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
8:40 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Bryant University; A War Between Town and Gown

Byrant University has come to a head with the town of Smithfield, which feels the school should pay more for things like emergency services.
Credit Courtesy Bryant University

Rhode Island politicians are increasingly looking to non-profit institutions to finance local government. The latest tug-of-war between town and gown is in Smithfield, where the town thinks Bryant University is not paying its fair share. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its time for cooperation, not confrontation.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:40 am
Mon July 22, 2013

At Bryant University, A War Between Town and Gown

Byrant University has come to a head with the town of Smithfield, which feels the school should pay more for things like emergency services.
Credit Courtesy Bryant University

Rhode Island politicians are increasingly looking to non-profit institutions to finance local government. The latest tug-of-war between town and gown is in Smithfield, where the town thinks Bryant University is not paying its fair share. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its time for cooperation, not confrontation.

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RI News
2:59 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Governor's Bay Day means free parking at RI state beaches

An old Rhode Island summer tradition – Governor’s Bay Day – will be celebrated Sunday July 27th with free parking at all state beaches.

Lite 105 and 92 Pro FM radio stations will be broadcasting from Roger Wheeler and Scarborough state beaches as part of the bay celebration.

Governor’s Bay Day has been celebrated since 1989. It began in response to the World Prodigy oil spill and to highlight the quality and fragility of Narragansett Bay.

On Politics
12:39 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Bryant, Smithfield should negotiate, not litigate

Rhode Island politicians are increasingly looking to non-profit institutions to finance local government. The latest tug-of-war between town and gown is in Smithfield, where the town thinks Bryant University is not paying its fair share. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its time for cooperation, not confrontation.

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On Politics
12:44 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

RI Speaker Fox against override of Chafee `Chose Life' plate veto

House Speaker Gordon Fox says he does not favor a General Assembly override of Governor Lincoln Chafee’s veto of legislation that would create an anti-abortion `Choose Life’ Rhode Island license plate that would serve as a fund-raising vehicle for an evangelical Christian anti-abortion group.

Fox’s comments came during an interview with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Political Roundtable panelists Scott MacKay, Flo Jonic and Maureen Moakley. Fox noted that he a long-time supporter of abortion rights who did not vote for the `Choose Life' plate when it was approved  in the House.

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On Politics
11:15 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Brett Smiley announces exploratory committee for 2014 Providence mayoral run

Brett Smiley, chairman of the Providence Water Supply Board and Democratic political consultant, said today that he is forming a Smiley for Mayor Committee to explore a run for Providence mayor in 2014 if Mayor Angel Taveras decides to run for governor, as many top Democrats expect.

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On Politics
10:49 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Why the baseball all-star game is the best

The baseball all-star game is the best of all the major American professional sports because the players actually play defense, unlike the NBA’s basketball all-star farce and the NFL’s pro bowl, a game that resembles nothing so much as Arena football. Even the NHL all-star fest features scant defense.

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Health Care
8:26 am
Tue July 16, 2013

In Conversation with Health Benefits Exchange Director Christine Ferguson

Key components of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act are the state-run health insurance exchanges. Rhode Island’s will go online in October with a new name: Health Source Rhode Island.  And its director, Christine Ferguson, stopped by our studios to talk with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay about how the exchange will work and who will benefit.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic?  Please email us, we'd love to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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On Politics
4:42 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Gov. Chafee's higher ed dept. fumble

It seems curious that Gov. Lincoln’s Chafee’s Administration waited until today to announce that it intends to ask the State Ethics Commission for a waiver from the revolving-door ethics law so that lawyer Eva Marie Mancuso can legally become interim commissioner of higher education.

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On Politics
2:06 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Some Good News on RI Job Growth

Some news for Rhode Island’s beleaguered economy: First quarter tax data shows that job growth in the Ocean State was better than estimated, with the state economy generating 1,700 more jobs that first indicted in the March, 2013 report from the state Dep0artment of Labor and Training.

The DLT says that the new data is based on employment information from the state’s 32,000 private sector employers. The new estimates suggest an over the year gain of 2,300 Rhode Island-based jobs.

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