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Monday Morning Quarterback – 12/16/13

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

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The Rouen Group: Award Winning Grassroots and Issue Advocacy Campaigns SHARE: Are there articles or events you would like to share with MMQ readers?  Would you like to sponsor an article or a post that reaches 600 policy leaders? Please contact me at noah@rouengroup.com for details. How is Your News IQ? Pew Research has a fun tool to test your new IQ.  Find out how you score against the general public and your friends.  Take the quiz (here) Where are the Top Facebook "check ins"?: Those readers that use Facebook have seen the "check in" on your newsfeeds.  It is a great way for businesses to market themselves and for Facebook users to let friends know where they are.  Well, Facebook crunched the numbers and identified the top 10 "check ins" in the US and the world.  Find our where (here) The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... The Worst Political Ads of 2013: With all of the money rolling into state and local campaigns, political ads have gotten much better.  Thankfully there are still a few that rise to the top as "really bad."  Washington Post "The Fix" selected the 6 worst political ads of 2013. The winner for the "worst ad of 2013" came from MN and was featured in the MMQ a few months ago:Here are the  (top 6) and the worst ad winner. (Watch) 2016 Presidential Poll in Des Moines Register: Last week the Des Moines Register released a poll on the early favorites for the GOP nomination in the important state of Iowa. Let the speculation and prognostication begin.  Find out who is the early favorite.  I have to admit I was a little surprised. (read) Zellers Releases Finance Committee: Via Startribune: "Republican Kurt Zellers tapped familiar folks to sit on his gubernatorial finance committee. The members of his committee include former GOP Party chair Ron Eibensteiner; former Pawlenty administration staffer Ward Einess, Hubbard Broadcasting CEO and major donor Stanley Hubbard, Public Affairs Company CEO and longtime strategist Steve Knuth, former Pawlenty advisor Maureen Shaver and many others whose names have long floated in Minnesota politics. (read) The Sunday Talk Show Highlights: Politico's Sunday Show recap in 90 seconds.  Perfect way to catch up on what you missed from all the Sundaypolitical talk shows. (watch) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... Minneapolis Brewery Opens with Senator's Help: Congratulations to David Burley and Stephanie Shimp of the Blue Plate Restaurant Group on the opening on their restaurant and brewery. The Freehouse  officially opens today.  The Government Shutdown did slow down the process, but one Minnesota Senator came to the rescue.  (watch) Polymet Mining Project Tears DFL Unity: The Star Tribune has an interesting piece on the Polymet Mining Project in Northern Minnesota.  While it is creating a deep divide among the DFL, Kurt Zellers, GOP Candidate for Governor is emerging as a leader on the issue: "Democrats are scrambling to contain the conflict and prevent another “massacre” of 1978, when Republicans capitalized on similar outrage over the creation of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Rivals divided the DFL over the issue and allowed Republicans to make historic electoral gains, claiming the governor’s office and both U.S. Senate seats...Zellers, who represents the area around Maple Grove, has already gone deep into DFL territory in northern Minnesota to make his pitch: “I think it is our North Dakota oil fields,” he said. “It’s a no-brainer. Am I the only guy, Democrat or Republican, talking about it? Yeah, absolutely. There are a vast majority of Minnesotans that don’t believe the hysteria that this is going to ruin the Boundary Waters.” (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 35% The percentage of US mobile phone users that have used their phone while shopping in a store in the last 6 months. 25 and 15 Kevin Love had his 7th 25-point, 15-rebound game of the season. The rest of the NBA has 10 combined. 3 Vikings Running Back Matt Asiata had a total of 3 carriers for his career, before his start against the Eagles. Today he had 3 Touchdowns and 30 carriers.  1.5 Billion The number of Christmas Cards Americans send each year. 15755.36 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  That is down 280 points since last week. GROW: Please share The MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter.

