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Monday Morning Quarterback – 11/30/15

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: November 30th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

In The Mix: A few random/interesting tidbits: How Do They Do It: Ever wonder how Amazon is able to move so many packages in a short time?  Check out this amazing video from one of their Florida warehouse facilities. The have over 1 million unique items in this facility alone. (watch) Hard to Believe: As surprising it may seem to most drivers,  Minnesotans were named the best drivers in the nation.  I wonder if people will agree after their rush hour commutes today in the snow. (read) Some Good Press: We wanted to share some good press from one of our clients, SW Craft Bar in Downtown St. Paul.  If you missed their annual Imperial Black Fridayevent, you missed some of the best beers from around the world.  Seriously, if you are looking for a spot in downtown St. Paul, check them out.   (read) The Campaign Trail  Political news and analysis done differently...  Governor Christie Score Big Endorsement: It is no secret that Governor Chris Christie is hoping for a strong showing in the New Hampshire primary.  His campaign got a big bump over the weekend with the New Hampshire Union Leader, the state's largest newspaper, endorsed him.(read)
The Growler Gathering for Sen. Housley: Please join Sen. Michelle Benson, Sen. Carrie Ruud, Amy Koch, Noah Rouen, Stan Jackson, Stacey Stout, Brian McDaniel, Margaret Vesel, Judy Cook, Jen Niska, Ward Einess and James Clark for a special event supporting Sen. Karin Housley on Dec. 3rd, 4-7pm at the Freehouse in Minneapolis.  Join us to get our Housley for Senate Growler. Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: The Food Cops on Their Ever Changing List of Taboos: Great read from the Wall Street Journal: "Many Americans have lost trust in the science behind the guidelines since they seem to change dramatically every five years. In February, for example, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee declared that certain fats and eggs are no longer the enemy and that cholesterol is “not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.” This, after decades of advising Americans to “watch their cholesterol.” (read) Something You Won't Read in the New York Times: According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center New York Times readers are more ideologically liberal than Fox News watchers are ideologically conservative. (chart) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 1936 Another drought ended by Tennis star Andy Murray! Great Britain clinches its first Davis Cup since 1936. 20 Call off the bee-pocalypse: U.S. honeybee colonies hit a 20-year high (read) 6 A list of 6 language tricks your brain falls for overtime.  You know you could make more money depending on your name? (read) 47 According to a  new report by the Heritage Foundation Minnesota ranks as the 47th most friendly state to do business. (read) 17.798.49 The Dow Jones Industrial Average. Down 40 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 – 11/23/15

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

In The Mix: A few random/interesting tidbits: For My Friends with Young Kids: This is for my friends with young kids, or just those of you that can't get enough of Christmas Movies.  Here is the compete ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas Schedule.  Set your DVRs (schedule) How Affluent is Your Neighborhood: The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal has a cool interactive make that breakdown neighborhoods throughout the Twin Cities and beyond by "affluence score."  So where does your neighborhood rank? (read) What Do We Do?: Sometime I get asked what does The Rouen Group do? Well, let me give you some recent examples: We helped a Brewing client launch a successful $1.255 million capital campaign. That campaign was featured in several major publications in various markets.  The result was they were completely funded months ahead of schedule.  We helped a large taxi/transportation company launch a new app and software system.  The result is that online bookings are up 25% without any paid advertising.  And, we helped to clients complete major grant proposals, that will propel those organizations to the next level.  And that was just November.  So what do we do? We use innovative communications strategy to help our clients exceed their goals.  Call us when your organization is ready to grow. The Campaign Trail  Political news and analysis done differently...  Special Session?: Legislative leaders sat down together on Almanacon Friday.  Find out what they had to say about an upcoming special session. (watch)
Trump Continues to Lead: Three new polls release over the weekend show Trump continuing to lead the GOP field by double digits.  There was also a Fox News Poll that showed 5 GOP candidates ahead of Hillary Clinton.  Of course this is a national poll and our elections are determined by the states.  Want to follow all of the latest polls, check out RCP that has links to all the latest polls. (here) 41 Years. $3 Billion: The Washington Post takes an in-depth look inside the Clinton donor network. The identify every known donor who contributed to support Bill and Hillary Clinton over their four decades in public life and show how the Clinton's have created a new blueprint for politicians and their donors. (read) Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: Thanksgiving The Julia Child Way: This a wonderful article on America's "national Thanksgiving commander in chief."  She used to take calls from complete strangers on Thanksgiving to help them with Turkey emergencies.  A perfect article to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit.  It also includes some great recipes. (read) The Sweet Gig of Being A Bureaucrat: Did you think bureaucrats compromised less pay for more job security?  Turns out the have both according to a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal.  In fact, The average federal worker’s compensation is worth $119,934, nearly 80% higher than the average in the private economy. It turns out Federal work is more lucrative than the average jobs in finance, information and professional fields. Read the complete piece(here) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 700,000,000 Americans will consumer 700 million pounds of turkey this thanksgiving. 1 Minnesota is the number one producer of turkeys in the nation, producing about 46.5 million turkey's each year. 1924 The year of the first Macy's Thanks Giving Day Parade. It was launched by Macy’s employees and featured animals from the Central Park Zoo. Today, some 3 million people attend the annual parade and another 44 million watch it on television. 50 The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimated that 42.2 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend 1343 For the first time in is 19 year career (1343 games) Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs did not get a rebound on Friday. 17.823.81 The Dow Jones Industrial Average. Up 800 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 – 11/16/15

