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Monday Morning Quarterback – 6/23/2014

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 The Rouen Group: Grassroots Advocacy, Coalition Development, Online Advocacy, Media and Message Development. Over the Falls: If you haven't seen the video of the kayaker going over a raging Minnehaha Falls, you have to see this.  Here is the view from his GoPro camera mounted to his helmet. Hard to believe he only suffered a broken nose. (watch) 25 iPhone Apps that Could Change Your Life: It is hard to imagine any app as "life changing" but there are definitely a few on this list I am willing to try in hopes they are "life improving" or "time saving". (read) How Often Are Tornadoes Near You? This a neat map done by Jonathan Yuhas, who is meteorologist at KSTP.  It maps the number of tornadoes within 60 miles of major cities and towns in MN for the last 50 years. (look) The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... More in Polling in the Governor's Race and US Senate Race: Last week Public Policy Polling group released a poll for the Governor's race and US Senate race.  While Dayton beats all of the GOP candidates, former House Speaker Kurt Zellers comes the closest to Dayton with 37% support of those polled.  The US Senate poll also had Franken leading rival candidates Jim Abler and Mike McFadden. (poll results) On The Campaign Trail: MinnPost Cyndy Brucato has sat down with 3 of the 4 GOP candidates for Governor.  She does a nice piece on each of the candidates and some insight into their campaign strategy. (read) Sex Offender Program Becoming Key Issue in the Campaign: Last week the Star Tribune broke the story that DFL Attorney General had accused the Dayton Administration of a cover-up in destroying evidence in the Thomas Duvall case.  The Duvall case became an issue last November when Gov. Dayton was going to allow serial rapist Duvall to be released despite strong objection from the Attorney General. (Strib Story).  Kurt Zellers has been confronting Dayton on this issue since November and did so once again this week.(watch)
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Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... Medtronic CEO Responds: After the back and forth all week on the Medtronic merger and move to Ireland, the CEO responds with an opinion piece in the Star Tribune. (read) The Trademark Office and the Redskins: Interesting take from Jonathan Turly on the trademark ruling on Washington Redskins: "The decision this past week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to rescind federal trademark protections for the Redskins may ultimately tip the balance in the controversy over the 80-year-old name of Washington’s football team. If so, that would be a shame. Not because there’s insufficient reason to consider the name “disparaging to Native Americans,” as the patent office determined. Many of us recoil at the reference to skin color as a team identity. The problem is that the Redskins case is just the latest example of a federal agency going beyond its brief to inappropriately insert itself in social or political debates..." (more) IRS Email Scandal: Want to know what is going on with "emailgate" at the IRS?  This is a good read on what seems to be a very serious problem for the IRS. (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: $8,000,000 The annual cost for St. Paul Schools to lease iPads for students. (read) 52% Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire's Job Approval. 60% The support statewide for Sunday Liquor Sales in MN. (read) 2 The number of goals the US scored in the second half of their World Cup game.  Unfortunately the game ended in a 2-2 tie.  If the US has a win or tie with Germany on Thursday they will move on to the elimination round. 16947.08 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Down over 150 points since last week. GROW: Please share The MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter

