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Monday Morning Quarterback – 11/25/13

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: November 25th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

The Rouen Group: Award Winning Grassroots and Issue Advocacy Campaigns The Best Bathroom Break One popular Twin Cities venue can boast the honor of best restroom in America.  It is also the spot of one of my favorite dates with my wife Keri.  Find out where:(here) It's Your Ear: I would say Footlocker hits it out of the park with this great ad.  If you are a sports fan this is a must see. (Watch) Drinking in your 40's: While I am not yet 40, I am fast approaching.  The Wall Street Journal has an article about how drinking in your 40's just isn't what it used to be.  This first line sums it up: "When you're in your 40s, it's pretty common to need reading glasses. You might need smaller wine glasses, too..." Find out why. (Read) Thankful: As we celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday I want to thank you for continuing to read the Monday Morning Quarterback.  I appreciate all of the feedback, suggestions and sharing.  Thank you for sharing part of your busy Monday with me.  May you have a safe, enjoyable and thankful holiday week. The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... Jim Abler: ACA Fixer, GOP Underdog: Rep. Jim Abler is one of the true nice guys in politics. He has been running a grassroots campaign and speaking to small crowds of people all over Minnesota.  Can it work?  The Star Tribune's Lori Sturdevant takes a look at his uphill, but intriguing candidacy for the US Senate. "if the issue is reining in government spending, Abeler’s got that covered. The omnibus human services bill he shepherded into law in 2011 is responsible for trimming all-funds state spending by $3.8 billion over the last four years, without causing wholesale harm to vulnerable people, he says. If the issue is ability to woo and win swing voters, he can point to margins of victory of 58 percent or more every year since 2004. If the issue is ability to craft a “temperate Republican” way forward on health care — and Abeler thinks it will be — he’s ready. He thinks his party’s fixation on repealing the Affordable Care Act should give way to concrete ideas gleaned from the state where health care works — not Massachusetts this time, but Minnesota.“Obamacare went wrong when it focused entirely on access, and not on cost and quality. Now we have to address cost and quality, or the access won’t be there, either. In Minnesota, we know how to do that. I’ve been part of making that happen.” (more) New Poll: The Minnesota Jobs Coalition released new poll numbers last week and it is encouraging news for GOP challengers to Governor Dayton and Al Franken. (read) Which Pizza was Tops Among 2012 Campaigns: Pizza is an essential campaign food.  It keeps you going on the late nights and is a great way to feed volunteers.  The Star Tribune, along with Center for Responsive Politics looked at which pizza was the favorite among Minnesota Campaigns in 2012. (read) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... Joe Soucheray: Save Ford Plant Show Room: My grandfather was able to raise a family of 7 children by working at the Ford Plant in St. Paul.  Now, the plant is nearly demolished and all that remains is the historic 1925 showroom.  Joe Soucheray, not known to "spend other people's money," has a compelling piece on why Ford should save the showroom. (read) What other Famous Person Died on November 22nd 1963: Two famous men died on November 22, 1963. The first did so in the most dramatic way possible, assassinated in the full glare of publicity on the streets of Dallas; the second in relative obscurity, in the upstairs bedroom of his simple home on the outskirts of Oxford, England. We all know the first man, the second, "C.S. Lewis intuited something that has become a commonplace among postmodern philosophers, namely, that the avatar of one worldview overcomes another, not so much through argument, but through telling a more compelling story, by "out-narrating" his opponent. He knew that the Christian evangelist, despite any personal flaws he might exhibit or institutional baggage he might carry, still possessed the greatest story ever told. Lewis told that story with particular verve, bravado, intelligence, imagination, and panache -- and that is why it is well and good that we should celebrate him on the 50th anniversary of his passing..." (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 44.5% The percentage of Minnesotans that think Governor Dayton should be re-elected, 45.1% believe it is time for someone new. 1978 The last time the Vikings had a tie game until Sunday's 26-26 tie versus the Packers. 1227 The number of Facebook "likes" MNSure has according to a press release they sent last week. Well, at least they have that going for them. 16064.77 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Up over 100 points since last week and the first time over 16,000 since we began posting in the MMQ. 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Monday Morning Quarterback – 11/18/13

