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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John S. Carter Jr., an inventor, entrepreneur and industrialist who built an East Providence company into a world-renowned brand, sold it, and devoted his life to philanthropy, has died. He was 83.

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Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket announced plans last week to close, citing financial troubles. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says that while politicians protest, no one should be surprised at this development. 


The Indian Summer sun fades, the afternoon light will soon dwindle and morning frost is on the pumpkin. Evening chills send us to our closets for the heavier coats we’ll soon need.

Now is also the time to think about those among us who have less. As we ready for the holiday season, the time is nigh to help our less fortunate neighbors by donating to the annual Buy Nothing Coat Exchange, which will be held on the traditional date –Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving Christmas holiday shopping blitz.

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Memorial Hospital is closing all but some walk-in clinics after its planned sale to a California hospital chain fell through.

Hospital officials announced the decision on Tuesday at a noon meeting with hundreds of employees.

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The debate over taxpayer subsidies for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox rages on. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says that for those who want to keep the team, now is the time to stand up.  


PawSox 2018 Schedule

Oct 12, 2017

Here is the Pawtucket Red Sox 2018 Schedule, which was released this morning. Saturday evening home games at McCoy Stadium  will feature fireworks:

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The mass shooting last week at a country music festival in Las Vegas has renewed conversation about gun control. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its way past time to get tougher on this issue. 

From sea to shining sea, it’s become a sad ritual: Another murderous shooting with military-style rifles, this time amid the glitz of Vegas. 

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In the famous words of an old friend and colleague Charlie Bakst (the ProJo’s longtime political columnist, when the state’s largest newspaper had such a position), I’m getting cranky.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo went off on the local media at a Brown forum this week. Among her complaints: the Providence Journal is no longer what it once was, television news has become more sensational and talk radio is, well, silly (those were not her exact words, but we get her drift). Sam Howard at RIFuture.org, and my friend and partner in crime here at RIPR Ian Donnis, have both written thoughtful things about this and I commend them.

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In an effort to trim costs, Gov. Gina Raimondo’s administration is offering veteran state employees an incentive of up to $40,000 in an early retirement package, according to a memo sent to state employees by State Administration Director Mike DiBiase.

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Ridership surged this summer on the Newport-Providence ferry on Narragansett Bay, with more than 43,000 travelers using the ferry, a jump of nearly 10,000 from the ferry’s inaugural season in 2016, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Legislation to rename Magee Street in Providence’s College Hill neighborhood to Bannister Street has been introduced by City Councilman Sam Zurier, a Democrat who represents the neighborhood.

The measure would change the street named for 19th century Providence slave trader William Fairchild Magee to one honoring two of that era’s leading African-American citizens – Christiana and Edward Bannister.

Christiana Bannister was a business leader and philanthropist and Edward was a celebrated painter.

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Conor S. O’Donnell, a detective with the Rhode Island State Police and a six-year veteran of the force, was among thousands of country music fans at the Las Vegas concert where a gunman opened fire on the crowd, killing at least 58 people and injuring hundreds more.

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State Sen. Josh Miller, D-Cranston said Sunday he is a candidate for Democratic National Committeeman. Miller’s candidacy would be a challenge to former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino Jr., who has announced he wants to fill the vacancy created by the recent death of Committeeman Frank Montanaro Sr., the former chairman of the state AFL-CIO.

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Audiences have been watching Ken Burns' Vietnam War documentary on PBS. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has been watching too, and this week he explores the complex question of what American war policy would have been without the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.


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Rick Pitino, the celebrated college basketball coach who led the Providence College Friars to the team’s last Final Four appearance in 1987, was fired as coach of the University of Louisville after an FBI investigation into a scandal surrounding the team.

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