Scott MacKay http://ripr.org en Bruins Fans Get Their RI License Plates http://ripr.org/post/bruins-fans-get-their-ri-license-plates <p>Hockey fans of the Boston Bruins will be able to show their allegiance on their Rhode Island license plates under legislation approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Lincoln Chafee.</p><p>Under the law, the new Bruins plates will cost hockey devotees an extra $40, half of which will go to the state and half will be allocated to charities affiliated with the Boston Bruins Foundation. The money must be spent on Rhode Island-based charities.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:45:46 +0000 Scott MacKay 36184 at http://ripr.org 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? Joe Paolino moving to Newport, planning strong table games campaign for Newport Grand http://ripr.org/post/joe-paolino-moving-newport-planning-strong-table-games-campaign-newport-grand <p>Former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino has been a stalwart booster of Buddy Cianci’s redemption tour. But now that Cianci has filed for election for Providence mayor and Charles Mansolillo has been appointed Cianci’s campaign manager, Paolino is turning his political attention to Newport, where he is part of a group that wants to buy and improve the Newport Grand gambling emporium.</p><p>(Rhode Island being Rhode Island, Paolino and Mansolillo are well-acquainted; the two ran against each other for mayor in 1986 in a campaign won comfortably by Paolino).</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:02:56 +0000 Scott MacKay 36121 at http://ripr.org The 229th Bristol Fourth http://ripr.org/post/229th-bristol-fourth <p>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 &nbsp;red, white and blue stripe down the middle.</p><p>This old&nbsp; 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.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:39:55 +0000 Scott MacKay 36003 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The Providence Mayoral Race, It's Not All About Buddy http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-providence-mayoral-race-its-not-all-about-buddy <p>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.</p><p></p><p></p><p>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.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:04:23 +0000 Scott MacKay 35899 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The Providence Mayoral Race, It's Not All About Buddy Cianci Runs: Heeee's Back http://ripr.org/post/cianci-runs-heeees-back <p>Heeeee’s back: Vincent A. `Buddy’ Cianci Jr., made official this afternoon what he has been talking about &nbsp;for months, &nbsp;that he will try for a Lazarus-like, unprecedented third comeback as Providence mayor, this time as an independent.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:19:41 +0000 Scott MacKay 35796 at http://ripr.org Providence Ward 11Democratic Committee endorses Solomon, nixes Sanchez http://ripr.org/post/providence-ward-11democratic-committee-endorses-solomon-nixes-sanchez <p>Providence’s Ward 11 Democratic Committee unanimously endorsed City Council President Michael Solomon for mayor and denied incumbent Council member Davian Sanchez an endorsement for reelection.</p><p>The committee gave the Ward 11 nod for city council to a political newcomer, Mary Kay Harris. The action came at a meeting last night where both Sanchez and Harris were interviewed by the committee, which represents Democrats in the ward on the city’s South Side, according to a statement&nbsp; released by Joe Vileno, chairman of the ward committee.</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:20:10 +0000 Scott MacKay 35767 at http://ripr.org Buddy Cianci Running Again For Providence Mayor http://ripr.org/post/buddy-cianci-running-again-providence-mayor <p>After claiming not to have his mind made up before taking to the airwaves for his afternoon talk show, 73-year-old Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr. revealed Wednesday he's staging an improbable comeback to become the next mayor of Providence.</p><p></p><p>Cianci is running as an independent -- the same approach he used during his 1990 return to power&nbsp; -- in a close three-way race, after having first won office in 1974 as a Republican.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:06:22 +0000 Ian Donnis, Catherine Welch & Scott MacKay 35755 at http://ripr.org Buddy Cianci Running Again For Providence Mayor Fung (surprise, surprise) slams RI General Assembly http://ripr.org/post/fung-surprise-surprise-slams-ri-general-assembly <p>From the No Republican Ever Lost a Gubernatorial Primary Vote by Slamming the RI General Assembly Department: Cranston Mayor Allan Fung blasted the Assembly in a campaign press release today, saying the annual late rush to legislation created too many ``missed opportunities for Rhode Island.’’</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:53:40 +0000 Scott MacKay 35725 at http://ripr.org Pell calls on Chafee to sign NECAP moratorium, teacher evaluation measures http://ripr.org/post/pell-calls-chafee-sign-necap-moratorium-teacher-evaluation-measures <p>Clay Pell, one of three Democrats vying for his party’s nomination for governor, is urging Gov. Lincoln Chafee to sign into law three education-related measures approved by the General Assembly in the waning hours of the 2014 legislative session.</p><p>The first would place a moratorium on the use of high-stakes tests as a graduation requirement. The other would change teacher evaluations and the third would provide full funding for all-day kindergarten in Rhode Island communities.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:03:52 +0000 Scott MacKay 35708 at http://ripr.org