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

Pages

On Politics
5:26 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

The war is on Thanksgiving, not Christmas

Right wing cable television networks and websites love to yammer on about the ``War’’ on Christmas. But when was the last time you saw Fox News talk about the war on Thanksgiving, which seems to many a much more serious threat.

Exhibit A: the growing list of national retail chains opening their doors for the Christmas shopping season on Thanksgiving Day. This year, more than a dozen big retail chains will open Thanksgiving, giving their workers scant chance to celebrate the holiday over a stuffed turkey with their families.

Read more
Scott MacKay Commentary
8:38 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: The Future Of RI's Tea Party

Is it twilight for The Tea Party in Rhode Island?
Credit RIPR FILE

What is the Tea Party’s future in Rhode Island Republican politics? Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay talks tea about two announced GOP candidates for governor.

Scott MacKay’s commentary can be heard every Monday on Morning Edition at 6:35 and 8:35 and on All Things Considered at 5:50. You can also follow his political analysis and reporting at our ‘On Politics’ blog at RIPR.org.

Read more
On Politics
3:02 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Twilight for the tea party in Rhode Island GOP

What is the tea party’s future in Rhode Island Republican politics? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay talks tea with the two announced GOP candidates for governor.

In April, 2010, at the height of the tea party insurgency, then-Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri addressed a boisterous rally on the south steps of the Statehouse. To 500 or  so  tea party activists, Carcieri bellowed, ``I love the tea party, I love the tea party.’’

Read more
On Politics
5:09 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

WPRO's Carolyn Cronin leaves for p.r. post with Roman Catholic Diocese

Carolyn Cronin, a veteran radio reporter and news anchor at WPRO, has been appointed to lead external and internal communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Rev. Bishop Thomas J. Tobin announced in a statement released today.

``The Diocese of Providence is excited to announce Carolyn Cronin as its next communications director to lead a critical department in Diocesan administration,’’ said Bishop Tobin. ``Carolyn Cronin’s many years as a news anchor and reporter will strengthen Diocesan evangelization and catechisms.

Read more
On Politics
4:00 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Ed Quinlan to Retire from Hospital Assn. of RI

Ed Quinlan, longtime executive director of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island and a public relations executive with a long resume in medical, political and sports public relations, is retiring from his job at HARI early next year.

Quinlan, soon to be 64, says he will be leaving HARI, which is a trade association for Rhode Island’s hospitals, but that he doesn’t intend to retire in the traditional sense. ``I am looking to so something that takes a little less of me and allows more time for my wife in my life,’’ said Quinlan.

Read more
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.’’

Read more
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.

Read more
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.’’

Read more
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.

Read more

Pages