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Monday Morning Quarterback – 7/21/2014

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: July 21st, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback The Rouen Group: Grassroots Advocacy, Coalition Development, Online Advocacy, Media and Message Development. 9 Tips to Make Your Summer Cook-Out Easier: As a father of three boys under six, this may be the most important article I read all week. Full of how to videos, it will definitely save you time at your next BBQ. (read/watch) preparing for a new era of conflict by COMPUTER. He was wrong." (read) How Much Money Do You Need to Be Happy: The Huffington Post recently released the "Happiness Benchmark" that looks at happiness levels in all 50 states. Find out where MN ranks and just how much money they say you need to be happy. (read) 7 MN Families Make the List of America's Wealthiest: I had a bad link for this last week, and I know a lot of people clicked on it. Unfortunately I cannot UPDATE the links once the email goes out. So here is the working link. So, can you name the 7 wealthiest families? (Link) The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... Race for Governor: Zellers Leaders With Experience: From the Star Tribune today: "Clad in a light blue oxford shirt and khakis, with a boyish haircut, the good-natured and gregarious Zellers came off very much like the middle-class suburban dad that he is. But as he tries to battle past three GOP rivals in the Aug. 12 primary, the Maple Grove legislator is making the most explicitly political pitch: that his tenure as House speaker during the 2011 state government shutdown, when he led Republicans as they clashed with DFL Gov. Mark Dayton over the size of state government, make him the party’s best choice to take on Dayton in November. .." (more) New Local Sunday News Show: Fox 9's Tom Lyden launched a new Sunday morning public affairs PROGRAM this week called "The Reporters." Now, only KARE 11 is without its own local public affairs program. (watch) State Auditor Race Heats Up: Perhaps the most interesting statewide race so far has been the race for state auditor. DFL incumbent Rebecca Otto has a tough primary challenge from Matt Entenza. Meanwhile GOP candidate Randy Gilbert has been busy building a strong statewide campaign. Each of the candidates have exchanged barbs publicly and two of the three candidates are running TV ads. The latest dust up was reviewed in the Star Tribune. (read) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... The Economics of the All-Star Game: The UNIVERSITY of St. Thomas takes a look at the costs and benefits of hosting a major event like the All-Star Game: "Meet Minneapolis, the city’s convention and visitors bureau said that the MLB All Star Game could bring in 160,000 fans to the Twin Cities. They also say that it will have an economic impact of $75 million during All-Star Game week. It is also part of about $395 million that Meet Minneapolis says that special events will bring in during 2014." (read) How Russian Hackers Stole the NASDAQ: This a fascinating and in-depth story about CYBER SECURITY and the new acts of aggression: "While the hack was successfully disrupted, it revealed how vulnerable financial exchanges—as well as banks, chemical refineries, water plants, and electric utilities—are to digital assault. One official who experienced the event firsthand says he thought the attack would change everything, that it would force the U.S. to get serious about The Rouen Group: From time to time I like to give readers an update on our business. We have added some exciting new clients to our portfolio and recently launched a fundraising arm of our business. We are currently working with a handful of candidates, trade associations and non-profit organizations building successful fundraising and donor development campaigns. If your organization is looking for strategic and effective grassroots advocacy and fundraising consulting, please consider The Rouen Group. By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: $342,000 That is the amount of money Rory McIlroy's dad will win on a bet he made 10 years ago. He put $500 on his son to win the Open Championship before he turned 26 years old. It was 500-1 odds. Yesterday Rory won at the age of 25. (read) 11,3870,000 That is how many people watched the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The most since 2010. -17 Rory McIlroy's final score on Sunday when he one the British Open Championship. He was the 3rd youngest player to win 3 major tournaments. 17100.18 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 – 7/14/2014

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: July 14th, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 The Rouen Group: Grassroots Advocacy, Coalition Development, Online Advocacy, Media and Message Development. 20 Facts Every Minnesotan Should Know: Some fun facts to share with all of the PEOPLEin town for the MLB All Star Game. (List) 7 MN Families Make the List of America's Wealthiest: Can you name them? (List) The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... The 6 Best Political Ads of the Summer (so far): Here is a look at some of the top ads from around the country.  And one MN ad makes the list.(watch) Everyone Has An Opinion: At least everyone on the Sunday Talkshows had an opinion about the immigration crisis.  Here is a quick rundown of what everyone had to say.(summary) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... MN Nice? This is quite funny and very true.  There are some good tips for us Native Minnesotans to help those newcomers feel welcome. (read) Food Sweetner Battle Heats Up: At issue is whether corn syrup is nutritionally the same as sugar, as the syrup makers assert, or a less natural product that is inherently less healthy. The feud has led two of Minnesota’s agricultural titans to increasingly take aim at each other in what some observers see as a fight for sales, not consumers’ well-being. (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 20 The number of minutes it takes the AIR FORCEThunder Birds to fly from Duluth to Target Field.  They will do a fly over for the All Star Game. 100 Minneapolis "Witch's Hat" building turned 100 this weekend.  And was open to the public.  Not sure what that is? Here is a (photo) 2 Number of home runs Brian Dozier hit in his final game before the home run derby tonight.  Guess he is ready. 16943.81 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Down slightly from last week's record. GROW: Please share The MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter
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Monday Morning Quarterback – 7/7/2014

