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
3:49 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Stephen Whitney back as RI Senate fiscal adviser

Stephen Whitney is back as fiscal adviser to the R.I. Senate. Whiney worked for the Senate for 11 years until last December, when he went to the budget management office. Whitney replaces Eugene Gessow, who left the post recently. Whitney’s first day is today, according to Senate spokesman Greg Pare.

Scott MacKay Commentary
8:24 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: What We Can Learn As Part Of Red Sox Nation

Fenway Park in Boston, the capital of Red Sox Nation.
Credit ESPN

The Boston Red Sox, New England’s most beloved sports team, are the world champions of baseball. Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what we can learn from these men who played a boys game with joy.

Fifty years ago, the French-born cultural historian Jacques Barzun wrote a lyrical paean to baseball. His most noted passage was that ``whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules, and reality of the game.’’

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On Politics
11:40 am
Sat November 2, 2013

President Obama and Boston: What the president was right about

The Red Sox duck boat parade streamed through the streets of Boston  as fans by the hundreds of thousands lined up to cheer on the improbable dream team that won the 2013 World Series.

While no athletic accomplishment can ever leaven the horror of the Boston Marathon bombings for survivors and the still-suffering families shattered by this cowardly act of terrorism, it was nonetheless grand to see the simple majesty of a gesture made at the road race finish line by Red Sawx players.

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On Politics
4:41 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Lessons we can learn from the Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox, New England’s most beloved sports team, are the world champions of baseball. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what we can learn from these men who played a boys game with joy.

Fifty years ago, the French-born cultural historian Jacques Barzun wrote a lyrical paean to baseball. His most noted passage was that ``whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules, and reality of the game.’’

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RI News
10:36 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Only One Game Away, Can The Red Sox Bring It Home?

Rhode Island Public Radio's Political Team, Ian Donnis and Scott MacKay enjoying a Red Sox game.
Credit RIPR FILE

The Red Sox face off against the St. Louis Cardinals tonight in game six of the World Series.  The game could be decisive.  If the Sox win it, they will leave the field World Series Champions for the third time in just 10 years.  Across New England many fans are anxiously awaiting tonight's game, not least among them Rhode Island's Political team, Ian Donnis and Scott MacKay.  We asked Ian and Scott to take a moment to bring their sharp analysis from the field on Smith Hill to the grass at Fenway Park.

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On Politics
4:49 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

A Red Sawx win in game 6 would clinch it

Tomorrow’s game at Fenway Park is the crucial one in this World Series. It is an advantage for Boston that the Old Towne Team has two games to win one; the Cahdinals backs are against the proverbial wall.

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On Politics
2:01 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

RI State Police bust unemployment cheats

 

STATE POLICE SWEEP RESULTS IN EIGHT ARRESTS FOR FRAUDULENT COLLECTION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

For Immediate Release

 

October 29, 2013

 

Contact:        Major Todd Catlow

 Rhode Island State Police

                        Detective Commander

                        RISP Headquarters

                        (401) 444-1006

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On Politics
12:00 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

From RI to Virginia Guv race: The Caramadre-McAuliffe connection

The Washington Post has the story on how Rhode Island's Joseph Caramadre case has reverberated in the Virginia governor's race. The story, by Post reporter Laura Vozzella, describes how ``a dying mechanic wanted a few thousand dollars to leave to his wife, two sons and infant daughter. A politically connected millionaire, now running for Virginia governor, wanted to make some money. And a Rhode Island estate planner wantd to become ambassador to the Vatican.

``All three came together in late 2006 in a deal struck just two months before the 44-year old mechanic died of cancer.''

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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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