Claiborne Pell en Needed Now: More People Like the 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 Time for Clay Pell to Step Away from The 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 Passing the torch to a new generation of RI pols <p>Out with old and in with the new. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why that may be the theme of Rhode Island’s 2014 election cycle.</p><p>John F. Kennedy put it eloquently in his 1961 inaugural address: ``Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.’’</p><p>The Ocean State elections promise to turn friend into foe, but that happens every two years in our insular political culture. What is becoming notable as the parade forms for the 2014 is the changing of the generational guard.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 19:24:19 +0000 Scott MacKay 23793 at Clay Pell to wed former Olympic skater Kwan <p>As the <a href="">Washington Post </a>reports, Clay Pell, grandson of the&nbsp;late and esteemed former RI senator Claiborne Pell, is engaged to Olympic skating great Michelle Kwan:</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 18:50:35 +0000 Ian Donnis 8603 at