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Monday Morning Quarterback – 10/26/15

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: October 26th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

In The Mix: The Smartest Ways To Network At a Party: Unless you are Stan Jackson, you should read Wall Street Journal's tips for networking at your next party or work event. (read) Outside The Box and 19 Other Corporate Speak Phrases that Must End: I laughed out loud at this list, recalling many meetings when I swear people where using these phrases just to fit in.  (read) The Campaign Trail  Political news and analysis done differently...  Awesome Ad:
Is it too soon to call it for the best political ad of the year?  This ad from an independent candidate for Parliament would get a lot of votes. (watch) New Poll-GOP Show Trump Is Most Electable: According to a new Associated Press poll, Republican voters view Donald Trump as their strongest general election candidate.  7 in 10 voters said they see Trump as most electable. (read) Democrats Have Their "Fundamentalists" Too: Here is a great read from education activist, Lynnell Mickelsen on the political left's opposition to education reform: "If the union frames issues like fundies — if it demonizes foes, denies data and tries to disenfranchise people like fundies — well, it’s certainly acting like a classic fundamentalist movement. And even though it operates on the left side of the political spectrum, it’s getting similar results."  (more) Minnesota is a Big Giver: According to CNBC Minnesota generates $84.6 billion in federal tax revenue and receives $37.9 billion.  This ranks Minnesota as the 2nd largest "giver" to the federal government. (read)
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A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: Farewell To Flip: From all accounts Flip Saunders was one of the "good guys" in sports.  He will be missed by many beyond basketball. The Star Tribune has a nice tribute to him. (read) Rethinking Tips: Is tipping coming to an end?  Thoughts on tipping run the gamut from strong support to believing it is fatally flawed.  This Star Tribune article looks at how one Twin Cities hotspot has already removed traditional tipping and why others may soon follow.(read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: $408,000 The sale price of a 750 sq ft. wooden shack in San Francisco's trendy Outer Mission Neighborhood.(read/watch) $50,000 According to new data by the social security administration 71% of Americans make less than $50,000 per year. 51% make less than $30,000(read) 17.646.70 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 – 10/19/15

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: October 19th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday  Morning Quarterback

In The Mix: Monday Funday: Muppet Swedish Chef throws down some old school rapper's delight. I saw this making the rounds on social media over the weekend.  If you are having a hard time getting back into the swing of things after MEA weekend check this out.(watch) The Sad State Of American Savings Accounts: Sixty-two percent of Americans have less than $1,000 in a savings account and another 28 percent admit they have no savings at all, according to a survey of 5,006 Americans.(look) Test Yourself: Can you recognize these 33 historic events by a photo?  I scored 29/33 but guessed right on a couple. (quiz) The Campaign Trail  Political news and analysis done differently...  SNL Democratic Debate:
Saturday Night Live is back.  Check out their take on the Democratic debate with special guests Alec Baldwin as Jim Webb and Larry David as Bernie Sanders. (watch) Campaigns Burning Through Cash: According to the Wall Street Journal: The 2016 presidential candidates in both parties are burning through their cash about 25% faster than in prior elections, despite the expanded role of super PACs that have collectively raised hundreds of millions of dollars to back their campaigns, new disclosures show. (read) Koch and Housley Launch New Weekly Podcast on Go 96.3: The new program had its debut on September 29th and is hosted by Amy Koch, Karin Housley and Kailen Rosenberg, three women from diverse backgrounds and experience talking about life, politics, sports, current events and everything else. The podcast will be available every week and archived on www.go963mn.com/music#gocasts.
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A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: Syrian War- A 5 minute history (with pictures and video): Syria's war has killed at least 250,000 people and displaced 12 million people. And, though it started as a civil war, it's become much more than that. It's a proxy war that has divided much of the Middle East, and has drawn in both Russia and the United States.  This 5 minute video will give yo a better understanding of who is fighting who and why this matters for the US and the world.. (watch) Jello Faced Youth: This is a great read on how "helicopter parenting" is ruining our kids and it is manifesting itself on college campuses across the US. In one “funny-if-it-weren’t-so-sad” case, two students saw a mouse, dialed 911, and then sought counseling for the resulting trauma — an apparent case of rodent PTSD. As a landlord to college kids I can vouch for this.  I had tenants call the fire department when the they started their oven mitts on fire.  They had put them in the broiler. (good read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: $3,248,723,000,000 The amount the Federal Government took in in FY 2015.  A new record.  That equaled approximately $21,833 for every person in the country who had either a full-time or part-time job in September.(read)  $438,899,000,000 That is the Federal deficit for FY 2015 despite the record tax collect (above).  The Government spent $3,687,622,000,000. 1 Airbus patents a supersonic aircraft that could fly from London to New York in 1 hour. Check out the animated video (watch) 3 Congrats to the MN Lynx on their 3rd WNBA title. 17.215.97 The Dow Jones Industrial Average. Up 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.

