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 at Rhode Island Hospital.

Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScotMackRI

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On Politics
3:46 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Help The Homeless This Holiday Season

Take time to give back this holiday season.
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Tis the season to be Jolly. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay reminds us that not everyone enjoys the holidays.

For most Rhode Islanders, this is a sacred time of the year. As we gather together with friends, family and food, most of us will be giving thanks and turning our thoughts to those New Year’s resolutions.

Yet, before the first strain of Auld Lang Syne is sung on New Year’s Eve, we all need to take a  moment or two to remember that not all of us are surrounded by family, opening gifts, dipping into the eggnog and tossing another log on the fire.

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Politics
3:57 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Analysis: What Ruling Against RI Sec Of State Means For Mollis

A Superior Court judge has ruled that the Secretary of State’s office improperly used the courts to investigate a lobbyist for 38 Studios.

Scott Judge Daniel Procaccini ruled that Secretary of State Ralph Mollis and his lawyer misused the courts when looking into whether Michael Corso was registered with the state while lobbying for the failed video game company.

How did Mollis misuse the courts in the judge’s view? Here to join us with more is Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay

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Arts & Culture
5:56 am
Thu December 18, 2014

"Eve of Destruction" Chronicles Unrest Of The 1960’s

Fifty years ago Thursday President Lyndon Johnson lit the National Christmas Tree and said quote, ``These are the most hopeful times in all the years since Christ was born in Bethlehem.’’ Those words would come back to haunt him. It’s documented in a book by former Brown University professor James Patterson, Eve of Destruction.

Despite the assassination of President Kennedy a year earlier, Americans were prosperous and optimistic. But in Just a few months, that would all start to erode.

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Politics
5:45 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Gov. Chafee: I Couldn’t Have Done Anything Differently To Save 38 Studios

Gov. Lincoln Chafee at his exit interview at the Rhode Island Public Radio studios.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Gov. Lincoln Chafee said one of his biggest regrets is not getting his first budget passed. That budget proposed lowering the sales tax but expanding it to other items and services.

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On Politics
4:36 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

The paranoid opposition to RhodeMap RI

It looks like the RhodeMap RI debate is much ado about not so much. Those who oppose this largely benign economic and social blueprint have blown the results so far out of proportion as to be ludicrous.

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On Politics
4:16 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Rhode Island Pays Final Respects To Lila Sapinsley

Rhode Island bade farewell and paid tribute today to former state Sen. Lila Sapinsley, a liberal Republican who became the first woman Senate Minority Leader, at funeral services at Temple Beth-El  in the Providence East Side district that she so ably represented.

Sapinsley, who died earlier this week at her Laurelmead home at 92, was eulogized by Rabbi Leslie Y. Gutterman as a path breaking woman of compassion, accomplishment and conviction.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
2:32 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Will RI's Business Community Help Raimondo Or Just Complain

Governor-elect Gina Raimondo will inherit a stronger economy than Lincoln Chafee did, but will local business leaders step up to help improve the climate?
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Gov.-elect Gina Raimondo is meeting with Rhode Island business leaders as she shapes her new administration. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay hopes the business hierarchy steps up to help her.

Raimondo is taking over a state government that is much better off than the one Gov. Lincoln Chafee inherited from Don Carcieri four years ago. Unemployment was 11.4 percent; now it’s at 7.4 percent. The state budget deficit is much lower and cities and towns are not hovering over bankruptcy. Even Central Falls is out of receivership.

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On Politics
3:48 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Former State Sen. Lila Sapinsley Dead At 92

Lila Sapinsley,  former state senator from Providence’s East Side and patron of arts, education  and good government causes, has died at her Laurelmead home in Providence. She was 92.

A liberal Republican, Sapinsley rose to become the first woman  Senate Minority Leader and was nearly elected lieutenant governor in 1984, an election she narrowly lost to Democrat Richard Licht.

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On Politics
4:22 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: What's Behind The CVS-Boston Connection

CVS Health headquarters in Woonsocket.
Credit CVS Health

What to make of the news that CVS Health, which is headquartered in Rhode Island, is opening a high-tech center in Boston.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts.

Rhode Island-based CVS Health employs more than 7,000 workers in our state. The pharmacy giant calls Woonsocket home, but the recent news that it is opening a high-tech center in Boston sent shivers through segments of the business and  economic development community in a state with New England’s highest unemployment rate.

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Education
4:54 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

URI To Hire 55 New Faculty Members To Improve Teaching, Research

URI is adding 55 new faculty to accommodate its growing class sizes.
Credit RIPR FILE

The University of Rhode Island is embarking on an ambitious plan to hire 55 new faculty members over the next four years to support the university’s core missions of teaching,  research and engagement.

URI President David Dooley said URI will invest about $5.3 million to establish these new positions. Money to support this investment in teaching and research will come from within the university’s operating budget.

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