boston red sox en Judge Silverstein Upholds 38 Studios Legal Settlements <p>Rhode Island &nbsp;Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein has upheld an initial legal settlement in Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s 38 Studios lawsuit over the $75 million state loan guarantee granted to the failed video game company started by Curt Schilling, the former&nbsp; Boston Red Sox pitcher.</p><p>In an opinion released this afternoon, Silverstein approved a $4.4 million settlement reached with the Providence law firm of Moses, Alfonso and Ryan, a firm that advised the state on bonds of the ill-fated loan program.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:51:25 +0000 Scott MacKay 37110 at Bruins Fans Get Their RI License Plates <p>Hockey fans of the Boston Bruins will be able to show their allegiance on their Rhode Island license plates under legislation approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Lincoln Chafee.</p><p>Under the law, the new Bruins plates will cost hockey devotees an extra $40, half of which will go to the state and half will be allocated to charities affiliated with the Boston Bruins Foundation. The money must be spent on Rhode Island-based charities.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:45:46 +0000 Scott MacKay 36184 at RI Assembly Caught in Curt Schilling Rundown Pickle <p>So here’s another report that shows just how badly the General Assembly has fumbled the 38 Studios ball. Gov. Lincoln Chafee has released a financial consultant’s report that shows that it would cost less for the state to pay off the 38 Studios&nbsp; bonds than to default.</p><p>The finding, by the firm SJ Advisors, states that Rhode Island’s credit rating would take a significant hit if the state walked away from the $75 million in &nbsp;bond obligations to those who invested retired Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s folly, 38 Studios.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 18:27:32 +0000 Scott MacKay 33330 at Scott MacKay Commentary: We Remember: Patriot's Day 2014 <p>It’s been a year since bombs and blood in the streets shattered one of New England’s treasured civic celebrations.&nbsp; RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the lessons of the Boston Marathon bombings as this year’s race approaches.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:35:06 +0000 Scott MacKay 31921 at Scott MacKay Commentary: We Remember: Patriot's Day 2014 Former Rep. Peter Wasylyk heads back to RI Statehouse <p>On occasion the best way to pick up Rhode Island political tidbits is to head to Boston, specifically to Fenway Park on the afternoon of the home opener, aka the Big Papi show.</p><p>As usual, former Providence Democratic state and devout Sawx fan Rep. Peter Wasylyk was in his seat near the first base line cheering on the team. During a brief conversation, he confirmed that he is going back to the Statehouse to become legal counsel to the new House Majority Leader, Rep. John DeSimone, D-North Providence.</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 17:36:42 +0000 Scott MacKay 31585 at Richard Walton e-book unveiling at RIC <p></p><p>Richard Walton was a huge presence in our small state for more than a half century. A writer, journalist, teacher and political activist, Walton, of Warwick, was a leader in so many campaigns for peace and social justice that even his friends and fellow activists could barely keep count.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:06:25 +0000 Scott MacKay 30578 at President Obama and Boston: What the president was right about <p>The Red Sox duck boat parade streamed through the streets of Boston&nbsp; as fans by the hundreds of thousands lined up to cheer on the improbable dream team that won the 2013 World Series.</p><p>While no athletic accomplishment can ever leaven the horror of the Boston Marathon bombings for survivors and the still-suffering families shattered by this cowardly act of terrorism, it was nonetheless grand to see the simple majesty of a gesture made at the road race finish line by Red Sawx players.</p> Sat, 02 Nov 2013 15:40:45 +0000 Scott MacKay 24195 at Lessons we can learn from the Red Sox <p>The Boston Red Sox, New England’s most beloved sports team, are the world champions of baseball. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what we can learn from these men who played a boys game with joy.</p><p>Fifty years ago, the French-born cultural historian Jacques Barzun wrote a lyrical paean to baseball. His most noted passage was that ``whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules, and reality of the game.’’</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:41:42 +0000 Scott MacKay 24104 at The Boston Red Sox Bring It Home! <p>They've done it again.</p><p>The Red Sox have won their third World Series title in less than a decade.</p><p>Back at Fenway Park last night for Game 6 of the series, the Red Sox easily beat the Saint Louis Cardinals 6-to-1.</p><p>Karen Given was there.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:17:20 +0000 Karen Given 24071 at The Boston Red Sox Bring It Home! Only One Game Away, Can The Red Sox Bring It Home? <p>The Red Sox face off against the St. Louis Cardinals tonight in game six of the World Series.&nbsp; The game could be decisive.&nbsp; If the Sox win it, they will leave the field World Series Champions for the third time in just 10 years.&nbsp; Across New England many fans are anxiously awaiting tonight's game, not least among them Rhode Island's Political team, Ian Donnis and Scott MacKay.&nbsp; We asked Ian and Scott to take a moment to bring their sharp analysis from the field on Smith Hill to the grass at Fenway Park.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 14:36:40 +0000 Ian Donnis, Scott MacKay & Elisabeth Harrison 24003 at Only One Game Away, Can The Red Sox Bring It Home?