RI general assembly http://ripr.org en 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 Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Master Lever Myths http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-ri-master-lever-myths <p>Eliminating the master lever in Rhode Island elections is picking up steam in the General Assembly. RIPR political analyst&nbsp; Scott MacKay says getting rid of straight party voting may be much ado about not much.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Rhode Island House of Representatives recently voted unanimously to end the so-called master lever, a relic of the state’s urban political machine past. A conga line of statewide elected politicians, from Gov. Lincoln Chafee down to Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, support this change.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 19:40:43 +0000 Scott MacKay 33626 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Master Lever Myths Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Lawmakers Swept 38 Studios Under The Rug http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-ri-lawmakers-swept-38-studios-under-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 http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Lawmakers Swept 38 Studios Under The Rug Scott MacKay Commentary: More At URI Than Meets The Eye http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-more-uri-meets-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 http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: More At URI Than Meets The Eye Where are the women in Mattiello leadership choices? http://ripr.org/post/where-are-women-mattiello-leadership-choices <p>Nick Mattiello has only been House Speaker for two days. So it may not be fair to criticize his committee and leadership choices; he had to throw together his team very quickly.</p><p>But it hasn’t escaped notice that Mattiello’s new team has given women lawmakers short shrift.</p><p>The new speaker has named three committee chairs: Ray Gallison, D-Bristol, takes over the House Finance Committee; Cale Keable, D-Burrillville, assumes control of the Judiciary Committee; and Robert Craven, D-North Kingstown becomes the new chairman of the Municipal Affairs Committee.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:39:51 +0000 Scott MacKay 31192 at http://ripr.org Time to try something new on Smith Hill? http://ripr.org/post/time-try-something-new-smith-hill <p>The stench of corruption has once again encircled the Rhode Island State House. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it may be time to try something different on Smith Hill.</p><p>Unless you have been living in one of those 1950s-era nuclear bomb shelters, or the old East Side tunnel, you’ve probably heard of the latest Statehouse scandal. The state police and federal IRS and FBI agents raided the offices of House Speaker Gordon Fox 10 days ago. The next day he abruptly resigned.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:18:53 +0000 Scott MacKay 31190 at http://ripr.org 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 Scott MacKay Commentary: Is Fox Yet Another RI Rascal Pol? http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-fox-yet-another-ri-rascal-pol <p>Once again, Rhode Island is attracting national attention for all the wrong reasons. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts about the federal raid on Speaker Gordon Fox’s office.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The specter of corruption in high political office haunts Rhode Island. As it has seemingly forever. For a state still in the grip of the recession, there are few things worse than the scene at the Statehouse Friday.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:01:19 +0000 Scott MacKay 30844 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Is Fox Yet Another RI Rascal Pol? Rep. Ray Hull Mulling Providence Mayoral Bid http://ripr.org/post/rep-ray-hull-mulling-providence-mayoral-bid <p>State Rep. Ray Hull, D-Providence is seriously considering running for the Democratic nomination for mayor in the Sept. 9 primary.</p><p>Hull is &nbsp;a Providence police sergeant who represents House District 6, which takes in parts of the neighborhoods of Manton, Mount Pleasant and Fruit Hill near the Providence College campus.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:11:23 +0000 Scott MacKay 30636 at http://ripr.org Time for Clay Pell to Step Away from The Car http://ripr.org/post/time-clay-pell-step-away-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 http://ripr.org