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
4:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Where is the RI GOP on 38 Studios?

Rhode Island Republican General Assembly candidates have a great issue this year. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why they aren’t using it.

If ever there was a case study in what ails the Democrats who have run Smith Hill for eons, it is the 38 Studios video game fiasco.

It is foolish to even ask what was right about this flawed, indeed desperate, lunge at growing jobs in a state in dire need of   them.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Linc Chafee’s tough road

Governor Lincoln Chafee is not on the ballot at next month’s general election. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay tells us why Chafee is lucky he isn’t facing voters.

It has been nearly two years since Linc Chafee was elected governor as an independent with just 36 percent of the vote. From Republican Governor Donald Carcieri and the Democrats who run the General Assembly, Chafee inherited a dysfunctional state government, communities on the edge of bankruptcy, the 38 Studios fiasco and one of the nation’s worst economies.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Rep. Patrick O’Neill leaves Fox’s leadership lineup

It appears there is dissension in the already diminished team of House Speaker Gordon Fox, D_Providence. House Whip Patrick O’Neill, a Pawtucket Democrat who represents a district anchored by the Oak Hill neighborhood, has resigned his post.

“I wish Rep. O’Neill well and appreciate his contributions to our leadership team,’’ Fox said in a statement. “I spoke with the other leadership members and we are united and moving forward.’’

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On Politics
4:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Ah the irony of presidential politics

Ok, So let’s get this straight. The top of the income scale has done just fine under President Obama, the president who bailed out their banks and auto companies. His administration has kept taxes at 50-year lows for the wealthy. The Dow has come roaring back under his administration. Yet, the one-percent, or two-percent, or ten-percent or whatever you think is the top income cutoff express little but contempt for the president. These people, who have done so well under his tenure, are voting against him and for Mitt Romney.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Jennifer Duffy to keynote RIPEC annual dinner

Jennifer Duffy, the Rhode Island native who is a Washington, D.C. political savant, is slated to be the keynote speaker October 18 at the 69th annual dinner of the Rhode Island Public expenditure Council, the business-financed government research group.

Duffy, senior editor for the Cook Political Report, the nonpartisan newsletter that analyzes U.S. elections and political trends, has become a staple on national news television news programs and on cable news outlets.

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On Politics
3:56 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

What RIPEC’s report doesn’t say

So there is yet another tome out dissecting Rhode Island’s economic woes. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay talks about what the big Rhode Island Public Expenditure report didn’t say.

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On Politics
2:59 pm
Sun September 23, 2012

Could Cianci try another comeback?

Could this really be happening or is it a trope straight out of the Groundhog Day movie? Talk that Vincent A. `Buddy’ Cianci may run again for mayor in  2014 is coursing through City Hall and sending shivers through some in Providence’s political hierarchy.

It would be preposterous to think that Cianci, convicted a decade ago of running the city as a criminal enterprise, could win a two-way race. And there is no way he could defeat Democratic Mayor Angel Taveras.

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On Politics
2:17 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Paiva Weed spooked by Newport casino vote?

Rhode Island voters have twice turned down the chance to bring Las Vegas style casinos in the Ocean State. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says things will probably be different this year.

Rhode Island once had a vigorous anti-casino movement whose members lobbied at the State House and campaigned across the state. Our state once had an anti-casino governor, Republican Lincoln Almond, who considered state promotion of gambling little more than a cheap tax on the poor. The state’s media, led by the Providence Journal, once editorialized against the expansion of gambling.

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On Politics
4:36 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Is the ProJo really this hard up?

The ProJo, which is cutting employees once again, is really penny-pinching with this one. The state’s largest newspaper is ending the `Papers for Patients’  program, according to a letter from Lori Gardnier, director of consumer sales for the ProJo, to hospital officials.

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On Politics
3:58 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

Mitt Romney’s tough challenge

As the weeks dwindle down toward the general election showdown, Mitt Romney seems to be running on empty. Romney’s dilemma is that he can’t seem to boast about his business or political career without chewing on his toes. The latest in a long string of incautious statements is that the middle class in the U.S. comprises those earning between $200,000 and $250,000 annually. This comes in the wake of the Olympics insult to the British and the swing and miss comments about the latest Middle East diplomatic mess.

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