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Monday Morning Quarterback – 3/24/2014

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: March 27th, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

 The Rouen Group: Award Winning Grassroots and Issue Advocacy Campaigns It's The Spring Break Edition Footloose: So it was the 30th anniversary of the iconic movieFootloose.  Kevin Bacon and The Tonight Show celebrate in hilarious style with this video. (watch) Which Braverman are You?: If you are like me and watch Parenthood on NBC this is a great quiz.  Find out which character your are from one of America's favorite families. (quiz) Huffington Post Peers into My Windows: At least that is what I thought when I read the "100 steps to putting a toddler to bed".  This is a must read for parents and those wondering why all of us are so tired.(read) Tix For Tots: I have been on the board of Tix for Tots for 3 years.  We provide unused or donated tickets to children in need.  These experiences are often kids first opportunity to experience sporting events, theaters or the arts.  Here is a nice feature KARE 11 did on Tix and our upcoming Twins Season Kick-Off event. (watch) The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... Congrats Dad: Last Thursday Kurt and Kim Zellers welcomed their son Bennett Hans Zellers into the world.  (photo) Dennis Smith: MMQ friend and good guy Dennis Smith won the endorsement to run for Zellers House seat in Maple Grove.  Dennis will make a great edition to the Minnesota Legislature. Nate Silver of 538: GOP has 60% Chance of Taking US Senate: ESPN's FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver examines the state of the 2014 Senate races. Silver predicts the Republican party has a 60% chance to take the Senate in 2014. Silver also says there is a 30% chance that the GOP can "win big."  (watch) Weekly Round-Up: Behind on all the news of the day?  Here is a quick video to catch up on the week's biggest stories.  (watch) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... Paul Ryan Was Right, Poverty is a Cultural Problem: George Will: "years later, 41 percent of all American children are born out of wedlock; almost half of all first births are to unmarried women, as are 54 percent and 72 percent of all Hispanic and black births, respectively. Is there anyone not blinkered by ideology or invincibly ignorant of social science who disagrees with this: The family is the primary transmitter of social capital — the values and character traits that enable people to seize opportunities. Family structure is a primary predictor of an individual’s life chances, and family disintegration is the principal cause of the intergenerational transmission of poverty." (more) Washington Post v Powerline: The Powerline Blog is a good example of "new" media being able to hold the traditional legacy media accountable.  This is a great example of where the Washington Post got the facts wrong, the story wrong and but for Powerline would have gone unchecked.  The Washington Post's response to the piece is worth reading too. (Read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 10 Lanesboro, MN ranked #10 on Smithsonian Magazine's best small towns to visit. 2% Japan is just 2% of the world's population but consumes 10% of the world's fish. 79 The Temperature in Tampa as I wrote the MMQ 16302.77 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Up 250 points since last week. GROW: Please share The MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter

Monday Morning Quarterback – 3/17/2014

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: March 27th, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

 The Rouen Group: Award Winning Grassroots and Issue Advocacy Campaigns HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY! St. Patrick Wasn't Irish: That is right, and corned beef isn't Irish either.  St. Patrick was born in what was now England, Scotland or Whales.  Get ready to unlearn all you thought you knew when you read this piece from History.com about St. Patrick's Day myths. (read) Commitment: If parades and green beer aren't for you, maybe you want to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a movie.  Irishcentral.com published a list of top 10 Irish movies.  Number 10 Waking Ned Devine is a great movie.  The number 1 movie is also great, but not available on Netfilx #fail.   Check out the list and hopefully a movie (here) One in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808: That is the odds of filling out a perfect NCAA March Madness basketball bracket.  But you don't have to be perfect to win The Foursome's Annual Bracket Challenge.  Last year only one person beat my 5 year old Connor.  Think you can?  Join by liking The Foursome Clothing on Facebook (here) Jack Morris: Jack Morris will headline this year's celebrity panel at the annual Tix for Tots and Minnesota Twins Season Kick Off Event.  Proceeds for the event go to support Tix for Tots and provide life changing opportunities for kids in our community.  I have been on the board of Tix for 3 years and it is an amazing organization.  I hope you can join us at this great event.  Get tickets (here) The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... Relationship Problems in DFL? Star Tribune reports on the troubles between The MN House, Senate and Governor when it comes to key issues: "Although there is yet time for the two chambers to join forces, the Democrats controlling both houses have had a rocky relationship in 2014. And their troubles could drive key Democratic issues off a cliff shortly before the House and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton face voters in this year’s election..." (read) Rep. Colin Peterson to Announce Re-Election Plans: All signs point to Rep. Peterson running for re-election. This is a blow to Republicans who see this seat as likely GOP if Peterson were to retire. (read) Florida 13- Three Things Everyone is Getting Wrong About the GOP Win: This is an interesting read an analysis of last week's special election in Florida's 13th Congressional District.(read) Weekly Round-Up: Ukraine, Florida Special Election and 'Two Ferns' (watch) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... Fukishma 3 Years Later: This is a story that does not get enough attention.  The earthquake that devastated Japan 3 years ago continues to cause problems. "Three years have passed since the comprehensive meltdown, which continues to contaminate everything it touches. During all that time, invisible odorless particles with unspeakable consequences have been descending over the region every time rain or snow falls...the senior citizens who escaped to the mountains continue to die of diseases and stresses related to their dislocation and the medical effects of the meltdown. The newly dead number 14,000, our government says. In all, 160,000 residents fled the region and are not allowed to return." (more) Is the Mall Dead: Not according to columnist James Lileks.  This article has a little history, a little humor and even some politics.  It is definitely worth a read. (read) Juicy: Congrats to Jill Skogheim and her team over at the 5-8 Club for winning the Travel Channel's  "More Chowdown Countdown," as America's most mouthwatering place to eat. (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 40 Lbs Amount of Green Dye used to turn the Chicago River green. $4.4 Billion The Amount Americans spend on St. Patrick's Day.  That is a lot of corned beef and Guinness. 34.7 Million The number of American's that claim Irish Heritage.  That is 7 times the population of Ireland. 16065.67 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Down 400 points since last week. GROW: Please share The MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter

