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
2:58 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Slinging Mud All The Way To Election Day

As election day approaches, the campaigns have been getting more and more negative, including in the gubernatorial race between Democrat Gina Raimondo and Republican Allan Fung.
Credit RIPR FILE

Why have political campaigns become so relentlessly negative? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it reflects the cynicism of the times and the way political money is raised and spent.

Click the television remote as many times as you like but don’t expect to escape the nasty political spots running nonstop until the polls close tomorrow. Hike to the mailbox and you’re greeted by an avalanche of political flyers spreading dirt on one politician or another. Ditto for the Internet.

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On Politics
2:24 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: VIDEO Providence Mayoral Math With Scott MacKay

Map of Providence, with wards highlighted

The winner of the Providence mayor’s race all comes down to who wins which neighborhoods.

Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay has followed Providence politics for more than 25 years. Here’s his take on which wards Independent Buddy Cianci and Democrat Jorge Elorza have to win to become the next mayor of Providence.

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On Politics
4:58 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

President Obama To Tout Stellar GDP Growth In RIC Speech

The Presidential motorcade sits outside the Omni hotel in downtown Providence. President Barack Obama speaks at Rhode Island College Friday morning.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

When he visits Rhode Island Friday, President Barack Obama will speak about the improving national economy and the latest Gross Domestic Product data that was released today by the federal government.

Obama is scheduled to arrive at Green State Airport  this evening and stay overnight in Providence. While the White House is not disclosing where the president will stay, sources in Providence say it will be the Omni Hotel downtown, which is attached to the Rhode Island Convention Center.

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On Politics
2:43 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Fung has campaign finance edge as election day nears

As the hours dwindle until next Tuesday, Republican Allan Fung has a significant edge in campaign money over Democrat Gina Raimondo in the Rhode Island gubernatorial campaign.

Reports filed with the state Board of Elections show that Fung has about $270,000 remaining in his campaign account, while Raimondo’s campaign chest has only about $32,000. Moderate Party candidate Robert Healey, the third candidate in the race to succeed Lincoln Chafee as governor, has not solicited campaign contributions.

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2014 Providence Mayoral Race
9:47 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Providence Mayoral Candidates Spar In Final Broadcast Debate Before Election

Buddy Cianci, Jorge Elorza, and Daniel Harrop at the RIPR/WJAR debate.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The three candidates for mayor of Providence took part in a spirited debate last night at Rhode Island College.  The candidates mostly rehashed their stances while tossing sharp remarks at one another.

With a boisterous audience, it didn’t take long for things to get heated between independent Buddy Cianci, Democrat Jorge Elorza, and Republican Daniel Harrop. Cianci took aim at Harrop for contributing to Elorza’s campaign and saying he might vote for the Democrat.

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Rhody Votes 2014
6:06 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: A Heated Debate Over The ConCon

Voters will decide on Tuesday whether to approve a Constitutional Convention, known as the ConCon. This is a delegation of elected representative who would recommend changes to the state’s constitution.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay gathered two men for a lively debate: Phil West, retired Executive Director of Common Cause of Rhode Island for the ConCon and Steven Brown, Executive Director of the ACLU of Rhode Island against it.

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Politics
8:57 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: The Major Battles At The State Legislature

In addition to the race for governor, Rhode Islanders will elect, or re-elect their state legislators on November 4th.
Credit RIPR FILE

Besides the competitive state elections and ballot questions, voters next week will elect every member of the Rhode Island General Assembly. As part of our Rhody Votes ’14 coverage, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay speaks with morning host Elisabeth Harrison for a look at the major battles in the state legislature.

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On Politics
5:12 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

New Anti-Jorge Elorza PAC Launched From South County

A new political action committee has formed out of South County against Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The latest twist in a Providence mayoral campaign that has seen as many as hula-hoop contest:  A new anti-Jorge Elorza independent expenditure political action committee financed by Morris Flancbaum.

In documents filed with the Rhode Island Board of Elections, the new pac, named the ``Committee for Safer Neighborhoods and Lower Taxes’’ reports a $38,648 television advertising buy with Cox Cable.

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On Politics
4:06 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Men Collecting Mail Ballots At Crossroads Shelter Were Providence Cops

A spokeswoman for Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare has confirmed that two men who collected mail ballots for mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci at the Crossroads homeless shelter last week were off-duty city police officers.

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On Politics
1:03 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama comes to R.I.

Tickets are available for First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign visit to Rhode Island on Thursday, October 30. She will be speaking at the Juanita Sanchez  Educational Complex Thursday afternoon. The venue is at 182 Thurbers Avenue in Providence.

The First Lady will speaking at a Get Out the Vote Rally to support Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo.

Tickets can be obtained between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. from Monday, Oct. 27, through Wednesday, Oct. 29 at the following locations:

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