Scott MacKay

Political Analyst

With a B.A. in political science and history from the University of Vermont and a wealth of knowledge of local politics, it was a given that Scott MacKay would become a commentator for Rhode Island Public Radio's Political Roundtable.

As a former political reporter for The Providence Journal, MacKay has spent more than thirty years documenting the ins and outs of politics in Rhode Island and New England. MacKay is married to Dr. Staci Fisher, an infectious diseases specialist.

Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScotMackRI

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Scott MacKay Commentary
4:15 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Scott MacKay Commentary: Next Move for PawSox Providence Stadium?

Artist rendering of the proposed stadium

One of the principals of the new Pawtucket Red Sox ownership has died abruptly and was laid to rest over the weekend.. RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay assays the future of the Providence stadium plan.

Jim Skeffington cut quite a figure in Rhode Island. The Providence native scaled the heights of the legal profession in his hometown and was the go-to-guy for political and business deals. His bespoke bankers’ pinstripes and Ferragamo ties masked a sharp understanding, from the bottom up, of Rhode Island’s florid political and business cultures.

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RI News
9:14 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Rising Tide: Going To A Four-Day Work Week To Save Jobs

The factory floor at Tri-Mack manufacturing company in Bristol, RI.
Credit John Bender / RIPR FILE

This story is part of our series “Rising Tide” about how – or whether - Rhode Islanders are emerging from the deepest economic recession since the 1930s. The question we’re asking is: Does a rising tide really lift all boats, or are some Rhode Islanders still being left behind?

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On Politics
4:01 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Vermont Sen. Sanders to Formally Announce Presidential Campaign Next Week

Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s left-leaning independent U.S. Senator, is launching his long shot Democratic nomination presidential campaign next Tuesday (May 26th)  with a rally along the Lake Champlain waterfront in his home city of Burlington, where his political career began in earnest with his 1981 upset election in the mayor’s race.

Sanders event will take place at 5 p.m. at Waterfront Park, with a rain venue of Memorial Auditorium a few blacks away on Main Street. Free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream will be served.

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On Politics
3:07 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Providence Foundation Supports Downtown PawSox Stadium

Artist rendering of the proposed waterfront baseball stadium.

Citing economic benefits, the foundation’s Board of Trustees have voted to endorse the proposed relocation of the Pawtucket Red Sox from McCoy Stadium to a new riverfront site in the 195 land in downtown Providence., according to executive director Dan Baudouin of the foundation.

The foundation, a business-backed non profit organization, stated in a news release that state and city officials should pursue a financial partnership that is "fair to all parties."

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On Politics
4:15 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

RI Statehouse May Get Air Conditioning

Rhode Island Statehouse

The sweat box that is the Rhode Island Statehouse in the summer months may become a thing of the past.

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