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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Governor Paterson in deep doo-doo

Question: how worried should Democrats be about Governor Paterson's re-election?  Answer: freaking a lot.

There's an ominous little story in the New York Post  which portends serious problems for the Gov. The headline is about Paterson's axing his communication director, but buried at the bottom is a little tidbit about his chief fundraiser quitting:

"Cindy Darrison, announced she would split in the wake of what Democratic insiders said was growing friction between the governor and his senior staff. Paterson's fund-raising efforts are believed to have been badly damaged following the Kennedy fiasco."

That's a bad, bad sign.  The Caroline fiasco has taken a huge toll on Paterson within Democratic circles -- bigger than anyone had initially thought.  If he can't raise dough, he can't win.  Period.

I'm not sure it means he'll face a primary challenge, but he's certainly going to draw the best of the Republican crop, which probably means Rudy.  Keep an eye on Rudy's profile in New York state over the next 12 months or so. 

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You are likely right Nick. But jeepers creepers does it have to be Rudy? He is so past his prime. Say, how about Bill Clinton for the Dems winning the primary and the guber-nation?

February 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlan Quarry

Rudy? Really...I was thinking his career was done. That would be great. Having a NY governor willnt save the country, but would definitely help put us back on the right track.

Everyone keeps saying the Stimulus Bill is/will be larger than New Deal...like thats a good thing. I think its clear the New Deal didnt bring us out of the Great Depression...it was WW II. Worried the Stimulus Plan is going to cripple us. Last thing we need is more Gov spending. I know you have some insight on this per your books...thoughts?

February 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDP81

I think this stimulus package is a collosal waste of money, and is going to provide little short term stimulus at the expense of long term growth

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