Nick Ragone is an author, attorney and public relations executive in New York City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the Eagleton Institute of Political Science at Rutgers University (undergraduate) and the Georgetown University Law Center.

He is the author of three books: Essential American Government, Everything American Government, and President's Most Wanted. Nick is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business, the PIX11 Morning Show, and has a weekly appearance on the popular Raph Bailey Radio Show.  He co-anchored PIX11's five-hour live inauguration coverage with Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong.

Nick is a contributor to Donklephant.com, one of the most influential political blogs on the web, and  has written for US News & World Report, The Star-Ledger, Real Simple Magazine and RealSimple.com.  Nick has been quoted in over two dozen stories on politics, the presidency, and public relations.  In December of 2007, Nick was named one of PR Week's 40 under 40 to watch, and in May of 2008 was featured in "Profiles of Success", a book about public relations. Nick lives in Jersey City, NJ, with his wife and two children, and spends what little free time he has obsessing on the Mets.

Nick can also be found on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740817853




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I appeared on Fox Business's "America's Scoreboard" show to talk about political dynasties.  Here's how I ranked them:

5. Stevensons & Rockefellers (tied)

4. Tafts

3. Adams'

2. Bushs

1. Kennedys

Of all of them, the Tafts are the longest running dynasty, and arguably the most impressive.  It includes five generations of office holders: Alphonso Taft, who served as Grant's Attorney General and Secretary of War; William Howard Taft, the only President to serve on the Supreme Court; Senator Bob Taft, one of the founders of the conservative movement; his son Bob Taft Jr, who also served in the Senate; and Robert Taft II, who recently completed a two-term stint as Governor of Ohio.  Plus there are loads of cousins who have served in high government positions. 

The Adams dynasty was the nation's first, but it petered out after two generations.   The Bush's and Kennedy's are both at crossroads as they search for new torch bearers.   Will Jeb run in 2012, or will the dynasty fall to his son, George P. Bush? And will Caroline fulfill Teddy's legacy in the Senate? Time will tell ...

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Reader Comments (6)

The Spanos of Westchester? :-)

December 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTRagone

Gore's? Clinton's? Roosevelt's?

December 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

no, no and no, though good guesses all.

December 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNick


December 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermitch

Stevensons, Rockefellers, Adams, Bushs, Kennedys and Tafts ....

December 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNick

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