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
3:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Is it time for state pension talks?

Rhode Island’s state pension overhaul faces a Superior Court hearing next month. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if  it’s time for the parties to negotiate.

Our state’s landmark pension overhaul heads to Superior Court on December 7. Rhode Islanders of a certain age recall that as the day that lives “in infamy,’’ in the immortal words uttered by President Franklin Roosevelt, to a stunned nation in 1941 after the Pearl Harbor attack.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Super lawyer David Boies enters RI pension lawsuit

David Boies, one of the nation’s top lawyers, has agreed to help argue the Rhode Island pension overhaul lawsuit that is winding it way through state courts.

Boies, who practices in New York City, has been involved in many celebrated cases, including the Gore v. Bush case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court and decided in favor of Republican George W. Bush in a 5-4 decision. Boies represented Al Gore in that matter.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Sun November 11, 2012

Of Gordon Fox, the State House and the ProJo

Should the ProJo have its editors to take a refresher course in Political Science 101?

It appears that way after the strange coverage of House Speaker Gordon Fox’s reelection.

No ProJo reporter or columnist, with the notable exception of Mike Stanton, did any real ground-level reporting in the East Side district that Fox represents, which is about a mile from the Fountain Street newsroom.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Are RI Republicans listening?

From the White House to the State House, Republicans were blown out last week. RIPR political analyst  Scott MacKay on what’s next for the beleaguered Rhode Island GOP.

As 2012 spills into 2013, the Rhode Island political trend worth watching is how Republicans deal with the drubbing their party took at almost every level. Republicans actually lost state House and Senate seats and were crushed in elections for U.S. Senate and House. You have to go back to the mid-1970s to find a time when no Republican served in either statewide or federal office.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Rhode Island among three top Obama states

This won’t come as any surprise, but Rhode Island is once again a deep, cobalt Blue state in presidential politics.  President Obama’s margin in the Ocean state appears to be the third highest in the nation, after Hawaii (the president’s birthplace, unless you believe Donald Trump) and Vermont, which was once the most Republican state in the U.S.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Post-election wake-up

The people, as the cliché goes, have spoken. Obama won the race that all the pollsters pretty much predicted and perhaps the hate Nate (Silver) trope is buried. In Rhode Island, voters went with Democrats and Republicans have to be licking their wounds and wondering what the future holds.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Election Eve Odds and Ends

Massachusetts: The race for U.S. Senate between incumbent Republican Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren, his Democratic challenger, is one being watched nationwide because it carries the possibility of deciding party control of the U.S. Senate. All of the polling shows this election close. But Warren has to be a slight favorite in this Democratic state where President Obama is considered a lock.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Sun November 4, 2012

John Rollins cooks up a feast for La Salle Academy

Rhode Island political cognoscenti know John Rollins as the man who in 1986 won one of the biggest political upsets in Providence history. That was the year that he knocked over urban boss Lloyd Griffin for city council in a ward that covered the heart of  South Providence. Rollins, a football standout at La Salle Academy and the University of Rhode Island, was, along with his wife Julia Rollins,  a longtime civil rights activist in Rhode Island’s African-American community. But Rollins has traded his political hat and football helmet for a chef’s toque.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Rhode Island’s antiquated voting system

Tomorrow (Nov. 6th) is election day, America’s grand tribute to democracy. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why Rhode Island is so far behind most of the country in promoting voter turnout.

The 1960 presidential election remains etched in American political annals. It signaled the ascension of two young World War II veterans to the pinnacle of national leadership.  One of those candidates, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy, would make history by ending the exclusion of Roman Catholics from the Oval Office.

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On Politics
12:02 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

ProJo circulation declines again

The ProJo continues to bleed print subscribers. According to the latest numbers from the Audit Bureau of Circulations, crunched by WPRI’s Ted Nesi, the daily Journal sold just 83,733 print copies on weekdays between April and Sept. 30, the period covered by the latest report. That is down by 6,352 from the figures reported 12 months ago.

On Sundays, the most lucrative advertising day of the week for newspapers, circulation dropped to 117,784, a decline of 11,240 since the September, 2011 report. Saturday circulation was also down.

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