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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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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On Politics
3:00 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Mike Guilfoyle leaves Bishop Tobin for Assumption College media relations post

Mike Guilfoyle, the smart and helpful press spokesman for Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, is leaving the diocese to become Assumption College’s communications chief.

``Michael brings over 15 years of senior leadership experience in the communications field to Assumption marketing and communications efforts,’’ said college president Francesco Cesareo. ``His professionalism, creativity and understanding of social media will serve the college well.’’

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On Politics
4:45 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Rhode Island vs. Massachusetts: The Economic Myths

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
5:11 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

One Square Mile: Bristol, In Conversation With President Of Roger Williams University

Donald J. Farish, President of Roger Williams University in Bristol.
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As we continue our weeklong special series ‘One Square Mile: Bristol’ we look at Roger Williams University, the only college with a campus in the town.

Our political analyst Scott MacKay sat down with Donald J. Farish, the President of Roger Williams University to discuss the school's relationship with the town of Bristol, its decision to freeze tuition, and its strides to increase diversity on campus.

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On Politics
4:02 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Why RI Labor Board made correct decision on child care workers

While the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity is blasting the RI Labor Relations Board decision to move ahead with a vote on unionizing state-subsidized child care workers, it is difficult to question the labor panel’s reasoning.

Some history here:  Mike Stenhouse, ceo of the conservative Freedom & Prosperity group, asked the labor board to delay a vote until the U.S. Supreme Court decides a challenge to a somewhat similar union quest   in Illinois.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:48 am
Mon October 7, 2013

One Square Mile: Why I'll Never Call Myself a Bristolian

Historic map with bird's eye view of Bristol.
Credit RIPR FILE

RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay first encountered Bristol as a journalist in the 1980s and he has lived there for more than decade. In this week’s commentary, linked to our One Square Mile series on Bristol, he explains why he’ll never call himself a Bristolian, no matter how long he lives in town. 

In Bristol, as in Faulkner’s south, the past is never dead. It isn’t even past.  History and the sparkling waters of Narragansett and Mount Hope bays have defined a community that is more than three centuries old.

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On Politics
1:52 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

An ode to Bristol to kick off our One Square Mile series

RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay first encountered Bristol as a journalist in the 1980s and he has lived there for more than decade. In this week’s commentary, linked to our One Square Mile series on Bristol, he  explains why he’ll never call himself a Bristolian, no matter how long he lives in town.

In Bristol, as in Faulkner’s south, the past is never dead. It isn’t even past.  History and the sparkling waters of Narragansett and Mount Hope bays define a community that is more than three centuries old.

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On Politics
6:09 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Ayaan Hirsi Ali to speak at Central Congregational Church's West Lecture

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the internationally-recognized political figure, activist and writer, will speak on the conflict between Islam and the ideology of the modern Western world at  Central Congregational Church’s annual religion and politics lecture on Friday, October 18 in the church sanctuary at 296 Angell Street on Providence's East Side.

She will give the church’s annual Darrell West lecture on the intersection between religion and politics. The event takes place at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

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Affordable Care Act
11:16 am
Tue October 1, 2013

HealthSource RI Launches in the Ocean State

Sec. of Health Steven Constantino, HealthSourceRI Director Christine Ferguson and Gov. Lincoln Chafee roll out the exchange's advertising campaign.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

HealthSource RI, the state’s health insurance exchange goes online Tuesday. The state is operating its own exchange, offering plans for both uninsured residents and small businesses. Enrollment starts today, with coverage kicking in January 1st. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay sat down with the director of HealthSource RI, Christine Ferguson, about what Rhode Islanders can expect when they log on to the exchange.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:48 am
Mon September 30, 2013

We Should Support Rhody's Modern Health Insurance Experiment

HealthSource RI, the ocean state's healthcare exchange is set to open this October.
Credit RIPR FILE

Rhode Island’s experiment in crafting a 21st Century health care marketplace begins tomorrow.  Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst Scott MacKay on why we should be rooting for success.

From the Williamette Valley to the Pawtuxet Valley, the debate over the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, rages among politicians and the media. Some congressional Tea Party conservatives are even threatening to shut down the federal government if Obamacare goes forward.

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