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Monday Morning Quarterback-4/24/2016

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: April 27th, 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: My Prince Story: So it seems everyone has a Prince story. Readers know I am a huge fan of Prince, but I never met him. I saw him in concert a couple times and they were easily among the best shows I have been to. But my Prince story comes from my childhood. When we were 10 years old my friends and I would put on Purple Rain concerts. Our instruments: hockey sticks. I have to think only Prince could get Minnesota boys to turn their hockey sticks into guitars. Great Local Tribute: Twin Cities Music Writer Jim Walsh penned a great local tribute to Prince: "“He was ours,” went Thursday’s refrain on social media, over and over again, and the rest of the world will have to forgive our provincial grieving at least for the moment, because Minneapolis and Prince were joined at the hip, now and forever." (Read) Garrison Keillor: The Prairie Home Companion has a great tribute to Prince on their show, including some Prince covers. Truly Minnesotan. (watch) Just Watch: If you want to see one of the most amazing performances by Prince, just watch his legendary Superbowl halftime performance. (watch). For more clips, tributes and thoughts check out my Facebook page. Final Take: While I am sad about losing a favorite musician, I will say it was quite refreshing to have my social media channels filled with awesome music, kind words and tributes to artists. I guess it is back to reality today. The Campaign Trail Political news and analysis done differently... Purple The State Color: Senator Karin Housley has a bill to make purple the official state color of Minnesota. The bill picked up steam with Sen. Bobby Jo Champion a "friend" of Prince said he will co-sponsor the bill. A fitting tribute to Prince. I am sure the Vikings won't mind. Worth a Read: A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: Uber Wins Lawsuit, But May Just Be Buying Time: Uber scored a victory in 2 lawsuits last week. Courts upheld that the drivers are independent contractors, not employees, thus not provided benefits, sick pay, etc...The settlement did allow for drivers to start collecting tips. Many think this is just a short-term victory for a company facing dozens of lawsuits. (read) How Tiger Woods Life Unraveled: This is a fascinating read about one the greatest golfers and biggest celebrities of the last decade: "Tiger hasn't hit a golf ball in about two months. He can't really run; not long ago, he told Time magazine, he fell down in his backyard without a cellphone and had to just lie there until his daughter happened to find him. Tiger sent her to get help. He's had two back operations in the past three months. Yesterday at a news conference, he said for the first time in public that his golf career might be over...." (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes, and other interesting numbers: 8 Prince Quotes on loving yourself. "act your age not your shoe size." (Quotes) 110 A dozen elite Sports Cars were clocked going 110 mph down 394. Total value of the the cars was over $2.1 million. (read) 11 NBC's Today Show has a great tribute to Prince including live performances, tributes and interviews. (watch) 18.003.75 The Dow Jones Industrial Average. Dow continues to rise. 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-4.18.16

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: April 18th, 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: Who Pays Taxes: It's tax day, so let's look at just who pays taxes and how much. The study from pgpf.org looks at who pays taxes across various income groups. Turns out everyone pays and our system is very progressive. (read) Beat Europe You want a chance to play Hazeltine Golf course before this year's historic Ryder Cup? Tix for Tots is hosting our annual golf classic on May 9th. Join The Minnesota Twins, Timberwolves, Vikings and Wild at this year's event. All of the money raised goes to helping kids and their families experience the wonderful sports, arts and theater across the state. Please join us (details) Property Taxes: Which Cities Give and Take: According to the analysis, 101 communities — 84 cities and 17 townships — were net recipients in 2015. Those jurisdictions have 32 percent of the region’s commercial and industrial tax base and 51 percent of the population. The top five recipients were St. Paul, Brooklyn Park, Coon Rapids, Brooklyn Center and Columbia Heights. The same report showed that 78 communities — 53 cities, 25 townships and the state fair grounds — were net contributors. Those communities have 67 percent of the region’s commercial and industrial tax base and 49 percent of the population. The top five net contributors were Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Plymouth and Edina. (read) The Campaign Trail Political news and analysis done differently... State of The Presidential Race: Here is a great breakdown of the delegate race on both sides. Via Real Clear Politics: Overall, Hillary leads Bernie 1,758 - 1,076 including Super Delegates (Clinton + 682). Without the Super Delegates the count is 1,289 - 1,045 (Clinton + 244). By the way, Donald Trump's current delegate total (755) and Ted Cruz' (595). The delta on the GOP side is Trump +160. Terri Bonoff to Challenge Erik Paulsen: Huge news out of Plymouth Minnesota over the weekend. State Senator Terri Bonoff announced on Saturday that she will not run for re-election to the Senate, but instead challenge Rep. Erik Paulsen for the 3rd Congressional seat. Paulsen is very popular and has a huge fundraising advantage. However, this district overall has been trending more Democrat especially in Presidential years. This could become one of the most competitive races in the Country. With this race and the race in CD 8 and CD 2 Minnesota will have three hotly contested races. (read) Shocking Story: Politicians Lie More Than Average: Via Associated Press: We all stretch the truth. We learned to deceive as toddlers. We rationalize our fabrications that benefit us. We tell little white lies daily that make others feel good. Now magnify that. Politicians distort the truth more often, use more self-justifications and deceive in larger ways, and with more consequences, experts in psychology and political science say. (read) Worth a Read: A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: Law Spelled Backwards is Wall: If you missed Ted Cruz on Jimmy Fallon you missed one of the best political skits of the year. Fallon as Trump calls Cruz to give him some advice. (watch) Big News For Erik: Erik Foresberg that is. Foresberg currently owns downtown craft beer spot The Devil's Advocate, now he will expand taking over Dan Kelly's Pub and will soon open Erik The Red in the shadow of the new Vikings Stadium. Congrats to Erik. Check out the great story in Mpls/St. Paul Magazine: (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes, and other interesting numbers: $81,500 How much the Obama's paid in federal income taxes, according to tax returns the White House released Friday, giving them an effective tax rate of 18.7 percent. 33.4% the average effective tax rate for the top one percent of American taxpayers, while the bottom 20 percent of the population pays an average of approximately 3.6%. 402 Steph Curry's 402 3 pointers in one season is the equivelent of hitting 103 home runs in a season. (read) $42,000 A child born in 2016 carries a $42,000 share of publicly held debt on the first day of life. (read) 17.897.46 The Dow Jones Industrial Average. Dow continues to rise. 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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