don carcieri http://ripr.org en Parsing Chafee's final budget http://ripr.org/post/parsing-chafees-final-budget <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee has delivered his final state budget proposal and given his final State of the State speech. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses Chafee’s Last Hurrah.</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> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:38:31 +0000 Scott MacKay 27824 at http://ripr.org 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 Gov. Chafee Honored For Efforts To Increase Women In State Government http://ripr.org/post/gov-chafee-honored-efforts-increase-women-state-government <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee is winning praise on his record of appointing women to state boards and commissions.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Chafee was cited by the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island for living up to a campaign pledge of putting more women in state positions.</p><p>A report by the Women’s Fund says that women hold 34 percent of state board and commission appointments.</p><p>That’s up from just 15 percent when Chafee took over the governor’s office from Don Carcieri in 2011.</p><p>Of the 1,071 appointments made by Chafee, 441 have been women.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:01:49 +0000 Scott MacKay 23586 at http://ripr.org Gov. Chafee Honored For Efforts To Increase Women In State Government Marcello says The Truth on 38 Studios is Out There; MacBeth to Push for Subpoena Power http://ripr.org/post/marcello-says-truth-38-studios-out-there-macbeth-push-subpoena-power <p></p><p>State Representative <a href="http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/representatives/MacBeth/default.aspx">Karen MacBeth</a> (D-Cumberland) wants the House Oversight Committee to use its subpoena power to extract documents and compel appearances by key figures in Rhode Island's losing investment in failed video game maker 38 Studios.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 23:55:24 +0000 Ian Donnis 21516 at http://ripr.org Marcello says The Truth on 38 Studios is Out There; MacBeth to Push for Subpoena Power Conversation: Winners & Losers in 38 Studios Lawsuit http://ripr.org/post/conversation-winners-losers-38-studios-lawsuit <p>The state’s lawsuit over failed video game company 38 Studios will move forward. Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein dismissed some of the counts, but allowed key parts of the state’s lawsuit to move ahead.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 16:55:50 +0000 Scott MacKay & Dave Fallon 20846 at http://ripr.org Conversation: Winners & Losers in 38 Studios Lawsuit URI: University in RI or University of RI? http://ripr.org/post/uri-university-ri-or-university-ri <p>Even President Obama is talking about rising college tuitions as students return to campus. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay&nbsp; talks about what this all means for our flagship public university, the University of Rhode Island.</p><p>The days are getting shorter, the breezes off our cobalt coastline are cooler. The rhythms of fall return. In our cozy corner of New England, a timeless harbinger of the season is students thronging college campuses.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 19:04:30 +0000 Scott MacKay 20553 at http://ripr.org Deepwater Wind Pulls Application for Cable Connecting Wind Farm to Narragansett http://ripr.org/post/deepwater-wind-pulls-application-cable-connecting-wind-farm-narragansett <p>Deepwater Wind is looking for a new location to connect its offshore wind farm to the mainland. The original plan was to run a line from its Block Island wind farm to Narragansett’s Town Beach.</p><p>Residents complained about the plan, and the town council voted to suspend talks with Deepwater back in May. Deepwater Wind insisted that the lines would be buried ten feet underground. After meeting with residents back in June, Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski withdrew an application request on Friday.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 19:49:21 +0000 Catherine Welch 19554 at http://ripr.org Deepwater Wind Pulls Application for Cable Connecting Wind Farm to Narragansett Narragansetts Remember Smoke Shop Raid 10 Years Later http://ripr.org/post/narragansetts-remember-smoke-shop-raid-10-years-later <p>Sunday marked the 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Narragansett Smoke Shop raid --- an event that turned into a brawl in which tribal members and state troopers were injured.&nbsp; The tribe marked the occasion at the former site of the smoke shop in Charlestown.</p><p></p><p>Ten years may have passed since dozens of state troopers stormed the Narragansett smoke shop in Charlestown, but hard feelings remain.&nbsp; At a 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary event Sunday, tribal members denounced what they still consider an excessive use of force.&nbsp; Randy Noka is tribal ambassador:</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:26:44 +0000 Flo Jonic 18431 at http://ripr.org Narragansetts Remember Smoke Shop Raid 10 Years Later New York Times on 38 Studios: Scandal Grew From Political Insiders' Delusions http://ripr.org/post/new-york-times-38-studios-scandal-grew-political-insiders-delusions <p>The Sunday New York Times is out with <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/business/curt-schilling-rhode-island-and-the-fall-of-38-studios.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0">Matt Bai's lengthy and well-written overview</a> of Rhode Island's disastrous investment in 38 Studios, former Red Sox star Curt Schilling's bankrupt video game company. Bai's story doesn't offer much in the way of new findings, but it will expose the Ocean State's folly to a broad audience of influentials.</p> Sun, 21 Apr 2013 00:27:14 +0000 Ian Donnis 13902 at http://ripr.org Bring back the RI Historic Preservation Tax Credit http://ripr.org/post/bring-back-ri-historic-preservation-tax-credit <p>Rhode Island lawmakers have spent a lot of&nbsp; time recently searching for ideas to jump-start the state economy. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay suggests they head back to the future.</p><p>Hardly a week passes without Rhode Island’s business, political and public policy elite floating yet another plan for digging our state out of its economic rut. The ideas run the gamut; from modest proposals as providing more internships to keep college students in Rhode Island after they graduate to bigger dreams, such as abolishing the state sales tax.</p> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 14:10:21 +0000 Scott MacKay 12460 at http://ripr.org