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Monday Morning Quarterback – 07/20/15

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: July 20th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

In The Mix: The Open: If you are golf fan like me you are probably spending your early morning hours today watching the final round of the Open Championship. With 3 tied for the lead, including the first amateur to be in the lead since Bobby Jones in 1927, it will be a spectacular final round.  If you are stuck at the office you can watch online (here) Shark Attack: During a suffering competition, TV camera's captured a shark attack line on the air.  If you are planning on swimming in the ocean any time soon you may not want to watch this video. (watch) Minnesota CEO Pay: The Star Tribune published a list of Minnesota's highest paid CEOs.  Let's just say I would happily switch paychecks with any on the list.  "The median level of compensation for the 95 chief executive officers who run those companies rose 18 percent last year to $1.21 million." (read) Saints: Looking forward to bringing the family to our first St. Paul Saints game tonight. The Campaign Trail  Political news and analysis done differently...  Ventura Makes 2016 Presidential Endorsement:
The most shocking part of Ventura's endorsement was he didn't endorse himself.  Find out who he endorsed (here) Hillary Rakes It In: Hillary Clinton is brining in the cash in Minnesota.  She has raised over $500,000 in the state.  Here is a complete list of how much all of the Presidential candidates have raised in the state.(read) Pluto: WCCO Political Report does a "reality check" pointing out that the trip to Pluto ($730 mil) costs less than the Vikings Stadium ($1 billion).  Others were quick to pile on, pointing out that the trip to pluto and the Twins Stadium cost less than Southwest Light Rail ($1.7 billion). (watch) Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: Gloves: Here is a cool piece for the baseball fan. Seven Twins players told the Star Tribune about their loving, or tough-love, relationships with their leather. From microwaves to “treating her” with care, here are their glove stories. (read/watch) The Worst?: This week the Minnesota Vikings Stadium was named one of the worse stadium deals for taxpayers.  Find out what they had to say and look at the other bad deals across the country. (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 44,152 The number of people that attended the Kenny Chesney concert on Saturday.  It was a record attendance for Target Field. (read) 1 Congrats to MMQ reader and public affairs guy Greg Johnson on his hole in one on Saturday.  While there is no video of that shot, here is the first hole in one at The British Open since 2012(watch) 25 The top 25 hedge fund mangers make more ($11.6 Bil) than all of the Kindergarten teachers in US combined ($8.5 Bil). (read) 1 Apparently US teachers are doing a good job.  For the first time in over 2 decades the US won theInternational Mathematical Olympiad in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  (read) 18.086.45 The Dow Jones Industrial Average up 300 points since last week. We have over 550 regular readers of the MMQ. Please share the MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter so we can grow past 600 readers.

Monday Morning Quarterback – 07/13/15

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: July 13th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

