Scott MacKay http://ripr.org en Joe Paolino vs. Edie Ajello? http://ripr.org/post/joe-paolino-vs-edie-ajello <p>State Rep. Edie Ajello, D-Providence, a veteran Democratic East Side lawmaker, says that former Democratic Mayor Joseph Paolino Jr., was behind recruiting a candidate to run against her in the September 9 Democratic primary.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:53:51 +0000 Scott MacKay 37307 at http://ripr.org Democratic gubernatorial candidates begin to take off the gloves http://ripr.org/post/democratic-gubernatorial-candidates-begin-take-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>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 Mother of Gordon Fox dies at 92 http://ripr.org/post/mother-gordon-fox-dies-92 <p>The mother of former House Speaker Gordon Fox, D-Providence, died this morning. Mary Fox, who lived with her son at his East Side home for many years, was 92.</p><p>A domestic worker, Mary Fox was known for her devotion to family and her good nature. She lived with her son until just a few weeks ago, when she went to a nursing home facility. Funeral service plans have not been completed, according to House spokesman Larry Berman.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:01:56 +0000 Scott MacKay 37286 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Rep. Abney on Newport Grand, Speaker Mattiello & The Sale Of The Projo http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-rep-abney-newport-grand-speaker-mattiello-sale-projo <p>The odds of table games coming to Newport, the sale of The Providence Journal, and diversity in the General</p><p></p><p>Assembly – those are the topics this week on the Political Roundtable with our guest Newport Rep. Marvin Abney and special host Rhode Island Public Radio news director Catherine Welch.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Catherine Welch & Scott MacKay 37226 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Rep. Abney on Newport Grand, Speaker Mattiello & The Sale Of The Projo Judge Silverstein Upholds 38 Studios Legal Settlements http://ripr.org/post/judge-silverstein-upholds-38-studios-legal-settlements <p>Rhode Island &nbsp;Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein has upheld an initial legal settlement in Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s 38 Studios lawsuit over the $75 million state loan guarantee granted to the failed video game company started by Curt Schilling, the former&nbsp; Boston Red Sox pitcher.</p><p>In an opinion released this afternoon, Silverstein approved a $4.4 million settlement reached with the Providence law firm of Moses, Alfonso and Ryan, a firm that advised the state on bonds of the ill-fated loan program.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:51:25 +0000 Scott MacKay 37110 at http://ripr.org 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 Lorne Adrain Exits Providence Mayoral Campaign http://ripr.org/post/lorne-adrain-exits-providence-mayoral-campaign <p>Lorne Adrain is leaving the Providence mayoral election in hopes that his departure gives a candidate other than former mayor Buddy Cianci a clearer path to victory.</p><p>In a statement, Adrain did not mention Cianci, but announced why he is ending his independent candidacy.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:33:11 +0000 Scott MacKay 36693 at http://ripr.org Lorne Adrain Exits Providence Mayoral Campaign 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 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?