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
3:12 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

RI Unemployment Rate Drops

In a sign of good news for Rhode Island’s struggling economy, the state Department of Labor and Training reports that the state unemployment rate dropped in March to 9.1 percent, from 9.4 percent in February. The March rate represents the lowest since November 2008.

Rhode Island jobs increased by 1,500 in March, but the state’s workforce still has a long way to go before it reaches the pre-recession level of  December, 2006.

In the past year the unemployment rate in the Ocean State has declined by 1.5 percentage points, the biggest drop since the mid 1980s.

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On Politics
4:08 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Social Event of the Season Thursday at the MET!

Please come to the social/good cause event of  the season on Thursday, April 18, at the MET in Pawtucket: The `Made in Rhode Island’ Spring Benefit fundraising event for Rhode Island Public Radio featuring NPR congressional correspondent Tamara Keith.

This soiree begins at 6 p.m. at the MET, located in Hope Artiste Village at 1005 Main Street in Pawtucket.

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On Politics
5:28 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Big Kennedy Plaza changes afoot; some buses to be cut

Governor Lincoln Chafee and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras are scheduled on Thursday to announce major changes to Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence with an event at the Providence Biltmore Hotel on Thursday evening.

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On Politics
3:46 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

We are all Bostonians

Copley Square, Boston
Credit Gino Roncaglia / flickr creative commons

Few days are anticipated in New England like the unofficial first day of real spring, Patriots Day. It marks the annual commemoration of  the  battles at Lexington and Concord, the shots heard around the world that were the first battles of the Revolutionary War.  It is these iconic events of American freedom that we celebrate.

In Massachusetts, it is a mélange of civic holiday and the biggest street party anywhere. Workers have the day off. Schools are out. America’s college town kids party and join the locals lining the streets to watch the marathon.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:11 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Is EngageRI Secrecy Hurting Raimondo?

In politics, as in pensions, assets can turn into liabilities. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if an advocacy group for pension overhaul that doesn’t need to disclose its members has become state Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s Achilles heel.

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On Politics
6:02 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Brown's wise engineering decision

Is there really any serious opposition to Brown University’s decision to expand its engineering school on College Hill rather than in the old Jewelry District?

The Providence Journal’s story and headline on Thursday had a curious headline and lede, focusing on the location of  the engineering school rather than the impressive news that our state’s lone Ivy League college is getting into technology education in a major way.

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On Politics
5:41 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Newport Grand seeking state help

The Newport Grand slot machine parlor lost its attempt to expand with Las Vegas-style table games in last November’s election. Now Newport Grand is seeking a break from state gaming taxes while the gambling emporium decides its next move.

Under legislation introduced in the Rhode Island General Assembly, Newport Grand is looking to decrease the share of gambling revenues it send to the state by about $3 million over the next two years, according to Diane Hurley, owner of Newport Grand.

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On Politics
12:08 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Is EngageRI secrecy hurting Raimondo?

In politics, as in pensions, assets can turn into liabilities. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if an advocacy group for pension overhaul that doesn’t need to disclose its members has become state Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s Achilles heel.

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On Politics
4:48 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Ken Block's latest foray into outer political space

Are Ken Block’s 15 minutes of master lever fame up yet? Block, founder of the Moderate Party, losing 2010 gubernatorial candidate, computer genius and self-appointed political gadfly, has been campaigning relentlessly for an end to the master lever in Rhode Island elections.

Block has advanced a plethora of  reasons, many of them simple good-government ideas that likely resonate with a large slice of voters. He also pushes the yahoo side, weaving in corruption, the state’s economy and shadowy State House dealings by pols elected due to voter ignorance/master lever machinations.

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On Politics
2:50 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Farmer, Connell to be honored by YWCA

The YWCA Rhode Island is out with its 5th annual Women Holding Office Celebration. This year the YWCA will honor two path-breaking Rhode Island women political figures with the Isabelle Ahearn O’Neill award. Republican Susan L. Farmer, who in 1982 became the first woman elected to a statewide office in Rhode Island when she was elected secretary of state, and Kathleen S. Connell, who became the first Democratic woman to win statewide office when she was elected secretary of state in 1986.

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