scott mackay http://ripr.org en The R.I. and Mass. casino conundrum http://ripr.org/post/ri-and-mass-casino-conundrum <p>Early edition of Monday voiced essay: It’s election year in Rhode Island. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the one issue that never goes away in our small state – casino gambling.</p><p>There’s an old gallows humor joke about banks and creditors. If you owe the bank $30,000, the bank owns you. If you owe the bank $300 million, you own the bank.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:46:20 +0000 Scott MacKay 36596 at http://ripr.org Bonus Q+A: RI ACLU Director Steve Brown On Supreme Court And RI General Assembly http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-ri-aclu-director-steve-brown-supreme-court-and-ri-general-assembly <p>The US Supreme Court made two high-profile decisions this week, and civil liberties again made for a hotly debate subject at the General Assembly this year. The head of the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Steve Brown, stopped by our studios to discuss those and other issues.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:32:43 +0000 Ian Donnis 36232 at http://ripr.org Bruins Fans Get Their RI License Plates http://ripr.org/post/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 http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: We're Trying To Keep Politics Focused On Issues. Will You Help? http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-were-trying-keep-politics-focused-issues-will-you-help <p>You may be fed up with Rhode Island politics. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says now is no time for Rhode Islanders to retreat into a cocoon of apathy.</p><p></p><p></p><p>It’s the high season of summer in our corner of southeastern New England. A time of blue skies, fluffy whipped cream clouds and sun-washed surf. It’s what many of us consider our best season. Proust had his madeleines. Rhode Island natives have our childhood memories stirred by plates stacked high with steamers, saugys and clambakes on the beach.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:04:57 +0000 Scott MacKay 36150 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: We're Trying To Keep Politics Focused On Issues. Will You Help? Joe Paolino moving to Newport, planning strong table games campaign for Newport Grand http://ripr.org/post/joe-paolino-moving-newport-planning-strong-table-games-campaign-newport-grand <p>Former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino has been a stalwart booster of Buddy Cianci’s redemption tour. But now that Cianci has filed for election for Providence mayor and Charles Mansolillo has been appointed Cianci’s campaign manager, Paolino is turning his political attention to Newport, where he is part of a group that wants to buy and improve the Newport Grand gambling emporium.</p><p>(Rhode Island being Rhode Island, Paolino and Mansolillo are well-acquainted; the two ran against each other for mayor in 1986 in a campaign won comfortably by Paolino).</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:02:56 +0000 Scott MacKay 36121 at http://ripr.org 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 Cianci Runs: Heeee's Back http://ripr.org/post/cianci-runs-heeees-back <p>Heeeee’s back: Vincent A. `Buddy’ Cianci Jr., made official this afternoon what he has been talking about &nbsp;for months, &nbsp;that he will try for a Lazarus-like, unprecedented third comeback as Providence mayor, this time as an independent.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:19:41 +0000 Scott MacKay 35796 at http://ripr.org Pell calls on Chafee to sign NECAP moratorium, teacher evaluation measures http://ripr.org/post/pell-calls-chafee-sign-necap-moratorium-teacher-evaluation-measures <p>Clay Pell, one of three Democrats vying for his party’s nomination for governor, is urging Gov. Lincoln Chafee to sign into law three education-related measures approved by the General Assembly in the waning hours of the 2014 legislative session.</p><p>The first would place a moratorium on the use of high-stakes tests as a graduation requirement. The other would change teacher evaluations and the third would provide full funding for all-day kindergarten in Rhode Island communities.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:03:52 +0000 Scott MacKay 35708 at http://ripr.org Cianci mayoral Hamlet act ends Wednesday http://ripr.org/post/cianci-mayoral-hamlet-act-ends-wednesday <p>He puffed on the Monte Cristo in his right hand, sipped Cognac with his left and regaled a table of cronies and hangers-on with jokes and florid commentary.</p><p>It was vintage Buddy Cianci, perched at an outdoor table on a balmy evening at the Capital Grille late last Tuesday night, entertaining the crowd long after the thick sirloins and fancy wines had been devoured.</p> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 18:42:44 +0000 Scott MacKay 35599 at http://ripr.org