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
4:09 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

The enduring rhythms of a Bristol 4th

Walking the streets of Bristol this week is an exercise in Old Home Week. In the taverns, markets and at the concerts at Independence Park, the historic town is a welter of hugs and handshakes as people who haven’t seen each other in years greet and talk about the old times.

This week is the high social season for Bristol. The hydrangeas are in bloom, the red, white and blue stripe has been freshly painted on Hope Street and the peach and plum sunsets explode over the harbor.

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On Politics
3:22 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Malcolm `Mac' Farmer helping Taveras raise campaign cash

Malcolm `Mac” Farmer III was once one of Providence’s best known Republicans, a city council member with a sharp eye for  financial and legal issues. A prominent lawyer, Farmer was a staunch moderate and supporter of civil rights who was a well-regarded voice of reason on a council riven by ethnic and partisan grandstanding . He is the husband of Susan Farmer, a Republican who in 1982 became the first women elected to statewide office in Rhode Island when she won as secretary of state.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
9:09 am
Mon July 1, 2013

The Repeal of DOMA: An Economic Boon to Rhode Island

When Gov. Lincoln Chafee and gay marriage advocates two years touted its economic benefits for Rhode Island they were widely disparaged. Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst Scott MacKay explains why Chafee and his allies may well be right.

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On Politics
3:08 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

The economic benefits to RI of DOMA repeal and same gender marriage

When Gov. Lincoln Chafee and gay marriage advocates two years ago touted its economic benefits for Rhode Island they were widely disparaged. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why Chafee and his allies may well be right.

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On Politics
12:07 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

RI House withdraws tax break for Electric Boat and large manufacturers

A special tax break deal  for large manufacturing companies that critics asserted was a giveaway to submarine manufacturer Electric Boat was withdrawn during last night’s  Rhode Island House debate over the $8.2 billion state budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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On Politics
3:57 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Is there land deal $$ for former Senate Majority leader John Hawkins buried in the budget?

As tonight’s budget debate in the R.I. House creaks along, some sharp-eyed lawmakers should be asking  some hard questions about the item for a capital budget request of more than $3 million to purchase a vacant lot near the State House wedged between the Veterans Memorial Auditorium and the state employee credit union building. . The provision was put in by Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s administration and originally proposed paying $3.5 million for the land, according to fiscal analysis done by House financial staffers.

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On Politics
3:33 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

More Conn. competition for RI gambling venues

More bad news for Rhode Island gambling venues: Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun casino has announced a major retail expansion at its flagship property in Uncasville, Conn. The new retail destination will have 200,000 square feet of entertainment, shopping and dining. The new facility will be located next to the Winter Garage. Construction is slated to begin later and the space is scheduled to open in early 2015.

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On Politics
3:57 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

A RI taxpayer giveaway to Electric Boat?

At this time of the RI General Assembly session every year, when the State House gets as hot as a sauna and the rhetoric boils over, lawmakers are confronted with money items tucked into the arcane language of the state budget that don’t seem to have received much discussion but have an impact on state taxpayers.

One that for the most part has dropped below the media radar is what appears to be some very favorable treatment for a huge defense contractor that doesn’t really need state financial help, the Electric Boat division of General  Dynamics.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
7:04 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Will Rhode Island Ever Move Past Its 38 Studios Disaster?

Leaders at the State House have been unable to agree on what to do about the outstanding bonds owed for failed video game company 38 Studios.
Credit Don Boorman / RIPR

Will Rhode Island ever get beyond the shadow of the 38 Studios-Curt Schilling disaster. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why state government so far has not developed options for putting this behind us.

President John F. Kennedy said famously that ``life is unfair.’’ Some men,’’ he noted, ‘’are killed in a war, some men are wounded and some men never leave the country.’’

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On Politics
4:35 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

38 Studios: It won't end well for RI

Will Rhode Island ever get beyond the shadow of the 38 Studios-Curt Schilling  disaster. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why state government so far has not developed options for putting this behind us.

President John F. Kennedy said famously that ``life is unfair.’’ Some men,’’ he noted, ‘’are killed in a war, some men are wounded and some men never leave the country.’’

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