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
2:50 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Farmer, Connell to be honored by YWCA

The YWCA Rhode Island is out with its 5th annual Women Holding Office Celebration. This year the YWCA will honor two path-breaking Rhode Island women political figures with the Isabelle Ahearn O’Neill award. Republican Susan L. Farmer, who in 1982 became the first woman elected to a statewide office in Rhode Island when she was elected secretary of state, and Kathleen S. Connell, who became the first Democratic woman to win statewide office when she was elected secretary of state in 1986.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:07 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Weighing Chafee's Proposal for Staff Pay Increases

Governor Chafee has proposed rewarding top state officials with pay raises. RIPR analyst Scott MacKay parses the pros and cons of  the governor’s plan.

Governor Lincoln Chafee says his cabinet members have been doing a good job and deserve raises of three percent in June and another three percent in December. It’s no surprise that the governor has been roundly criticized and not just by the talk radio peanut gallery.

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On Politics
3:57 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

The Chafee pay raise proposal

Governor Chafee has proposed rewarding top state officials with pay raises. RIPR analyst Scott MacKay parses the pros and cons of   the governor’s plan.

Governor Lincoln Chafee says his cabinet members have been doing a good job and deserve raises of three percent in June and another three percent in December. It’s no surprise that the governor has been roundly criticized and not just by the talk radio peanut gallery.

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On Politics
10:46 am
Thu April 4, 2013

More changes at ProJo as Paul Tooher retires

More changes at the Providence Journal as Paul Tooher, the night managing editor, retires. There is an old newspaper chestnut that every young reporter learns quickly: There is always somebody in the newsroom smarter than you are. The other is if your mother tells you she loves you check it out.

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On Politics
3:06 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Change coming to Providence Journal Editorial Page

Bob Whitcomb, the ProJo’s witty and intellectual editorial page editor, who is 65, will be stepping down in at  the usual  retirement age for top executives at the newspaper.

Whitcomb does a fine job for many reasons, not the least of which is the wide variety of opinion and subjects that grace the editorial and op-ed pages every day. He is one of those rare ProJo people with a wide background in newspaper editing and reporting; he even served as an editor in Paris with the International Herald Tribune.

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On Politics
2:37 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Avedisian: Turn old Potowomut School into a Fire station

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian today announced that he is moving ahead with plans to renovate the closed Potowomut Elementary School into a fire station to serve the neighborhood.

Avedisian said in a news release that he will ask the city council to use $2 million in bonds for the renovation. The mayor said putting a fire facility in the old school would allow Warwick to end its fire service agreement with the East Greenwich Fire District, which would save Warwick the annual $350,000 payment to East Greenwich.

Scott MacKay Commentary
8:02 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Spring and Baseball Return to Rhode Island

After a long winter, spring officially returns to these parts this afternoon.

In New England, everything old really is new again on the Opening Day of the baseball season. Shortly after one this afternoon, the oldest and most spirited rivalry in all of  American sports begins anew as our Boston Red Sox travel to the Bronx to play the New York Yankees, a club also known in our sliver of New England as The Evil Empire.

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On Politics
5:22 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

New England Innocence Project Event at Aidan's in Bristol

The New England Innocence Project is holding a fund-raising event on Monday, April 1, at Aidan’s Pub in Bristol from 6 to 9 p.m.

Join Roger Williams University law students, lawyer Betty Anne Waters and Dennis Maher for an evening of  fun and food to help the New England Innocence Project in its efforts to provide legal help to free the wrongly convicted.

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On Politics
1:03 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Spring and baseball returns to New England

After a long winter, spring officially returns to these parts this afternoon. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay takes  a break from State House debate  to bring us baeball's return.

In New England, everything old really is new again on the Opening Day of the baseball season. Shortly after one this afternoon, the oldest and most spirited rivalry in all of  American sports begins anew as our Boston Red Sox travel to the Bronx to play the New York Yankees, a club also known in our sliver of New England as The Evil Empire.

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On Politics
7:26 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Film Tax Credits: A Taxpayer Fleece?

Of all the tax subsidies states had out, the film tax credits seem among the most frivolous. Sure, politicians love rubbing elbows with Hollywood luminaries, but what about the taxpayers?

Now comes this report from Massachusetts: The Bay State’s film subsidy program cost taxpayers an estimated $44 million in 2011, though it created the equivalent of just about 1,200 full-time jobs.

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