tea party http://ripr.org en 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: 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 Sen. Whitehouse uses government shutdown to raise campaign cash http://ripr.org/post/sen-whitehouse-uses-government-shutdown-raise-campaign-cash <p>Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has become the second member of the RI Washington, D.C. delegation to use the 16-day federal government shutdown as a rationale for raising campaign dollars. In an e-mail message to supporters, Whitehouse decries the Republican-inspired closing of the federal government.</p><p>``If there is one thing we have learned in these past weeks, it’s that the Tea Party will go to great lengths – including putting the American economy in danger and holding our government hostage – to destroy Obamacare,’’ writes Democrat Whitehouse.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:38:05 +0000 Scott MacKay 23549 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Congressmen Voice Disapproval of IRS http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-congressmen-voice-disapproval-irs <p>Rhode Island’s two U.S. senators are weighing in on the IRS scandal.&nbsp; The agency charged with collecting taxes has been targeting conservative groups for special attention in their applications for tax-exempt status.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 12:16:25 +0000 Flo Jonic 15919 at http://ripr.org