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
4:59 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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On Politics
4:25 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

RI Jobless Rate Drops Slightly

In a sign that Rhode Island finally, albeit slowly, is emerging from the recession, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped slightly in January to 9.8 percent, from 9.9 percent in December.

The good news is that January represented the third consecutive month of job growth in the state. Hiring was led by the retail and restaurant industries. The jobless rate has dropped considerably since the high of 11.9 percent in January, 2010.

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On Politics
4:47 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

RIPR's `On Politics' blog cited by Wash Post as one of nation's best

Not to brag or anything, but we must point out that our `On Politics’ blog has made the Washington Post’s annual list of best state-based political blogs in the United States. This is the second straight year `On Politics’ has been in such august company with blogs from all 50 states. We also should note that our friendly competition, Nesi’s Notes, the work of intrepid WPRI_TV blogger Ted Nesi, was the other Rhode Island blog to make the coveted list.  On Politics is co-authored by Ian Donnis, RIPR political reporter, and Scott MacKay, RIPR political analyst.

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On Politics
2:54 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Len Levin becomes new RI Supreme Court grammarian

Len Levin, a retired Providence Journal editor known for his meticulous work with reporters’ copy and a deep knowledge of all things Rhode Island, has been chosen as the Rhode Island Supreme Court’s new grammarian.

Levin, an extraordinarily literate and well-read person, replaces the late Joel Sekeres, also a retired ProJo editor and reporter who died recently. Levin will assume responsibility for parsing high court decisions for grammar errors.

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Scott MacKay Essay
12:27 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

Can Rhode Island Survive Sequestration?

Credit US Capitol

Most Rhode Islanders by now have adopted a my-eyes-glaze over attitude towards a dysfunctional federal government that careens from one self-inflicted crisis to another. The latest is the so-called sequester, the arbitrary cuts in federal spending that loom because Democrats and Republicans in Congress can’t seem to act like grown-ups and figure out how to deal with taxing and spending.

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On Politics
12:22 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

RI economy to suffer sequester foolishness

Rhode Island’s economy is finally showing signs of emerging from the recession. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay tells us how the sequester fiasco in Washington threatens our state’s progress.

Most Rhode Islanders by now have adopted a my-eyes-glaze over attitude towards a dysfunctional federal government that careens from one self-inflicted crisis to another. The latest is the so-called sequester, the arbitrary cuts in federal spending that loom because Democrats and Republicans in Congress can’t seem to act like grown-ups and figure out how to deal with taxing and spending.

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Analysis
10:31 am
Thu February 28, 2013

How Will RI Fare if Sequestration Happens?

T.F. Green Airport Security Gate
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The list of potential implications to RI is long if the so-called sequestration kicks in:  from longer lines at the airport to job loss to less educational research.  Scott MacKay reviews what might be in our future. 

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

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On Politics
9:11 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Brown poll shows strong support for Taveras, gay marriage

Brown University's public opinion poll is the latest opinion survey to show strong support for same-sex marriage in Rhode Island, the last New England state without legal sanction for gay marriages. The survey also shows that Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has the highest job approval rating of any major Rhode Island elected official: Here is the full poll:

On Politics
6:57 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Brown U. President Paxson weighs in on history

Brown University president Christina Paxson was part of an interesting forum in the Atlantic Monthly’s March edition. The question asked of a group of intellectuals and academic historians was: What day  most changed the course of history?

Ken Burns, the documentary film maker, said it was June 28, 1914, the day Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, which started World War I. Yale history professor Paul Kennedy said  it was the day Thomas Newcomen invented the steam engine.

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