Democrats en Republican Party Wants Pension Dispute Settled In Court <p>The Rhode Island Republican Party is backing up the GOP’s two gubernatorial candidates in saying that the state pension dispute should be resolved in court.&nbsp; Two of the state’s leading Democrats still support the push for a settlement between the two sides</p><p></p><p>A proposed pension settlement unveiled in February was cast in doubt Monday when one of six groups that have to offer initial approval rejected the deal. State GOP chairman Mark Smiley said he agrees with his party’s gubernatorial candidates that the pension conflict should be decided in court.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:09:47 +0000 Ian Donnis 31833 at Ted Kennedy Jr. to enter family business <p>Ted Kennedy Jr., is about to enter the family business. Kennedy, son of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy and brother of former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy, is slated today to announce his candidacy for state Senate in Connecticut, where he has lived for many years.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:52:07 +0000 Scott MacKay 31693 at What The New House Speaker Means For The General Assembly <p>An incredible five days at the Rhode Island Statehouse have seen the resignation of Gordon Fox as House Speaker, and Cranston Representative Nicholas Mattiello replace him.&nbsp; It is expected that many key positions in the House will be changing as well.&nbsp;</p><p>Political Analyst Scott MacKay sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio host Chuck Hinman to discuss what all the changes mean for the legislative session.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:25:18 +0000 Scott MacKay & Chuck Hinman 31062 at What The New House Speaker Means For The General Assembly Time for Clay Pell to Step Away from The Car <p>Whither Clay Pell’s campaign for governor? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts.</p><p>How do you know your campaign is in trouble: When your car is getting more attention than your ideas.</p><p>That’s what’s happening to the infant campaign of Clay Pell, who would like to be our next governor.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:31:44 +0000 Scott MacKay 30373 at Scott MacKay Commentary: The Rhode Island Politics Of Poverty <p>From the Vatican to the White House and the Rhode Island Statehouse, the talk these days is about poverty. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what our small state can do to alleviate this scourge.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Gospels tell us that the poor shall always be with us. Pope Francis has dedicated the early months of his papacy to highlighting the need to help the poor and plane the rough edges from unfettered capitalism.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:54:01 +0000 Scott MacKay 27510 at Scott MacKay Commentary: The Rhode Island Politics Of Poverty Sen Reed Leads Push For Long-Term Unemployment Benefits Extension <p>U.S. Senator Jack Reed, who has taken a leadership role in the democratic drive to renew long-term unemployment insurance benefits, has made a national call for Republicans to join the effort.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Reed was one of four Senate democrats who held a nationwide media conference call Sunday in an effort to break a congressional logjam over long-term unemployment insurance. The insurance expired last week when lawmakers failed to extend a recession-era law providing nearly a year of benefits after state jobless benefits run out.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 13:50:03 +0000 Flo Jonic 27256 at Sen Reed Leads Push For Long-Term Unemployment Benefits Extension So you think your family is dysfunctional? Try to top Rep. Charlene Lima's <p>So you think you have a dysfunctional family and are dreading the holidays. Well, the odds are very good that your kin are not as divided as that of Rep. Charlene Lima, a Democrat who represents parts of Cranston and Providence.</p><p>Lima is married to a former Democratic state representative, Frank Fiorenzano, a notorious &nbsp;Providence pol who was convicted in the 1990s of obtaining money under false pretenses after he bilked Statehouse employees and other politicians out of thousands of dollars in a doomed Ponzi-type scheme.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:01:54 +0000 Scott MacKay 26544 at Can Taveras raise enough money to beat Raimondo? <p>Money isn’t everything in political campaigns. Yet, it is a lot of things, explains Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay who ponders the role of campaign cash in the 2014 RI Democratic gubernatorial primary.</p><p>Jesse Unruh, speaker of the California Assembly, coined the term back in 1966. ``Money,’’ said Unruh. ``is the mother’s milk of politics.’’</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 22:12:52 +0000 Scott MacKay 26264 at Sens. Reed, Whitehouse back Senate filibuster change <p>Both Rhode Island Democratic U.S. Senators supported Majority Leader Harry Reid’s &nbsp;decision to change Senate rules to break Republican filibusters of President Obama’s nominees.</p><p>Sen. Jack Reed said he doesn’t see the change to get a majority rule threshhold for nominees as a victory for either Democrats or Republicans. Rather, Reed said, ``the goal is to get Congress working more effectively because the country deserves better.’’</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 20:04:43 +0000 Scott MacKay 25170 at JFK Loved Rhode Island and Rhode Island loved JFK <p>It’s been a half-century&nbsp; years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy.&nbsp; RIPR Political analyst Scott MacKay explores why Kennedy loved Rhode Island and why the Ocean State loved JFK.</p><p>Our state is America’s smallest yet&nbsp; it loomed large in the life of John F. Kennedy.</p><p>From the time Kennedy was a young man, he and his family were shaped by experiences in Rhode Island.&nbsp; If any event forged the career of John Kennedy it was his World War II heroics as a patrol torpedo lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:19:58 +0000 Scott MacKay 24916 at