RI Republicans http://ripr.org en Mattiello, new RI speaker, cleans House, starts anew amid old RI dealings http://ripr.org/post/mattiello-new-ri-speaker-cleans-house-starts-anew-amid-old-ri-dealings <p>UPDATE: Williams (Labor) Ajello (Judiciary) Melo (Finance) out as committee chairs as Mattiello takes over.</p><p>As has been the case since its days as a British colony, Rhode Island’s florid political culture is once again enmeshed in upheaval because of chicanery in high places.</p><p>The abrupt demise of Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox of Providence means another episode of &nbsp;&nbsp;`As the Rhode Island Statehouse turns.’</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:23:17 +0000 Scott MacKay 30973 at http://ripr.org Speaker Fox resigns, is the RI House ready for a chaotic speaker transfer? http://ripr.org/post/speaker-fox-resigns-ri-house-ready-chaotic-speaker-transfer <p>This just in: Gordon Fox has resigned as RI House Speaker. Here's why in a post that predicted this and was posted several hours before the Fox announcement:</p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:24:11 +0000 Scott MacKay 30876 at http://ripr.org The Real McKay in the U.S. Senate Contest http://ripr.org/post/real-mckay-us-senate-contest <p>It isn’t a surprise that Rhode Island’s Republican Party is having a difficult time finding a credible candidate to take on Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Jack Reed.</p><p>Reed first won election to the U.S. House in 1990 and moved up to the Senate after the retirement of Sen. Claibone Pell. Reed has never lost an election and in recent campaigns has had easier and easier opponents.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:48:11 +0000 Scott MacKay 30714 at http://ripr.org Pension settlement and the General Assembly: Is it doomed this year? http://ripr.org/post/pension-settlement-and-general-assembly-it-doomed-year <p>What everyone in the Rhode Island political swirl should understand about the state pension overhaul settlement details that are due for release tomorrow: This is very likely to be only the beginning of a protracted process.</p><p>One thing we know for sure. Even if it is fair and reasonable, not everyone is going to like it. Some unionized state employees and teachers will not be satisfied with anything less than a full restoration of the pension benefits that were sliced dramatically in the 2011 special General Assembly pension session.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:21:01 +0000 Scott MacKay 28979 at http://ripr.org Pension settlement and polls: The 2014 RI Governor's race http://ripr.org/post/pension-settlement-and-polls-2014-ri-governors-race <p>This week brings crucial developments in the 2014 Rhode Island governor’s race: tomorrow a WPRI-Providence Journal public opinion survey releases veteran pollster Joe Fleming’s numbers on the race. Then on Wednesday, the most important new twist comes when the legal settlement in the 2011 state public employee pension overhaul is made public.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:35:30 +0000 Scott MacKay 28918 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Political-Economic Reality and Myth http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-ri-political-economic-reality-and-myth <p>Every serious candidate says Rhode Island’s poor economy is the top issue in this year’s governors’ race. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time for Rhode Island to sort economic myth from reality.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Say hello to any of the five major candidates for governor and you’ll get a marathon run of rhetoric on the need to create jobs in our struggling state.&nbsp; On the Republican side, Ken Block and Allan Fung have both talked about ushering in a better business climate, lowering taxes and looking for ways to save taxpayer money.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:59:38 +0000 Scott MacKay 28460 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Political-Economic Reality and Myth Scott MacKay Commentary: The Future Of RI's Tea Party http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-future-ris-tea-party <p>What is the Tea Party’s future in Rhode Island Republican politics? Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay talks tea about two announced GOP candidates for governor.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Scott MacKay’s commentary can be heard every Monday on Morning Edition at 6:35 and 8:35 and on All Things Considered at 5:50. You can also follow his political analysis and reporting at our ‘On Politics’ blog at RIPR.org.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:38:39 +0000 Scott MacKay 24611 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The Future Of RI's Tea Party Twilight for the tea party in Rhode Island GOP http://ripr.org/post/twilight-tea-party-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 http://ripr.org What Chafee's pullout leaves http://ripr.org/post/what-chafees-pullout-leaves <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee’s departure from next year’s Rhode Island governor’s campaign has scrambled the field. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay takes on the new generation of leaders likely to vy for the Statehouse.</p><p>Whatever you think of his governorship or his policies, Chafee’s decision to drop out of the race passes the torch to a new generation of Rhode Island politicians. Unless you live in a yurt or have totally abandoned following state government, you’ve probably heard of Angel&nbsp; Taveras, Gina Raimondo or Allan Fung.</p> Sun, 08 Sep 2013 21:54:04 +0000 Scott MacKay 21329 at http://ripr.org RI Democratic Party voter registration up http://ripr.org/post/ri-democratic-party-voter-registration <p>As if Rhode Island wasn’t already enough of a Democratic one-party state, the latest voter registration numbers from the secretary of state’s office show that the Ocean State has gotten even more Democratic since the 2006 midterm elections.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 20:25:26 +0000 Scott MacKay 16283 at http://ripr.org