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Monday Morning Quarter Back– 2/15/16

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: February 15th, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Monday Morning Quarterback

 The Rouen Group: Helping clients effectively communicate to their target audience. The Buzz: A few fun and thought-provoking items to start your Monday Morning: RIP Justice Scalia: By now everyone knows that Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead in Texas on Saturday. Scalia was 79 years old. Appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, he was the longest-serving justice on the high court at the time of his death. Scalia was well respected and will be missed on the court.  When I was a freshman in college I had aspirations to be a justice like him.  He was a dynamic writer and scholar.  I will miss reading his opinions, even those I disagreed with. 11 Memorable Quotes from Justice Scalia: Ever hear of jiggery-pokery ?  Or do you know why the first born is like a pancake?  You will after you read these great quotes. (read) The Breathtaking Consequences for the Supreme Court: Issues of immigration, abortion, unions, affirmative action and more all likely face different outcomes after Scalia's death.  This is a must-read look at how Scalia's absence will change pending cases.(read) The Campaign Trail  Political news and analysis done differently...  Bernie has the Keys: Or at least, that is where the Presidential Candidate stopped for lunch in St. Paul last Friday.  Sanders stopped at Keys Cafe in Downtown St. Paul and had the tuna salad on rye.  Check out the Wall Street Journal's story (here).  If you hurry you can probably get the same booth for breakfast today. On To South Carolina:
The next major test for the Presidential candidates is South Carolina.  Donald Trump as a 20 point advantage on the Republican side and Hillary Clinton has over a 30 point advantage on the Democrat side.  To check out the latest polling visit RCP (here). So Which Presidential Candidate do You Side With?: I admit most of the online political "quizzes" are goofy.  This one is actually informative and digs deep into policy questions.  Even if you don't like the results (didn't get my top choice) it is a good way to think more in-depth about some of the important issues. (Quiz) The Politics of Supreme Court Vacancies in Presidential Election Years: So what happens when there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court during a Presidential election year?  The SCOTUS Blog takes a look.  The last time there was a vacancy during an election year was 1968. (read) Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: Sportsmanship Lives: For all of the bad stories we hear about parents and coaches in sports, here is a heartwarming story: "“Here your team was neck and neck with SLP for that second-place spot for state. You could have easily watched like the rest of us, feeling bad for the skier who fell but solidifying your team’s advance to state. Instead, without hesitation, you chose to extend kindness to a kid who at the moment needed a helping hand.”  If you need a pick me up this Monday, read the entire story (here) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes, and other interesting numbers: 394 That is how many delegate Hillary Clinton has secured, compared to only 44 for Bernie Sanders.  Hillary has the large lead despite a very narrow win in Iowa and losing by double digits in New Hampshire. (read) $19.7 Billion The Amount Americans spent on Valentine's Day in 2016.  That is up nearly $800 million from last year.  The average person spends $89.86. 2 Congrats to Zack Lavine of the Timberwolves for winning his 2nd Slam Dunk championship in a row. (watch) 15.973.84 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.
 

Monday Morning Quarterback–2/8/2016

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: February 10th, 2016 | 0 Comments

