RI beaches http://ripr.org en Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Perk Up R.I. It's Summah Fer Gawd Sakes http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-time-perk-ri-its-summah-fer-gawd-sakes <p>Once again, Rhode Islanders are making national news for the low regard we have for our tiny state. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time to stop taking Rhode Island &nbsp;for granted.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Gallup poll discovered that Rhode Island is the state least appreciated by its own residents. Just 18 percent of Rhode Islanders said our small slice of southeastern New England was the best place or one of the best places to live.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 19:13:07 +0000 Scott MacKay 33945 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Perk Up R.I. It's Summah Fer Gawd Sakes Hey RI, lighten up its summah aftah all http://ripr.org/post/hey-ri-lighten-its-summah-aftah-all <p>Once again, Rhode Island has embarked on an advertising campaign to raise our state’s flagging self-esteem. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its time for us to stop running down our tiny corner of New England.</p><p>Back in 1996, when Jack Reed was waging his first U.S. Senate campaign, Texas Gov. Ann Richards came to Newport to speak at a Reed fund-raiser. The tall and tart-tongued Texan introduced the vertically-challenged Rhode Island Democrat by saying to prolonged laughter that Reed is proof ``that size doesn’t matter.’’</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 16:37:41 +0000 Scott MacKay 19440 at http://ripr.org Governor's Bay Day means free parking at RI state beaches http://ripr.org/post/governors-bay-day-means-free-parking-ri-state-beaches <p>An old Rhode Island summer tradition – Governor’s Bay Day – will be celebrated Sunday July 28th with free parking at all state beaches.</p><p>Governor Lincoln Chafee will host an event at Colt State Park in Bristol that will feature a free neighborhood barbeque hosted by the Rhode Island Bays, Rivers and Watersheds Coordination Team. Vini Ames and Sh-Bop will provide music.</p><p>The events at Colt State Park will begin at 11 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. A farmers market, healthy cooking classes, a martial arts demonstration and a free electronics recycling drop-off are among the features.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 18:59:32 +0000 Scott MacKay 18713 at http://ripr.org