Scott MacKay's Commentary http://ripr.org en Scott MacKay Commentary: Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Start Taking Off The Gloves http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-democratic-gubernatorial-candidates-start-taking-gloves <p>The televised air wars have started in the Democratic primary for governor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if voters are paying attention yet.</p><p></p><p></p><p>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.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:38:15 +0000 Scott MacKay 37289 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Start Taking Off The Gloves Scott MacKay Commentary: More Twists In Providence Mayoral Contest http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-more-twists-providence-mayoral-contest <p>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.</p><p></p><p></p><p>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.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:09:33 +0000 Scott MacKay 36892 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: More Twists In Providence Mayoral Contest Scott MacKay Commentary: The R.I. And Mass. Casino Conundrum http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-ri-and-mass-casino-conundrum <p>It’s election year in Rhode Island. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the one issue that never goes away in our small state – casino gambling.</p><p></p><p></p><p>There’s an old gallows humor joke about banks and creditors. If you owe the bank $30,000, the bank owns you. If you owe the bank $300 million, you own the bank.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:46:20 +0000 Scott MacKay 36596 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The R.I. And Mass. Casino Conundrum Scott MacKay Commentary: We're Trying To Keep Politics Focused On Issues. Will You Help? http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-were-trying-keep-politics-focused-issues-will-you-help <p>You may be fed up with Rhode Island politics. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says now is no time for Rhode Islanders to retreat into a cocoon of apathy.</p><p></p><p></p><p>It’s the high season of summer in our corner of southeastern New England. A time of blue skies, fluffy whipped cream clouds and sun-washed surf. It’s what many of us consider our best season. Proust had his madeleines. Rhode Island natives have our childhood memories stirred by plates stacked high with steamers, saugys and clambakes on the beach.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:04:57 +0000 Scott MacKay 36150 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: We're Trying To Keep Politics Focused On Issues. Will You Help? Scott MacKay Commentary: It's Time To Dump The Rhode Island Estate Tax http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-its-time-dump-rhode-island-estate-tax <p>Nothing is certain in life except death and taxes. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it may be time for Rhode Island to get out from under this cliché.</p><p></p><p>Once again, conservative groups and business leaders are lobbying for big changes to Rhode Island’s estate tax. Called the ``death tax’’ by opponents, this tax is levied upon Rhode Island estates of more than about $922,000.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 17:24:17 +0000 Scott MacKay 34424 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: It's Time To Dump The Rhode Island Estate Tax Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Perk Up R.I. It's Summah Fer Gawd Sakes http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-time-perk-ri-its-summah-fer-gawd-sakes <p>Once again, Rhode Islanders are making national news for the low regard we have for our tiny state. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time to stop taking Rhode Island &nbsp;for granted.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Gallup poll discovered that Rhode Island is the state least appreciated by its own residents. Just 18 percent of Rhode Islanders said our small slice of southeastern New England was the best place or one of the best places to live.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 19:13:07 +0000 Scott MacKay 33945 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Perk Up R.I. It's Summah Fer Gawd Sakes Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Lawmakers Swept 38 Studios Under The Rug http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-ri-lawmakers-swept-38-studios-under-rug <p>What’s worse than the 38 Studios fiasco for Rhode Island ‘s political and economic reputation? RIPR political analyst&nbsp; Scott MacKay points to the aftermath.</p><p></p><p></p><p>It’s been nearly four years since&nbsp; then- Gov. Donald Carcieri, the state Economic Development Corporation and the General Assembly foisted the disaster that is 38 Studios on Rhode Island taxpayers.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 20:06:31 +0000 Scott MacKay 33226 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Lawmakers Swept 38 Studios Under The Rug Scott MacKay Commentary: Rhode Island's Democrats vs. Massachusetts http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-rhode-islands-democrats-vs-massachusetts <p>Rhode Island Democrats should look to Massachusetts for some leadership on the economy. RIPR political analyst &nbsp;Scott MacKay explains why.</p><p></p><p></p><p>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.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 14:58:53 +0000 Scott MacKay 32978 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Rhode Island's Democrats vs. Massachusetts Scott MacKay Commentary: We Remember: Patriot's Day 2014 http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-we-remember-patriots-day-2014 <p>It’s been a year since bombs and blood in the streets shattered one of New England’s treasured civic celebrations.&nbsp; RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the lessons of the Boston Marathon bombings as this year’s race approaches.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:35:06 +0000 Scott MacKay 31921 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: We Remember: Patriot's Day 2014 Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Try Something New On Smith Hill? http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-time-try-something-new-smith-hill <p>The stench of corruption has once again encircled the Rhode Island Statehouse. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay says it may be time to try something different on Smith Hill.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Unless you have been living in one of those 1950s-era nuclear bomb shelters, or the old East Side tunnel, you’ve probably heard of the latest Statehouse scandal. The state police and federal IRS and FBI agents raided the offices of House Speaker Gordon Fox 10 days ago. The next day he abruptly resigned.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:47:05 +0000 Scott MacKay 31283 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Try Something New On Smith Hill?