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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Scott MacKay Commentary
7:07 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: Out With The Old, In With The New

John F. Kennedy put it eloquently in his 1961 inaugural address: ``Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.’’

The Ocean State elections promise to turn friend into foe, but that happens every two years in our insular political culture. What is becoming notable as the parade forms for the 2014 is the changing of the generational guard.

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On Politics
6:01 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Why did Taveras flunk his swim lesson?

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is scheduled on Monday to become the first Democrat to formally announce his candidacy for his party’s 2014 gubernatorial nomination. The 43-year-old Harvard-educated lawyer’s State House ambitions have been one of Rhode Island’s worst-kept secrets.

Taveras, who would be the state’s first governor of Latino ancestry, will make his announcement at 10 a.m. at Meeting Street School. He will speak to a relatively small gathering of family, friends, elected officials who support him and reporters, then take questions from members of the media.

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On Politics
4:56 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Brown votes against coal industry disvestment

The corporation that runs Brown University has decided against purging its endowment of investments in coal companies, as a student-led group, Brown Divest Coal, had campaigned for.

In a statement released by university President Christina Paxson, the corporation decided that Brown will address climate change though teaching and research, rather than through coal divestment.

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On Politics
3:24 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Passing the torch to a new generation of RI pols

Out with old and in with the new. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why that may be the theme of Rhode Island’s 2014 election cycle.

John F. Kennedy put it eloquently in his 1961 inaugural address: ``Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.’’

The Ocean State elections promise to turn friend into foe, but that happens every two years in our insular political culture. What is becoming notable as the parade forms for the 2014 is the changing of the generational guard.

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On Politics
11:45 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Jason Pleau sentenced to life in prison for Woonsocket murder

The murder case that pitted Gov. Lincoln Chafee against federal prosecutors over the issue of the death penalty has been closed with a life prison sentence for Jason Pleau, who shot and killed a Woonsocket gas station manager in 2010.

Pleau was sentenced to life without parole in U.S. District Court by Judge William E. Smith. Pleau, 35, of Providence, shot David Main at close range as Main approached the doorstep of a Woonsocket bank where he was to have deposited the gas station receipts.

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RI News
6:28 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Rhode Island Developer Baccari Indicted

Noted Rhode Island developer Richard Baccari has been indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of conspiracy and one count of bribery, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced Wednesday.

The federal prosecutors allege that Baccari paid $50,000 in bribes to North Providence political leaders to purchase their votes to win a town zoning change to clear the path for development of a Stop & Shop supermarket.

Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay sat down with Dave Fallon to dissect the charges against Baccari.

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RI News
8:42 am
Wed October 23, 2013

What To Expect When You're Expecting Another World Series Championship

The first game of the 2013 World Series will be played at Fenway Park in Boston.
Credit ESPN

The Boston Red Sox kick off their World Series battle against the St.Louis Cardinals tonight at Fenway Park.

Here at Rhode Island Public Radio we have a couple of Red Sox fanatics who also cover politics; so we asked them to take off their political hats for a moment, and put on their baseball caps.

Morning Edition host Elisabeth Harrison sits down with our political team Ian Donnis and Scott MacKay, to talk about the exciting series.

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Politics
9:01 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Gov. Chafee Honored For Efforts To Increase Women In State Government

Governor Lincoln Chafee has been honored his work to increase the number of women holding state government jobs.
Credit RIPR FILE

Governor Lincoln Chafee is winning praise on his record of appointing women to state boards and commissions.

Chafee was cited by the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island for living up to a campaign pledge of putting more women in state positions.

A report by the Women’s Fund says that women hold 34 percent of state board and commission appointments.

That’s up from just 15 percent when Chafee took over the governor’s office from Don Carcieri in 2011.

Of the 1,071 appointments made by Chafee, 441 have been women.

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On Politics
5:02 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Raimondo's retort to pension critics: Send her campaign cash

So here is State General Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s response to criticism of her state pension investment strategy: Send campaign cash!

In an e-mail message, Raimondo denounces critics of her pension investments as partisans. ``You might haved seen the latest round of attacks against me by a `pension expert’ who was paid tens of thousands of dollars by a Rhode Island special interest group to criticize our work stabilizing our state’s failing pension system. Make no mistake: These attacks were personal, recycled an an attempt to take down pension reform.’’

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On Politics
4:38 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Sen. Whitehouse uses government shutdown to raise campaign cash

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has become the second member of the RI Washington, D.C. delegation to use the 16-day federal government shutdown as a rationale for raising campaign dollars. In an e-mail message to supporters, Whitehouse decries the Republican-inspired closing of the federal government.

``If there is one thing we have learned in these past weeks, it’s that the Tea Party will go to great lengths – including putting the American economy in danger and holding our government hostage – to destroy Obamacare,’’ writes Democrat Whitehouse.

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