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.

Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScotMackRI

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PawSox 2018 Schedule

Oct 12, 2017

Here is the Pawtucket Red Sox 2018 Schedule, which was released this morning. Saturday evening home games at McCoy Stadium  will feature fireworks:

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The mass shooting last week at a country music festival in Las Vegas has renewed conversation about gun control. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its way past time to get tougher on this issue. 

From sea to shining sea, it’s become a sad ritual: Another murderous shooting with military-style rifles, this time amid the glitz of Vegas. 

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In the famous words of an old friend and colleague Charlie Bakst (the ProJo’s longtime political columnist, when the state’s largest newspaper had such a position), I’m getting cranky.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo went off on the local media at a Brown forum this week. Among her complaints: the Providence Journal is no longer what it once was, television news has become more sensational and talk radio is, well, silly (those were not her exact words, but we get her drift). Sam Howard at RIFuture.org, and my friend and partner in crime here at RIPR Ian Donnis, have both written thoughtful things about this and I commend them.

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In an effort to trim costs, Gov. Gina Raimondo’s administration is offering veteran state employees an incentive of up to $40,000 in an early retirement package, according to a memo sent to state employees by State Administration Director Mike DiBiase.

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Ridership surged this summer on the Newport-Providence ferry on Narragansett Bay, with more than 43,000 travelers using the ferry, a jump of nearly 10,000 from the ferry’s inaugural season in 2016, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Legislation to rename Magee Street in Providence’s College Hill neighborhood to Bannister Street has been introduced by City Councilman Sam Zurier, a Democrat who represents the neighborhood.

The measure would change the street named for 19th century Providence slave trader William Fairchild Magee to one honoring two of that era’s leading African-American citizens – Christiana and Edward Bannister.

Christiana Bannister was a business leader and philanthropist and Edward was a celebrated painter.

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Conor S. O’Donnell, a detective with the Rhode Island State Police and a six-year veteran of the force, was among thousands of country music fans at the Las Vegas concert where a gunman opened fire on the crowd, killing at least 58 people and injuring hundreds more.

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State Sen. Josh Miller, D-Cranston said Sunday he is a candidate for Democratic National Committeeman. Miller’s candidacy would be a challenge to former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino Jr., who has announced he wants to fill the vacancy created by the recent death of Committeeman Frank Montanaro Sr., the former chairman of the state AFL-CIO.

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Audiences have been watching Ken Burns' Vietnam War documentary on PBS. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has been watching too, and this week he explores the complex question of what American war policy would have been without the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.


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Rick Pitino, the celebrated college basketball coach who led the Providence College Friars to the team’s last Final Four appearance in 1987, was fired as coach of the University of Louisville after an FBI investigation into a scandal surrounding the team.

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Peter F. Neronha of Jamestown, the former U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island, will announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Rhode Island attorney general.  Neronha, a Jamestown native and Democrat, will make his announcement on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Jamestown ferry landing.

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More than 1,400 Rhode Island students have enrolled at the Community College of Rhode Island through a new program that gives students two years tuition-free at the state’s only public junior college.

UPDATE: Services for Judge Stone:

Calling hours, Wednesday October 4 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Perry-McStay Funeral Home in East Providence.

Memorial Service: Thursday October 5 at 6 p.m. at Sayles Hall at Brown University.

Burial: Friday October 6 at 11 a.m. at Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter, RI.

Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Walter R. Stone of Bristol, a civil rights activist and one of Rhode Island’s top trial lawyers before his elevation to Superior Court, where he served as one of the very few African-American judges in the state, died today in a Newport hospice after a long illness. He was 73.

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Political scientists recall a time when elected officials campaigned for office, then laid off the political pitches while they governed. RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay says those days are long gone.  

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Rhode Island has been hit with some disappointing economic news lately. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says things can be turned around by partnering, rather than competing, with Massachusetts.

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