Donald Carcieri en Fung moves closer to capturing Republican governor endorsement <p>Cranston Mayor Allan Fung moved a step closer to capturing the Republican Party’s endorsement for governor, winning support from the RI GOP Nominating Committee at a meeting Thursday evening at party headquarters in Warwick.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:46:47 +0000 Scott MacKay 35521 at Incumbent Mayor Fung, outsider Block play to Republican conservative base <p>Providence – It was Mr. Inside, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, against Mr. Outside, Barrington businessman Ken Block, &nbsp;as the two Republican candidates for governor clashed in the first televised debate of a campaign in which neither candidate has been shy about criticizing each other&nbsp; in the early going.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 01:42:45 +0000 Scott MacKay 35358 at Chafee and the RI Economy: Not as bad as media myth <p>It has become a Rhode Island cliché that Lincoln Chafee is a failed governor because he hasn’t done enough to create jobs in Rhode Island’s flagging economy.&nbsp; This notion has been driven relentlessly by talk radio shills and the editorial and news pages of the state’s legacy print media outlets, some of which are groping for relevance in a reshaped media environment.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:48:33 +0000 Scott MacKay 34615 at Chafee and the RI Economy: Not as bad as media myth R.I. inequality: Get past the cliches and seek solutions <p>With all the attention given by R.I. media to economic inequality, one wonders why serious discussion of &nbsp;&nbsp;solutions has gone AWOL.</p><p>Just about everybody agrees that inequality has grown for the past three decades. With Rhode Island’s anemic recovery from the Great Recession, the problem is deeper in our small corner of southeastern New England.</p> Sun, 25 May 2014 17:02:54 +0000 Scott MacKay 34138 at RI Assembly Caught in Curt Schilling Rundown Pickle <p>So here’s another report that shows just how badly the General Assembly has fumbled the 38 Studios ball. Gov. Lincoln Chafee has released a financial consultant’s report that shows that it would cost less for the state to pay off the 38 Studios&nbsp; bonds than to default.</p><p>The finding, by the firm SJ Advisors, states that Rhode Island’s credit rating would take a significant hit if the state walked away from the $75 million in &nbsp;bond obligations to those who invested retired Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s folly, 38 Studios.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 18:27:32 +0000 Scott MacKay 33330 at Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Lawmakers Swept 38 Studios Under The 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 Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Lawmakers Swept 38 Studios Under The Rug Scott MacKay Commentary: More At URI Than Meets The Eye <p>Colleges, even state colleges, are too expensive and beyond the financial reach of some students. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst&nbsp; Scott MacKay on why college is still a great investment, both for taxpayers and students.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Fast upon us 'tis season of Lilacs, caps and gowns and those desultory commencement speeches about life being a journey. For too many seniors these days, the sheepskin comes with an avalanche of student loan debt.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:35:27 +0000 Scott MacKay 32578 at Scott MacKay Commentary: More At URI Than Meets The Eye Sony, Chafee, 38 Studios and reality <p>Now comes another high-tech blabber seeking to blame Gov. Lincoln Chafee for the Curt Schilling -38 Studios fiasco that was actually done in the waning days of Gov. Donald Carcieri’s administration.</p><p>John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment, slammed Chafee in a series of twitter comments this week. But his arguments are so incongruous that it is very difficult to take him seriously.</p><p>It’s more like he has been sampling the new legal stuff in Denver or Seattle.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:13:05 +0000 Scott MacKay 28992 at Twilight for the tea party in Rhode Island GOP <p>What is the tea party’s future in Rhode Island Republican politics? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay talks tea with the two announced GOP candidates for governor.</p><p>In April, 2010, at the height of the tea party insurgency, then-Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri addressed a boisterous rally on the south steps of the Statehouse. To 500 or &nbsp;so&nbsp; tea party activists, Carcieri bellowed, ``I love the tea party, I love the tea party.’’</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 20:02:15 +0000 Scott MacKay 24533 at Chafee win plaudits for advancing women in RI government <p>Gov. Lincoln Chafee may be a lame duck but he is getting some love from the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island and Vision 2020 for his appointments of women to Rhode Island state boards and commissions.</p><p>The report by the advocates of women in government shows that women now hold 34 percent of state commission and board appointments. Since taking office Chafee has appointed 441 women to boards and commissions out of 1,071 total appointments.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:45:02 +0000 Scott MacKay 23536 at