Scott MacKay's Commentary

Monday 6:35 AM and 8:35 AM

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 weekly commentator for RIPR on Ocean State politics.  He also sits on the RIPR 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

PROVIDENCE, RI – The cliche that organized labor controls the General Assembly has become one of the biggest fallacies in Rhode Island politics, as Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay explains.

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

PROVIDENCE, RI – The campaign for Congress in the 1st district is shaping up as Rhode Island's most exciting election this year. Rhode Island Public Radio's Scott MacKay wonders if candidates can deal in issues rather than slogans.

Scott MacKay's commentary can be heard every Monday on Morning Edition at 6:35 and 8:35. You can also follow his reporting and analysis at Rhode Island Public Radio's "On Politics" blog.

PROVIDENCE, RI –

After more than two decades of progress against the scourge of domestic violence our state appears to have recently fallen behind.

A report done by the Justice Assistance group shows that between December 1, 2011 and February 3, 2012 that nearly 60 percent of domestic abuse cases in Rhode Island District Courts resulted in charges being dismissed.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Proust had his madeleines. New Englanders have our own rituals that connect us to our collective childhood. One of those vivid memories is the first time you went to a baseball game at Fenway Park or McCoy Stadium.

Providence, RI – Should Providence city government address its deficit mess by declaring bankruptcy? Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay says this is no panacea for the red ink in the city budget.

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PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's U.S. Senate election this year ought to generate interest, excitement and debate. But so far it has yielded only yawns, says RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay.

Last week's Brown University public opinion survey carried some bad news for incumbent Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. Almost 60 percent of respondents think the Newport Democrat is doing only a "fair" or "poor" job. And his good or excellent ratings are only about 30 percent.

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