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Monday Morning Quarterback – 9/30/13

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: September 30th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

The Rouen Group: Grassroots Advocacy, Data Driven Communications, Public Affairs Consulting Good Night to the Sandman: A moment happened this week in professional baseball that will be enjoyed by even the non-sports fan.  New York Yankee Marino Rivera, perhaps the greatest relief pitcher of all time, played his last game at Yankee Stadium.  This video is a must watch, even for someone like me who hates the Yankees. (Watch) Proud Papa: If you missed it over the weekend Todd Hill's son Parker was paired with PGA pro Tom Lehman at the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.  They tied for 1st place going into the final round on Sunday.  Todd and his family were there for every shot.  It had to be an amazing experience.  If you want to find out what happened click (here). Funny: Dennis Miller on Twitter on Sunday on the number of taxpayers: "If its' 50% paying and 50% receiving now, can we go to a one on one sponsorship system so I at least get a biannual polaroid from my guy?" Follow Dennis on twitter @dennisDMZ Saturday Night Live is Back: They started great out of the gates with a funny look at the Obama Care roll out. (Watch) Campaign Update Latest news from the Trail: In Minneapolis 3 Council Members On The Ropes: The Minneapolis City elections are shaping up to bring big change to the city.  Three current incumbents face tough re-election campaigns.  The Star Tribune takes a look at the three races and how they could change city politics.  (Read) Gov. Chris Christie's Broad Appeal Sets Up for Historic Win, and Then What? Enjoying a 30 point lead in the polls, Republican Governor Christie is coasting to a victory in a state President Obama won by 13 points. He is doing it by building a broad coalition.  Can it work on a larger stage? (Read) Chris Dahlberg Joins US Senate Race: The list of GOP challengers to Sen. Al Franken grew last week as St. Louis County official Chris Dahlberg officially joined the race.  Find out more about Chris (here) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... Affordable Care Act Explained: This Tuesday October 1 is the big day for the Affordable Care Act.   This video is one of the best explanations I have seen about the new health care law.  Like the law, hate the law or just have questions, this video is worth a (Watch). 66 Questions and Answers About the Government Shutdown: Travelers and homebuyers would be among the first to notice, but the effects grow over time. (read) For Most Presidents A Shutdown is A Right of Passage: While a Government shutdown is a big deal, it is not all that uncommon. In fact, George W Bush is the only President in recent decades not to serve during a shutdown.  The Wall Street Journal writes: "There have been 17 partial government shutdowns in the past 37 years, though in many cases they were isolated, caused because several – but not all – of Congress’s spending bills weren’t finalized. The current disagreement is much broader, as Congress hasn’t authorized any spending bills for operations beyond Monday..." (Read) A Small President on The World Stage: Agree or Disagree with Peggy Noonan, she is one of the best writers out there: "Our friends, and we have many, speak almost poignantly of the dynamism, excellence, exuberance and leadership of the nation they had, for so many years, judged themselves against, been inspired by, attempted to emulate, resented..." (More) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 9,000,000 That is how many new iPhones Apple sold in the first 3 days last week. 66-96 The Twins Record for the 2013 season.  We are hoping for a much better 2014. 44% The number of Americans that blame the Republicans in Congress for a Shutdown.  35% blame President Obama and Congressional Democrats. 34-27 The Score of the Vikings WIN over the Steelers. 15258.24 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Down nearly 200 points from last week.

Monday Morning Quarterback – 9/23/13

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: September 23rd, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback  

