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
1:58 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Patriot Wilfork is N.E. Tech Graduation Speaker

Vince Wilfork
Credit Keith Allison / via Flickr Creative Commons

New England Tech has landed a big speaker for the school’s 75th commencement – former New England Patriot and fan favorite Vince Wilfork, one of the NFL’s best defensive tackles.

Wilfork, at 6 foot 2 inches and 325 pounds, was with the Pats for eleven years and was a member of the 2015 Super Bowl champions. He recently became a free agent and will play next season for the Houston Texans. His jersey was number 75.

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On Politics
3:27 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

President Obama orders RI disaster for January snow storm

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President Barack Obama today declared a disaster declaration for Rhode Island and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by the huge snowstorm that blanketed the state between Jan. 26 and 28.

The White House said in a news release that federal funding is available to local governments and certain non-profit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and for repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the storm in all of the state’s five counties.

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On Politics
2:27 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Sen. Jack Reed's 26th Annual Spring Breakfast is April 19

One of the highlights of the spring political calendar is Sen. Jack Reed’s Spring Breakfast . Held every year at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet in Reed’s hometown of Cranston, this family-friendly  event is back for its 26th straight year. Reed's breakfast usually draws a throng of 1,000 or more.

This year’s edition is scheduled for April 19 from 10 a.m. until noon, according to the R.I. Democratic Party’s web site. Individual tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 401-277-2014. Reservations can be made at Julie@JackReed2014.com

Scott MacKay Commentary
1:27 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Scott MacKay Commentary: The Myth Of Rhode Island's Generous Programs For The Poor

State spending on programs for the poor is less than in most other state in New England.
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Rhode Island has long been engaged in a debate about government benefits for the poor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says our state isn’t as generous as most other New England states on helping those with less.

House Speaker Nick Mattiello, D-Cranston has heard the complaints for years from conservatives and some elements of the business community:  That Rhode Island’s overly generous social welfare programs handcuff taxpayers and harm the state’s business climate.

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On Politics
2:24 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

R.I. House To Give PC Hockey Team NCAA Sendoff

The Providence College Hockey Friars haven’t been to the Frozen Four in 30 years. Now the team is headed to Boston next week as one of the nation’s top four college hockey teams. Today, the R.I. House is honoring the team at the session that begins at 4 p.m.

The House will host coach Nate Leaman and some team members and issue a proclamation supporting the Friars as they get ready for the finals at TD Bank Gahden. The other team from Hockey East in the tournament is PC rival Boston University. A PC-BC final fame would fill the garden and give New England hockey fans a treat.

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