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
10:37 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: 2014 Providence Mayoral Campaign Up For Grabs

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras will be vacating the mayor's office, and who steps into the role is still anyone's guess.
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The 2014 campaign for Providence mayor has become a most difficult campaign to handicap. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why.

With Mayor Angel Taveras running for governor, the parade is forming to take over City Hall in New England’s second largest city..

So far, five serious candidates are preparing campaigns: Four Democrats and Republican aspirant Dr. Daniel Harrop, a psychiatrist.

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On Politics
1:19 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Tax-free wine and art coming to Rhode Island Sunday

If you are a aficionado of wine and works of art, you’ll be pleased that beginning Sunday you’ll get a sales tax break.  This means that if you purchase win and spirits from a Rhode Island liquor store, you will not have to pay the state’s 7 percent sales tax.

And if you buy original works of art or limited edition art works anywhere in the Ocean State, the 7 percent sales tax is waived.

These tax breaks are the result of action taken by the 2013 General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Lincoln Chafee.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:57 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: Clay Pell And The RI Race For Governor

What chance does Clay Pell stand in the 2014 race for governor.
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Just when we thought we knew that next year’s Democratic gubernatorial primary field was set, it suddenly was not. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay talks about the Clay Pell factor.

Herbert Claiborne `Clay’ Pell  IV is a scion of a storied Rhode Island political family. He’s the grandson of U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell, a quirky, even eccentric politician who nonetheless never lost an election in six terms, despite facing the toughest opponents our small state could muster.

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On Politics
3:57 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

The Clay Pell factor in 2014 RI Governor campaign

Just when we thought we knew that next year’s Democratic gubernatorial primary field was set, it suddenly was not. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay talks about the Clay Pell factor.

Herbert Claiborne `Clay’ Pell  IV is a scion of a storied Rhode Island political family. He’s the grandson of U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell, a quirky, even eccentric politician who nonetheless never lost an election in six terms, despite facing the toughest opponents our small state could muster.

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Politics
4:11 am
Fri November 22, 2013

What If President John F. Kennedy Had A Second Term?

President John F. Kennedy's flag-draped casket lies in state in the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C. Two members of the honor guard attend the casket
Credit Abbie Rowe, White House Photographs / John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

As we continue our coverage of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we try to peer into the future.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay talks with historian and author James T. Patterson about what might have been had Kennedy lived for a second term.

Patterson is Professor of History emeritus at Brown University and author of several books, including "The Eve of Destruction How 1965 Transformed America."

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On Politics
3:04 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Sens. Reed, Whitehouse back Senate filibuster change

Both Rhode Island Democratic U.S. Senators supported Majority Leader Harry Reid’s  decision to change Senate rules to break Republican filibusters of President Obama’s nominees.

Sen. Jack Reed said he doesn’t see the change to get a majority rule threshhold for nominees as a victory for either Democrats or Republicans. Rather, Reed said, ``the goal is to get Congress working more effectively because the country deserves better.’’

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On Politics
4:09 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Patrick Kennedy And Wife Amy Welcome New Daughter

Patrick Kennedy and his wife Amy have announced the arrival of their new daughter, Nora Kara Kennedy. She was born today at 3:11 p.m. and weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces. Harper and Owen were reported to be thrilled to meet their new baby sister. Amy and the baby are both doing well, according to Kennedy family sources. In a week of the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's death, this is joyous news for the Kennedys.

Scott MacKay Commentary
8:18 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: JFK's Rhode Island

President John F. Kennedy sits with his son, John F. Kennedy, Jr., in a rowboat on Bailey’s Beach in Newport, Rhode Island.
Credit Robert Knudsen. White House Photographs. / John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

It’s been a half-century  years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  RIPR Political analyst Scott MacKay explores why Kennedy loved Rhode Island and why the Ocean State loved JFK.

Our state is America’s smallest but it loomed large in the life of John F. Kennedy.

From the time Kennedy was a young man, he and his family were shaped by experiences in Rhode Island.  If any event forged the career of John Kennedy it was his World War II heroics as patrol torpedo lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

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On Politics
1:16 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Time for annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service in Providence

One of the highlights of the holiday season in Providence is the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service that is held before Thanksgiving at one of the East Side’s many houses of worship. This year the service will be held at Temple Beth El on Tuesday Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. The temple is located at 70 Orchard Avenue on the East Side.

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On Politics
5:19 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

JFK Loved Rhode Island and Rhode Island loved JFK

It’s been a half-century  years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  RIPR Political analyst Scott MacKay explores why Kennedy loved Rhode Island and why the Ocean State loved JFK.

Our state is America’s smallest yet  it loomed large in the life of John F. Kennedy.

From the time Kennedy was a young man, he and his family were shaped by experiences in Rhode Island.  If any event forged the career of John Kennedy it was his World War II heroics as a patrol torpedo lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

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