Erdrich has a well thought out editorial that goes beyond the typical NIMBY arguments that typically surround the debate: "Forward inertia is hard to stop. But when a plan snarls so badly that it makes no sense, and then starts eating at our legacy, it is time to summon the courage to go back to square one..." (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 72% The number of online adults that use social networks. 15425.51 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Down 200 points since last week. 3 Number of putts Jason Dufner hit on 18 to win the PGA Championship Thanks for reading! The Rouen Group: We build grassroots support for your issues and organizations! 

Monday Morning Quarterback – 8/5/13

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: August 6th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback  

The Rouen Group: Grassroots Advocacy, Data Driven Communications, Public Affairs Consulting Give us some Strokes: At 6:48 AM this morning @McClungPR and I defend our honor on the golf course against @stowydad and @tomscheck. Farmfest: Look for lots of political candidates at the annual Farmfest this week.  Tuesday will have some fireworks as the Congressional delegation debates the Farm Bill panel.  I look forward to seeing friends down there this week. Campaign Update Latest news from the Trail: The 4 Year Old Mayor: Via Star Tribune: DORSET, Minn. — Robert "Bobby" Tufts hasn't made it to preschool yet, but he's already been elected twice as mayor of a tiny tourist town in northern Minnesota. (Read) The Republican Gubernatorial  Forum: The big campaign event last week was the first meeting of the 4 announced candidates to be the Republican candidate for governor.  Walter Hudson did an excellent job of moderating the event.  If you missed you can watch the video (here) Ortman Joins The US Senate Race: Sen. Julianne Ortman launched her bid for US Senateon Saturday.  The GOP race to take on Sen. Al Franken should be a competitive one, with business leader Mike Macfadden and Rep. Jim Abler already in the race. (Read) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... Inspiring Story: Long time capitol reporter for TPT, Mary Lahammer, announce Friday on Almanac that she has MS and has been living with the disease for over 2 years. Watch the Almanac Story (Watch).  The Star Tribune's Lori Sturdevant also wrote a piece in the Sunday Star Tribune on Mary.  (Read) Why Roger Federer is Great: This is an awesome story about how one sports figure can have such a tremendously positive impact on a child.  For all of the negative stories we see on athletes in the media, there a folks like Roger Federer going above and beyond every day.  (Read) Is Facebook Dead?: Not according to a recent study released by Nielsen that showed the social network attracts more 18-24 years during prime time hours than do the major networks.  This is a fascinating study that will have marketers examining their budgets. (Read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 50% Number of Americans 18-24 logged on to Facebook during prime time hours. 37% Number of Americans 18-24 watching network TV during prime time hours. 15658.36 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Up 100 points since last week. 52 The age President Obama turned yesterday. Thanks for reading! The Rouen Group: We build grassroots support for your issues and organizations! 

Monday Morning Quarterback – 7/29/13

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: August 6th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

 The Rouen Group: Grassroots Advocacy, Data Driven Communications, Public Affairs Consulting A Family Vacation: For the past few years the Rouen's have packed the car and driven to Green Lake Wisconsin for a week of family camp and fellowship.  This year with our baby scheduled to arrive in two weeks we will not be making it to Northern Pines.  A shout out to all of our friends and family that are there this week.  If you are looking for a great summer vacation next year please look intohttp://www.npines.org  Congratulations To the Most Innovative Men's Store in America: The Foursome Clothing received a prestigious award in NYC last week.  They were honored for innovation in the Men's fashion industry.  To learn more about the award and more importantly about The Foursome (click here) Reality Check I just got the notice for my 20 year High School reunion.  Please send your best weight loss tips.  My simple math shows about a 2 lbs per year weight gain since 1993.  Ouch! Campaign Update Latest news from the Trail: Don Shelby For Congress? The big rumor floating around MN politics this week is that long time news anchor Don Shelby is considering a run for congress against Rep. Erik Paulsen.  He would not be the first former news anchor to serve from MN.  My former boss Senator Rod Grams left the anchor desk for a seat in Congress in 1992.  Find out what Paulsen had to say when he appeared live on Shelby's former network WCCO on Sunday.  (watch) Retail Politics and BBQ: The Austin Daily Herald has a good piece on Rep. Kurt Zellers trip to Austin on Friday. "Zellers also spoke of education, as Minnesota’s achievement gap is a crucial area for change. “If we’re leaving 30 or 40 percent of our students behind, not graduating and not getting a quality education, that’s our future workforce,” he said. “Let’s demand excellence.” (More) 4 GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Walk into A Bar: Thursday, August 1st will mark the first "forum" where all 4 GOP candidates for Governor will appear together.  For more information (click) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... GOP and Data: Readers of the MMQ know I have been working with candidates and causes on helping the center right catch up with the left on data and technology.  The Washington Post has a good story on the issue (read)and a great quote from Obama's top data person from 2012: "“You can teach technologists politics. You don’t teach technology to politicians,” said Harper Reed, who was the chief technology officer for Obama’s 2012 campaign. “That’s what was successful for us, and that’s ultimately what will be successful with this guy.”  For those of us in the center right let's hope folks listen to that advice. Radio's Quiet Powerhouse From MN: The Star Tribune has a good story on Ginny Morris, of Hubbard Broadcasting.  Read and find out how one of the most power people in radio was originally fired by her Dad. (Read) A Weekend in Minneapolis According to the Wall Street Journal: One of the most read articles in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend was a story about "the ultimate weekend in Minneapolis."  Find out what caught their attention (here). By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 50 v 5 The number of data analytics staffers Obama had versus Mitt Romney. 11.8 Million Number of Americans still out of work.  Unemployment rate is stuck at 7.6%. 15,558.83 The Dow Jones Industrial Average 19 Degrees The difference between the high temp 64 on Saturday and the Average high 83. Thanks for reading! The Rouen Group: We build grassroots support for your issues and organizations! 