Monday Morning Quarterback – 12/9/13

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

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The Rouen Group: Award Winning Grassroots and Issue Advocacy Campaigns SHARE: Are there articles or events you would like to share with MMQ readers?  Would you like to sponsor an article or a post? Please contact me at noah@rouengroup.com for details. Do Smarter People Drink More?: Tis the season of holiday parties, holiday drinks and more.  So, while you are getting ready for your next holiday party remember smarter people drink more, at least according to the research.  And who are we to argue with science?  So what do the smartest people drink? Find out (here). Women's Shopping Night December 11th: The Foursome Men's Fine Apparel and Shoes hosts their annual Women's Shopping Night on December 11th.  This popular shopping night features live music, free massage, deserts and of course great deals on gifts for the men in your life.  (details) Remembering the 20th Centuries Most influential Leaders: CBS News looked at the some of the great leaders of the 20th century: With the passing of Nelson Mandela last week the world lost one of its great leaders.  "When Time magazine compiled its list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century in the late 1990s, Mandela was one of just 20 in the category of most influential leaders and revolutionaries, along with our own civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr...The honor roll for THIS century is still wide open."(read/watch) The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... Can Dayton Catch Lightning in a Bottle Twice?: Smart Politics takes an in-depth look at how Mark Dayton defied the national political trend in 2010, when he won as a Democrat with a very unpopular Democratic President. "A Smart Politics review of Minnesota election data finds that Democratic gubernatorial candidates have won only four of 28 contests since statehood with a sitting Democratic president in the White House, or 14 percent..."  As President Obama's approval ratings plunge nationally and in MN the big question for Governor Dayton is can he defy the odds and history one more time. (read) Thank a Smoker for Paying for That New Vikings Stadium: MPR reporters on yet another reversal from the Dayton administration on stadium funding.  This will be a big issue in Dayton's campaign for re-election: "That assertion that Minnesota’s cigarette taxes won’t be needed for Viking stadium financing? Well, that’s up in smoke...Lawmakers earmarked a new corporate tax to replace most of the faltering pulltab revenue back in May, but that’s only $20 million, far short of the $34 million a year the state expects to pay annually in debt service. Schowalter confirmed today that smokers are going to fill that gap..." (read) The Sunday Talk Show Highlights: Politico's Sunday Show recap in 90 seconds.  Perfect way to catch up on what you missed while shoveling.(watch) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... MN 10 Costliest Publicly Funded Projects: WCCO's Pat Kessler has a reality check on the MN's ten most expensive publicly funded projects. The Vikings Stadium is on the list with a $1 billion price tag, but it is not number 1.  Check out the complete list: (here) 7 Facebook Facts you Should Know: The Rouen Group has helped many clients build their social media campaigns.  If you haven't yet used social media as part of your organization's communications and marketing efforts or you are just looking to boost your results, we would like to talk to you.  In the mean time I found this article and it has a few great tips for maximizing your Facebook posts. (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 96% The percentage of people that have been hung over at work after an office party or know someone who has. 35 The number of points scored in the last 2 minutes and 7 seconds of the Vikings game.  WOW. 50,000 v 741 50,000 is the number of people that registered for online gaming in the first week when New Jersey legalized online gambling. 741 is the number of people in New Jersey that signed up for ObamaCare in the entire month of October. (read)  1.76 Billion The number of candy canes produced in the US each year. 41% President Obama's approval rating among young people. 57% of young people now oppose ObamaCare.(read) 16020.20 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  It is virtually unchanged since last week. GROW: Please share The MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter.