The Rouen Group: Grassroots Advocacy, Data Driven Communications, Public Affairs Consulting Pray for Your Spouse: According to research conducted by Florida State University and published in Science Daily, praying for your partner works. (Read) 6 Words You Should Say Today: This is a great article for parents out there.  What are the 6 words you should say? Find them (here). Eagle Cam: If you haven't watched the Eagle Cam that went viral on the internet last week you should.  A small camera mounted on the back of a bald eagle gives you the majestic view of the flight. (watch) Right The Ship The salvage operation of the cruise ship Costa Concordia is an amazing feat of engineering. "The operation, which involved 500 workers of 26 nationalities and was widely viewed as the most challenging part of asalvage plan whose costs have already topped €600m (£500m) and are likely to rise, lasted 19 hours – well over the initial prediction. Its success should permit a search to begin soon for the bodies of the two people who remain missing, presumed dead, after the tragedy of 13 January 2012."  You can watch the amazing operation (here) Campaign Update Latest news from the Trail: Charlie Cook: GOP Reckless Bet Last week we brought you premier political analyst Charlie Cook's column on why Democrats should be nervous about 2014.  Proving a week is a political eternity, this week Cook writes about the potential harm the GOP is doing by "playing games with the debt limit."(Read) The Hopefuls: A new series by the Star Tribune profiles candidates trying to unseat Al Franken.  This week they featured Sen. Julianne Ortman. (read) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... Leonard Street and Deinard Merges: Announced on Sunday, Leonard Street and Deinard, a fixture in the Twin Cities legal community will merge with a Kansas City firm.  (Read) The Eroding Minnesota Schools: This is a really thought provoking article about the direction of education in MN.  There is a real debate about the status quo versus reforms that look at performance.  While the debate is settled for this legislative session in Minnesota there is little doubt these will be key issues in the 2014 elections.  (Read) New Taxes on Education Credits, Adoptions, Short Sales and More in MN: While many of the new taxes on business services, tobacco and income have garnered the attention, many Minnesotans will soon be facing a potentially hefty tax bill they didn't plan for:  "Dozens of federal tax breaks no longer exist in Minnesota. New parents face a state tax bill for the money they got from their employers to help with adoption expenses. Homeowners who went through a foreclosure or short sale or who refinanced their mortgages in 2013 will be taxed by the state — but not the federal government — on that discharged debt....“How can they tax people who have lost their homes?” (Read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: $63,592 That was MN median income in 2000.  Today that number is $58,906. (both numbers are in 2012 dollars). 5th The Twin Cities Metro Area ranks 5th in Median income ($64,726) of major metro areas, behind DC, San Fransisco, Baltimore and Boston. 31-27 The score of the Vikings loss to the Cleveland Browns. Vikes are now 0-3 and head to London to play the Steelers on Sunday. 15451.09 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Up 75 points from last week.

Monday Morning Quarterback – 9/16/13

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: September 18th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

 The Rouen Group: Grassroots Advocacy, Data Driven Communications, Public Affairs Consulting What Uses More Electricity: The Country of Liberia or Cowboys Stadium on Gameday?: The Wall Street Journal looks at just how much energy one of the NFL's premier stadiums use on game day.  Does the 80,000 seat stadium use more energy than Liberia, a country of 3.7 million?  The answer (here) The Unofficial Guide to Being A Man: This article from Business Insider, the Goldman Sachs Unofficial Guide to Being a Man, is a great read for women and men.  Men, how do you stack up?  Women, how does your man stack up?  Also, some great tips from fitness to fashion. (Read) Campaign Update Latest news from the Trail: Poll: No Clear Leader Among 35 Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates: Rather surprising even the "big names" fail to generate more that 15% support.  Clearly this race is wide open and will come down to the ranked choice vote equation.  It will be interesting to watch the "front runners" start campaigning for second choice voter.  (Read) Ad: Shirtless Mayoral Candidate Tells Minneapolis Voters to Wake the (Bleep) Up: Minneapolis Mayoral Candidate Jeffery Wagner is unlikely to win, but his internet ad has certainly given him a lot of local attention. (Watch) Charlie Cook-Why Democrats Have Reason To Fear: Premier Political Analyst Charlie Cook takes a look at the 2014 mid-term elections: "The combination of a weak economy, disapproval of President Obama, and Syria could hurt midterm prospects..." (Read) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... Location Location Location: The Pioneer Press has a story about why MNSure rates differ by region.  There is also a good timeline of stories on MNSure.  (Read) How Detroit Went Broke-The Answers May Surprise You: This is a really interesting look at 50 years of economic history for the city of Detroit.  The article has some great lessons for struggling cities and other units of government around the country.  "Detroit is broke, but it didn’t have to be. An in-depth Free Press analysis of the city’s financial history back to the 1950s shows that its elected officials and others charged with managing its finances repeatedly failed — or refused — to make the tough economic and political decisions that might have saved the city from financial ruin..." (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 46% Governor Dayton's Approval Rating 43% President Obama's Approval Rating 31-30 The final score of the Vikings loss to the Chicago Bears. Chicago scored the winning touchdown with 10 seconds remaining in the game. 15376.06 The Dow Jones Industrial Average.  Up over 400 points since last week.

Monday Morning Quarterback – 9/9/13

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: September 11th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

