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 at Rhode Island Hospital.

Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScotMackRI

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:25 am
Mon October 21, 2013

What Ever Happened To Gun Control In Rhode Island?

Despite calls for more gun control, little has happened in the last year in the Ocean State.
Credit Don Boorman / RIPR

In the aftermath of last year’s Newtown school shootings, Rhode Island politicians leaped on the gun control bandwagon. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what’s happened since.

After last December’s horrific school massacre in Connecticut, political leaders from the White House to the Rhode Island State House vowed to crack down on gun violence. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed all advocated measures to advance gun control in our state.

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On Politics
1:22 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

New York Times columnist questions Raimondo's pension investment strategy

The disputes over State General Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s pension investment strategy rages on. The latest  salvo comes from Gretchen Morgenson, the respected financial columnist for the New York Times.

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On Politics
4:58 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Do RI lawmakers care about gun carnage?

In the aftermath of last year’s Newtown school shootings, Rhode Island politicians leaped on the gun control bandwagon. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what’s happened since.

After last December’s horrific school massacre in Connecticut, political leaders from the White House to the Rhode Island State House vowed to crack down on gun violence. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed all advocated measures to advance gun control in our state.

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On Politics
3:40 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Tom Foley's story about LBJ and RI Congressman John Fogarty

RIP Tom Foley, the former House Speaker. Here is a wonderful, earthy story about President Lyndon Johnson and John Fogarty, the legendary Rhode Island Congressman who was a mentor to John F. Kennedy:

On Politics
2:51 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Shutdown over, Cicilline gets down to what Congress does best

There is one element of the U.S. Congress that  government shutdowns, fiscal Thelma and Louise threats, and the endless disputes over Obamacare never seem to touch: the relentless search for campaign money by senators and representatives.

The latest Rhode Island example is 1st District Democratic Congressman David Cicilline. The ink was barely dry on the eleventh-hour deal that delayed the shutdown craziness for 90 days or so when Cicilline was on the Internet, begging for campaign money.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:41 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Looking From Rhode Island, Massachussetts Grass Isn't Much Greener

Rhode Island State Capitol building
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It seems sometimes like every Rhode Island business and political leader points to the better economy in Massachusetts. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay looked across the state border and finds more myth than reality.

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Local Features
3:28 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

One Square Mile: A Public Forum on the Future of Bristol's Boat-Building Industry

Rhode Island Public Radio's Catherine Welch and Scott MacKay with RIMTA CEO Wendy Mackie and Ben Hall of Hall Spars and Rigging.
Credit Aaron Reed / RIPR

A forum featuring Bristol boat builders and industry leaders discussing how the boat building industry is recovering from the bottom dropping out during the financial crisis of 2008.  Recorded Thursday, October 10th at the Bristol Elks Lodge.


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On Politics
3:00 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Mike Guilfoyle leaves Bishop Tobin for Assumption College media relations post

Mike Guilfoyle, the smart and helpful press spokesman for Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, is leaving the diocese to become Assumption College’s communications chief.

``Michael brings over 15 years of senior leadership experience in the communications field to Assumption marketing and communications efforts,’’ said college president Francesco Cesareo. ``His professionalism, creativity and understanding of social media will serve the college well.’’

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On Politics
4:45 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Rhode Island vs. Massachusetts: The Economic Myths

It seems sometimes like every Rhode Island business and political leader points to the better economy in Massachusetts. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay looked across the state border and finds more myth than reality.

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Local Features
5:11 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

One Square Mile: Bristol, In Conversation With President Of Roger Williams University

Donald J. Farish, President of Roger Williams University in Bristol.
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As we continue our weeklong special series ‘One Square Mile: Bristol’ we look at Roger Williams University, the only college with a campus in the town.

Our political analyst Scott MacKay sat down with Donald J. Farish, the President of Roger Williams University to discuss the school's relationship with the town of Bristol, its decision to freeze tuition, and its strides to increase diversity on campus.

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