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
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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On Politics
12:45 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Chafee win plaudits for advancing women in RI government

Gov. Lincoln Chafee may be a lame duck but he is getting some love from the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island and Vision 2020 for his appointments of women to Rhode Island state boards and commissions.

The report by the advocates of women in government shows that women now hold 34 percent of state commission and board appointments. Since taking office Chafee has appointed 441 women to boards and commissions out of 1,071 total appointments.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:25 am
Mon October 21, 2013

What Ever Happened To Gun Control In Rhode Island?

Despite calls for more gun control, little has happened in the last year in the Ocean State.
Credit Don Boorman / RIPR

In the aftermath of last year’s Newtown school shootings, Rhode Island politicians leaped on the gun control bandwagon. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what’s happened since.

After last December’s horrific school massacre in Connecticut, political leaders from the White House to the Rhode Island State House vowed to crack down on gun violence. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed all advocated measures to advance gun control in our state.

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On Politics
1:22 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

New York Times columnist questions Raimondo's pension investment strategy

The disputes over State General Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s pension investment strategy rages on. The latest  salvo comes from Gretchen Morgenson, the respected financial columnist for the New York Times.

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On Politics
4:58 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Do RI lawmakers care about gun carnage?

In the aftermath of last year’s Newtown school shootings, Rhode Island politicians leaped on the gun control bandwagon. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what’s happened since.

After last December’s horrific school massacre in Connecticut, political leaders from the White House to the Rhode Island State House vowed to crack down on gun violence. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed all advocated measures to advance gun control in our state.

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On Politics
3:40 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Tom Foley's story about LBJ and RI Congressman John Fogarty

RIP Tom Foley, the former House Speaker. Here is a wonderful, earthy story about President Lyndon Johnson and John Fogarty, the legendary Rhode Island Congressman who was a mentor to John F. Kennedy:

On Politics
2:51 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Shutdown over, Cicilline gets down to what Congress does best

There is one element of the U.S. Congress that  government shutdowns, fiscal Thelma and Louise threats, and the endless disputes over Obamacare never seem to touch: the relentless search for campaign money by senators and representatives.

The latest Rhode Island example is 1st District Democratic Congressman David Cicilline. The ink was barely dry on the eleventh-hour deal that delayed the shutdown craziness for 90 days or so when Cicilline was on the Internet, begging for campaign money.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:41 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Looking From Rhode Island, Massachussetts Grass Isn't Much Greener

Rhode Island State Capitol building
Credit RIPR FILE

It seems sometimes like every Rhode Island business and political leader points to the better economy in Massachusetts. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay looked across the state border and finds more myth than reality.

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Local Features
3:28 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

One Square Mile: A Public Forum on the Future of Bristol's Boat-Building Industry

Rhode Island Public Radio's Catherine Welch and Scott MacKay with RIMTA CEO Wendy Mackie and Ben Hall of Hall Spars and Rigging.
Credit Aaron Reed / RIPR

A forum featuring Bristol boat builders and industry leaders discussing how the boat building industry is recovering from the bottom dropping out during the financial crisis of 2008.  Recorded Thursday, October 10th at the Bristol Elks Lodge.


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