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

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

The Rouen Group: Award Winning Grassroots and Issue Advocacy Campaigns Old Spock Battles New Spock in Great Commercial: "Sorry, Volkswagen Darth Vader Kid. This new Audi commercial, starring both Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto, has beat you. You've got two Spocks smack-talking each other, Leonard Nimoy cursing, and best of all, an impromptu rendition of the "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins."" (Watch) Fact or Fiction?: The Washington Post has a great series called "5 Myths" where they look at some of the biggest myths in politics, history and pop-cultural.   They recently published the 2013 summary.  It is full of photos and a quick summary, but also includes links to each subject for those who want to take a deeper dive on issues.  It is worth a few minutes and will give you some conversation starters for the water cooler.. (look) 7 Myths About Storing Beer: Whether you are stocking up for your holiday party or just stocking up for the holidays here are 7 things you should know about storing all of that beer. (read) Need A Speaker: I have the honor of speaking to a political science class at Northwestern College this afternoon.  I have recently begun doing more speaking to trade associations, chambers of commerce and of course students.  If you are looking for a speaker on politics, public affairs let's connect (here). The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... Health Care Law Has Changed the Game for Democrats in 2014: Here is some good reporting for the Washington Post on the impacts of the ACA/Obamacare roll-out and how it may impact the 2014 mid-term elections: "The recent debacle over HealthCare.gov’s rollout may have narrowed whatever perceived advantages Democratic candidates may have had over Republican opponents. In some minds, the health-care law’s flubs have merged with the government shutdown to render an unfavorable verdict on all of Washington..." (read) Teacher's Union Backs Dayton: After a rough week politically for Governor Dayton (about face on Obama Care, Sex Offenders and his "embarrassing" tax returns) he did pick up the endorsement of the state teachers union Education Minnesota.  (read) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... Pioneer Press Editorial-In Defiance of DFL Promises: The Prioneer Press has some harsh words for Governor Dayton and DFL leaders with the recent report that property taxes are going up again: "In raising a slew of taxes this year, Minnesota Democrats promised property-tax relief. Those promises are looking empty, or worse.  In July, Gov. Mark Dayton said that, for the first time in a decade, property taxes would drop by $121 million statewide in the year to come. But now, Minnesotans are staring at a potential $153 millionincrease in property taxes, instead..." (more) Waving a Scepter I have to admit I hadn't read much Mark Steyn before, but this piece on President Obama demanding "that your health plan be de-un-grandfathered," caught my attention.  Even if you don't like his politics it is worth a read just because he uses the word gullet and scepter.  Here is just a little taste: "But on he staggers, with a wave of his scepter, delaying this, staying that, exempting the other, according to his regal whim and internal polling. The omniscient beneficent Sovereign will now graciously “allow” us “folks” to keep all those junk plans from bad-apple insurers..." (read) Locked in the Cabinet: Politico Magazine has a fascinating and in-depth look inside the Obama cabinet.  It is a must read for all political junkies. (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 14.5 The number of points that Badgers are favored over the Gophers for their showdown on Saturday. 62 The number of games in a row the Gopher Women's hockey team won before losing to North Dakota over the weekend. 12 The number of turnovers (8 INT, 4 Fumbles) Christian Ponder has committed this year. Five TEAMS had not committed that many turnovers this year. 8 The number of relatives PGA golfer Jason Day lost in Typhoon Haiyan, including his grandmother. 15961.70 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Up over 200 points since last week. GROW: Please share The MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter. SHARE: Are there articles or events you would like to share with MMQ readers?  Please send them to me at noah@rouengroup.com

Monday Morning Quarterback – 11/11/13

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

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

The Rouen Group: Award Winning Grassroots and Issue Advocacy Campaigns Happy Veterans Day: Please take a moment to pause, reflect and thank all of the Veterans that have sacrificed to defend our freedom.  Please pray for those brave soldiers still in harms way in may of the battles overseas.  If you would like to participate in a Veteran's Day celebration here is a list of just a few events around Minnesota, (events).  Also, here is a really good history of Veteran's Day.  I admit I did not remember why Veterans Day is celebrated on the 11th day of the 11th month.  (read) Watching Sports Could Literally Be Life Or Death: This is a fascinating article in the Wall Street Journal about the biology of a sports fan.  For those looking for an excuse to watch more sports: "When the Pittsburgh Steelers won a classic Super Bowl over Arizona in 2009, Pittsburgh-area doctors saw 25% fewer circulatory heart-related deaths than average over the next eight days."  Now for those trying to get your spouse or kids to watch less sports, here is the counter: "after the New York Giants stopped the previously undefeated Patriots in the Super Bowl in 2008, the number of circulatory heart-related deaths in Massachusetts climbed 20% over the next eight days."  So should you watch sports?  Find out(here). He Said What?: Don't get caught off guard when the media calls.  Make sure members of your organization understand and can articulate your key message.  Maximize your ability to share your message to mass audience using the media.  The Rouen Group now offers full day and half day media training.  We have been working with companies, trade groups and individuals to make sure their interviews do not end up like this...(watch the worst TV interview ever) The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... Zellers to Dayton: Block Release of Sex Offender: On Friday, Rep. Kurt Zellers, author of the 2004 bill to give life sentences to violent sex offenders, called on Governor Dayton to block the release of Robert Duvall.  According to court recorders Duvall may have assaulted up to 100 women.  Governor Dayton has recommend his release above the strong objective of Attorney General Lori Swanson.  From the article: “My job as a dad, and a public servant, is to protect my kids and your children; your spouses,” Zellers said. “Letting Mr. Duvall out of prison would be absolutely failing in that duty.” (read) Change Washes Over a City: Star Tribune columnist Lori Sturdevant wrote a good post-postmortem on the Minneapolis city elections: "Generation change washed over the Minneapolis City Hall. People of non-European ancestry flexed new found political muscle. The supposedly all-powerful DFL establishment was left looking tired and out of touch (though party endorsement still packed a punch in contested ward races). RCV needs some post-election tweaks, but it’s here to stay..."  She goes on to talk about how Don Samuels helped change the focus to the need for meaningful education reform.  It is an interesting read about the elections in our state's largest city.  (Read)    Minnesota Campaign Finance Database Doesn't Add Up: This is good reporting by the Star Tribune. They found: "The online files from the state agency charged with tracking candidate and campaign fundraising are riddled with inaccuracies, leading to errors that total as much as $20 million over the past decade, according to an analysis by the Star Tribune..."  This is pretty disturbing for some of us that trusted their information for research and accuracy.  (Read) Nguyen Enters Race for MN Secretary of State: Minnesota businessman and political newcomer Dennis Nguyen has thrown his hat in the ring to become the state's next Secretary of State.  Nguyen is the first GOPer to enter the race.  (read) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... 15 Grammatical Mistakes that Drive You Insane: It is always good to have a refresher course in proper grammar. (Read) 30% of Americans Get Their News On Facebook: This is a really surprising stat, but when you consider that 64% of adults are on Facebook you begin to realize its power.  If your organization is not on Facebook, it should be.  Read this article (here) and if you are looking for some help building or enhancing your social media strategy please contact me. (here) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 1973 The last time the Minnesota Gophers won 4 Big Ten Football games in a row, until last Saturday when they beat Penn State. 61 The number of games in a row the Gopher Women's hockey team have won. 47% Of casual news followers consider Facebook to be an "important news source." $41.65 The price of one share of Twitter stock. The company went public last week.  It is down about $4 from its opening price. 15761.78 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Up over 150 points since last week. GROW: Please share The MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter. SHARE: Are there articles or events you would like to share with MMQ readers.  Please send them to me atnoah@rouengroup.com

