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Monday Morning Quarterback-5/10/2016

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: May 11th, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Rouen Group-Monday Morning Quarterback
May 9th, 2016

The Buzz:
A few fun and thought-provoking items to start your Monday Morning:
Good Cause:
Thanks to several MMQ readers for joining me today at the Tix for Tots annual golf event. If you couldn’t make it please consider a donation to Tix for Tots. Every year we give 50,000 kids across the state a chance to go to a game, theater or museum with a family member or friend. The result: kids show up more for school, do better in school and have a better relationship with their families. (donate)

9 Lives:
The South West Line Rail Project, now known as the “green line extension” has used all of its political 9 lives. Unfortunately for Hennipen County taxpayers, this could be the year this boondoggle finally gets funded. Over the weekend 3 CEO’s wrote an op-ed supporting a project the Governor and Legislators have at various times said was “dead.” My guess is, with transportation and transit funding holding up the legislative session, the rail project becomes a key component in getting a deal done. ARGH.

Harsh Reality:
In the mid-1960s, the out-of-wedlock birth rate was scarcely 3% for whites, 7.7% for Americans overall, and 24.5% among blacks. By 1976, those figures had risen to nearly 10% for whites, 24.7% for Americans as a whole, and 50.3% for blacks specifically. And today, the numbers stand at 29% for whites, 41% for the nation overall, and 73% for blacks. In other words, the entire country is moving rapidly in the wrong direction. (read)

The Call
Did you see Donald Trump call President Obama after he secured the GOP nomination on Tuesday? If not, you should. (watch/laugh)

On The Trail:
Your Political News For The Day:

Beatle Bumper Friday:
Congrats to long-time radio talk-show host and Beatles fan Jason Lewis on winning the Republican endorsement for Congress in Minnesota’s second Congressional District. It took 7 ballots, but he finally beat David Gerson. Now, Lewis will compete in a 3-way primary to see who will take on DFLer Angie Craig in November. (read)

Trump v. Clinton What You Need to Know:
A lot has changed since last week. A week ago the GOP was facing a contested convention and their were 3 candidates still running. After Trump’s landslide win in Indiana last Tuesday, Ted Cruz and John Kasich dropped out setting the stage for Trump v. Clinton. Check out this article from Politio that lays out what you need to know about an historic election. (read)

Wrong Headed:
Minneapolis is one step closer to mandating sick and “safe” leave for all employees that work in the city for at least 80 hours in a year. Check out why employers and taxpayers agree this is a “wrongheaded” approach. (read)

The Numbers:
Here are some numbers that make the world easier to understand:

Amtrak turned 45 years old last week, prompting Vox to ask “why is US passenger rail so bad?” (answer)

Twins pitcher tied a major league record when he struck out 4 batters in one inning. A silver lining in a disastrous start to the MN Twins season. Of course one of the batters he struck out reached base on a error and then scored.

$75.7 million
The amount of money the anti-Trump groups spent on 64,000 negative ads. Millions more were spend on cable and satellite. (read)

Noah was the number 1 boys name in the US for the third year in a row. Another time my Mom was way ahead of the curve on.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average. A drop of nearly 30 points since last week.

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Thanks For Reading,

Noah Rouen
President, The Rouen Group


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