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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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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On Politics
5:31 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Young Democrats of RI slam House Finance Budget

The Young Democrats of Rhode Island are slapping the older Democrats in their party who run the Statehouse. In a statement, the Young Democrats take issue with the proposed state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 that won House Finance Committee approval.

While the group ``commended’’ the Assembly for adding money for the state’s school funding formula and restoring funding for developmentally disabled citizens, the Young Democrats skewered other budget priorities.

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On Politics
4:35 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

RI Supreme Court rejects Providence Teachers Union on retiree health care premiums

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by the union representing Providence teachers to control  health insurance premiums paid by retired city teachers.

In an opinion authored by Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg, the court upheld a Superior Court decision that ruled that the union’s contract with the Providence School Board allowed the board to charge retired teachers more for health care premiums than active teachers.

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On Politics
4:11 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

NY Mayor Bloomberg switches from Chafee to Raimondo

It appears that New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, a billionaire media mogul, has switched his affinity from Gov. Lincoln Chafee to RI General Treasurer Gina Raimondo in the 2014 Ocean State campaign for governor.

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On Politics
4:02 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

The new Rhode Island: Gambling is us

There’s an old chestnut in banking: If you owe the bank $10,000, the bank owns you. If you owe the bank $100 million, you own the bank.

That’s pretty much what has happened in Rhode Island state government’s quest to regulate the state-sponsored gambling emporiums at Newport Grand and at Twin River (aka Twin Rivahs in Vo Dilundese) in Lincoln.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:05 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Rhode Island is Foreign Territory For Republicans

Rhode Island and the rest of New England have become foreign territory for Republicans, says Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay.   

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On Politics
4:41 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

The Republican Party's huge New England Problem

Rhode Island and the rest of New England have become foreign territory for Republicans. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why.

Just about every state in New England, and especially Rhode Island, could benefit from robust two-party political competition. Our state’s  General  Assembly has 113 members. Only 11 caucus with Republicans.

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On Politics
1:58 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Chafee using new Democratic label to raise campaign cash

Gov. Lincoln Chafee is busy embracing his new party. The RI governor was in Massachusetts with President Barack Obama on the campaign circuit to boost the Senate candidacy of U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, D_Mass.

Newly minted Democrat Chafee is also ramping up his fundraising for a 2014 reelection bid. The governor has scheduled a fundraising event for Tuesday, June 25th at the University Club on Benefit Street in Providence. It is a two-tier fundraiser with suggested contributions of  $500 and $1,000.

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4:31 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Get tickets for the RI 350th Charter Celebration

Rhode Island has a big celebration coming up and the time to get tickets for the fund-raising gala is dwindling down.

Three and a half centuries ago, Rhode Island struck a blow that would ripple around the globe when England granted the colony a charter that for the first time in the modern world set up a government that gave absolute religious freedom to citizens.

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