Scott MacKay commentary

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10:41 am
Sun September 7, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Closing Thoughts As Primary Day Nears

Tuesday is primary day in Rhode Island.
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Final musings Sunday a.m. before church and the Patriots opener.  Pats provide welcome respite to politics as the hours dwindle until Tuesday.

The biggest question in the Democratic gubernatorial primary is whether Clay Pell is incurring some last-minute cuts. His debate performances in the final week were underwhelming. And the revelation that he was a registered Republican when he lived in Arizona isn’t going to help him. Neither will the news that his skating queen wife, Michelle Kwan, was also registered with the GOP when she lived in California.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
1:38 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Start Taking Off The Gloves

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and State Treasurer Gina Raimondo have begun trading jabs as the fight for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination heats up.
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The televised air wars have started in the Democratic primary for governor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if voters are paying attention yet.

As the weeks dwindle towards the September primary, the advertising rhetoric among the major Democratic candidates has heated up. This is especially true of the campaigns of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

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On Politics
4:09 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: More Twists In Providence Mayoral Contest

Lorne Adrain has dropped out of the Providence mayoral race, bringing the number of general election candidates to three, for now.
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Just when you thought you knew the candidate field in the Providence mayoral campaign, things changed. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay’s thoughts on the capital city’s revised City Hall election.

Another week, another new twist in the Providence mayor campaign. The departure of independent Lorne Adrain from the race has set off a scramble for his supporters, most of whom hail from his home neighborhood on the city’s affluent East Side.

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On Politics
12:39 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

The 229th Bristol Fourth

Hike the streets of Bristol this week. It’s an exercise in history and Old Home Week. From the concerts in Independence Park, to the taverns, markets and a Hope Street adorned with the freshly painted  red, white and blue stripe down the middle.

This old  New England port, marinated in history, is the scene this week of handshakes and hugs, as people who haven’t seen each other recently - some in many years – greet and relive the old times.

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On Politics
2:04 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: The Providence Mayoral Race, It's Not All About Buddy

Who will sit in the mayor's office next term? There will be at least four candidates for the job on the general election ballot.
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So Buddy Cianci is back in the campaign for Providence mayor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay reminds us that he isn’t the only candidate.

Every newsroom used to have a crusty city editor who berated young reporters. Mine was a revered Providence Journal editor named Al Johnson who barked, ``put them in the ambulance before you take them to the hospital’’ when he wanted a story about a car accident.

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2:29 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Finally, Smith Hill And RI Colleges Work Together

Rhode Island College, University of Rhode Island, and the Community College of Rhode Island will not see their tuition increase if the state budget is approved.
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Is Rhode Island government finally waking up to leveraging state colleges as wellsprings of economic development? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay sees some hopeful signs on Smith Hill.

After years of malign neglect of Rhode Island’s public colleges and universities, the General Assembly finally appears to be turning a corner. Several elements in the state budget approved last week by the House Finance Committee show that Statehouse politicians are finally getting the message on the iron link between education and creating jobs in the Ocean State.

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10:58 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Rhode Island's Democrats vs. Massachusetts

RI Democrats could take a page out of Massachusetts' book when dealing with the economy.
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Rhode Island Democrats should look to Massachusetts for some leadership on the economy. RIPR political analyst  Scott MacKay explains why.

Rhode Island is once again ensnared in a noisy political campaign season. The stench of government corruption has led to new leadership on Smith Hill. Gordon Fox is out as speaker and Nick Mattiello is in. Democrats control both chambers of the General Assembly by big margins. Yet the historic majority party can’t seem to speak with a coherent voice on our state’s struggling economy.

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2:59 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Rhode Island Needs More People Like The Pells

Nuala Pell in her Newport home.
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Rhode Island pays its final respects this morning to Nuala Pell, widow of  Sen. Claiborne Pell at services in Newport. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why the passing of Mrs. Pell signals the end of an era.

Sen. Claiborne Pell represented Rhode Island for 36 years in the United States Senate. Few senators have ever better served a state.

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2:35 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: We Remember: Patriot's Day 2014

The corner of Cambridge and Tremont streets after the Boston Marathon bombings, one year ago.
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It’s been a year since bombs and blood in the streets shattered one of New England’s treasured civic celebrations.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the lessons of the Boston Marathon bombings as this year’s race approaches.

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8:43 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: When Will The Debate Over Public Pensions End?

A settlement over the state's public pension has been the subject of heated debate.
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When will Rhode Islanders stop debating public employee pensions? Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst Scott MacKay says that won’t happen anytime soon.

You can hear political analyst Scott MacKay’s commentary every Monday during Morning Edition on Rhode Island Public Radio.

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