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


On Politics
3:54 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Amnesty International Write-A-Thon is Sunday

Amnesty International holds its 25th annual Write-A-Thon on Sunday (Dec.16th) between 1 and 5 p.m. in the Parish House at the First Unitarian Church in Providence. The church is located at the corner of  Benefit and Benevolent Streets on the city’s East Side.

The Write-A-Thon is organized to help the public write letters on behalf of prisoners of conscience and people at risk.

On Politics
4:38 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Taveras and the new Latino vote

One of the reasons President Obama won a convincing victory was the overwhelming support he got from Latino voters. But Providence Mayor Angel Taveras tells RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay that Republicans could have a future with Latino voters.

Rhode Island has long been shaped by the ethnic ballet of  immigration. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, our capital city’s first Latino mayor, was reminded of that recently when he went to a holiday party with a crowd of elderly Italian-American constituents.

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12:22 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

The one percent and Rhode Island's pension overhaul

Old friend (and former ProJo reporter) Mike Corkery of the Wall Street Journal has broken a very interesting Rhode Island pension story. As first picked up by the sharp-eyed Ted Nesi of WRPI_TV, Corkery’s story reveals that a Texas Enron trader billionaire is a hefty contributor to the Engage Rhode Island pension overhaul advocacy group that has been championed by State General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

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On Politics

Rhode Island Public Radio's political blog. Scott MacKay and Ian Donnis keep you up-to-date with the latest in political news from around Rhode Island.

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On Politics
10:34 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Scott MacKay’s fav books of 2012

In  no particular order, here are my favorite reads of 2012. If you are seeking a gift for the reader on yer list, consider one of these books. And maybe even buy it at a local bookstore, a business that hires local workers and pays taxes in Rhode Island, unlike the on-line booksellers.


THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER. By Junot Diaz. A funny excursion to the 21st Century world of Latino immigration amid the power and pratfalls of obsessive coupling.

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On Politics
12:45 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

RI’s Fiscal Cliff Notes

Congress is greeting the holidays with visions of the fiscal cliff dancing in its collective psyche. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some Cliff Notes as we kick off our week-long series on how spending cuts and tax hikes would affect the Ocean State should Congress fail to reach an agreement.

Americans love to lampoon our lawmakers. From Mark Twain to Jon Stewart, senators and representatives have been juicy targets for pundits and satirists. What student of history can forget Twain’s famous dictum that Congress is the nation’s only native criminal class.

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On Politics
12:00 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Mindy Myers to leave Sen. Whitehouse for Sen. Warren

Mindy Myers, chief of staff to RI Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, is leaving the Whitehouse office to become chief of staff in Washington for Massachusetts Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren.

Myers, 36, has proven in the last several election cycles that she is one of the Democratic Party’s top young political operatives. (The next Mary Beth Cahill?) Myers was campaign manager for Whitehouse in his 2006 upset of then-Republican incumbent Sen. Lincoln Chafee. In 2008, she was head of President Obama’s New Hampshire campaign.

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On Politics
1:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh State House tree

Once again, the holidays in Rhode Island are greeted by pitched battles over the public symbols of Christmas. RIPR political analyst wonders why we all can’t embrace the true meaning of this season.

For a clue as to why little of consequence gets done at the State House, we bring you to the annual capitol kerfuffle over the lighting of  the soaring evergreen tree that marks the arrival of the Christian Advent celebration.

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On Politics
1:00 am
Wed November 28, 2012

John Mulligan, top ProJo political reporter, leaves

John Mulligan, the ProJo’s respected Washington correspondent and the newspaper’s top political reporter, is leaving his post for a job in Washington, according to several newsroom sources.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Mike Solomon Fund-Raiser: Setting stage for mayoral run?

The votes have barely been counted from the Nov. 6th election. But the pols aren’t taking any time off  from their planning and fund-raising for the 2014 election cycle. Case in point: The December 10, 2012 fund-raising time Providence City Council President Michael Solomon is holding at the Roger Williams Park Casino.  Democrat Solomon, who is a likely candidate for mayor if Mayor Angel Taveras decides to run for governor, is asking for donations of $50, $100 or $250 to his Friends of Michael Solomon committee.

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