The Rouen Group: Grassroots Advocacy, Data Driven Communications, Public Affairs Consulting Support Local Law Enforcement: As you may know, I proudly serve on the board of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Foundation.   The Foundation has a unique opportunity on Thursday. The Superintendent of The Boston Police Department is in town doing a day long training event for law enforcement.  He is graciously agreed to one public event on behalf of the foundation.  This will be a chance to listen to someone on the front lines of the Boston Bombings.  (Register)
29 Most "Minnesotan" Things That Ever Happened:
This is a pretty funny list of things you would only see in MN. (Read) Special Session Interesting Facts: As my lobbyist friends are busy back at the Capitol today for the one day special legislative session.  Here is a look at some special facts you may not know (Watch) via TPT Almanac. Campaign Update Latest news from the Trail: And So It Begins...: Over the weekend New York Republican Congressman Peter King became the first candidate to say he will run for President in 2016 (Listen) Where is All The Money Coming From: The Star Tribune breaks down where all of the money is pouring in from in the race for Minneapolis Mayor.  They found over 50% is from outside the city.  (Read) New Polls Shows Minnesotans Support Repeal of Business Taxes: KSTP/Survey USA released a poll late on Sunday, showing Minnesotans favor repealing the taxes on business equipment repair and warehousing services tax. (results) Fair-goers Give Their Opinions: Both the MN House and Senate conducted polls during the state fair on a wide variety of issues.  While far from being scientific, you can bet politicians will try to spin the results for political advantage.  Check out the full results(House) and (Senate) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... Forbes: 16 Things You Should Do To Start Every Work Day: Some of these are pretty obvious, but some are very good suggestions and worth a read to think about how you start your day. (Read) Hiding in N. Virgina: A Daughter of Auschwitz: This is a really fascinating story published in Sunday's Washington Post: "Brigitte Höss lives on a quiet, leafy side street in Northern Virginia.  Brigitte also has a secret that not even her grandchildren know. Her father was Rudolf Höss, the Kommandant of Auschwitz. It was Rudolf Höss who designed and built Auschwitz from an old army barracks in Poland to a killing machine capable of murdering 2,000 people an hour. By the end of the war, 1.1 million Jews had been killed in the camp, along with 20,000 gypsies and tens of thousands of Polish and Russian political prisoners.  As such, Brigitte’s father was one of the biggest mass murderers in history."  (Read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: $6.5 Billion The amount of money employers lose in productivity during fantasy football season. 51% Percentage of American's that oppose military action in Syria.  And with only 36% it would be the lowest level of support for military action in 20 years.  Also the first time a majority are "opposed". (link to study) 34-24 The final score of the Vikings loss to the Detroit Lions. 34-28 The final score of the Packers loss to the 49ers. 14922.50 The Dow Jones Industrial Average.  Up over 100 points since last week.

Monday Morning Quarterback – 9/2/13

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

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

 The Rouen Group: Grassroots Advocacy, Data Driven Communications, Public Affairs Consulting What is Labor Day: I am sure many of you think you know, but do you really know the history? Take a minute before you hit the lake or the BBQ to find out just what we are celebrating today(Read) 9 Questions About Syria You Are Too Embarrassed to Ask: I admit there is a lot about Syria I did not know. This quick read gives you some history and background on why the US is considering another war. (Read) BBQ Ribs: I put this recipe in the MMQ a few months back and I have tried it.  If I can make ribs taste good with this recipe yours will be great.  Happy grilling (Heat) Campaign Update Latest news from the Trail: Big Labor Still a Political Force: Despite a decline in membership to their lowest levels in more than a century, Big Labor still remains a "Big" force in national politics.  A recent study from the Center for Public Integrity showed 7 of the top 25 SuperPAC donors in 2012 were labor unions. (Read) Spending on MN Legislative Races Doubles in Last 10 Years: The Star Tribune takes an in-depth look at the rise in spending on legislative races in MN: "Until 2012, only two legislative races — both in 2006 — had ever topped $500,000 in Minnesota for election spending. Last year, nine legislative races passed that milestone, while another 29 came in at more than $200,000..." (Read) The Minimum Wage Debate: DFLers failed to pass a new state minimum wage bill last session but vow to make another try at it next year.  It is sure to be among the most talked about issues at the Capitol. Rep. Ryan Winkler and Dan McElroy, of the trade group Hospitality Minnesota, sat down on Almanac for a debate on the issue. (Disclaimer: The MN Restaurant Association is a client of The Rouen Group)(Watch) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... Duluth News Tribune: Don't Die In MN-It Will Cost Too Much While much of the focus on repealing taxes in MN has focused on the Business to Business taxes, one of the taxes with the biggest long-term consequences is the new "death tax."  This editorial from the generally left leaning Duluth News Tribune lays out the case for why this tax has to go: “The grand prize for self-abuse goes to Minnesota,” the newspaper wrote. “The new (gift tax) is all the more punitive because it applies the 16 percent estate tax … to any gift within three years of death. This is essentially a clawback tax, or more taxation without respiration. Democratic Governor Mark Dayton, who signed the law, is the heir to a department store fortune and knows a lot about inheriting wealth but not much about creating it.” (Read) A Class Act: Justin Morneau was traded on Saturday to the Pittsburgh Pirates, he published this classy thank you letter to MN fans before he left. (Read)  By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 221 The number of Home Runs Justin Morneau hit for the Twins. Third all-time behind Hrbek (293) and Killebrew (475) 860 Number of RBI for Morneau, 5th all-time for the Twins 1, 278 Number of games Morneau played, 7th all-time for the Twins. 14810.31 The Dow Jones Industrial Average.  Down 200 points since last week.
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