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
1:33 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

Straight talk on jobs needed in RI

Another week passes with the usual palaver  from the Rhode Island political and business elite on economic development. RIPR political  analyst Scott MacKay says its time for some changes in the way Rhode Islanders view our state and ourselves.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
1:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

RI Lawmakers should stay clear of immigration issues

For nearly a decade every Rhode Island legislative session has brought a florid and divisive debate over immigration issues. First it was whether the state should require all businesses to check the citizenship status of employees by using a federal computer database known as E-Verify.

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On Politics
4:15 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

RI Should Take Deep Breath On Immigration

The Rhode Island General Assembly is back in session and in less than a month The House has already taken a historic vote to approve same-sex marriage. While it’s unclear what will happen to that controversial measure in the Senate,  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says there’s one hot button issue lawmakers ought to stay away from.

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On Politics
3:09 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Mass. Senate: Brown, Markey a dead heat

A potential Massachusetts Senate race between Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Ed Markey is a virtual tie. That’s the result of a Public Policy Polling survey that shows Brown with 48 percent and Markey with 45 percent.

The poll also showed Markey, of Malden,  as a big favorite over primary challenger Stephen Lynch, of Boston, by a 52-19 margin.

The special election slated for June is to fill the seat vacated by John Kerry, who has been confirmed as President Obama’s new secretary of state.

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On Politics
4:31 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Get Your Follies Tickets Now

Unless you want to be seated on Route 6 near the big neon sign, you had better get your Providence Newspaper Guild Follies tickets ASAP.

Tickets are moving out the door for the 40th anniversary edition of the Follies, to be held on  Feb. 22 at the Venus deMilo in Swansea, Mass. As always, the show is  held on the last Friday in February at the Venus, so the cast and audience will be outside the reach of Rhode Island law. This is an event that sells out every year.

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On Politics
2:40 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Are you sure about this Sen. Ciccone?

As is always the case during debate on emotional social issues, the verbal parrying at the State House can drift into seriously ridiculous misinformation. Such is the case in Sunday’s gay marriage page one ProJo story by Phil Marcelo.

In this piece, Marcelo quotes Sen. Frank Ciccone III, D-Providence. Ciccone is a prominent opponent of same gender marriage; he has introduced legislation calling for a voter referendum on the issue.

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On Politics
10:42 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Of Taveras, Marsalis, Buddy and Jazz

Being Providence mayor is a tough job, but it isn’t all about filling potholes and budget deficits and cajoling municipal union leaders. On Sunday, Mayor Angel Taveras showed up at Veterans Memorial Auditorium to greet jazz great Wynton Marsalis.

Before introducing Marsalis, Taveras told the packed house that being mayor ``comes with certain privileges.’’

That phrase drew a ripple of  knowing Rhode Islandesque laughter. Taveras quickly deadpanned, ``I’m not Buddy.’’

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On Politics
2:31 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Senate President Paiva Weed's legacy hinges on gay marriage

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed
Credit courtesy of Teresa Paiva Weed

Same sex marriage has won overwhelming approval in the Rhode Island House. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what’s next in this historic debate.

If you don’t believe the political landscape in Rhode Island has undergone a seismic shift, you weren’t at McKim, Mead and White’s State House for the historic House vote on same sex marriage.  The measure won overwhelmingly on a 51 to 19 tally.

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On Politics
4:12 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Bernice King at Brown; Charles Ogletree at URI

Two of the nation’s leading African-American intellectuals will be speaking at Brown University and  the University of Rhode Island.

URI will host Charles Ogletree on Feb. 5. Ogletree is a nationally-known Harvard University Law School professor and longtime mentor and adviser to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Both the Obamas were Ogletree’s students at Harvard. Ogletree is an expert on criminal and civil rights legal issues.

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On Politics
6:18 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Same sex marriage clears RI House Judiciary

Same-sex marriage legislation has cleared its first hurdle in the Rhode Island General Assembly. The House Judiciary Committee approved marriage equality legislation proposed by Rep. Art Handy, D-Cranston on a unanimous vote. The historic move represents the first time any committee in either RI legislative chamber has approved a gay marriage measure.

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