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: November 16th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

In The Mix: Yuck: Homeowners across Minnesota can expect to see significant property tax increases next year, according to early figures compiled by the Department of Revenue.  Check out how much your taxes will be going up (here). GOP Candidate Clips: Want to relive the great quotes from the GOP presidential field, or maybe poke fun at a few of them? Slate compiled the most remarkable and memorable spoken words and sounds from each candidate for this handy soundboard. (listen/play) The Campaign Trail  Political news and analysis done differently...  Jason Lewis Kick-Off Event:
Former talk-show host Jason Lewis, the leading GOP Candidate for the 2nd Congressional district is holding a campaign kick-off event tomorrowevening in Burnsville. (details)
Pro Tip: Candidate Should Hold Off On Controversial Saturday Night Tweets: A Burnsville DFLer abruptly quits his State House race after tweeting 'ISIS isn't necessarily evil' on Saturday night.
Burnsville’s Dan Kimmel, says that his post was “badly misinterpreted.”  (read)
Winners and Losers from the Democratic Debate: If you missed Saturday's Democratic presidential debate, you are not alone.  It was the least watched of all of the presidential debates thus far.  So how did it go?  Here is the Washington Post's "winners and losers." (read) Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: The Smallness of American Politics: The Washington Post has a great read that puts some of the silliness of the current campaign, like who dissed who, or, all things Trump in perspective: "Of course, the media — and people like me in particular — bear some blame here. This blog covered each of the stories above. By contrast, we wrote nothing about, say, the various ways that the candidates for president would deal with the threat posed by ISIS. But, the press, I believe, is a reflection of who we are more broadly; human nature tends to seize on somewhat-trivial things rather than always engaging the serious — and often depressing — conversations about the future of our country and our world." (more) Freedom From Speech: MMQ Favorite George Will provides his thoughts on the growing hyper-sensativity on college campuses: "students who are such delicate snowflakes that they melt at the mere mention of even a potential abrasion of their sensibilities..."(more) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 11 The Iowa Caucuses are 11 weeks from tomorrow. For more on the caucus read (this). 97 Bruce Dayton died this week at age 97. Watch Almanac's tribute to this great leader. (watch) $1.255 Million The amount raised by The Rouen Group client Bryn Mawr Brewing for their new brewery in Minneapolis.  Congrats! 4 Since late April, 4 of the all time great wrestlers Verne Gagne, Dusty Rhodes, Roddy Piper & now Nick Bockwinkel have died. 17.245.24 The Dow Jones Industrial Average. down 700 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 – 11/9/15

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: November 9th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback:

