Scott MacKay commentary http://ripr.org en Scott MacKay Commentary: More Twists In Providence Mayoral Contest http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-more-twists-providence-mayoral-contest <p>Just when you thought you knew the candidate field in the Providence mayoral campaign, things changed. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay’s thoughts on the capital city’s revised City Hall election.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Another week, another new twist in the Providence mayor campaign. The departure of independent Lorne Adrain from the race has set off a scramble for his supporters, most of whom hail from his home neighborhood on the city’s affluent East Side.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:09:33 +0000 Scott MacKay 36892 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: More Twists In Providence Mayoral Contest The 229th Bristol Fourth http://ripr.org/post/229th-bristol-fourth <p>Hike the streets of Bristol this week. It’s an exercise in history and Old Home Week. From the concerts in Independence Park, to the taverns, markets and a Hope Street adorned with the freshly painted &nbsp;red, white and blue stripe down the middle.</p><p>This old&nbsp; New England port, marinated in history, is the scene this week of handshakes and hugs, as people who haven’t seen each other recently - some in many years – greet and relive the old times.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:39:55 +0000 Scott MacKay 36003 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The Providence Mayoral Race, It's Not All About Buddy http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-providence-mayoral-race-its-not-all-about-buddy <p>So Buddy Cianci is back in the campaign for Providence mayor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay reminds us that he isn’t the only candidate.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Every newsroom used to have a crusty city editor who berated young reporters. Mine was a revered Providence Journal editor named Al Johnson who barked, ``put them in the ambulance before you take them to the hospital’’ when he wanted a story about a car accident.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:04:23 +0000 Scott MacKay 35899 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The Providence Mayoral Race, It's Not All About Buddy Scott MacKay Commentary: Finally, Smith Hill And RI Colleges Work Together http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-finally-smith-hill-and-ri-colleges-work-together <p>Is Rhode Island government finally waking up to leveraging state colleges as wellsprings of economic development? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay sees some hopeful signs on Smith Hill.</p><p></p><p></p><p>After years of malign neglect of Rhode Island’s public colleges and universities, the General Assembly finally appears to be turning a corner. Several elements in the state budget approved last week by the House Finance Committee show that Statehouse politicians are finally getting the message on the iron link between education and creating jobs in the Ocean State.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:29:37 +0000 Scott MacKay 34790 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Finally, Smith Hill And RI Colleges Work Together Scott MacKay Commentary: Rhode Island's Democrats vs. Massachusetts http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-rhode-islands-democrats-vs-massachusetts <p>Rhode Island Democrats should look to Massachusetts for some leadership on the economy. RIPR political analyst &nbsp;Scott MacKay explains why.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Rhode Island is once again ensnared in a noisy political campaign season. The stench of government corruption has led to new leadership on Smith Hill. Gordon Fox is out as speaker and Nick Mattiello is in. Democrats control both chambers of the General Assembly by big margins. Yet the historic majority party can’t seem to speak with a coherent voice on our state’s struggling economy.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 14:58:53 +0000 Scott MacKay 32978 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Rhode Island's Democrats vs. Massachusetts Scott MacKay Commentary: Rhode Island Needs More People Like The Pells http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-rhode-island-needs-more-people-pells <p>Rhode Island pays its final respects this morning to Nuala Pell, widow of &nbsp;Sen. Claiborne Pell at services in Newport. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why the passing of Mrs. Pell signals the end of an era.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Sen. Claiborne Pell represented Rhode Island for 36 years in the United States Senate. Few senators have ever better served a state.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:59:09 +0000 Scott MacKay 32273 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Rhode Island Needs More People Like The Pells Scott MacKay Commentary: We Remember: Patriot's Day 2014 http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-we-remember-patriots-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 http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: We Remember: Patriot's Day 2014 Scott MacKay Commentary: When Will The Debate Over Public Pensions End? http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-when-will-debate-over-public-pensions-end <p>When will Rhode Islanders stop debating public employee pensions? Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst&nbsp;Scott MacKay says that won’t happen anytime soon.</p><p></p><p>You can hear political analyst Scott MacKay’s commentary every Monday during Morning Edition on Rhode Island Public Radio.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:43:51 +0000 Scott MacKay 31638 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: When Will The Debate Over Public Pensions End? Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Try Something New On Smith Hill? http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-time-try-something-new-smith-hill <p>The stench of corruption has once again encircled the Rhode Island Statehouse. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay says it may be time to try something different on Smith Hill.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Unless you have been living in one of those 1950s-era nuclear bomb shelters, or the old East Side tunnel, you’ve probably heard of the latest Statehouse scandal. The state police and federal IRS and FBI agents raided the offices of House Speaker Gordon Fox 10 days ago. The next day he abruptly resigned.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:47:05 +0000 Scott MacKay 31283 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Try Something New On Smith Hill? Scott MacKay Commentary: Time For Clay Pell To Step Away From The Car http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-time-clay-pell-step-away-car <p></p><p></p><p><em>What does "Dude where's my car?" have to do with Clay Pell's campaign for&nbsp;governor? Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay has&nbsp;some thoughts.</em></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:50:43 +0000 Scott MacKay 30568 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Time For Clay Pell To Step Away From The Car