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: July 14th, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 The Rouen Group: Grassroots Advocacy, Coalition Development, Online Advocacy, Media and Message Development. A Drone Even a Libertarian Can Love: This is a spectacular video of a drone flying into the middle of a fireworks display.  If you didn't get enough fireworks over the weekend this is worth watching. (watch) 10 Tricks to Make You Look Smart in MEETINGS: Ok this is pretty funny and maybe even helpful.(List) 18 Things Happening Around the World That Will Make You Glad to be an American: If you needed any more reasons to appreciate how good we as American's have it, this list puts it in perspective. (read) The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... What do US Governors Think About Climate Change: Consider the source but here is what every governor thinks about climate change in one map.(Look) Mayor Ness: Popular Duluth Mayor says he may not seek a third term. (read) Parades: That is all...Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... Are American Cars Going Extinct? This is an interesting article that says a lot about the globalization of our economy.  To qualify as "made in America" 75% of the parts have to be made in the US: "Only 10 vehicles qualified this year for the annual American-Made Index FROM CARS.com, and just three of them are from domestic brands...The results mark a steady decline in eligible vehicles, down from 14 last year, 20 in 2012 and 30 in 2011." (read) 50 Hysterical Laws (1 from each state): I think this is why every state should have an "unsession"  Here are just a few of my favorites: In Alabama: "You can’t wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church."  In New Jersey, "One cannot sell cabbage on Sundays." But can you sell Growlers? And for the politicians...In Connecticut: "Scrabble is not to be played while politicians are giving an oration."  I hope Words with Friends is ok. (List) Congrats To Perkins and Suzuki:  Twins closer Glen Perkins and Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki were named to the 2014 All-Star Game.(read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 16 That was the record number of saves US goalie Tim Howard made in the World Cup loss to Belgium.  Here is a link to all 16 saves at once(watch) 25 Seinfeld turns 25 this week.  Anyone want to celebrate with some festivus feats of strength? 49th That is where MN ranked on most patriotic states.(read) 90 If the Twins lose 90 games this year, the team will have lost MORE games (381) in the last 4 years, then in the FIVE years before that (368). 16851.84 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  Down over 100 points since last week. GROW: Please share The MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter
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Monday Morning Quarterback – 6/30/2014

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: July 14th, 2014 | 0 Comments

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The Rouen Group: Grassroots Advocacy, Coalition DEVELOPMENT, Online ADVOCACY, Media and Message Development. Bacon Wrapped Turkey Legs, Beer Gelato and Deep Fried Breakfast on a Stick: Those are just some of the MORE than 2 dozen new state fair foods announced last week. I am intrigued by the PB and J French Toast. There are also several new food vendors this year. (food list) 50 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Minneapolis, Even if You Live Here: I am ashamed to admit I did not know many of these things even though I have lived in the city limits of Minneapolis nearly all of my life. This is a really great list. (read) Boom Goes the Dynamite: If you are sticking around home this week and are looking for fun ways to celebrate Independence Day, here is a list of fireworks displays, festivals and other activities starting today through the weekend. (fun events) The Campaign Trail Recent News and Notes from the Campaign Trail... The First Debate: TPT Almanac hosted the first post-GOP Convention debate of the 4 Republicans running for Governor. There was some good back and worth and the candidates even said nice things about each other (mostly). (watch) Great Ad: This is a really good political ad. It is simple and a refreshing way to challenging stereotypes. (watch) Worth A Read A few of my favorite articles, commentaries and posts... News Quiz: I was a guest on this week's "That's News To Me" radio news quiz on KTLK in the Twin Cities. I didn't win, but it was entertaining radio if you want to check it out. You can also find out the truth behind deep fried bacon balls. (listen) Supreme Court is in Order: Interesting take on the current supreme court: "For years, particularly since the 2000 election, talk about the Supreme Court has centered on its bitter 5-4 divisions. Yet it is worth reflecting on a remarkable achievement: The court has agreed unanimously in more than 66 percent of its cases this term, and that figure will hold even if Monday’s remaining two cases, on the AFFORDABLE CARE ACT’s contraceptive coverage and on public-sector unions, are not unanimous. The last time this happened was 1940...Unanimity, of course, would mean little if it were reserved only for minor things. This term, however, the court was unanimous in cases that posed big central questions, such as whether the government can search your cellphone without a warrant, whether SOFTWARE can be patented, whether the rules for class-action securities lawsuits should change and many others..." (more) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 132,000 That is how many barrels of beer Schell's brewery made last year. That is 100,000 more that Surly. (complete list MN of breweries by production) $100,000,000 How Bill Clinton made $100,000,000 since he left office, in one chart (read). 1-1-1 That was the US World Cup Team's record in pool play. That was good enough to advance to the elimination round. They play Belgium tomorrow, 7/1. 16851.84 The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week. Down over 100 points since last week. GROW: Please share The MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter follow on Twitter | friend on Facebook | forward to a friend Copyright © |2013* *|Rouen Group|*, All rights reserved. *Monday Morning Quarterback* Our mailing address is: Rouen Group 822 West Lake Street Suite B Minneapolis, MN 55408
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