Monday Morning Quarterback – 11/4/13

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: November 4th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

The Rouen Group: Award Winning Grassroots and Issue Advocacy Campaigns "Click With Dick":  How could American's not love a campaign song called "Click with Dick?" Check out this and other forgotten jingles from the 1960 Presidential campaign.  (more) Say It Ain't So: A new study from Morgan Stanley Research warns of a significant world wine wine storage. According to the report: "“Data suggests there may be insufficient supply to meet demand in coming years, as current vintages are released...” Find out why (here) Photoshop Really Works: You ever wonder just how "airbrushed" or "Photoshopped" photos are on ads and magazines?  This time lapse photo shows the complete transformation from reality to photoshopped.  It is pretty amazing. (Watch) The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... New Poll Shows Support for Dayton Sinking: The left-leaning research firm, Public Policy Polling, released a poll last week showing shrinking leads for Governor Dayton. While it is not surprising that Dayton still leads his opponents, when you peel back the onion you find Dayton's approval rating has fallen below 50% and his disapproval among Independent voters is 50%.  The poll also show President Obama's approval rating of 47% but with independents that number drops to just 36%. (poll) Cam Winton hits the Air: Imagine a non-DFLer as Mayor of Minneapolis.  Well, Cam Winton just might make that a reality.  With total votes predicted to be less than 50% of what it is during a Presidential election, turnout will be key.  With no endorsed DFL candidate, their candidates have created a circular firing squad, leaving Cam to talk to independents, center-right voters and even the few Republicans in Minneapolis.  Cam launched his final TV ad last week. (watch) Watch Virgina Governor's Race: Democratic Candidate Terry McAuliffe has enjoyed a huge lead in the Virginia governor's race, however the polls are closing.  The Republicans have been successful in turning this race into a referendum on Obamacare.  Currently McAuliffe lead has shrunk to 5% points. It will be interesting to see if that holds on election day.  Check out the latest polls (here). Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... Breaking: Math is Really Important: As a former math team member I like anything that promotes more math education.  How about this from the Wall Street Journal: "A student’s income later in life is tied to the level of mathematics taken in high school, according to research done at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. " (More) Why is Governor Christie so Popular and What Other Republicans Can Learn: On Tuesday Governor Christie will easily win re-election in a state that President Obama won by 17% points.  What makes him so popular in a blue state and what could other candidates learn?  The Washington Post has a great article with advice for current and future candidates. (Read) Let's Abandon Daylight Savings Time: This is a really interesting article, arguing for an end to Daylight Savings Time and moving to just 2 times zones in the US.  I think the idea has merit.  Do you?  (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 6 The number of people that signed up for Obamacare on the first day.  At that rate Obama will meet his goal of 7 million enrolled by the year 5209 28%, 20% and 9% Apple has slashed the iPad's weight by 28%, made it 20% thinner and 9% narrower. 54% The number of people 18-31 years that say they are registered to vote. 87% The number of people 32 or older that say they are registered to vote.  The number is 94% for "seniors." 56% Number of Minnesotan's who favor firing Vikings coach Leslie Frazier.  57% approve of keeping Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire. 15615.55 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Up 45 points since last week. HELP US GROW: Please share The MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter. SHARE: Are there articles or events you would like to share with MMQ readers.  Please send them to me at noah@rouengroup.com
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