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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Rhode Island has been hit with some disappointing economic news lately. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says things can be turned around by partnering, rather than competing, with Massachusetts.

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Rhode Island’s unemployment rate in August was unchanged from July at 4.3 percent, while the number of employed state residents was down 100 from July, according to data released Thursday by the state Department of Labor and Training.

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Benny’s, a New England discount retailing icon, has announced plans to shutter all of its stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

The family-owned chain employs about 700 people at 31 stores in the region.

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President Donald Trump’s administration is seeking to reverse the Obama administration’s policy of deferring deportation of young immigrants brought to this country illegally as children.  

R.I.P. Edward Fogarty

Sep 7, 2017

Edward M. Fogarty, the erudite Statehouse legal counsel, patron of arts, especially Festival Ballet Providence,  and devoted sports fan, particularly of the Boston Red Sox, died of a heart attack last week while watching a Red Sox-New York Yankees game at his home in Providence. He was 69.

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Rhode Island organized labor leaders are asking the General Assembly to override Gov. Gina Raimondo’s veto of legislation that would have kept public employee and teacher collective bargaining contracts in effect while a new contract is under negotiation.

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Update: The Providence board of Tax Assessment Review today denied Paolino's appeal. Next stop, says Paolino: Superior Court.

Joseph R. Paolino Jr, the former  Providence mayor and large downtown property owner, is seeking a tax reduction on the former Fleet Bank building at 50 Kennedy Plaza because of the presence of panhandlers and incidences of petty crime in the area.

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Felix E. “Feidlim” Gill, of Narragansett, has been nominated to be a Rhode Island Family Court judge by Gov. Gina Raimondo.

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It’s Labor Day, the holiday celebrating working people. That got RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay thinking about unions, and the decline of organized labor in the private economy.  

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The Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a series of hearings on the proposal for a new Pawtucket Red Sox stadium, Sen. William Conley, D-East Providence, said Monday.

The death of Rhode Island labor leader Frank Montanaro Sr. reminded former Gov. Lincoln Almond of Montanaro’s crucial role in helping to get the Fidelity Investments building in Smithfield done in the 1990s without a labor-management dust-up that could have killed the project.

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Rhode Island voters have sent another progressive Democratic woman to Smith Hill, Dawn Euer, who won a vacant Senate seat in Newport. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this trend could bring debate over abortion back to the Statehouse.  


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In her new book “Morningstar,” author Ann Hood examines the transformative power of literature. Hood recalls how a childhood of almost obsessive reading led her to dream of leaving the small New England factory town where she grew up.

R.I.P. Tom Bates

Aug 18, 2017

Update: Services for Tom Bates: Wake, Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Monahan Drabble Sherman Funeral Home, 230 Waterman Street in Providence. Celebration of Life: Hot Club, South Water Street, Providence, Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m.

Tom Bates, the burly, witty and friendly Providence tavern owner and raconteur, who came to Rhode Island’s capital to attend the Rhode Island School of Design and never left, was found dead today at his East Providence home. He was 73.

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The white supremacist march in Charlottesville has stirred a variety of emotions. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says there should be only one takeaway from this demonstration.  

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