Monday Morning Quarterback – 10/12/15

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: October 12th, 2015 | 0 Comments

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In The Mix: It's Columbus Day (not in Minneapolis): Today is Columbus Day.  A federal holiday commemorating the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492.(read more) More cities are recognizing Native Americans on Columbus Day this year as they revive a movement to change the name of the holiday to celebrate the history and contributions of indigenous cultures around the country.  In Minneapolis, and 9 other cities it will also be Indigenous Peoples Day. (read) Own A Brewery in Minneapolis: You can now own a brewery, or at least part of one.  Bryn Mawr Brewing, lead by former Vine Park Brewing founder Dan Justesen is seeking investors for their new destination brewery in Minneapolis.  The Star Tribune had a nice piece on them in the business section Sunday, including new investment partner Tammy Lee Stanoch.(read)  If you are interested in investing please contact me directly. The Campaign Trail  Political news and analysis done differently...  Jason Lewis is In:
Many news outlets broke the story over the weekend that Jason Lewis has filed to run for office.  Look for something official from the campaign later today at www.jasonlewis2016.com  Is Tina Smith the Next Governor: The Star Tribune fuels speculation on the future of current Lt. Governor Tina Smith: "Whether it’s talking up prekindergarten funding in Brainerd, touring an egg farm in Wrenshall or touting rural broadband expansion in Luverne, Smith has logged thousands of miles on Minnesota roads since taking office in January. In the process, she has become nearly as much the face of the administration as Dayton himself. And he plans to hand her even more responsibility next year for his second-term agenda..." (read) Think the Battle for Speaker is Messy Now: Students of history will know this is not the first time there has been a major battle for a Republican Speaker of the US House.   In December of 1998:  Newt was forced to resign as speaker, President Clinton had, essentially, gone to war with Iraq, he was in the middle of being only the second President in U.S. history to be impeached, and Bob Livingston who was a shoo-in for Speaker withdrew. Even messier was in 1855 it took nearly 2 months to decide on a speaker.  This is a great read from Politico on the battle in 1855 and any similarities to the fight today. (read) Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: The Sports Our Kids are Playing is Changing Fast: The Pioneer Press has an interesting article about the declining participation of legacy sports such as baseball and football and the dramatic rise of sports like Lacrosse and Track and Field. (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 2,349 That is the number of people that have been shot in Chicago this year.  That averages out to 1 person shot every 2.8 hours. (read) 23 Fewer than half of U.S. states give their employees Columbus Day as a paid holiday. Find out which states (here) 2,185 The weight of the largest pumpkin ever in North America.  The record was set in Stillwater last week. Here is what a 2185 pumpkin looks like(huge) 16.472.37 The Dow Jones Industrial Average down 170 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 – 10/05/15

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: October 5th, 2015 | 0 Comments

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In The Mix: Language: Around the world there are a total of 7,102 known languages, of this amount twenty-three remain popular enough (spoken by 50 million) to be considered the most spoken languages of the world.  I have to admit until I looked at this cool graphic I could have probably only named 10-15 of the languages. (look) I Wish This Was A Joke: Two Edina elementary schools, worried about the politics of the playground, are taking an unusual step to police it: They have hired a recess consultant. Some parents have welcomed the arrival of the firm Playworks, which says recess can be more inclusive and beneficial to children if it’s more structured and if phrases like, “Hey, you’re out!” are replaced with “good job” or “nice try.” (read) The Campaign Trail  Political news and analysis done differently...  Presidential Debates Set:
I guess this means it is officially campaign season.  The dates have been set for the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates. Universities in Ohio, St. Louis and Las Vegas have been chosen to host the presidential debates next year, while a university in Virginia will host a vice presidential debate. (mark your calendar). Mining Groups Happy About 3A Results: According to this Mesabi Daily News Editorial, supporters of copper nickel mining in Northern Minnesota see a major victory in Rob Ecklund winning the primary on Tuesday.  (read) Atkins Takes a Pass on CD 2: Here is an updated list of who is in, who is out and who is "considering."  Expect it to grow in the coming weeks. (list) Supreme Court Faces Politically Charged Docket: The Supreme Court begins its new term today under an election-year spotlight, with affirmative action, religious accommodation and abortion limits on the docket. (read) Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: Time To Stop Recycling: This is a long article from the New York Times but well worth the read.  The author looks at the costs and benefits of America's long standing push to get more recycling.  No matter if you are an avid recycler or skeptic I recommend this piece.  One nugget:  "Despite decades of exhortations and mandates, it’s still typically more expensive for municipalities to recycle household waste than to send it to a landfill. Prices for recyclable materials have plummeted because of lower oil prices and reduced demand for them overseas..." (read) 100 Amazing Ways People Crossed the Finish Line at the TC Marathon: Check out these great images from Sunday's Twin Cities Marathon.  It is some great inspiration to start your Monday. (look) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 94,610,000 The number of Americans not in the labor force.  This is the lowest participation rate in 38 years.(read) 3 This Yankee fan miss three seperate chances at a catching a foul ball.  He blames it on a few beers.  I blame his little league coach.  (look) 2:11:16 Dominic Ondoro, 28, of Kenya winning time for the Twin Cities Marathon.  He also won Grandma's Marathon in 2014. 16.472.37 The Dow Jones Industrial Average down 170 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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