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
1:01 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

In case you need a reason to support public radio

If you really need another good reason to support your local NPR affiliate, we bring you the latest report from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism: The State of the News Media 2013.

This will come as no surprise to anyone who watches local television in this or just any market across the nation, but there is more junk food-journalism on local TeeVee news than ever.

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On Politics
3:19 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

The revenge of Don Carcieri

So now the most ridiculous and irresponsible decision of former Gov. Donald Carcieri’s tenure has come home to roost. That, of course, would be the decision to gamble $100 million or so of the taxpayers’ money on Curt Schilling’s ill-fated 38 Studios video game company.

The company is now bankrupt. As ProJo State House veteran Katherine Gregg reports, the budget proposal from Governor Lincoln Chafee, the most vocal opponent of this fiasco during the 2010 governor’s race, has proposed making the initial $2.5 million payment to bondholders.

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On Politics
12:04 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

What Canada knows that RI doesn't

The Boston Globe reported Monday that the Canadian government has established a business accelerator program in Cambridge to help its ``most promising young start-ups tap into the expertise and energy of the growing innovation economy around MIT and, ideally return home with new customers, connections and ideas.’’

As anyone with a pulse is aware, the area around Kendall Square in Cambridge has evolved over the past two decades from a seen-better-days warehouse and manufacturing district into an innovation lodestone.

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On Politics
2:47 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Is being against it the new political fallout on gay marriage

A few years back, when lawmakers in states such as Vermont and Massachusetts approved gay marriage, the political chatter was always focused on whether a vote supporting marriage equality would kill a legislative career due to a backlash against those who approved gay unions.

Those who supported gay marriage in legislatures were rarely ousted from office for their votes.

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On Politics
5:53 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

The Block Report: Much Ado about Not Much

So far, the Ken Block report on waste and fraud in food stamp and Medicaid programs has been a lot of talk about not much. RIPR analyst Scott MacKay explains.

Nothing angers taxpayers more than media stories about n’er do wells ripping off government programs. So it was obvious that the report of fraud in food stamp and Medicaid programs had the headline writers working overtime and the talk radio shouters serving the latest sirloin of red meat to their sycophants.

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On Politics
1:01 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Bishop Tobin and Gov. Chafee joust again over gay marriage

Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Tobin and Governor Lincoln D. Chafee are at it  again over their favorite hot button issue, same-sex marriage. His Excellency issued a statement supporting the move by Sen. Frank Ciccone, a Providence Democrat, to put the marriage equality issue to a statewide voter referendum.

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On Politics
9:41 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Taveras, Providence win big national contest for $5 million innovation grant

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has some great news to announce today: Providence city government has won a $5million grant from the Bloomberg  Philanthropies for a program known as the `Mayors Challenge.’

Taveras has won some love from the New York Times for the grant that is administered by the foundation established by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, which oversaw the contest.

The Times says that four other cities, Houston, Chicago, Santa Monica, California and Philadelphia, were finalists. More than 300 cities competed for the innovation grant.

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On Politics
5:09 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Small state advantage: U.S. Senate

The NY Times has a trenchant piece by Adam Liptak today on the outsize clout that small states have in the U.S. Senate. This will come as no surprise to political junkies and constitutional scholar types, but more casual observers of   Congressional politics may be surprised to learn just how much better off small states are in the U.S. Senate, where each state is represented by a pair of senators, regardless of population.

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On Politics
4:59 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s older population is on the rise, and in 20 years a quarter of the state’s population will be older than 60. All this week, we’re looking at the state’s older residents in a series we’re calling “The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island.” RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay helps us kick off our series with a look at what this growing older population means for younger residents.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Political Roundtable: Ward Concerned About Tax Impact on CVS jobs

John Ward
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Woonsocket City Council President John Ward visits the Roundtable this week to talk about the outlook for fiscal stability in the northern Rhode Island community; the debate over tax policy in Rhode Island; and how to keep more young workers in the Ocean State.

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