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Monday Morning Quarterback – 4/28/2014

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: April 29th, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

 The Rouen Group: Award Winning Grassroots and Issue Advocacy Campaigns We’re Back: Last week we took the first week off in nearly 3 years of publishing the MMQ. After spending some great time with family for the Easter Holiday we are back.  Thanks to all of you that checked in to see why they didn’t have the MMQ in their inbox. FOOD: It seemed my social media feeds were filled with articles about food.  Unfortunately most of them were about how much more food is going to cost..  The price of beef is at a 27 year high.  Shrimp, Pork and Limes are also at record prices. Here is a great breakdown, but more important is how to beat the prices with some different cuts of meat.  "Shoulder Clod" anyone? (read) Doing Prom in Style: Jack Jablonski, the Benilde-St. Margaret’s student who was paralyzed during a high school hockey game two years ago, took a notable date to prom Saturday night.  He asked Michelle Beadle, host of ESPN's Sports Nation and she said yes.  Follow the evening and this great story (here) Golf Gone Wild: Readers of the MMQ have heard about Tix for Tots before.  This year we are excited to announce our new partnership with The Minnesota Wild for our annual Golf Classic at Hazeltine.  Come to support a great cause and golf with your favorite Wild player. For details visit (click here)  After the Wild Win Tonight make sure to register to golf with the game 6 hero. The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... Dayton and DFL Try to Avoid Mid-Term Drop Off: MN Capitol AP Reporter Brian Baskt has an interesting look at the challenge Democrats face in Mid-Term (non-Presidential elections) in Minnesota.  "Minnesota's top-of-the-ticket Democrats consistently see their vote totals shrink by hundreds of thousands in midterms compared with presidential years. Roughly 650,000 fewer people in Minnesota voted for Dayton in 2010 than Barack Obama netted as a presidential candidate both times he ran, in 2008 and 2012. .."(read) Brodkorb to the Star Tribune: Yep its true. Michael Brodkorb will join a new team of bloggers that will enhance the "community voices" section.  Brodkorb will join Mark Andrew and others.  He will also continue his political blog www.politics.mn (read) Medical Marijuana Passes Committee: A Senate committee passed a compromise medical marijuana bill on Friday.  Almanac's Mary Lahammer took a look at the prospects for passage this session.(watch) Political Ads: Find out why the Washington Post has call this "positive ad" one of the best they had ever seen. (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... The World's Resources Aren't Running Out : This is a fascinating article that is a must read for people on both sides of the environmental movement or for anyone interested in the debate over how to protect our natural resources and still grow the economy. (read) Happy Birthday Mom: This is an amazing video.  Minnesota Twins player Chris Colabello hits a home run as his mom is being interviewed live at the game.  Oh yeah, and it was her birthday. (watch) The Map Of Baseball Support: This is an awesome project.  Here in Minnesota our local sports loyalties are clear, but that is not always the case.  "Fans may not list which team they favor on the census, but millions of them do make their preferences public on Facebook. Using aggregated data provided by the company, we were able to create an unprecedented look at the geography of baseball fandom, going down not only to the county level, as Facebook did in a nationwide map it released a few weeks ago, but also to ZIP codes. We can now clearly see that both Hartford and New Haven are in fact Yankee outposts. We can also determine the precise Chicago neighborhoods where White Sox jerseys stop being welcome and the central California town where the Dodgers cede fan favorite status to the Giants..." Check out this (map here) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 2 The number of wins the Wild need to beat Colorado in the first round of the NHL Play-offs 27 The number of RBI Chris Colabello has already this April. This breaks the record for RBI in April, previously held by Kirby Puckett. 16361.46 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Up 300 points in the last 2 weeks. GROW: Please share The MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter

Monday Morning Quarterback – 4/14/2014

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: April 15th, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

