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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On Politics
4:53 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Patrick Kennedy endorses Seth Magaziner for RI Gen. Treasurer

Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy has endorsed Seth Magaziner  for the Democratic nomination for Rhode Island state general treasurer.

In a news release, Kennedy said, ``I am proud to support Seth because I know he is the best candidate to move Rhode Island forward.’’

Kennedy also said, ``Not only will bring a steady hand to the state’s finances, he will bring new energy and fresh ideas that will put Rhode Islanders to work and make our state competitive in the 21st Century economy.’’

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On Politics
12:31 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Buddy Cianci Diagnosed With Cancer, Says Prognosis Good

Former Providence Mayor Vincent `Buddy’ Cianci Jr., is being treated at Miriam Hospital for rectal cancer. Cianci, WPRO’s chief talk show host and a political analyst for ABC 6 said in a news release, ``I have been absent from the airwaves for the past week due to hospitalization for a recent diagnosis of cancer.’’

Cianci, 73,  said that medical opinions indicate that ``the cancer is completely curable’’ and that the prognosis ``is for a full recovery.’’

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Pension Overhaul
9:29 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Exploring RI's Closed-Door State Pension Mediation

The two sides in Rhode Island’s ongoing lawsuit over the state’s pension overhaul meet today to update a judge on their efforts to reach a settlement.  The case has been in mediation for about a year now, but

little is known about how the closed door negotiation has been playing out. The outcome could have a major impact on the state’s bottom line, since architects crafted the pension overhaul to reduce the amount of money Rhode Island has to pay to retired state workers.

For more insight, we turn to Rhode Island Public Radio’s Political Analyst Scott MacKay.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
5:01 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: The Clay Pell Dilemma In RI Governor's Race

Will Clay Pell be sitting in the Governor's office in 2015?
Credit RIPR FILE

Political pundits love to emphasize that campaigns matter.  Clay Pell better hope that adage rings true if he hopes to be Rhode Island’s next governor, says our resident pundit, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay.

Herbert Claiborne `Clay’ Pell  IV is the grandson of a legendary Rhode Island U.S. Senator, a Harvard University graduate  and at just 32 years old, possessor of a resume that would be the envy of many a decade or two older.

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RI News
12:57 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Brown Provost Schlissel Is New U. Of Michigan President

Brown's Provost will leave his post to become President of the University of Michigan.
Credit RIPR FILE

The University of Michigan has tapped Brown University provost Mark Schlissel as its new president. Schissel, who has served as Brown provost since 2011 will become Michigan’s 14th president.

Michagan is known as one of the nation’s top public universities with an annual budget of $6 billion a year, an enrollment of 44,000 students and a workforce of about 22,000.

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On Politics
4:07 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

RI: Be Careful when cutting business regulations

One of the biggest nostrums these days from conservatives and some elements of the business community is that our governments, at both the state and national levels, should cut down on regulation and oversight of business.

While it makes sense to streamline regulations that hamper small business, in particular, it is also instructive to parse our history for instances where lax regulation caused pain for our people and our economy.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:58 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Parsing Out Gov. Chafee's Final Budget Proposal

Governor Lincoln Chafee at his final State of the State Address.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has delivered his final state budget proposal and delivered his final State of the State address. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay parses Chafee’s last hurrah.

The cliché says: show me your budget and I’ll figure out your priorities. When it comes to Gov. Chafee’s final budget, that may be a trite description, but it’s true.

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On Politics
5:28 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

The Chafee budget item you are not reading about in newspapers

Buried deep in Governor Chafee’s budget is a provision that would save Rhode Islanders several million dollars annually by ending corporate welfare for the beleaguered newspaper industry.

Currently there are more than 250 requirements for legal notices and advertisements to be published in newspapers. These are the agate type legal ads for such things as foreclosures, tax liens, bankruptcy proceedings, public board meetings and the like.

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On Politics
3:38 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Parsing Chafee's final budget

Governor Lincoln Chafee has delivered his final state budget proposal and given his final State of the State speech. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses Chafee’s Last Hurrah.

The cliché says: show me your budget and I’ll figure out your priorities. When it comes to Gov. Chafee’s final budget, that may be a trite description, but it’s true.

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On Politics
5:18 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Rep. Cicilline Promoted to Judiciary Committee

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I. , has been appointed to the prestigious House Judiciary Committee by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California. Cicilline, a lawyer and graduate of Georgetown Law School, is a former Providence mayor and RI state representative.

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