Monday Morning Quarterback – 3/10/2014

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: March 27th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

 The Rouen Group: Award Winning Grassroots and Issue Advocacy Campaigns SNL "Obama": The opening of this weeks Saturday Night Live was pretty funny.  It shows Obama getting "tough" with Vladamir Putin. (watch) Thanks: Thank you to all of those that attended the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Annual Gala.  It is an honor to serve on their foundation board and help our men and women in law enforcement be the best trained and equipped in the country. A special thanks to Ross Manthei and Sara Anderson for all of their hard work and dedication to making last night so successful.  If you would like to get involved message me or visit the website (here) Did You Know? The Rouen Group produces complete earned media ad campaigns?  Last week we helped Hospitality MN launch "A Better Way" campaign featuring radio, online and social ads as well as a custom built advocacy web page.  Can you or your organization benefit from a targeted advertising campaign?  We would like to talk to you. Check out the web and radio ads (here) Thinking Spring?: It is time for the annual Tix for Tots and Minnesota Twins Season Kick Off Event.  This year we have an awesome celebrity panel fresh from Spring Training to preview the upcoming season.  We also have a great auction featuring one of kind memorabilia, tickets and more.  Proceeds for the event go to support Tix for Tots, provide life changing opportunities for kids in our community.  You can buy your tickets through me or visit the website (here) The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail...  New Ad: Norm Coleman's America Action Network released a new ad last week targeting 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan.  Nolan faces a tough re-election challenge from Stewart Mills. (watch) Senate DFL Leaders Moving Slow on Tax Cuts: With the MN House passage of a $500 tax cut package and Governor Dayton calling for a bill by March 14th, the Senate DFL shows little movement.  Capitol insiders are saying it is a "pressure cooker" in just the first 2 weeks of the session.  It will be interesting to watch how the Senate (not up for re-election) plays the game. (read) Tara Mack Goes National: Rep. Tara Mack from Apple Valley is quickly becoming a rising star.  She was recognized by CPAC as one of the top 10 Conservatives under 40 and spoke at the influential CPAC conference of Friday. (read)   Listen to her speech (here) Weekly Round-Up: Mom Jeans and Putin top this week in review . (watch) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... The New Economy: The Star Tribune has an excellent article on the struggle young people are having find jobs and careers in our new economy.  This in-depth piece is an important read for forward looking policy makers and families.  I think it raises some concerns for higher education as well.: "Demand for college educated workers probably peaked in 2000... As the number of college diplomas in the job market keeps rising, high-skilled workers are forced to take lesser jobs, “pushing low-skilled workers even further down the occupational ladder and, to some degree, out of the labor force altogether,”. (read) 10 Things You Should Do Everyday: Time Magazine publishes a list of 10 things we should all do everyday.  According to this list I am currently doing poorly on the getting enough sleep.  On the flip side with the 30+ temps in MN I have done a great job of "getting out in nature" with the boys.  (10 things list) Why Russia Can't Afford Another Cold-War: As tensions between Russia and the US intensify, the New York Times has a good in-depth look at what is going on in Russia and the implications of another Cold War: "It’s no wonder the crisis in Ukraine this week drew comparisons to Hungary in 1956 and Czechoslovakia in 1968 or that a chorus of pundits proclaimed the re-emergence of the Cold War. But there’s at least one major difference between then and now: Moscow has a stock market. (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 12% The percentage the Russia Stock Market RTSI fell, when they invaded Ukraine, wiping out nearly $60 Billion in asset value. 1-2% Percentage of the world's population that has red hair.  For Rouen boys it is 66% with red hair. (pic) -$3000 That is the average amount less that workers under 35 are making today versus 2005. 16452.72 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Up 100 points from last week. GROW: Please share The MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter

