Scott MacKay commentary http://ripr.org en Needed Now: More People Like the Pells http://ripr.org/post/needed-now-more-people-pells <p>Scott MacKay’s Commentary for Monday, April 21.</p><p>Rhode Island pays its final respects this morning to Nuala Pell, widow of &nbsp;Sen. Claiborne Pell at services in Newport. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why the passing of Mrs. Pell signals the end of an era.</p><p>Sen. Claiborne Pell represented Rhode Island for 36 years in the United States Senate. Few senators have ever better served a state.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:59:09 +0000 Scott MacKay 32273 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: We Remember: Patriot's Day 2014 http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-we-remember-patriots-day-2014 <p>It’s been a year since bombs and blood in the streets shattered one of New England’s treasured civic celebrations.&nbsp; RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the lessons of the Boston Marathon bombings as this year’s race approaches.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:35:06 +0000 Scott MacKay 31921 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: We Remember: Patriot's Day 2014 Scott MacKay Commentary: When Will The Debate Over Public Pensions End? http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-when-will-debate-over-public-pensions-end <p>When will Rhode Islanders stop debating public employee pensions? Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst&nbsp;Scott MacKay says that won’t happen anytime soon.</p><p></p><p>You can hear political analyst Scott MacKay’s commentary every Monday during Morning Edition on Rhode Island Public Radio.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:43:51 +0000 Scott MacKay 31638 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: When Will The Debate Over Public Pensions End? Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Try Something New On Smith Hill? http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-time-try-something-new-smith-hill <p>The stench of corruption has once again encircled the Rhode Island Statehouse. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay says it may be time to try something different on Smith Hill.</p><p></p><p></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> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:47:05 +0000 Scott MacKay 31283 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Try Something New On Smith Hill? Scott MacKay Commentary: Time For Clay Pell To Step Away From The Car http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-time-clay-pell-step-away-car <p></p><p></p><p><em>What does "Dude where's my car?" have to do with Clay Pell's campaign for&nbsp;governor? Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay has&nbsp;some thoughts.</em></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:50:43 +0000 Scott MacKay 30568 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Time For Clay Pell To Step Away From The Car Scott MacKay Commentary: Where To Put The Probation Office? http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-where-put-probation-office <p>The plan to locate a state probation office on Fountain Street in downtown Providence is dead. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says the debate on where it ought to go may be just beginning.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:06:51 +0000 Scott MacKay 28814 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Where To Put The Probation Office? Scott MacKay Commentary: Parsing Out Gov. Chafee's Final Budget Proposal http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-parsing-out-gov-chafees-final-budget-proposal <p>Gov. Lincoln Chafee has delivered his final state budget proposal and delivered his final State of the State address. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay parses Chafee’s last hurrah.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The cliché says: show me your budget and I’ll figure out your priorities. When it comes to Gov. Chafee’s final budget, that may be a trite description, but it’s true.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:58:54 +0000 Scott MacKay 27900 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Parsing Out Gov. Chafee's Final Budget Proposal Scott MacKay Commentary: The Rhode Island Politics Of Poverty http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-rhode-island-politics-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 http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The Rhode Island Politics Of Poverty Scott MacKay Commentary: A Commercial Christmas Can Help The State's Economy http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-commercial-christmas-can-help-states-economy <p>The hours are dwindling to Christmas and the annual shopping frenzy is on.</p><p>Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay says we should shop local to support the Rhode Island the Rhode Island economy, and details what Congress can do to help.</p><p></p><p>Scott MacKay’s commentary can be heard at 6:35 and 8:35 every Monday on Morning Edition and at 5:50 on All Things Considered. You can also follow his political reporting and analysis at our ‘On Politics’ blog at ripr.org.</p><p></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:01:49 +0000 Scott MacKay 26699 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: A Commercial Christmas Can Help The State's Economy Scott MacKay Commentary: In The Governor's Race, Can Taveras Raise The Money He Needs? http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-governors-race-can-taveras-raise-money-he-needs <p>Money isn’t everything in political campaigns. Yet, it is a lot of things, explains RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay who ponders the role of campaign cash in the 2014 RI Democratic gubernatorial primary.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></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> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 14:02:46 +0000 Scott MacKay 26341 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: In The Governor's Race, Can Taveras Raise The Money He Needs?