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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Cheryl Snead, CEO and president of Banneker Industries, long one of Rhode Island’s top women business executives and a strong advocate for women and minorities in business, died Monday after complications from a recent surgery. She was 59.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has delivered her annual state budget proposal to the General Assembly. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says her objective this year for the $9.4 billion tax and spending proposal is focused on voters.


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Unemployment is down, cranes are rising over Providence, and there’s hope for a better future. That was the message from Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, who delivered her 4th State of the State address Tuesday evening in Providence.

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Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. day, the holiday devoted to one of our nation’s premier 20th century civil rights leaders. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says the United States needs to follow King’s example, or lose respect around the world.


The passing of Sister Ann Keefe, who died on January 18, 2015, was a great loss to the Rhode Island Community.

St. Michael’s Parish will hold a Memorial Mass for Sr. Ann at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, January 21st at St. Michael’s Church at 260 St. Ann Keefe Way (Oxford Street) Providence.

Newport’s Gilded Age mansions, one of Rhode Island’s top tourist destinations, surpassed one million tours in 2017 for the second consecutive year.

Trudy Coxe, CEO of the Preservation Society of Newport County, which owns the mansions,  says the success of the mansion tours shows that people care about historic preservation and “care about keeping America’s heritage alive.”

In the September and October, the Newport mansions ere the most visited in New England, drawing more to tours than even the largest Boston museums.

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Rhode Island’s General Assembly returns to the Statehouse Tuesday for the start of a new legislative session. RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay previews a few of the top issues lawmakers will confront in 2018.


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The season of “Auld Lang Syne” is fast upon us. As we sing the strains inspired by the Scottish poet Robert Burns, we remember the past year. We also look ahead to the new.


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Rhode Island College has been awarded a $455,000 Champlin Foundation grant to renovate the college’s chemistry teaching labs in the John Clarke Science Building.

The grant is the largest that Champlin has ever awarded to RIC.

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As we near the end of 2017, Rhode Island Public Radio Political Analyst Scott MacKay has been reflecting on the year in politics and the year ahead. Today he brings us his annual ode, 'Twas the night before the New General Assembly session, with thanks to poet Clement Moore. 

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The Pawtucket Red Sox management says it has concerns with and is not ready to get behind a revised stadium financing plan floated last week by the Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee.

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RIPR political reporter Ian Donnis has learned that Darin Early, COO of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, is leaving in January and will be replaced by Jesse Saglio, according to commerce secretary, Stefan Pryor.

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The holiday season is in full swing.  The Christmas lights are up, the eggnog is in the fridge and the TV Pundits are talking about the “War on Christmas.” RIPR  political analyst Scott MacKay says this cliché deserves a closer look.   


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Thursday, President Donald Trump participated in a venerable ceremony than harkens back to the Calvin Coolidge Administration in the 1920s – the annual lighting of the national Christmas Tree.

At a speech in Missouri Wednesday, the president opened his remarks by saying, “I told you we would be saying Merry Christmas, again right?”

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The Internet has revolutionized communications in the 21st Century. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this open communication system is threatened by a move in Washington, D.C., to remove Internet neutrality.


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