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Monday Morning Quarterback-5/16/2016

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: May 16th, 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:
I’m Famous:
Well not actually. But, it was pretty cool to be quoted in the Boston Globe on an article about what the Taxi industry is doing to innovate and compete with ride-sharing companies like Uber. (read)

Some Good About Millennials?:
I guess it depends on how you read this but according to a new poll millennials are costing the U.S. economy more than $376 billion a year. Data from the Gallup poll showed that between 2008 and 2015, the economy lost about $949 million dollars per day each year because of a decline in spending by 18-to-34-year-olds. I am encouraged by the fact they might not be spending everything the earn. (read)

Your Office Called There Is A Problem:
Let’s face it you are obsessed with your phone. Ask yourself how many times a day do you look at your phone? If you are an average American the answer is 35. Over 50% of teens say they are “addicted” to their phones. How bad is it? Check out these 15 charts. Might make you want to set the phone down for a couple hours. Well, maybe tomorrow. (read)

Don’t Get Fooled Again
Much of the political debate about taxes often focuses on income tax, but often ignores the biggest burden for the middle class. Most middle-class families pay more in payroll taxes than they do in income tax.(read)

On The Trail:
Your Political News For The Day:

Island in the Snow:
The City of Minneapolis is set to impose the most aggressive sick and safe leave mandate in the country. The proposal would not only impact businesses located in the city, but any person that works at least 80 hours in the city in a given year. Yesterday the Star Tribune asked the city to pump the breaks on this proposal before they make Minneapolis as an island in the snow. (read)

The Best Channel For Political Ads:
The 2016 political ads have begun and will continue to grow as we march towards November. So where is the best place to spend your ad dollars? Good ol’ TV news is still king, but digital is rising. (read)

How The Other Fifth Lives:
Via RealClearMarkets: “This separation of the upper middle class by income, wealth, occupation and neighborhood has created a social distance between those of us who have been prospering in recent decades, and those who are feeling left behind, angry and resentful, and more likely to vote for To-Hell-With-Them-All populist politicians. As I told Charles Homans, also writing on class for the Times, “The upper middle class are surprised by the rise of Trump. The actual middle class is surprised we’re surprised.” (read)

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

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TV’s number 1 Dad, Homer Simpson turned 60 this week. Here are just a few words of wisdom from him to celebrate. (read)

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INSANE: Cubs Starting Pitcher Jake Arrieta has more no-hitters (2) than losses (1) over his last 28 starts. The Cubs were no-hit in his only loss.

15
These 15 numbers show just how addicted Americans are to our cell phones. (read)

1
Our sports team may be lousy but MN can finally lay claim to a national crown. According to a recent study Minnesotans are the nation’s best drivers. Agree? (read)

17,740.63
The Dow Jones Industrial Average. A drop of nearly 30 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.

Thanks For Reading,

Noah Rouen
President, The Rouen Group

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Copyright © 2016 The Rouen Group, All rights reserved.

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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:

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

4
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)

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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.

17,740.63
The Dow Jones Industrial Average. A drop of nearly 30 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.

Thanks For Reading,

Noah Rouen
President, The Rouen Group

TIPS

We would love to hear from you. Do you have stories to share with our readers? Send them to noah@rouengroup.com

ABOUT THE ROUEN GROUP

The Rouen Group specializing in helping clients craft winning strategies for their public affairs and public relations campaigns.
Copyright © 2016 The Rouen Group, All rights reserved.

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