Monday Morning Quarterback – 6/16/2014

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 The Rouen Group: Grassroots Advocacy, Coalition Development, Online Advocacy, Media and Message Development. World Cup For Dummies: I have to admit I am not much of a soccer fan, but apparently the rest of the world, including a few of my friends are.  Here is a great guide so you too can fake your way through a conversation or even a World Cup viewing party. (read) A Tennis Coach Inspires: I had the honor to play for Tennis Legend Steve Wilkinson at Gustavus.  The Mayo clinic recently released this inspirational video about Steve. After he was diagnosed with cancer and given only 9 months to live, 6 years later he continues coaching and living life to the fullest.  Anyone that has played for him, or the thousands that have met him through his Tennis and Life Camps, will love this video. (watch) The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... How the GOP Plans to Take Over the MN House: Minnpost has a good look at some of the key House races and the opportunity Republicans have to regain the House in 2014. "The GOP need just seven seats in the 73-61 body to regain the majority from House Democrats, but Minority Leader Kurt Daudt has said there are nearly 20 vulnerable seats held by Democrats currently. Facing a midterm election, in which Democratic voter participation drops considerably, many pundits see the race for the state House as Minnesota Republicans’ most realistic opportunity to gain a foothold in a state where they currently hold no power..." (read) KSTP Poll: Zellers /Johnson Tied for Lead in GOP Primary: More good news for Rep. Kurt Zellers has he continues to lead in recent polls.  This time he and Jeff Johnson are tied with 23% support of likely primary voters.  Johnson got the traditional "convention bump" after his endorsement in Rochester to pull even with Zellers. (read) KSTP Poll Dayton Within Striking Distance: More bad news for Governor Mark Dayton.  The KSTP poll that had him with 51% support and double digit leads in February now shows the race as very close (Feb poll).  Dayton gets just 46% support while Johnson and Zellers are within 6-7 points of Dayton.  Johnson's support grew by 6 points and Zeller's support jumped up 8 points since the February poll. (poll) Zellers Sits Down with WCCO Sunday: Gubernatorial Candidate Kurt Zellers sat down for an interview with WCCO TV's Esme Murphy to talk about the race, Father's Day and more(watch) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... 2014: An Insiders Look: The Humphrey Institute's Larry Jacob's talked with several "political insiders" to get their take on 2014 elections.  Here is what he, and they had to say.(read) Why Cantor Lost: Not sure anyone can know for sure about how someone that spent more on steak dinners than his opponent spent on his entire campaign can lose, but this article has some thoughts: "Cantor and his staff both lost the trust of conservatives and constituents. They broke promises, made bad deals, and left many feeling very, very betrayed.  Much of it was because of Cantor's hubris and the arrogance of his top staffers. He could not be touched and he could not be defeated. He knew it and they knew it. He kept his attention off his district, constituents, and conservatives while he and his staff plotted to get the Speaker's chair."(more) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: $113.80 The average amount spent on Dad for Father's Day.  That is about 30% less than the $162.94 people spent on Mom for Mother's Day. $404,000,000 That is the amount of sponsorship money generated for FIFA by this year's world cup. 45% The number of Minnesotan's that say they will vote for the generic Republican State Legislative Candidate.  42% said they would vote for the DFL. 44 Golfer Zach Johnson sank the 44th hole in one in US Open history on Sunday.  Then he did his best Happy Gilmore.  (watch) 1999 The first time Tim Duncan won an NBA title with the Spurs.  He won his 5th title last night. 16775.74 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Down nearly 200 points since last week. GROW: Please share The MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter

Monday Morning Quarterback – 6/9/2014

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 The Rouen Group: Grassroots Advocacy, Coalition Development, Online Advocacy, Media and Message Development. Then and Now: See how quickly Detriot's neighborhood's changed in the economic collapse using Google Street view.  This is an amazing project. (look) A Boat Experience The Vikings Can Be Proud Of: Lake Minnetonka has been the host of some infamous MN Vikings stories, but this one is actually something they can be proud of.  Vkings Star Lineback Chad Greenway comes to the rescue of stranded boaters. (watch) D Day Stories: I know many people spent some extra time watching the History Channel or other D-Day related stories on the 70th anniversary.  Here is a rather interesting story, about a college reporter's role, in discovering the "soul racking" D-Day decision of General Eisenhower. (read) The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... The Legislative Breakdown: Want to know how many legislators are running unopposed?  There are 9.  Want to know who has an inter-party primary challenge? There are 14. And how many legislators are not running again? There are 15.  Here are all the names and numbers you need to know.  (read) KSTP Poll Shows Who is Leading GOP Governor Primary: This poll was released last week and has some good analysis of the candidates based on conventional survey questions along with photos of each candidate. Additionally, respondents were shown short video clips of the candidates discussing campaign issues.  One key finding: "As for who is leading the GOP pack heading into the state convention this weekend, there is no clear consensus. Zellers is the first choice of 22 percent of Republicans, followed by Johnson at 19 percent, Honour at 15 percent, Seifert at 14 percent, Thompson at 9 percent.  A large percentage, 21 percent, are undecided. Meanwhile, in hypothetical general election match-ups between Dayton and each GOP candidate, Dayton leads by between 12 and 17 points. The two closest potential match-ups are with Zellers (Dayton leads 47 percent to 35 percent) and Seifert (46 percent to 33 percent)." (more polling) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... The True Cost of The Superbowl: The Star Tribune obtained a confidential memo from the NFL that outlines specific demands the city must provide including 35,000 free parking spots, golf courses, Presidential suites and even "if cellphone signal strength at the team hotels is not strong enough, then the host committee — at no cost to the league — “will be responsible [for erecting] a sufficient number of portable cellular towers.”  This is some good reporting by the Star Tribune and a must read. (read) Food-Truck Boom Inspires Community and Culinary Start-ups: You want to be the "hippest" person in your office today?  You should read this article on the thriving food-truck scene in the Twin Cities.  Then offer to take your co-workers to lunch at a truck.  "Since they were first introduced in the Twin Cities four years ago, food trucks have become a big player on the local eat-and-be-seen scene. In 2010, Minneapolis issued only 10 food truck licenses and trucks were only allowed to park on Nicollet Mall. That number has grown to 87 trucks registeredin Minneapolis, according to Linda Roberts, assistant manager of Licenses and Consumer Services for the City of Minneapolis. About 100 mobile food units, including food trucks, are operating in St. Paul." (more trucks) Surly Bill Spans a New Economy: From food-trucks to tap rooms, Surly Brewing may be responsible for the rise of both. "Nothing has been bigger in Minnesota food the last few years than the Surly taproom and restaurant. That, of course, is because the mere desire for the Surly taproom and restaurant was what got our state-changing Surly bill imagined, and then passed. That Surly bill then birthed the local brewery boom and the local distillery boom..." (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 66-1 That is Rafal Nadal's record at the French Open.  He has won a 9 times and 5 in a row after winning again Sunday. $20,000,000 The amount Surly Brewing will spend on their new restaurant at tap room. 2 The number of Grand Slams the Astro's hit against the Twins on Sunday as they won 14-5. $10,000 The amount of MN "Legacy" taxpayer-funded money for a Minneapolis artist to "collect wood from around MN & carve that wood into spoons." 1978 The last time a horse won the Triple Crown.  That remained as California Chrome finished in a tie for 4th at the Belmont Stakes on Sunday. 16924.28 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Up 200 points since last week. GROW: Please share The MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter

Monday Morning Quarterback – 6/2/2014

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 The Rouen Group: Grassroots Advocacy, Coalition Development, Online Advocacy, Media and Message Development. Cigars and Baseball: The annual Cigars and Baseball event is a must attend fundraiser for the Miracle League.  The Miracle League provides children with disabilitiesthe opportunity to play baseball on modified fields.  The event is on June 16th and includes an awesome tailgate and ticket to Twins vs White Sox.(Details) Brian Dozier is Fast: Brian Dozier is one of my favorite MN Twins players.  The Second baseman is having a tremendous year and is among the leaders in home-runs and runs scored.  He also hit the game winning RBI Sunday to beat the Yankees. But, this week we found his real talent.  He can solve a Rubik's cube in 90 Seconds.  Pretty amazing(watch) The Difference Between MN and WI Explained by Google: A new website compiles the top searches for people in each state.  The comparison between Minnesota and Wisconsin sheds some light on the differences:  Minnesota's top searches:(Rollerblading, Hipster, Football, Personal injury lawyer, Synchronized swimming, Women’s National Basketball Association) by contrast Wisconsin top searches:(Log rolling, Beanie Babies, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Menthol cigarettes, Oprah’s Book Club, Survival shelters)  I will let readers draw their own conclusions as to what this means.(read) The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... MN GOPers Make National Republicans Happy: National Republicans were watching the MN GOP convention closely this weekend and they were pleased with the results. From the Washington Post: "Republicans got another break Saturday in their quest to retake the Senate, with Minnesota Senate candidate Mike McFadden receiving the state Republican party's endorsement. The endorsement matters much more in Minnesota than in other states. Candidates, including McFadden's top two opponents, often pledge not to run in the primary if they don't win the endorsement. In other words, McFadden's win probably averts a competitive primary for the GOP..." (more) Jeff Johnson Wins GOP Endorsement for Governor: In what ended up being a shorter than anticipated endorsement battle with a bizzare ending that left many delegates stunned and angry, Jeff Johnson emerged victorious.  Johnson will join a crowded field running in a GOP primary on August 12.  Candidates include Former Speaker Kurt Zellers, Scott Honour and likely former State Rep. Marty Siefert. Johnson sat down for an interview Sunday to go over the wild ride. (watch) DFL Endorses Simon for Sec. of State: The only competitive endorsement contest on the DFL side was for the Secretary of State.  State Rep. Steve Simon won the endorsement over his colleague Rep. Debra Hilstrom. (more) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... Reckoning with Restraint: The Pioneer Press has an interesting editorial, looking at the implications of the tax and fiscal policy changes made by the Mn Legislature: "There is building tension about our expectations -- "what we want from government" -- and our willingness to pay for it, Haveman said, predicting the "collision" will be an important theme in the next legislative session and beyond." (more)
The 5 Best "of the month" Clubs for Fathers Day: There are some pretty good clubs on the list, but I am not sold on the salami of the month club. This is a not so subtle hint for anyone wanting to get me a father's day gift(list) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 27.5 The number of Hot Dogs the winner of the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest ate in 2 minutes at the Grand Old Days. (Photo) 3.2 Inches of rain the Twin Cities received since Saturday. 16717.17 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Up 100 points since last week. GROW: Please share The MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter

