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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General Assembly
9:25 am
Wed March 26, 2014

What The New House Speaker Means For The General Assembly

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and his family at the Statehouse.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

An incredible five days at the Rhode Island Statehouse have seen the resignation of Gordon Fox as House Speaker, and Cranston Representative Nicholas Mattiello replace him.  It is expected that many key positions in the House will be changing as well. 

Political Analyst Scott MacKay sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio host Chuck Hinman to discuss what all the changes mean for the legislative session.

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On Politics
6:40 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Leo Skenyon to become Speaker Mattiello chief of staff

UPDATE: Skenyon began working in Mattiello's office today, according to House spokesman Larry Berman.

With rumors dancing through the Statehouse corridors of power, new House Speaker Nick Mattiello, D-Cranston has yet to reveal his leadership team. Which isn’t unusual, considering he wasn’t formally elected speaker until about an hour ago.

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General Assembly
9:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

A Closer Look At Gordon Fox's Resignation And Changing Leadership In The House

Major changes are expected to come to the House of Representatives, following the resignation of former Speaker Gordon Fox.
Credit RIPR FILE

The Rhode Island House of Representatives is expected to cap a dramatic sequence of events unfolding over the last few days by electing a new speaker Tuesday. The change was set in motion last Friday when state and federal authorities raided House Speaker Gordon Fox’s East Side home and Statehouse office. Fox resigned from his leadership position the next day, saying he doesn’t plan to seek re-election to his state rep seat in November.

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On Politics
5:23 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Mattiello, new RI speaker, cleans House, starts anew amid old RI dealings

UPDATE: Williams (Labor) Ajello (Judiciary) Melo (Finance) out as committee chairs as Mattiello takes over.

As has been the case since its days as a British colony, Rhode Island’s florid political culture is once again enmeshed in upheaval because of chicanery in high places.

The abrupt demise of Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox of Providence means another episode of   `As the Rhode Island Statehouse turns.’

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On Politics
3:24 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Speaker Fox resigns, is the RI House ready for a chaotic speaker transfer?

This just in: Gordon Fox has resigned as RI House Speaker. Here's why in a post that predicted this and was posted several hours before the Fox announcement:

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Scott MacKay Commentary
5:01 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Is Fox Yet Another RI Rascal Pol?

Former House Speaker Gordon Fox during the 2014 budget.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Once again, Rhode Island is attracting national attention for all the wrong reasons. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts about the federal raid on Speaker Gordon Fox’s office.

The specter of corruption in high political office haunts Rhode Island. As it has seemingly forever. For a state still in the grip of the recession, there are few things worse than the scene at the Statehouse Friday.

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Politics
11:37 am
Fri March 21, 2014

State Police, Federal Authorities Raid House Speaker’s Office

Investigators carted away boxes of evidence from the Statehouse office of House Speaker Gordon Fox.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The future leadership of the House of Representatives was cast in doubt Friday when state and federal investigators raided House Speaker Gordon Fox's Statehouse office and East Side home, leaving with boxes full of material. Fox and investigators did not comment on the nature of the probe.

Fox staffers were allowed to return to the office about six hours after it was raided around 10 am. Later in the day, Fox's spokesman, Larry Berman, says Fox had texted him to say he hadn't resigned his post as speaker.

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On Politics
1:24 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Hoop experts picking up PC to upset UNC in NCAA

Upsets this time of year have become the norm for the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament. The hoop experts fall over each other to predict which underdog teams will knock off the favorites.

This year, a trendy pick has become the Providence College team which faces the University of North Carolina tomorrow evening in San Antonio. UNC is seeded at 6 and plays in the very tough Atlantic Coast Conference. PC is an 11 seed.

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On Politics
4:10 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Parsing PC and UNC in NCAA: Underachievers vs. Overachievers

The Providence College basketball team hasn’t been to the NCAA tournament in 10 years. The University of North Carolina hoop team has won two national championships in that decade.

PC coach Ed Cooley has never been to the NCAA’s as a head coach. Roy Williams, the coach of UNC, will be coaching his 84th NCAA post-season game. Williams, who coached perennial national power Kansas before moving to UNC, has been to 24 NCAA tourneys as a head coach. His NCAA record is 62-21.

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On Politics
2:48 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

The Real McKay in the U.S. Senate Contest

It isn’t a surprise that Rhode Island’s Republican Party is having a difficult time finding a credible candidate to take on Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Jack Reed.

Reed first won election to the U.S. House in 1990 and moved up to the Senate after the retirement of Sen. Claibone Pell. Reed has never lost an election and in recent campaigns has had easier and easier opponents.

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