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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The Bottom Line
4:48 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

The Bottom Line: Keeping Black Friday Dollars In RI

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week, Neil Steinberg, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation visits the program to discuss the latest push to shop local, the foundation’s legislative priorities and his take on the CVS move to build a technology hub in Boston.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
2:57 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Focus On R.I. History In Our Public Schools

In this age of STEM and standardized tests, are we teaching enough Rhode Island history in our public schools?
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It sometimes seems as if all of our contemporary debates over education revolve around high-stakes testing. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says our schools are neglecting an important topic that isn’t tested.

Trying to figure out what’s happening in education nowadays is an exercise in futility. You have to learn a new language suffused with psycho babble and techno-speak:  educators use terms  like rubrics, social-emotional learning and  site-based management..

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On Politics
12:37 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Statehouse Christmas tree lighting scheduled for Dec. 3

If anyone still cares about the Holiday/Christmas tree Statehouse kerfuffle, Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced today that this year’s rotunda evergreen will be called a`` Christmas tree’’ and that Secretary of State Ralph Mollis will light it on Wednesday, December 3 at 6 p.m.

The 15-foor Fraser Fir evergreen was donated to the state by Sarah Partyka of the Farmer’s Daughter farm in South Kingstown.

``I am happy to be part of such a wonderful holiday tradition, lighting the State House Christmas tree,’’ said Mollis in a statement.

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The Bottom Line
4:43 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

The Bottom Line: What It Took To Lure NCAA Basketball To Providence

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week, John Gibbons, executive director of the Rhode Island Sports Commission, visits the program to discuss what it takes to bring college hoops to the Ocean State and the economic impact.

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You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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On Politics
4:25 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Is The Mattiello-Paiva Weed Geezer Tax Cut Plan Realistic?

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed propose ending taxes on pensions and social security.
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Rhode Island’s Democratic General Assembly leaders want to exempt pensions and social security from state income taxes. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if this makes sense in our cash-strapped state government.

House Speaker Nick Mattiello, D-Cranston and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, D-Newport, have both said that one of their top priorities when the Assembly convenes in January is legislation that would end income taxes on pensions and social security.

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On Politics
12:37 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Gov.-elect Raimondo considering Barbara Cottam for chief of staff

Governor-elect Gina Raimondo is considering Citizens Bank executive Barbara Cottam for a top position in her new administration, according to Statehouse sources.

Cottam, who has vast experience in both the private and political sectors in Rhode Island, is under consideration for chief of staff, one of the most important positions in any gubernatorial administration.

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On Politics
3:33 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: The War Is On Thanksgiving, Not Christmas

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Conservatives love to say that liberalism and political correctness have led to a `War on Christmas’ RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says the war is actually against Thanksgiving.

The Thanksgiving turkey hasn’t been stuffed yet but the frenzy of Christmas shopping has begun with the annual blizzard of tinsel and glitz. Stroll into your local CVS and you are greeted by shelves festooned with overstuffed Santa Claus figures.

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The Bottom Line
1:17 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

The Bottom Line: Healthsource RI Starts Second Round Of Open Enrollment

This week Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst Scott MacKay joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week Dave and Scott talk with Christine Ferguson, director of Rhode Island health insurance exchange, Healthsource RI.  They discuss the challenges facing the exchange as it heads into its second open enrollment period even as its future remains up in the air.

   Do you have insight or expertise on this topic?  Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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On Politics
3:44 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

If Sanders runs for president, Tad Devine is in

If Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s left-leaning U.S. senator, decides to run for the Democratic presidential nomination, one Rhode Islander who will be on his team is veteran Democratic political consultant Tad Devine.

Devine, who has held top roles in the presidential campaigns of John Kerry, Mike Dukakis and Al Gore, has had Sanders as a client, going back to the 1990s, when Sanders held Vermont’s lone seat in the U.S. House.

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On Politics
3:51 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Raimondo A Plurality, Not Majority, Governor. Time For Runoffs?

Democrat Gina Raimondo won the governor's seat with 40 percent of the vote. Should RI hold runoff elections?
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Once again, Rhode Islanders have elected a governor with far less than a majority of the vote. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what we can do about this.

The boisterous cheers among delirious Democrats crammed into the Providence Biltmore’s 17th floor ballroom on election night have barely quieted. You can’t blame them for hoisting drinks and shouting themselves hoarse:  Gina Raimondo became the first woman to win election as Rhode Island's  governor and the only Democrat to capture the state’s highest elected office since 1992.

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