In The Mix: Anything for A Baseball: Fans will do a lot to try to catch a baseball, but I think this San Francisco fan took it to a new extreme. (watch) The True Secrets of The Red Solo Cup: For all my friends attending the Kenny Chesney concert this Saturday, you will want to read this.  Who knew the Solo cup was had so much to offer. (Yes I know he Chesney does not sign "red solo cup") (read) The Richest Families: Minnesota is home to some of the richest families in the world.  Find out who they are, how much they have and where they rank with the rest of the world. (read) The Campaign Trail  Political news and analysis done differently...  What Do Amy Koch, Kathy Saltzman and Ryan Winkler Have In Common:
Besides being former Minnesota legislators they are all quoted in this Op-Ed calling for bi-partisan education reform, that appeared in the Pioneer Press on Friday. (read) Rising Star Leaves the Senate: Sen. Branden Peterson is leaving the Minnesota Senate.  TPT Almanac has a good piece including an interview with the retiring Senator. (watch) Ken Martin Opens Up: Minnpost has an interview with DFL Party Chair Ken Martin, where he opens up on the Bakk v Dayton Feud, the session and even a compliment for Speaker Kurt Daudt. (read) Fire, Intrigue and Ambition: How Minnesota got one of the country's great Capitol buildings: This is a fascinating read on the Minnesota Capitol.  A little sneak peak: "Like most final nights of the legislative session, Minnesota lawmakers had left a lot of work to the last minute. It was past9 p.m., and both the House and Senate were hurriedly passing and swapping final bills to finish on time. The big thing up next on the House's agenda was a bonding bill, while the Senate was giving another bill its third reading. The chamber galleries were full of spectators trying to track legislation. Then the shouts started.With all the attention focused on the action taking place on the House and Senate floors, no one had noticed that just outside the chambers, the building was engulfed in flames. And by the time anyone realized what was going on, the fire threatened to block off the only way out of the Capitol for an estimated 300 people. (more) Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: Father, Son Play Once-In-a-Lifetime Game: If this story doesn't get you choked up, you may need to get your heart checked.  20 year old T.J. Frericks was recently diagnosed with leukemia. His Dad, a former catcher, is coming out of retirement to catch his son in a Central Valley League amateur baseball game. Read the complete story (here) Safer Taxi's: Last week I worked with Blue and White Taxi to announce they will be placing camera's in all of the cabs to protect customers and drivers alike.  On July 4th a cab was car jacked, thankfully the driver and passengers were not harmed.  Check out the story and let me know your feedback.(watch) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 49 The 49 wins before the All-Star break are the most for the Twins since 2008, when they were 53-42. It also marks the first time the Twins have had a winning record heading into the break since 2010. 3 The number of Wimbledon Men's Singles Championships for Novak Djokovic. Djokovic is also just the 8th man to successfully defend his title, and the first since Federer 8 years ago. $45,000 The cost of the first Minnesota Capitol building.  About $1 million in today's dollars.  The legislature has spent over $300 million to restore the current Capitol. (read) 17.760.41 The Dow Jones Industrial Average up 30 points since last week. We have over 550 regular readers of the MMQ. Please share the MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter so we can grow past 600 readers.

Monday Morning Quarterback – 07/06/15

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: July 6th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

In The Mix: Grilling Season: It is officially grilling season.  Here are some pretty good tips to make your summer even more delicious. (grill) 21 Things Every American Should Know: This quiz was making the rounds on the internet over the Independence Day weekend.  Now that the fireworks are over here is your chance to test your knowledge. (quiz) Congrats to US Women's Soccer: The US Women's national team won the World Cup beating Japan 5-2 on Sunday. Before yesterday's historic win, the U.S. had struggled in the World Cup since winning the inaugural tournament in 1991 and then again at the Rose Bowl eight years later. (read) The Campaign Trail  Political news and analysis done differently...  If You Miss The Capitol...:
If you miss the Capitol or even if you don't, TPT Almanac has a very cool behind the scenes look at all of the construction going on in side of Minnesota Capitol. (watch) CNBC: In case you missed it, CNBC ranked Minnesota the #1 State for business (read) .  So what are Minnesota's business community leaders saying about the award?  Lee Schaffer of the Star Tribune asked them.  Find out what they had to say. (here) The Unemployment Rate Is A Big Lie: A lot of politicians are patting themselves on the back as the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest rate since 2008. So why did Minnesota Public Radio refer to the news a "mostly a crock?"(read) Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: Phil Housley Finally Gets The Call: Minnesota native and 21 year NHL veteran Phil Housley will finally get his well deserved spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Housley's 1,232 points were the most by an American-born NHL player until ex-North Star Mike Modano passed him in 2007.  Read more about his career and long wait to get into the hall of fame (here). Lexus Built A Hoverboard: No really, they built a hoverboard.  It is still a prototype, but Back to the Future may be closer to reality. (read/watch) Give It a Listen: I will be on the Twin Cities Hit Show at 9:30 amtoday talking about an exciting new project I am working on for a client.  You can listen live, or download the show (here). By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 11 Thrills came up with 11 things you "must do" in the Twin Cities in July.  A pretty good list, but they are missing a few things. (read) 3 The number of goals Carli Lloyd scored in the world cup finals.  She scored 2 of the goals in 135 seconds. 200 The number of people who land in the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the 30-day span around the July 4 holiday.  Check out more fireworks injury stats (here) 17.730.11 The Dow Jones Industrial Average down 200 points since last week. We have over 550 regular readers of the MMQ. Please share the MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter so we can grow past 600 readers.
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