Scott MacKay

Political Analyst

With a B.A. in political science and history from the University of Vermont and a wealth of knowledge of local politics, it was a given that Scott MacKay would become a commentator for Rhode Island Public Radio's Political Roundtable.

As a former political reporter for The Providence Journal, MacKay has spent more than thirty years documenting the ins and outs of politics in Rhode Island and New England. MacKay is married to Dr. Staci Fisher, an infectious diseases specialist.

Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScotMackRI

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Take a deep breath Rhode Island. It's been a crazy couple of days in state politics.

Warwick City Council President Joseph Solomon, who will become acting mayor when incumbent Republican Scott Avedisian steps down to become director of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, said today he will run for mayor.

“I intend to serve our great city as mayor not only for the remainder of this term, but also for the next two-year term starting next January, if that’s the will of the voters” said Solomon, a Democrat, in a statement.

Brown University will confer honorary doctorate degrees on musician Sting and his spouse, the actress Trudie Styler,  at the university’s 250th commencement exercises on Sunday, May 27th.

Sting is one of the world’s most distinctive performers. He formed The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers in 1977. The band releases five albums, landed six Grammy awards and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

Warwick Republican Mayor Scott Avedisian, the longest-serving mayor in the city's history, will leave his post to become director of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, according to a source close to Gov. Gina Raimondo. 

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Former governor and U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee says it is “very unlikely” he will try to make a political comeback this year by running in the Democratic primary for governor.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo faces headwinds in her reelection campaign. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses why the governor is so well-regarded outside the state but not so well-liked at home. 

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Rhode Island’s U.S. Senators, Democrats Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, both said today they will oppose confirmation of CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who is President Donald Trump’s choice to be secretary of state.

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A Brown alum has donated $100 million to advance brain science and help find cures for ALS and Alzheimer’s diseases.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-RI, and two Democratic U.S. Senate colleagues are urging President Donald Trump to make a “clear and compelling case” before undertaking any major military action in Syria.

In a letter to the president, Reed and Sens. Dick Durbin, D-IL and Bob Menendez, D-NJ, said the president should provide a “legal basis for any potential or anticipated military action in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime in Douma on April 7th.”

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It’s that time of year again: income tax filings are due. And candidates for governor are talking about cutting taxes. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says voters should be wary of political tax promises.

David McCullough, the acclaimed author, historian and teacher, will deliver the commencement address at Providence College’s 100th commencement exercises on Sunday, May 20th at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence.

A master of narrative history, McCullough has won two Pulitzer prizes, two national book awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is the biographer of President Harry Truman  and the author of “The Johnstown Flood” and “Americans in Paris” and “The Wright Brothers,” among other works.

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Gina McCarthy, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama, will receive an honorary doctor of science degree and give the commencement address at the University of Rhode Island’s commencement on Sunday, May 20th.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, citing ethical lapses and misuse of taxpayer money, today called for the firing of Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt.

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Providence County is participating in a trial run of the 2020 U.S. Census. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay traces how something that shouldn’t provoke controversy has become partisan.

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The Pawtucket Red Sox open their 46th home season Friday night at McCoy Stadium – if the Weather Gods cooperate, of course. Just got word that the bad weather has nixed tonight's home opener.

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