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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On Politics
3:36 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Rev. Bernie O'Reilly Chosen As Providence St. Patrick's Parade Grand Marshal

The Rev. Dr. Bernard O’Reilly has been chosen as the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Providence St. Patrick’s Day parade. A native of Ireland, O’Reilly served as a priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence for 45 years until his recent retirement.

A charismatic, witty and erudite clergyman, O’Reilly is well-known in Rhode Island. He spent 20 years as an assistant pastor, 25 years as a pastor and taught philosophy and theology at Aquinas College in Newton, Mass.; Providence College; and Salve Regina University in Newport.

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On Politics
9:53 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Pawsox Sold To Group That Plans To Move The Team To Providence

McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket
Credit RIPR FILE

The Pawtucket Red Sox have been sold to a group of familiar Rhode Island business leaders and Boston Red Sox executives who are intent on moving the team from McCoy Stadium to a new ballpark that would be built in downtown Providence.

Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien was briefed last night by one of the new owners, Providence lawyer James Skeffington, said Antonio Pires, Pawtucket administration director. Skeffington told the Pawtucket mayor that the new group wants to move to a privately-financed stadium on the Providence downtown waterfront.

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On Politics
10:21 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Reed says Electric Boat should use PLA on construction projects

Update: Sen. Jack Reed, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee and Rhode Island’s senior senator, issued this statement via spokesman Chip Unruh on the hiring of Rhode Island union construction workers at the Electric Boat expansion projects at Quonset:

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Scott MacKay Commentary
4:39 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Scott MacKay Commentary: Why So Few RI Building Trades Workers At EB Quonset Jobs?

General Dynamics Electric Boat's manufacturing site at Quonset Point in South County
Credit RIPR FILE

R.I. politicians love to talk about job-development plans. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why they aren’t  doing more to ensure that Rhode Islanders are hired for the Electric Boat expansion in Quonset.

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RI News
9:21 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Richard Baccari Steps Down As Head Of Churchill And Banks Development Company

Richard Baccari, Sr. the head of development company Churchill and Banks, is stepping down after forty years with the company.  Churchill and Banks rose to prominence developing supermarkets across the state, as well as the Lincoln Mall, and T.F. Green Airport parking lot

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On Politics
12:38 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Tickets still Available for Newpaper Guild Follies on Feb. 27

Once again it is time – if you haven’t already - to get your tickets to the  Providence Newspaper’s Guild’s annual Follies show at the Venus de Milo in Swansea, Mass. As always the show, a spoof of all things Rhode Island, but especially our state’s entertaining political culture,  is slated for the last Friday evening in February, which this year falls on Feb. 27th.

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On Politics
12:19 pm
Sat February 14, 2015

Station Fire Service Postponed Due To Snow Forecast

The snow forecast for tonight and tomorrow has led to postponement of Sunday’s scheduled Station Fire Foundation Memorial service at West Warwick High School. The service was slated for 1 p.m.

The observance in the memory of the 100 who died in the Feb. 20, 2003 Station nightclub fire will be rescheduled for a date and time that will be announced soon, according to a spokesman for the organizers.

On Politics
4:11 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Raimondo flip-flops on helping RI municipalities

Oh,  the delicious ironies of Rhode Island politics: Gov. Gina Raimondo posed with a flock of mayors and local officials this afternoon to tout her new executive order that is meant to help Rhode Island cities and towns save money.

As part of her executive order, Lt. Gov. Dan McKee, the former Cumberland mayor, will lead an effort to talk to municipal leaders and get their ideas for saving taxpayer dollars, according to RIPR’s report by our political reporter, the intrepid Ian Donnis.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
4:10 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Scott MacKay Commentary: More Than Meets Eye In Rep. Joe Almeida Arrest?

Rep. Almeida in Feb.2015
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Once again, a Rhode Island General Assembly member has been arrested.Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst Scott MacKay on why the charges against Rep. Joseph Almeida don’t fit the usual pattern.

The Rhode Island state police have nabbed Providence State Rep. Almeida for allegedly misappropriating about $6,000 in campaign money for personal use.

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On Politics
4:36 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Raimondo Sets Up Pay Equity Telephone Tip Line

Gov. Gina Raimondo is establishing a "RI Pay Equity Tip Line"  so that Rhode Islanders can report employers who violate the state law that bans gender-based wage discrimination.

The tip line, at 401-462-9243, is run by the state Department of Labor and Training. DLT is the agency that enforces labor laws and investigates wage complaints and hiring discrimination.

"In Rhode Island we want to make sure work pays," said Raimondo in a news release. "Ensuring paycheck fairness is important for women, it creates opportunities for families, and it strengthens the economy."

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