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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Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
Gaspee Days Speech as Prepared for Delivery
June 9, 2016

There is much to like in what appears to be a reasonable Rhode Island House budget proposal  for the state fiscal year that begins on July 1st. There were goodies for business, beach-goers, retirees on pensions and small business.

But one neglected area is those who work long hours at minimum wage jobs. The budget does modestly increase the Earned Income Tax Credit, which helps working families, but it does not raise the minimum wage.

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Memorial Hospital is cutting back services and closing its maternity service. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says Rhode Island’s health care system needs more consolidation.

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  Senior U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Lagueux ruled today that the city of Cranston violated the one person one vote Baker V. Carr standards when the city allocated the entire population of the Adult Correctional Institutions as `residents’ of one city ward when it drew district borders for the city council and school committee.

The ruling concluded that Cranston artificially inflated the population of Ward 6 by treating all inmates of the ACI as residents of the prison for redistricting purposes.

The Red Bandana Fund, which honors the memory of Richard Walton, has chosen Artemis Moonhawk, Sarath Suong and the Providence Youth Student Movement as winners of the 2016 Red Bandana Awards.

Artremis Moonhawk, also known as Mama Dreads, founded the Mama Dreads Mission of Love, a grassroots organization that helps the homeless.

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Another week of turmoil in Rhode Island over government grants to non-profit groups. 

The Rhode Island Genealogical Society is honoring Paul Campbell, the former Providence city archivist who was fired in December, 2015 by the city council.

Campbell, who is also a noted Rhode Island historian, will receive an award for ``exemplary service to Rhode Island Genealogy by a public employee,’’ the society said in a news release.

The society called Campbell’s abrupt firing an `unwarranted dismissal’ that ``has come as a severe blow to Rhode Island researchers everywhere.’’

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Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, citing church teachings, has written a column opposing legalization of marijuana.  It is entitled `Nope to Dope.’

Gov. Gina Raimondo has tapped eight Rhode Island lawyers for judgeships on the Superior, Family, District and Workers’ Comp courts. The names will be submitted to the state Senate this week for confirmation.

Maureen Keough, who has been deputy chief of the criminal division at the attorney general’s office, has been nominated to fill an opening on Superior Court. 

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Once again, a Rhode Island lawmaker has resigned from his post after announcing a police investigation.  RIPR Political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts on House Finance Chairman Ray Gallison’s abrupt departure from Smith Hill. 

About 700 unionized Rhode Island Verizon workers involved in a labor dispute with the company have been ruled eligible for unemployment compensation by Scott Jensen, director of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training.

In a decision mailed to workers and Verizon officials yesterday, Jensen ruled that the labor dispute is a lockout by the company, rather than a strike. Rhode Island has not allowed strikers to collect unemployment benefits since the 1980s, but workers involved in lockouts are eligible to collect, according to Michael Healey, DLT Spokesman.

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Rhode Island’s political establishment was rebuked in last week’s presidential primaries as Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump coasted to victories. 

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