Monday Morning Quarterback – 5/26/2014

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 The Rouen Group: Grassroots Advocacy, Coalition Development, Online Advocacy, Media and Message Development. Memorial Day: Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer. (more) A Great Speech to Honorable Men: On this Memorial Day take the time to watch President Regean's speech commemorating the 40th Anniversary of D-Day.  Very powerful any day but especially today. (watch) Memorial Day Activities: If you are looking for good ways to celebrate Memorial Day here is a good list of all of the celebrations around the Twin Cities(list) Activists Try To Ban Bacon: A minor league baseball team had a promotion featuring bacon, that sparked a protest to "stop glorifying bacon."  You really can't make it up.  Hopefully they don't go to St. Paul Saints games.(read) The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... Free Speech in Minnesota Gets a Much Needed Boost? "Minnesota says it has 10,000 lakes. The state also has, according to Anthony Sanders, "10,000 campaign finance laws."...The "specialsources" restriction was vulnerable to a constitutional challenge even before April, when the Supreme Court decided the McCutcheon case. In it the court invalidated the $48,600 "aggregate limit" on contributions to candidates for federal offices. The unreasonableness of this was obvious: If a person could give the $2,600 maximum to 18 candidates without a danger of corruption or the appearance thereof, why would giving $2,600 to a 19th candidate pose this danger?" (more) Zellers Taps Business and Civic Leader Dean Simpson as Running Mate: Local grocery store owner, former State Representative and former New York Mills mayor Dean Simpson will run with gubernatorial candidate Kurt Zellers as Lt. Governor, Zellers announced Thursday. But Zellers preferred using the title “running mate” to describe what Simpson means to his campaign ticket, adding that he will have an equal say.  “He’s going to be right there with me every step of the way,” Zellers said. “Greater Minnesota needs a voice at the Capitol. We haven’t had that. He is exactly what St. Paul needs. Our state will be better off with him as Lt. Governor.” (more) Younger Voters Split with GOP on Social Issues: The Associated Press does an interesting story on the Young GOP voters divide with some of the older conservative base of the party: ""We grew up on 'Will and Grace' and our parents grew up on 'All in the Family,'" said Stephanie Petelos, the chairman of the College Republican Federation of Alabama who was almost banished from her party for supporting gay marriage...." (more) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... Life in the Minor Leagues Isn't Easy: This is a fascinating read about life in the minor leagues.  While some have millions in signing bonuses, most struggle to get by. "Muren, a relief pitcher, doesn't want to go away. Yet he wonders how he'll handle Fort Myers, Fla., the next stop in the Minnesota Twins farm system.  Not from a baseball standpoint, but financially.  “Being married now, I have my wife on my health care plan with the Twins,” said Muren, the lone married Kernel. “So I'm bringing home, like, $660 a month. That isn't even a mortgage on a house.” (more)
The Juicy Lucy Contest: Almanac attempts to solve the great debate in Minnesota, The 5-8 Club or Matt's.  Find out with the judges decided (here) 72 Facts That Will Teach You Something: Normally I put these "lists" in the top section, but this one has a little something for everyone and you are guaranteed to learn something.  (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: $1,100-1,500 Average monthly salary for a Class A minor league baseball player. 3 Each Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3pm local time. 16606.27 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Up 120 points since last week. GROW: Please share The MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter

