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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RIP Jack Kemp

I was watching the 11 o'clock news when a brief item appeared about the death of Jack Kemp.

It hit me like a punch to the solar plexus. 

Kemp is -- was -- one of my idols.  I hadn't even realized he was ill, and wasn't really prepared to hear that he had passed. 

If Bill Buckley was the intellectual godfather of the conservative movement, and Ronald Reagan its primary torchbearer, than Jack Kemp was its leading economic visionary.  Kemp wasn't a classically trained economist -- he was a football player, and a pretty good one.  But he left that life for the world of politics, and as a Congressman from upstate New York, he assumed the role of chief proselytizer for what would become known as supply side economics.  The premise was fairly simple -- that tax cuts are the most efficient way to incentive people to produce goods and services -- and it came to define both the Reagan and Bush II administration's economic policies.  In a way, it was the conservative movements answer to Keynsian economics, and nobody was a more devout discipline or zealous preacher of it than Kemp.

Beyond that, Jack Kemp was a good, decent, tolerant man.  He was a conservative, but never made Democrats feel uncomfortable.  He was perpetually optimistic, and much preferred to appeal to our better angels than our basest tendencies.  In a word, he was the exact opposite of the toxic, poisonous, vituperative politics that we see today.  While serving as Bob Dole's running mate during the '96 election, Kemp made a point of repeatedly telling the Republican faithful that Clinton and Gore were not the enemy, but simply their opponents.  He refused to demonize anyone -- it just wasn't his style. 

I'll probably write a longer remembrance about Kemp, but I wanted to share some early thoughts.

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