Monday Morning Quarterback – 3/3/2014

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: March 3rd, 2014 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

 The Rouen Group: Award Winning Grassroots and Issue Advocacy Campaigns Best Picture: I can say I have not seen any of the nominees this year, but congratulations to best picture winner  12 Years A Slave.  If you want the local connection, MN Twins owner Bill Pohlad, was a producer of the film.   Here is a link to all of the Oscar winners.  (winners) Bring Back the Cocktail Parties: A fun article that looks at the lost days of the in-home cocktail party.  Some interesting thoughts that make a lot of sense.  Might just be time to host that spring party.(read) How is Your Legislative Campaign? Are you gaining the traction you need?  Are you nervous about a pending vote?  Let The Rouen Group help.  We build successful grassroots campaigns that amplify your message to help achieve the desired results. If you need need grassroots communications, (phone calls, letters, emails), to policy makers, letters to the editor, media tours, coalitions, online advocacy or social advocacy we are here to help you and your clients. Be a Budget Hero: Do you think you can do a better job of balancing the budget than the politicians in Washington?  Here is a cool tool from Public Insight to test your skills. (balance) The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... A Better Way On Minimum Wage: As the legislature tries to fast track a dramatic increase in the minimum wage, hopefully legislators will take a pause and read this article by David Burley of Blue Plate Restaurants. The proposal he outlines is a smart, sensible and workable solution that should make Democrats, Republicans and workers happy: "Here's how it works. Start with an employee who works for pay and tips. If their combined total (the one on the W2) averages out to $12 an hour or more, that employee wouldcontinue to receive the current $7.25 base minimum wage. They earn at least $12 an hour. They are taxed on at least $12 an hour...." If they don't make $12 an hour..."If that happens they would earn the new higher minimum wage set by the Legislature, plus their tips. This example employee never earns less than the minimum wage, and typically will earn a fair amount more. We guarantee it." (read) (client) Poll KSTP released the first head to head poll for the Minnesota Governor's race.  Not surprisingly Governor Dayton has a lead on all the candidates in the field, but that will narrow as candidates ramp up their campaigns and build name identification. (poll) Knock Me Over with a Feather: Perhaps the Star Tribune editorial writers have a bit ofbrain freeze during the polar vortex.  That is the only thing that could explain their shift from "raise taxes" in 2013 to the call to "move quickly to cut Minnesota taxes,"  this week. (read)  Weekly Round-Up: TV Frozen?  Well here is a quick way to catch up on all of the national political news from the last several days.(watch) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... 12 Documentaries on Netflix that Will Make You Smarter: Thanks to @bloisolson for sharing this.  Business Insider's list is impressive.  If you have already finished Season 2 of House of Cards now here is something to fill the void and make you smarter at the same time.(read/watch) How the Internet is Woven into American Life: Pew Research published a study about just how pervasive the internet has become in American Life.  The changes in just 20 years is dramatic and almost mind blowing.  In a 1995 study  42% of adults hadn't heard of the internet and only about 14% had internet access.  Now smartphones are the new game changer. In 2011 35% of Americans owned a smartphone, now just 3 years later that number is 58%.  This study is worth a read.(read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 50 Minnesota weather is heading to 50, but not 50 degrees.  It is 50 days below zero that we set this morning. $1 million That was apparently the offer Yahoo had on the table in 1997 to buy Google.  Today Google is worth over $400 Billion. $85,000 The worth of the "swag bag" for the Oscars. It includes 3 items from Minnesota based companies. A $750 gift card for Max Martin Shoes, a bottle of AVIV 613 Vodka and Bee Free Honey. $400 The estimated value of an Oscar statuette.  It is made of aluminum alloy, dipped in 24k gold platting.  The market value may be higher. For instance, Joan Crawford’s Oscar award for her performance in “Mildred Pierce” was auctioned off in 2012 for $426,732.
16321.71 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Up 300 points from last week. GROW: Please share The MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter
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