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
4:02 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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On Politics
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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On Politics
11:40 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Tennis Anyone?

The Rhode Island Tennis Festival will take place this Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Slater Memorial Park in Pawtucket. The event is sponsored by the RI state association of the United States Tennis Association. There will be booths, games, tennis lessons as well as program, equipment and tournament information.

The event will feature a Kids 10 and under tennis program, a fast serve contest and mini-lessons for juniors, adults and seniors. There will be information on how to get involved in USTA programs, such as Junior Team Tennis and Adult League Tennis.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:33 am
Mon June 10, 2013

The Murky Future of Rhode Island's Water Supply

Aerial view of the Scituate reservoir, which provides water to about 60 percent of Rhode Island.
Credit thisisbossi / Flickr

If there is one government service most Rhode Islanders take for granted, it’s the drinking water that flows from our faucets. RIPR political analyst  Scott MacKay says that may not be the case in the future.

One of Rhode Island’s grand assets is the millions of gallons of water that flows every day from the Scituate Reservoir to the sinks, bubblers and bathtubs that serve 60 percent of our state. In a state with a serious inferiority complex about so much, our water is the boast of a small state.

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On Politics
1:22 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Time to take RI water seriously

If there is one government service most Rhode Islanders take for granted, it’s the drinking water that flows from our faucets. RIPR political analyst  Scott MacKay says that may not be the case in the future.

One of Rhode Island’s grand assets is the millions of gallons of water that flows every day from the Scituate Reservoir to the sinks, bubblers and bathtubs that serve 60 percent of our state. In a state with a serious inferiority complex about so much, our water is the boast of a small state.

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On Politics
10:46 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Providence native Tom Donilon leaving as Obama national security adviser

Providence native Tom Donilon, a graduate of LaSalle Academy, is resigning as President Obama’s national security adviser. He is slated to be replaced by Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, White House officials have announced.

Rice, 48, an outspoken diplomat and Obama political ally, was the president’s first choice for secretary of state. She lost a shot at the job after harsh criticism from Republicans over her account of the deadly attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

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On Politics
4:25 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

RI Democratic Party voter registration up

As if Rhode Island wasn’t already enough of a Democratic one-party state, the latest voter registration numbers from the secretary of state’s office show that the Ocean State has gotten even more Democratic since the 2006 midterm elections.

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