 The Rouen Group: Award Winning Grassroots and Issue Advocacy Campaigns EASTER WEEK House of Cards: Like most political junkies, I watch the Netflix show House of Cards. If you enjoy the show, you can take this quiz to find out "which House of Cards" character are you. (quiz) MMQ Live: If you want to see some live MMQ I will be speaking at the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce Legislative Break on Friday.  Don't just come for the political conversation. They also have the best breakfast in town.(register) Summit Beer, Good Band and a Great Cause: Minnesota's fastest rising band, The Goldblooms (featuring my brother-in-law Adam Chose) will play at the Summit Beer Hall this Saturday.  50% of all beer sales will benefit Feed My Starving Children.  Come and join us for a beer. (details) The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... New Poll:  KSTP released a new poll late last night with new approval ratings for President Obama, Senator Franken and Governor Dayton.  The biggest news is that President Obama only has a 36% approval in Minnesota.  This could be a huge drag on DFL candidates across Minnesota, much as President Bush was for Republicans in 2006. (results) There is Plenty On the Line for GOP; Kurt Daudt: The Star Tribune has a profile piece on GOP minority leader in the House Kurt Daudt: "The stakes are high for the Republican from Crown. He must lead a sometimes unruly GOP House caucus and still be the guiding force for fund­raising and candidate recruitment in a defining fight to regain control of the Minnesota House this November. He must somehow protect members in vulnerable districts and plot a way to tip seven more seats his way...Failure could jettison him back to legislative obscurity. Winning, however, would solidify him as a rising leader in the party and almost certainly make him the next House speaker, a position second in power only to the governor." (more) Didn't Know: This is from Jonathan Blake of The Freedom Foundation: Type in "governor dayton didn't know" in your google search and see what pops up.  If you don't want to take the time to do that you can just click (here) Ten Questions To Decide 2014: Politico has a good overview of some of the key questions for the 2014 elections. (read) Downey v Martin: On Almanac on Friday the DFL Party Chair Ken Martin and GOP Party Chair Keith Downey debate local and national politics.  Spoiler alert, they don't agree on much.(watch) Political Ads: The MMQ "political ad watch" will return shortly.  As a teaser here is a crazy must-watch ad from a US Senate Candidate in Iowa. (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... How Google Figured out DC : The Washington Post has an interesting read on how Google who once despised lobbying is now a leader in the influence game: "The behind-the-scenes machinations demonstrate how Google — once a lobbying weakling — has come to master a new method of operating in modern-day Washington, where spending on traditional lobbying is rivaled by other, less visible forms of influence. That system includes financingsympathetic research at universities and think tanks, investing in nonprofit advocacy groups across the political spectrum and funding pro-business coalitions cast as public-interest projects. The rise of Google as a top-tier Washington player fully captures the arc of change in the influence business.(read) The 'Next America' presents challenges/opportunities for Politicians: From The Fix: "The America of today bears little resemblance to the country of 50 years ago. It is older. It is less white. And those two demographic trends will only accelerate over the next 50 years....As Taylor notes, the American population was 85 percent white in 1960, but by 2060, it is expected to be 43 percent white. By contrast, Hispanics, who were just 4 percent of the population in 1960, are projected to make up more than 30 percent by 2060, according to Taylor..."(more) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 2 The number of Master's Championships Bubba Watson has one. $1,620,000 The prize for winning the Masters. 46% Al Franken's approval rating in the latest Survey USA poll. Governor Dayton was at 49%. 16026.75 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Down from last week. GROW: Please share The MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter

Monday Morning Quarterback – 4/7/2014

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: April 15th, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

 The Rouen Group: Award Winning Grassroots and Issue Advocacy Campaigns Go Twins! Twins New Theme Song: Averaging 6 runs a game, playing .500 baseball on the road can only mean it is time to break out the Twins theme song for 2014: (Listen) More MMQ: Do you want more pithy comments, random articles and political talk, you can catch more of my writings for the TwinWest Chamber Political Insider (here), the On Tap at The Cap from Twin Cities North (here) and a radio appearance on KTLK's weekend new quiz (here) Target Field Will Tell Your Phone When You Arrive: Target Field will be getting an increase in technology.  This includes a boost in wi-fi and a new feature that allows Iphone users to use their "ibeacon" to check in and get special in-game offers: "Those using MLB At Bat on newer Apple iPhones devices will get checked in automatically as they arrive at one of the Twins stadium's entrances -- for Monday's season opener, and for all games thereafter." (read) The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... Leaders Knew MNSure was "plagued with Bugs": The Star Tribune has a must read story about MNSure, the state's new health care exchange. The story details the fact that the Dayton administration knew of the major problems yet continued telling the public "MnSure is ready to go."  (Mark Dayton said this the day before it launched.)  While Republicans will certainly use this article against Dayton, DFL lawmakers should also be concerned about their lack of oversite in this major overhaul of Minnesota's health care system. (Read) Should Law Makers have a "Get Out of Jail Free" Card: A "get out of jail free" card isn't just in the game of Monopoly.   Apparently legislators have a type of card that allows them not to be arrested during session, except for cases of “felony, treason or breach of the peace.”  This issue has come up because this card prevents law makers from being arrested for a DUI or impaired driving.  This is something that is certain to come up during the election as well. (read) A Deal on Minimum Wage: Legislative leaders will hold a joint press conference this morning to announce a deal on the minimum wage.  The deal will include a $9.50 minimum wage, indexed to inflation.  This will give Minnesota the 3rd highest minimum wage in the country.  (details)  If you want to make your voice heard you can sign the petition against $9.50 and indexing (here) The Political Panel: The Almanac Panel covers the vote on the SLOB or COB, Medical Marijuana and MNSure.  Some good stuff.(watch) Congrats: To Congressman John Kline and Aaron Miller on being endorsed in the run for Congress. (read) 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... How Many Internet Devices Do You Have?: The Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece on the increasing ways and numbers of devices that tie us to the internet, our works and each other.  Thanks to Mark Giga for sharing: "Ninety percent of American adults have a cellphone, and 58% own a smartphone, according to the Pew Research Center. The average U.S. home had 6.5 Internet-connected devices at the end of 2013, up from 5.6 devices in 2012, according to NPD Group's Connected Intelligence/Connected Home Report..." (read) Target Field Ready?: As someone who is counting the hours to opening day at Target Field, yet still sees a little snow in the backyard, I was relieved by this video of them getting the snow removed and grass ready.  Now if only a golf course could do this. (watch) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 11 The Number of RBI Chris Collabelo of the Twins has through 6 games.  He leads the American League. $77 Million The cost of the new Senate Office Building.  The House actually increased the cost of the controversial building. 1001 The number of wins for Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.  What is most impressive is he has had all of those wins as manager of just one team. 16412.71 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Not much change since last week. GROW: Please share The MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter

