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’s last two governors - Lincoln Chafee and Gina Raimondo - were elected with far less than 50 percent of the vote. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says Maine may have a better way of electing governors.

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo recently announced her reelection campaign with a splashy tv ad. The spot is airing as the governor faces criticism after a state lawyer dropped the ball on a big case involving Medicaid payments. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses this development and its potential impact on the governor’s campaign. 

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Americans have jousted over abortion for decades. Some supporters of abortion rights thought the 1973 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that permitted legal abortions would end the debate. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says they were wrong.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has overthrown a ban on sports betting. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay looks at the pros and cons of allowing states to legalize wagering on sports. 

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has approved the cuts in state retiree pensions approved by the General Assembly seven years ago, in a decision released today.

The court ruled against a group of more than 100 retired public employees who took their legal case to the state’s highest court in their battle to overturn the changes designed to save taxpayers about $4 billion in unfunded pension liabilities.

Rhode Island’s largest state employee union, Council 94 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, has ratified a three-year contract with Gov. Gina Raimond's Administration that provides pay raises of 7.5 percent over the life of the agreement.

J. Michael Downey, president of Council 94, said the final vote was an overwhelming 1,624 to 439. The raises area retroactive to January, 2018, he said.

The union represents almost 4,000 state workers. The contract also calls for changes in health insurance benefits that are expected to save money.

Donald J. Farish, who as president of Roger Williams University since 2011 has been credited with expanding programs and redefining the school for the 21st Century, plans to retire in June 2019 when his contract expires, the university’s Board of Trustees announced today.

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the upcoming exhibition of “Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance, 1850 to 1970.”

Gorham, an iconic Rhode Island company, projected uniquely American design  on the world stage. This exhibition casts a new light on the golden era of the Providence-based firm that was first established in 1831.

Scott Avedisian is leaving after nearly two decades as Warwick’s mayor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay caught up with Avedisian last week on his final day in office.

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Linda Finn and Henrietta White-Holder are the 2018 winners of the Sixth Annual Red Bandana Award, which honors people and organizations who embody the spirit and work of the late Richard Walton, a journalist, teacher and activist for peace, labor and social justice issues.

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Rev. Anderson, executive minister of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, is taking a three-month sabbatical to continue to transition to being a woman, council president Chontell Washington announced in a news release.

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Health care costs for poor residents keep increasing in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if one of these state governments is giving some businesses a free ride.

Rhode Island’s economy is generating more revenue that was estimated last November, mainly because of a healthy increase in income tax receipts, the state Department of Revenue said today in a report.

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Rhode Island’s all Democratic Washington, D.C. delegation criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear agreement, but Republican U.S. Senate aspirant Bob Flanders hailed the president’s stance.

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