Scott MacKay's Commentary

Monday 6:35 AM and 8:35 AM
Scott MacKay


8:15 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Rhode Island should work harder to get out the vote

PROVIDENCE, RI – Tuesday is Election Day, America's grand tribute to democracy. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why Rhode Island is so far behind most of the country in promoting voter turnout.

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10:50 am
Mon October 22, 2012

What's happening in the last days of campaigning

PROVIDENCE, RI – We're down to the wire with Republican Brendan Doherty and Democrat David Cicilline. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay parses the nail-biter that is the Rhode Island 1st District congressional campaign.

Voters in the 19 communities that make up Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District are being courted by Republican Doherty and Democrat Cicilline with the ardor of a battleground presidential state.

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5:38 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

GOP should leverage 38 Studios mess

PROVIDENCE, RI – If ever there was a case study in what ails the Democrats who have run Smith Hill for eons, it is the 38 Studios video game fiasco. It is foolish to even ask what was right about this flawed, indeed desperate, lunge at growing jobs in a state in dire need of them.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:13 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Governor Chafee is going it alone

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee is not on the ballot in next month's general elections. And Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst Scott MacKay tells us why Chafee is lucky that he isn't facing voters.

Scott MacKay's commentary can be heard every Monday morning at 6:35 and 8:35 on Morning Edition. You can also follow his political reporting at the "On Politics" blog at RIPR.ORG.

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3:10 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

RI doesn't need another report, it needs leaders

PROVIDENCE, RI – If Rhode Island was a shelf, it would be collapsing under the weight of all the blue-ribbon commission reports written over the years about our state's foundering economy. Since the infamous Greenhouse Compact of 1984, the wonks, politicians, academics and economic thinkers have cleared entire Canadian provinces of trees to publish white papers and dense reports on how to heal the sickest economy in New England.

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8:42 am
Mon September 24, 2012

This year RI may embrace casino gambling

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island voters have twice turned down the chance to bring Las Vegas style casinos in the Ocean State. Things will probably be different this year.

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10:46 am
Mon September 17, 2012

What former Gov.Carcieri didn't say about 38 Studios

PROVIDENCE, RI – Former Gov. Donald Carcieri has finally broken his silence on 38 Studios. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay on what the former governor did not say.

It was a grim-looking Don Carcieri who ended his retirement hiatus from media scrutiny with an interview with WPRI-TV's Tim White. If not contrite about the disaster that was the state's $75 million investment in the video game company, the former governor at least took responsibility for pushing the deal.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
7:08 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Challenges ahead for health benefits exchange

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Chafee didn't have to do an intergalactic search to find the person best qualified to run the state's latest effort to extend health insurance to all citizens. For once, the person best suited for the job is a Rhode Islander, Christy Ferguson of Jamestown.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
7:44 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Rhode Island must get over the Schilling crash

PROVIDENCE, RI – The crash of the 38 Studios-Curt Schilling video game deal has sent shivers through Rhode Island's economic development efforts. Rhode Island Public Radio Political Analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts on how we can get our jobs mojo back.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:25 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Why no RIC-URI Nursing School project?

PROVIDENCE, RI – When it was proposed two years ago, the plan to build a new $60 million nursing school in Providence's Jewelry District was what politicians, business leaders and educators like to call a "win-win."

The idea was to put a 121,000 square foot school near the sprawling near the sprawling Rhode Island Hospital, Women & Infants and Hasbro Children's Hospital campus. It was to be shared by URI and RIC.

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