Monday Morning Quarterback The Rouen Group: Helping clients effectively communicate to their target audience. The Buzz: A few fun and thought-provoking items to start your Monday Morning: Why Are Superbowl Ads So Expensive?: 9 of the 10 most watched events in television history are Super Bowls. An ad that premieres during the Super Bowl will be seen simultaneously by a huge swath of the public in a way that simply nothing else will. So is the $5 million price tag worth it? (read) Missed The Super Bowl Ad Everyone is Talking About?: Did you miss the ad(s) everyone is talking about? Or want to catch your favorite ad again? Here is a link to all of the ads. There are even some of the great ones from years gone by. (watch) MN Twins and Kids: Mark your calendars for March 30th for the 5th annual Tix for Tots Twins Kick-Off event. Hear from KFAN's Paul Allen, Star Tribune's Howard Sinker and other Twins players or execs. Tix for Tots provides 40,000 kids each year the opportunity to attend a sporting event or theater performance with a parent or mentor. The tickets are always free. If you can't attend the event, please consider donating tickets or a cash contribution. It only takes one experience with a mentor to change a life. (register/donate/get involved) The Campaign Trail Political news and analysis done differently... Happy 100 Years to the New Hampshire Primary: Tomorrow will mark 100 years of the New Hampshire Primary. Did you know that Richard Nixon has won the most New Hampshire Primaries? (1960, 1968, 1972). Here are some more quick and unique facts about the first in the nation primary. (read) So Who Will Win New Hampshire?: Trump continues to have a big lead (16.2 points) in the first primary election. Bernie Sanders has a 13 point lead over Hillary Clinton. It will be fun to watch tomorrow night. You can check out the latest polls and trends (here) Let's End Gerrymandering: Want to know why so many incumbents from both parties win elections? Part of it is that the system is rigged to draw electoral districts that protect those in power. Don't believe me, take a look at these maps from the Washington Post that show what the US and States would look like if districts were drawn using "optimally compact" equal-population congressional districts in each state, based on 2010 census data. (look) Worth a Read: A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: Can Football Survive: As you digest your wings and nachos from last night, take the time to read this thought provoking piece on football, from the Washington Post: "The NFL’s fondness for Roman numerals is appropriate because the game is gladiatorial, as Romans enjoyed entertainment featuring people maiming and being maimed for the entertainment of spectators. But things change..." (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes, and other interesting numbers: 60 The number of points Gopher Basketball star Rachel Banham scored to beat Northwestern on Sunday. That ties an NCCA record. $5 million Price of a :30 ad in the Superbowl 25.3 Million The number of tweets generated during Superbowl 50 $100 Million The amount of money spent on political ads in New Hampshire alone. (read) 16.204.97 The Dow Jones Industrial Average. Down 260 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- 2/1/2016

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: February 1st, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

It's Iowa Caucus Day: A Heavy Focus on The First Voting of the 2106 Presidential Cycle: History Of the Iowa Caucuses: Did you know it wasn't until 1976 that both Republicans and Democrats held their caucuses on the same night?  How did Iowa become the first in the nation and thus so important to the process of becoming President?  Iowa Public Television has a great piece on the history of the caucuses. You can read or watch. (here)  So Just How Important is it to Win Iowa?: The answer is it depends on which party you are from.  Iowa has a much better track record of picking the eventual Democratic nominee for President.  And, only twice have Iowans picked the eventual Republican nominee. (read) So How Much is Spent in Iowa: More than $70 million has been spent on advertisements in Iowa, according to the final batch of ad-spending numbers from SMG Delta before Monday’s Iowa caucuses.  The biggest overall spender in Iowa has been Jeb Bush’s Super PAC, which has aired nearly $15 million in ads in the Hawkeye State.  That’s followed by the nearly $12 million that Marco Rubio’s campaign, Super PAC, and 501c4 outside group have spent.(more) The Campaign Trail  Political news and analysis done differently...  So Who is Going to Win Tonight: Over the weekend, the most respected poll on the Iowa Caucus was released. It shows a very close race on both sides.  If you are betting on the results or just want to sound really smart in the office today, just read this. (here) So Just Who Are These Iowa Voters that Decide the Caucus: The Wall Street Journal has a really interesting look at the demographics of the caucus voters.  If you really want to geek out on the caucuses this is for you. (read) Worth a Read: A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: Charlie Weaver: MN Must Address Racial Disparities: Charlie Weaver, executive director of the Minnesota Business Partnership has a thought-provoking editorial on the racial disparities in Minnesota. (read) Good Luck: Good luck to the many MMQ readers and friends that are working for various candidates in Iowa tonight.  May you stay safe and may your candidates exceed your expectations. Prayers: Governor Dayton fainted and collapsed at an event in Woodbury Sunday night.  He was hospitalized overnight,  but it sounds like he will be ok. (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes, and other interesting numbers: 10 Charts that explain the economic status of Minnesota's cultural groups. Some really interesting stats (here) $426,000 The amount of cash on hand reported by the Republican Senate Victory Fund. An impressive total. $300 How 2 brothers turn a $300 cooler into a $450 million cult brand. (read) 1681 The number of precincts holding caucuses across Iowa tonight. 16.466.30 The Dow Jones Industrial Average. Up 400+ points since last week.  RALLY! 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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