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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With Thanksgiving coming up, it’s time to think about things we’re grateful for. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says we can all be thankful that Rhode Island’s unemployment rate is down to its lowest in years. But the "Smallest State’s" economy still faces some big hurdles. (Advance copy of commentary scheduled to air Monday).

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Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady in October at 4.2 percent, just slightly above the national rate of 4.1 percent.

Rob DeBlois, principal of the Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program, has received the inaugural Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment in recognition of his decades long commitment to Rhode Island’s most challenged, low-income and mostly immigrant students. 

Republicans in Congress and the Trump Administration are working on a federal tax overhaul they say will help the middle class. RIPR’s Scott MacKay says that so far the proposals aren’t going to do much for middle-income earners, particularly those of us living in the blue states of the northeast.

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Rhode Island state government tackled public employee pensions in a landmark 2011 retirement system overhaul. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says that law didn’t end the local pension obligations that still haunt many communities.


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Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Dan McKee today hammered the National Grid election utility for what he calls poor communication to Rhode Island customers in the aftermath of Sunday’s storm that resulted in power failures for thousands of households across the state.

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U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, D-RI, today criticized the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed $3.9 billion merger with Tribune Media. Sinclair is the owner of WJAR-Channel 10 in the Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts market.

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The 2018 Rhode Island political campaign season kicked off last week with announcements on the Republican side of the campaign for governor and more.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts.


John S. Carter Jr., an inventor, entrepreneur and industrialist who built an East Providence company into a world-renowned brand, sold it, and devoted his life to philanthropy, has died. He was 83.

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Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket announced plans last week to close, citing financial troubles. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says that while politicians protest, no one should be surprised at this development. 


The Indian Summer sun fades, the afternoon light will soon dwindle and morning frost is on the pumpkin. Evening chills send us to our closets for the heavier coats we’ll soon need.

Now is also the time to think about those among us who have less. As we ready for the holiday season, the time is nigh to help our less fortunate neighbors by donating to the annual Buy Nothing Coat Exchange, which will be held on the traditional date –Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving Christmas holiday shopping blitz.

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Memorial Hospital is closing all but some walk-in clinics after its planned sale to a California hospital chain fell through.

Hospital officials announced the decision on Tuesday at a noon meeting with hundreds of employees.

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The debate over taxpayer subsidies for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox rages on. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says that for those who want to keep the team, now is the time to stand up.  


PawSox 2018 Schedule

Oct 12, 2017

Here is the Pawtucket Red Sox 2018 Schedule, which was released this morning. Saturday evening home games at McCoy Stadium  will feature fireworks:

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The mass shooting last week at a country music festival in Las Vegas has renewed conversation about gun control. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its way past time to get tougher on this issue. 

From sea to shining sea, it’s become a sad ritual: Another murderous shooting with military-style rifles, this time amid the glitz of Vegas. 

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