Monday Morning Quarterback – 12/2/13

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

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The Rouen Group: Award Winning Grassroots and Issue Advocacy Campaigns O Christmas Tree Like many families, we wait until after Thanksgiving to get our Christmas tree.  As we were searching to pick out the perfect tree I wondered how the Christmas treetradition got started. From History.com: "Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles if wood was scarce. It is a widely held belief that Martin Luther, the 16th-century Protestant reformer, first added lighted candles to a tree. Walking toward his home one winter evening, composing a sermon, he was awed by the brilliance of stars twinkling amidst evergreens. To recapture the scene for his family, he erected a tree in the main room and wired its branches with lighted candles." (more) The Sunday Shows in 90 Seconds: With three boys 5 and under I don't get a lot of time to watch the Sunday political shows.  Thankfully I just found this great 90 second highlight reel perfect to get caught up on all the shows in less than 2 minutes. (watch) Men's Shopping Night December 5th: The Foursome Fine Apparel and Shoes hosts their annual Men's Night on December 5th.  This is a great opportunity to make sure you look your best for the holiday party season.  Also, the popular Ladies Night is back on December 11th featuring free massage, deserts and more. (details) Stay Classy North Dakota: Will Ferrell is doing a great job of grassroots marketing for his upcoming movie Anchorman II.  Last Saturday he co-hosted a Bismark, North Dakota newscast as the famed character Ron Burgundy.  No money changed hands for the promotion, but the clip is all over the internet including (here). The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... Franken Loss Would Make History in Minnesota: Minnesota has never flipped a US Senate Seat in back to back to back elections. Via Smart Politics: "Polling has been sparse in Minnesota's 2014 U.S. Senate race - a contest that a year ago was seemingly a slam dunk for one-term DFL incumbent Al Franken. Franken's seat currently sits on the 'watch list' of D.C. prognosticators Charlie Cook and Larry Sabato...Such caution seems validated in light of a new St. Cloud State University poll that was released on Wednesday, which shows Franken receiving a job approval rating of just 39 percent among his constituents - 18 points behind the state's senior delegation member Amy Klobuchar at 57 percent..."(more) Stadium Funding Reality Check: Center-Right groups have teamed together to offer Minnesota taxpayers a "reality check" on the the funding for the new Vikings stadium.  The groups published a new info graphic (here) and started an online petition (here).  The groups also have events planned on Dec. 3rd which is the same day as stadium groundbreakingincluding a roundtable discussion on KTLK's Up and At Em Radio Show. Having a Daughter Makes Parents More Likely to Be Republican: I know my brother in law Adam (Democrat and father of 2 girls) thinks I am trying to get under his skin by linking to this article,  but there is actual science.  From Pew Research: "Not only is the daughter effect statistically significant, it’s substantively large.  They found that overall, “compared to those with no daughters, parents with all daughters are 14% less likely to identify as a Democrat….[and] 11% more likely to identify as a Republican than parents with no daughters,” they write in the journal Sociological Forum..." (more) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... More Trouble for Minneapolis and St. Paul Schools: My jaw drops every time I read the statistics about how poorly students in Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools perform.  While lip service about solving the achievement gap continues, our city and our state continues to fail thousands of students: "There’s an internal racial achievement gap, as well. Only Asian students approach white students for graduation success, with Latino and black students graduating at barely half the rate of whites. Indian students lag even more, with only one quarter of those in the class of 2012 graduating. One factor that exacerbates that is absenteeism, but even minority students who rarely miss a day of school on average still lag on state reading tests behind whites with much worse attendance, according to district data..." (read) Man Makes it "Snow" Money at the MOA: Here's the best Black Friday story we missed: A Minn. man who was down on his luck, decided to spread some holiday cheer at the Mall of America on Friday by dropping 1,000 dollar bills from the fourth floor of the rotunda as a three-person choir sang Let It Snow.  Serge Vorobyov, who goes by "Serge The Car Hauler," posted video of his exploit and you'd be surprised just how calm shoppers were as they noticed money falling from the sky: (watch) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 45% The percentage of children with single mothers that live below the poverty line.  That number is only 13% for two parent households. (read) $160,000,000 The amount of money MN spends every year on boards and commissions many that have not met or face significant vacancies. (read) 25,000,000-30,000,000 The number of Christmas Trees Americans buy each year. 43% The increase in mobile online sales in 2013 over 2012. Total online spending was up 19%. 80% The percentage of mobile sales that use Apples iOS operating system. 16086.41 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  It is virtually unchanged in a short holiday 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
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