In The Mix: It was HUGE: If you missed Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live this weekend, here is a link to arguably the best moments of the show.  Trump helped SNL gain huge ratings, in fact its highest ratings since 2012.  (watch) How Good Leaders Keep Moving Forward: Forbes has a great read on leadership for leaders of all organizations no matter how big. One great take away: "one of the most useful things a leader can do in the early stages of an idea is to think with his or her folks about how it might be possible to remove or overcome the obstacles, rather than focusing on how those obstacles will make execution impossible." Give this a read and start becoming a forward thinking leader. (read) The Campaign Trail  Political news and analysis done differently...  Fireworks as Bill O'reilly and George Will Clash:
Last week George Will appeared on the O'Reilly Factor to defend his column attacking O'Reilly's latest book on Ronald Reagan.  Sparks fly as two GOP heavy weights take their personal dispute to the airwaves. (watch)  Hillary trails Almost All GOPers in Minnesota: Even though no Republican Presidential candidate has won Minnesota since 1972, Democrat Hillary Clinton is behind almost all of the GOP presidential candidates according to a poll released Sunday.  (read) Other Key Poll Findings: *Minnesotans split on whether the state should approve the Polymet mine project on the Iron Range. * By 40 points, MN voters want to expand the state's medical marijuana law to make more people eligible to use marijuana for medical purposes. * By 3:1, Minnesota wants police officers to wear body cameras. Whether the video captured by those cameras should be public is another matter.(read) Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: A Seismic Shift In The Way People Eat: This is a fascinating article on how "Big Food" is slowly responding to consumer demand for healthier less processed foods.  It also provides a counter to the conventional wisdom that America continues to get fatter and less healthy. From the article: "There is a consumer shift at play that calls into question the reason packaged foods exist. There was a time when consumers used to walk through every aisle of the grocery store, but today much of their time is being spent in the perimeter of the store with its vast collection of fresh products — raw produce, meats, bakery items and fresh prepared foods. Sales of fresh prepared foods have grown nearly 30 percent since 2009, while sales of center-of-store packaged goods have started to fall. Sales of raw fruits and vegetables are also growing — among children and young adults, per capita consumption of vegetables is up 10 percent over the past five years." (read) Stressed, Tired, Rushed: A Portrait of the Modern Family: A New York Times piece published last week had  a lot of parents of young children talking.  Here is a quote I think many of us can understand: “You basically just always feel like you’re doing a horrible job at everything,” Ms. Barnes said. “You’re not spending as much time with your baby as you want, you’re not doing the job you want to be doing at work, you’re not seeing your friends hardly ever.” Here is a link to the entire article.(read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 247,595 The number of people that voted in MN last week of a possible 1,655,895 registered voters.  That is about 15% 150 The number of beers Andre the Giant is said to have consumed in one sitting.  I would't believe it until I saw this photo of him holding a beer can.(look) $5000 That is how much a coalition of Latino Rights groups is going to give comedian Larry David for yelling "Trump's a Racist" on SNL. (read) 17.910.33 The Dow Jones Industrial Average. Up 230 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 – 11/02/15

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: November 2nd, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

In The Mix: Not All Cups Created Equal: It's early Monday morning so if you are like me you are on your first or maybe second cup of Java.  Well it turns out not all coffee is created equal, at least when it comes to caffeine.  If you are drinking McDonalds coffee you may need another.  So who makes the strongest coffee? Find out (here) Do You Miss 80's TV?: Remember when you had to be home to watch a specific TV show, plus you sat through the commercials so you would not miss anything?  Check out this quiz of classic 80's TV and see how many shows you remember. (watch) The Campaign Trail  Political news and analysis done differently...  First Debate in CD 2:
On Friday the GOP candidates vying to replace Rep. John Kline, squared off for their first debate. Jason Lewis emerged as the clear front-runner. You can watch the complete debate (here) How Much Is Your Congressman Worth: Every year since 1990, Roll Call has raked through congressional financial disclosure forms to create our Wealth of Congress Index. In the course of analyzing the data of the 50 richest members of Congress, the 10 "poorest" and all the others elected to represent Americans in the Capitol, we discovered scores of interesting things that illustrate how they made their money, how they keep it and how some use the illusion of transparency to their advantage. (read) RIP Senator Fred Thompson: Fred Thompson a former U.S. senator from Tennessee, GOP presidential candidate, Watergate attorney and actor who starred on the television drama "Law and Order," died on Sundayin Nashville. He was 73. This is very sad news as he was a favorite of mine in the Senate and on the screen. (read) Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: Permanent Daylight Savings Time Could Save Billions: I admit I do see much benefit from it being dark at5pm.  Turns out, according to a study by Brookings, not only is there no benefit to "falling back" it may be costing us billions. (read) Minnesota Ranks 5th in College Debt: A new study just released shows those who graduated with a four-year degree from public or private nonprofit colleges in Minnesota last year left with $31,579 student loan debt on average.  That puts Minnesota as the fifth highest state for student debt. (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 3 Minnesota has the third highest proportion of graduates in debt – 70 percent. 8 The number of laterals Miami used on the final play to upset Duke in college football. (watch) 10 Here is a good list of the 10 most incredible natural wonders in Minnesota. (look) 17.663.54 The Dow Jones Industrial Average. Up 20 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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