Monday Morning Quarterback – 3/31/2014

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: April 15th, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

 The Rouen Group: Award Winning Grassroots and Issue Advocacy Campaigns Feels Like Spring! Enough Already: KARE 11's Rena Sarginopolous spoke for all Minnesotan's Saturday when after hearing the forecast for snow on Twins Home Opener (April 7) she had enough and left the set. (Watch) A Headline Every Man Was Waiting For-Cooking Meat with Beer Can Protect You From Cancer: No this headline is not from The Onion, it is actually from ScienceAlert.com . From the article: "If you love grilled meats, you have to read this: Marinating meat in beer before grilling can reduce the release of cancer-causing chemicals." (read) The Wineaholic: I think I saw a couple of these "wine purses" at the Capitol on the final days of session. (look) The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... GOP Targets Young Voters: GOP launched the "Create Your American Dream" ad campaign targeting young voters.  Can the GOP convert young "hipsters"? Watch the ad and decide.  (watch)  The "SLOB" Stops the Legislature: The new $90 million State Legislative Office Building (SLOB) has gotten a lot of attention in the last few weeks.  The Star Tribune has a look at how the office building may be effecting other key issues getting done this legislative session. (read) A Better Way: Hospitality MN continued its push against a $9.50 minimum wage with a statewide ad campaign.  The campaign titled "A Better Way" launched a new website(here) as well as social media, radio and online ads.  The group is urging legislators not to index the wage to inflation, to protect a youth wage and create a tipped tear to the minimum wage for employees that make over $12 per hour. (read, sign, listen) (Hospitality MN is a client of The Rouen Group) McClung V Hatch: The Almanac Political Panel got pretty heated Friday night.  So if you were out doing normal things on Friday and missed it, you can watch it (here). 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... How the Left and Right have flipped on Religious Freedom: The National Interest has an interesting article on the politics of the "Hobby Lobby" case.  The company Hobby Lobby objects to providing  some of the contraceptives mandated by Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare).  The case is now in front of the US Supreme Court. "Liberals have come a long way since 1993, when they helped pass—and Bill Clinton signed—the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Back then, they were willing to endorse the principle that the government must have a compelling interest in making a person act contrary to her religious conscience—and even then, government must use the least coercive means to further that interest.  Whatever the First Amendment implications of the Hobby Lobby case, it is impossible to argue the contraception mandate meets that test. (read) No Ordinary Joe: In honor of the MN Twins Opening Day today, here is a good piece on Joe Mauer and his evolution as a player, a man and now a dad. (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 3 to 1 The Big Ten had a chance to have 3 of the 4 Final Four teams in the NCCA, but with Michigan State and Michigan both losing the Big Ten will have just 1 representative: Wisconsin. 125/1 The Vegas odds for Twins to win the world series.  Only team with worse odds are the Houston Astros at 250/1. 16323.06 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Not much change since last week. GROW: Please share The MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter
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