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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Across Rhode Island, college graduates are headed to the wider  world. But many of them will spend years paying down the student loans that financed their degrees. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time to give students a break, and bring down the cost of higher education.  (Advance copy of commentary scheduled to air Monday.)

It’s the season of caps and gowns, platitudes and milestones. Families gather round as graduates hoist diplomas for the camera.

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Once again, corruption overshadows the financial and social struggles of Providence city government. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the indictment of Council President Luis Aponte.  

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The Rhode Island Supreme Court has upheld a Superior Court ruling that stated that Warren taxpayers were shortchanged by the Bristol-Warren Regional School District to the tune of about $2 million in the 2014-2015 district budget.

The high court decision, released today, states that Warren correctly argued that under the state’s school aid funding formula should result in a smaller contribution to the two-town school district because Warren is the poorer community.

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A strong majority of the Providence City Council, Democrats all, is seeking to oust Council President Luis Aponte from his leadership post.

On Friday, a group of seven Providence councilors who previously backed Aponte called for a special meeting Monday to vote on a no confidence resolution in Aponte, pressing him to resign as council president.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has called for indicted city council president Luis Aponte to step down as the council’s leader, but two council leaders, President  Pro Tempore Sabina Matos and Majority Leader Bryan Principe, ducked the issue in statements today.

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The Providence City Council has been ensnared in controversy of late. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why the council is so ineffective.

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A grass-roots campaign has pushed Providence City Councilor Kevin Jackson from office in an overwhelming, unprecedented recall victory on the capital city’s East Side, marking the first time any city political figure has been ousted from office through a recall effort.

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Author and researcher Sonia Nieto will deliver the undergraduate commencement address at the Rhode Island College commencement on Saturday, May 13th at 9 a.m. at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence.

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A path breaking Harvard University Law School professor and former clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall will keynote the 2017 Commencement exercises at Roger Williams Law School on May 19th at 1 p.m. at the RWU Athletic Field on the Bristol campus at One Old Ferry Road.

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The Providence to Newport Ferry is coming back with increased service this summer.

The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and the state Department of Transportation announced today the return of the ferry service, which drew thousands last summer.

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Boston’s big hospital system –Partners HealthCare—is acquiring Care New England, Rhode Island’s second largest hospital chain. 

RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this deal raises many questions about the quality and price of health care in the Ocean State.

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Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro and five others will receive honorary degrees at Brown University’s 249th Commencement on Sunday, May 28th in Providence.

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Boston’s big hospital system –Partners HealthCare—hopes to acquire Care New England, Rhode Island’s second largest hospital chain. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this deal raises many questions about the quality and price of health care in the Ocean State. (Advance copy of commentary that airs Monday).

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In a letter to doctors, Lifespan CEO Dr. Timothy J. Babineau has criticized the proposed merger of Boston-based Partner HealthCare and Lifespan’s chief Rhode Island competition, Care New England.

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