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
8:27 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Little Rhody's Big Image Problem

What's right about Rhode Island, asks Scott MacKay, what about the great restaurants, fresh lobster and miles of beautiful coastline.
Credit file / RIPR

Once again, Rhode Island has embarked on an advertising campaign to raise our state’s flagging self-esteem. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time for us to stop running down our tiny corner of New England.

Back in 1996, when Jack Reed was running his first U.S. Senate campaign, Texas Gov. Ann Richards came to Newport to speak at a Reed fund-raiser. The tart-tongued Texan introduced the vertically-challenged Rhode Island Democrat by saying to prolonged laughter that Reed is proof ``that size doesn’t matter.’’

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On Politics
4:10 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

More RI lawmakers decline $307 annual raise

The list of Rhode Island lawmakers who have decided to forego their pay raise is getting longer. According to House leadership spokesman Larry Berman, five members of the House and 10 senators have told the Assembly that they will not be taking the $307 cost-of-living adjustment that all legislators are eligible for under the state Constitution pay provision.

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On Politics
12:37 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Hey RI, lighten up its summah aftah all

Once again, Rhode Island has embarked on an advertising campaign to raise our state’s flagging self-esteem. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its time for us to stop running down our tiny corner of New England.

Back in 1996, when Jack Reed was waging his first U.S. Senate campaign, Texas Gov. Ann Richards came to Newport to speak at a Reed fund-raiser. The tall and tart-tongued Texan introduced the vertically-challenged Rhode Island Democrat by saying to prolonged laughter that Reed is proof ``that size doesn’t matter.’’

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Higher Education
12:01 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Office of Higher Ed in the Balance

Political Analyst Scott MacKay and Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison discuss leadership problems at the Rhode Island Office Higher Education, after Governor Lincoln Chafee announced he would rescind his pick for Higher Education Commissioner. The candidate, attorney Eva-Marie Mancuso, raised ethics questions because she chairs the State Board of Education, the same board that would have to vote on her nomination.

  Additional reporting for this story by Ian Donnis.

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On Politics
5:02 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Cicilline to raise campaign cash during Newport Jazz festival

Most folks attending the Newport Jazz Festival this weekend will be at Fort Adams State Park to hear some of the best jazz anywhere. Congressman David Cicilline, the 1st District Democrat, will be use the jazz weekend as an opportunity to hoover up some campaign cash in the seaside city where houses have names.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:22 am
Mon July 29, 2013

To Stabilize Power Costs, Rhode Islanders Need to Look North

Our  air conditioners have been working overtime in this steamy summer. Our wallets will be lighter when the electricity bills arrive. Rhode Island Public Radio 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
4:29 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Chafee death penalty controversy ends with a whimper

The death penalty contretemps between Gov. Lincoln Chafee and the usual gang of talk show babblers and assorted right-wing nuts has ended with a raft of sound and fury…signifying not much.

Citing Rhode Island’s long tradition of opposition to the death penalty, Chafee argued against the death penalty for Jason Wayne Pleau, who in 2010 robbed, shot and killed David Main, the manager of a Woonsocket gas station.

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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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