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 District Court Judge William C. Clifton, a witty, wise and much respected jurist, and one of the very few African-Americans to serve as a judge in the state judiciary, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 75.

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Rhode Island and Connecticut are two bordering New England states whose residents have usually gotten along. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders has noticed that relations have gotten chippy lately.

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University of Rhode Island basketball coach Dan Hurley, who has resurrected the URI men’s program and taken the Rams to two consecutive NCAA tournaments, is leaving to coach at the University of Connecticut for a salary reported to be about $3 million a year.

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It’s well past time for the Statehouse scofflaws –Governor Gina Raimondo’s administration and the General Leadership—to be held accountable for the latest embarrassment.

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The Rhode Island economy is sure to be a crucial topic in the state’s 2018 political campaigns. RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay says there is improvement, but the Ocean State is still a long way from flourishing.

Brown University has suspended members of the university’s men’s swimming and diving team after an investigation disclosed violations of alcohol and hazing policies, the university announced today.

The sanctions emanate from an October, 2017 incident. In addition to alcohol and hazing violations, a comprehensive university investigation the team was  “found responsible for misrepresenting information about the incident to university officials.”

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The first public opinion poll of the 2018 Rhode Island campaign for governor shows a near dead heat between Republican Allan Fung and incumbent Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo.  RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay parses the bad news for Raimondo.


Brown University officials announced Thursday that the university has canceled plans to bring a house belonging to the family of Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks to Providence as part of an exhibition on the Civil Rights movement and Parks place in it.

Rhode Island’s jobless rate was 4.5 percent in January, slightly above the national rate of 4.1 percent, according to date released by the state Department of Labor and Training.

Former Rhode Island State Rep. Peter Palumbo, a Cranston Democrat, in plea deal with the attorney general’s office in a campaign finance case, has been found guilty of unlawful appropriation of more than $1,000 from his campaign fund, sentenced to probation and ordered pay restitution.

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Many issues divide our political landscape these days, whether it’s debates over gun control, immigration or the role of the federal government.

But believe it or not, this is not the most divisive era in American politics, at least not according to historian Gordon Wood. He joins Rhode Island Public Radio’s Political Analyst Scott MacKay.

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Rhode Island state and local government have grappled with police and firefighter disability pensions for many years.  Now, as RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains, two recent  Rhode Island Supreme Court have gone against police and firefighters. 


Scott Molloy, an emeritus professor at the University of Rhode Island, historian of all things Irish, author   and former Rhode Island labor leader, will lead the Providence St. Patrick’s Day parade as grand marshal.

Molloy was a longtime professor of labor and industrial relations at URI’s Schmidt Labor Research Center and has done voluminous research and written extensively about the Irish immigrant experience in the United States, and particularly Rhode Island.

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A majority of University of Rhode Island students, faculty and staff support making the Kingston campus free of tobacco and electronic nicotine products.

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Top Rhode Island lawmakers are pushing legislation to rename T.F. Green Airport as Rhode Island International Airport, a shift designed to strengthen the Warwick airport’s recognition. 

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