Monday Morning Quarterback – 7/22/13

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: August 6th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

The Rouen Group: Grassroots Advocacy, Data Driven Communications, Public Affairs Consulting Golf: There are less than 10 spots remaining for the annual Tix for Tots golf event at Hazeltine. A chance to play at one of the nation's best and most exclusive golf courses. Get a foursome of clients together for an afternoon you won't forget. Sign up (here) Now is the Time: Are you ready for your next public policy initiative? Now is the perfect time to start recruiting and training your advocates, educating your employees or mobilizing your membership. Successful campaigns start months or even years before the first vote is taken on an issue. Are you ready? The Rouen Group offers a free analysis of your public affairs and grassroots program. From overall strategy to list development to integrating the latest technology, The Rouen Group will examine your organization's needs and capabilities and provide an action plan. (Contact) Was it Kirk Cameron's Christian Faith that got His New Movie Blocked From Facebook? Find out what caused Kirk Cameron's new movie to be blocked from You Tube and Facebook and why both sites have now changed their mind. (Read) and watch the movie trailer which is now back online (Here). Campaign Update Latest news from the Trail: 3 Republican Sitting on A Couch.... Find out what Dave Thompson, Jeff Johnson and Scott Honour had to say as the three sat down for a debate on TPT's Almanac. (Watch) Krinkie Joins the Race for CD 6: Former legislator and current leader of the Taxpayers League, Phil Krinkie, announced Friday that he is running for Congress in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District. (Read) If You Haven't Heard Of Cam Winton You Should: Cam Winton is running for Mayor of Minneapolis and is running a really interesting campaign. According to Minnpost while "Other candidates for mayor send out news releases inviting reporters to the opening of their new headquarters," Cam Winton is holding press conferences around the city talking about issue important to the city. It is an uphill battle for Winton but he is keeping the race interesting and substantive. (Read) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... White House Reporter Helen Thomas Dies: There is probably no more famous, admired or respected White House journalist than Helen Thomas. The AP has a great piece on her life and legacy. (Read) The Secretive Panel That Determines Health Care Costs: The Washington Post has an excellent piece on doctor pay and how reimbursements rates are determined. From the article: "A little-known committee of doctors help establish the value of every procedure in medicine. Critics say the American Medical Association, doctors’ chief lobbying group, is the wrong organization to do the work...the AMA’s estimates of the time involved in many procedures are exaggerated, sometimes by as much as 100 percent, according to an analysis of doctors’ time, as well as interviews and reviews of medical journals. If the time estimates are to be believed, some doctors would have to be averaging more than 24 hours a day to perform all of the procedures that they are reporting." (Read) The Man Who Is Trying to Save Detroit: Would you give up a partnership at a global law firm and take a huge pay cut to try to save a failing city? Kevyn Orr did just that. Find out why he may just be the right man to save Detroit. (Read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 66 The score of Phil Mickelson's final round as he came from behind to win his first British Open title. $2.6 Million The fundraising advantage the RNC held over the DNC in June. 15,543.74 The Dow Jones Industrial Average 59% Percentage of Americans that think the country is on the "wrong track." Thanks for reading! Please consider The Rouen Group for your grassroots and public affairs campaigns.
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