Monday Morning Quarterback – 5/19/2014

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 The Rouen Group: Award Winning Grassroots and Issue Advocacy Campaigns Congrats to MMQ Readers: The US has outpaced France and is now #1 in Wine Consumption. I know MMQ readers had something to do with this, since stories about wine are often the most read and shared.  The details:  "Americans consumed 329 million cases in 2013—a 1 percent increase over 2012, and 18 percent, or 51 million cases, over 2005—making the U.S. now the world's top wine market by volume, according to data from Impact Databank." (read) 11 Netflix Documentaries that Will Change the Way You Think About Food: I have watched a couple of these and heard great things about a couple others.  "Forks over Knives" in particular has had a life changing effect on some friends.  I am really interested in #10 on the list.   (movies) The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... How Would You Spend $1.2 Billion? Curious how lawmakers spent the $1.2 billion surplus?  Here is a simple pie chart from MPR that breaks it down. (chart) After Legislative Session, Its The Voter's Turn: The Star Tribune has an early look at how the results of the legislative session may play into the elections. The end result is it will be a close and hard fought election all across MN. (read) Start Your Engines: The Republicans will kick-off the election season with a statewide media tour.  From Morning Take:Today at 9 AM, Sen. David Hann (Eden Prairie), Rep. Kurt Daudt (Crown), Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen(Alexandria), Sen. Jenifer Loon (Eden Prairie)  “Starting with a press conference at the Capitol, Republican leaders will kick off a statewide tour to promote their results-oriented vision for Minnesota and compare it to one-party rule by Democrats in the last legislative session. Stops on the tour will include: Austin, Luverne, Moorhead, Duluth, and St. Cloud.” Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... Is Camel A Symbol of Racism? Students at St. Thomas recently organized a protest over the school bringing a camel to campus for "Hump Day."  The concerns were wide, ranging from being racist, to wasteful, to anti-environment, or unkind to the animal.  This City Pages article is good for a chuckle on Monday Morning.  (read) Food Fight: The Star Tribune looks at what may be a growing issue in the coming months: “From his powerful perch as chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, GOP Rep. John Kline is trying to slow down implementation of new rules requiring school breakfasts and lunches to have more fruits, veggies and whole grains and less simple starch and sodium….The multiyear roll out of the new nutritional standards mandates that schools limit calories, restrict salt and give every student some vegetables or fruit — even if they don’t ask for it. Next school year, there will be more rules on what schools can sell outside the federally reimbursable meal programs, too, including the snacks sold in vending machines and school stores.” (more) Best of MN The Star Tribune published their annual "Best of" edition that ranks best restaurants, brew pubs, getaways, shops, health clubs and more.  Find out how your favorites stand up to both the Star Tribune and their readers poll. (poll) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 67  That is how many minutes it took the new light rail green line to travel its 11 mile route. (read) 755% The average cost to take a family of 4 to a Twins game has risen 755 percent in 40 years, about twice the 379 percent rate of inflation over that same period. Tom Hauser has a great breakdown here:  (more) 31.2 Billion How many bottles of wine were consumed across the world. 16490.34 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Down 60 points since last week. GROW: Please share The MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter

Monday Morning Quarterback – 5/12/2014

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 The Rouen Group: Award Winning Grassroots and Issue Advocacy Campaigns St. Paul's Lowertown Get's National Ink: USA Today just recognized Lowertown as one of America's most "up and coming" neighborhoods. I think it is because of the Lowertown First Friday art crawl, lead by my talented Step-Mother Barb Evan, but the article sites the number of young "hipsters" moving there. (read) Meet George Will at The Political Prom: George Will has more to do with me being a conservative than just about any other person.  That is why I am thrilled to see him tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Center for the America Experiment Annual Dinner.  George Will's column was one of the reasons I was excited to intern at the Center for the American Experiment back in 1993 as a Sr in High School.  Join over 900 others at this "political prom".  For tickets visit (here) The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... Worst Ad of All Time: Website Buzzfeed asked if this political ad, using a song from Disney's Frozen, is the worst of all time.  I actually kinda liked it. (watch) Smoking and Drinking at the Capitol: Mary Lahammer took a look at how lawmakers are looking at the issues of medical marijuana, e-cigarettes and Sunday liquor sales. (watch) Coya Come Home: Absolutely facinating story of the first women congressman from Minnesota Coya Knustson and how a manufactured scandal within her own party cost her political career.  Gender politics, dirty tricks and MN history.  There is something for everyone.  I admit I didn't know the whole story until I read this piece by MPR on Saturday.  (read) More Political Ads: Want to to see the themes taking shape for the 2014 election.  Here is a recap of ads from PAC's, IE groups and candidate campaigns from around the country.(watch) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... Can Seattle Survive a $15 Minimum Wage?: Minnesota just passed a minimum wage increase to $9.50 an hour.  This article looks at why Seattle's recent increase to $15 per hour or Minnesota's increase make the case for not increasing the minimum wage nationally. "In a diverse, widespread nation where the median hourly wage can range from $10.81 in one locality to $37.59 in another, a one-size-fits-all federal minimum wage is extremely detrimental. Though the effects of a local minimum wage hike are harmful, a national minimum wage hike would be disastrous." (more) George Will- Wisconsin Prosecuters Abuse the Law for Political Ends: Here is an example of why I enjoy George Will: "Campaign regulation, although invariably swathed in lofty rhetoric, is designed to disguise regulation’s low purpose, which is to handicap political rivals. If Wisconsin is serious about eliminating political corruption, it can begin by eliminating corrupt prosecutors and processes, and the speech regulations that encourage both..." (more) Get to Know 'Em-Vikings Draft Picks: The Vikings again traded up to get 2 first round picks including linebacker Anthony Barr and Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.  Find out what the experts are saying it means for the team. (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 2-3 The Wild won the 2 home games but lost on Sunday night, to go down 3 games to 2 in the series. They will play game 6 back in St. Paul on Tuesday. 7% The number of journalists that say they are Republican.  That is down from 18.1% in 2002. 28% say they are Democrats. (read) 16583.34 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Up 70 points since last week. GROW: Please share The MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter

