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
2:07 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

RI's energy future needs Canadian hydro power

Our air conditioners have been working overtime in this steamy summer. Our wallets will be lighter when the electricity bills arrive. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says to stabilize power costs, Rhode Island needs to look north to Canada.

Flick the wall switch and the lights go on. Turn the knob; the stove heats up. Push a button; the air conditioner hums.

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On Politics
3:16 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

RI gets F in financial literacy national survey

Publicizing ways of making Rhode Islanders more financially literate has been a priority of State General Treasurer Gina Raimondo since she took office in 2011. But a national study by the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College in Vermont, which assigned grades to states according to the quality of their financial literacy programs has rated Rhode Island one of 11 states that was given an `F’ grade in financial literacy.

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On Politics
12:17 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Restored Providence Arcade announces new tenants

The Arcade Providence is announcing a new round of retail tenants. The historic Arcade downtown has attracted Adirah, Kingston Crafts, ArchAngels, Luniac Glamour and Ntrendsic.

Adirah is a Providence gallery concentrating on authentic African art. ArchAngels Threading Studio restores brows that have been damaged by over-tweezing, bad waxing or threading by inexperienced threaders.

Kingston Crafts specializes in locally made and antique furniture restoration. The Arcade represents the firm’s first retail location.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:40 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Bryant University; A War Between Town and Gown

Byrant University has come to a head with the town of Smithfield, which feels the school should pay more for things like emergency services.
Credit Courtesy Bryant University

Rhode Island politicians are increasingly looking to non-profit institutions to finance local government. The latest tug-of-war between town and gown is in Smithfield, where the town thinks Bryant University is not paying its fair share. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its time for cooperation, not confrontation.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:40 am
Mon July 22, 2013

At Bryant University, A War Between Town and Gown

Byrant University has come to a head with the town of Smithfield, which feels the school should pay more for things like emergency services.
Credit Courtesy Bryant University

Rhode Island politicians are increasingly looking to non-profit institutions to finance local government. The latest tug-of-war between town and gown is in Smithfield, where the town thinks Bryant University is not paying its fair share. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its time for cooperation, not confrontation.

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RI News
2:59 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Governor's Bay Day means free parking at RI state beaches

An old Rhode Island summer tradition – Governor’s Bay Day – will be celebrated Sunday July 28th with free parking at all state beaches.

Governor Lincoln Chafee will host an event at Colt State Park in Bristol that will feature a free neighborhood barbeque hosted by the Rhode Island Bays, Rivers and Watersheds Coordination Team. Vini Ames and Sh-Bop will provide music.

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On Politics
12:39 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Bryant, Smithfield should negotiate, not litigate

Rhode Island politicians are increasingly looking to non-profit institutions to finance local government. The latest tug-of-war between town and gown is in Smithfield, where the town thinks Bryant University is not paying its fair share. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its time for cooperation, not confrontation.

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On Politics
12:44 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

RI Speaker Fox against override of Chafee `Chose Life' plate veto

House Speaker Gordon Fox says he does not favor a General Assembly override of Governor Lincoln Chafee’s veto of legislation that would create an anti-abortion `Choose Life’ Rhode Island license plate that would serve as a fund-raising vehicle for an evangelical Christian anti-abortion group.

Fox’s comments came during an interview with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Political Roundtable panelists Scott MacKay, Flo Jonic and Maureen Moakley. Fox noted that he a long-time supporter of abortion rights who did not vote for the `Choose Life' plate when it was approved  in the House.

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On Politics
11:15 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Brett Smiley announces exploratory committee for 2014 Providence mayoral run

Brett Smiley, chairman of the Providence Water Supply Board and Democratic political consultant, said today that he is forming a Smiley for Mayor Committee to explore a run for Providence mayor in 2014 if Mayor Angel Taveras decides to run for governor, as many top Democrats expect.

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On Politics
10:49 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Why the baseball all-star game is the best

The baseball all-star game is the best of all the major American professional sports because the players actually play defense, unlike the NBA’s basketball all-star farce and the NFL’s pro bowl, a game that resembles nothing so much as Arena football. Even the NHL all-star fest features scant defense.

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