Monday Morning Quarterback – 5/5/2014

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 The Rouen Group: Award Winning Grassroots and Issue Advocacy Campaigns Cinco de Mayo: Did you know there is more to Cino de Mayo than just an excuse to hit the all you can eat taco and margarita bar?   Actually Cino De Mayo is a much bigger holiday in the US than in Mexico.  Find out more and surprise your friends and family over Tacos Al Pastor tonight.(read). 10,000 Minutes of Beer: The Minnesota Craft Brewers guild is celebrating their growing industry with a week long series of events including tours, tap take overs, special release parties and much more. If you are looking to sample some of Minnesota's best beer there is certainly an event near you. Events run May 5-11.  If anyone gets a chance to try the Dangerous Man Chocolate Milk Stout let me know.  I heard its delicious.  (Schedule) Golf with the MN Wild at Hazeltine National: If you like hockey or golf or just want to helps thousands of kids across Minnesota this event is for you.   The event supports Tix for Tots, a group I have been proud to support for many years.  We only have 5 Foursomes left for this one of a kind opportunity to play golf with your favorite MN Wild players on one of America's top golf courses.  Email me or log on and register (here) The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... New Poll Continues to Show Dayton/Franken under 50%: There are still 183 days until election day (but who is counting).  While that is a ways off, a new poll released last week continues to show that Sen. Franken and Governor Mark Dayton will have a tough time in their re-election efforts.  In the latest poll both Franken and Dayton remained under 50% of support in head to head polling over potential challengers.(complete poll results) Key Lawmakers on End of Session: Democrats Rep. Erin Murphy and Sandy Pappas joined with Republicans Jenifer Loon and Michelle Benson to gauge how the legislative session may end. (watch) Obama Can Tell A Joke: Last Saturday was the annual White House Corespondents Dinner.  This black tie gathering of the media and political elite usually features a humorous speech by the President where he pokes fun at himself, the media and of course other politicians.  There are some great jokes in this speech.  Well worth watching no matter your views on the the President.(watch/laugh) Best of Late Night Political Jokes: Don't want to stay up late to watch all of the late night talk shows?  Here is what you missed with the best of the late night jokes in under 3 minutes .  (watch) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... Long-time Congressman Jim Oberstar Dies: Former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, a lion in northern Minnesota politics and the state’s longest-serving congressman, died in his sleep early Saturday in his Maryland home. He was 79. (read) E-Cigarettes: The Minnesota House and Senate will both debate bills today that could place further restrictions on e-cigarettes in Minnesota.  Last week a group of retail trade groups (MN Retailers, MN Grocers, MN Service Stations and MN Petroleum Marketers) made their case against further restrictions (read)  (Client of The Rouen Group) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 0-2 That is not how the Wild wanted to start their 2nd round playoff series versus the Blackhawks.  They get their chance to win at home on Tuesday and Friday. $8000 and $2500 Kentucky Derby winner California Chome doesn't come from a strong pedigree either, the offspring of an $8,000 mare and $2,500 sire. Before Kentucky, he had never raced outside his home state, California.. 16512.89 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Up 150 points since last week. GROW: Please share The MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter
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