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
3:38 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Steve Brown retiring as publisher of Providence Phoenix

Stephen L. Brown, longtime associate publisher of the Providence Phoenix, is leaving the alternative newspaper after a career of nearly four decades as a leader in New England’s alternative newspaper landscape.

Brown, of Jamestown, turns 60 next month. Steve started in newspapering at the University of Vermont, where he began working on the student newspaper, `The Vermont Cynic’ as an undergraduate in the 1970s.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
1:45 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Brown University Celebrates 250 Years

Brown University has been a looming presence in Rhode Island since its founding.
Credit Courtesy Brown University

Beginning this week, Brown University celebrates its 250th birthday.. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay kicks off our week long Brown series and ponders the college’s role in Rhode Island.

Brown is perched atop the tallest of the seven hills on which Providence was built. For its first two centuries the university reflected this lofty status on its College Hill cloister. It was an all-male institution that launched the well-born, Yankee elite to the upper reaches of banking, medicine, law and the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Politics
9:40 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Block On Public Education, Tax Reform + More

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block sits down with host Elisabeth Harrison and Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott Mackay to discuss a variety of issues including public school, the floundering economy, and his switch from Moderate to Republican.

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Political Roundtable
9:17 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Political Roundtable: Block On RI's Economy, Pension Settlement, + More

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Block
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On tap this week, Republican Ken Block’s plan to rescue the Rhode Island economy, and the outlook for the settlement aimed at ending the lawsuit over the state pension system.  Host Elisabeth Harrison sits in for Ian Donnis, and is joined by Rhode Island Public Radio’s political analyst Scott MacKay, and University of Rhode Island Political Science Professor Maureen Moakley.

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On Politics
12:10 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

URI professor union supports Taveras for governor

The union representing University of Rhode Island professors has endorsed Providence Mayor Angel Taveras for governor.

The political action committee representing professors represented by the American Association of University Professors at URI voted unanimously to endorse the campaign of Taveras, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor.

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Central Falls
9:35 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau May See Prison Release

Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau
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Former Central Falls mayor Charles Moreau could find himself a free man as early  as Friday, despite his conviction for corruption.  A ruling in another case has through his conviction into question because he guilty to taking a gratuity.

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On Politics
5:53 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Ken Block, social moderate, financial conservative

Ken Block, founded of the R.I. Moderate Party only to abandon it and become a Republican. Now he’s running for the Republican nomination for governor against Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.

From Block’s opening speech this week, it is evident that he is seeking to carve out an image as a social liberal and financial conservative. A software engineer and entrepreneur, Dartmouth graduate Block is busy staking out positions that appeal to small business owners, a natural constituency in GOP circles.

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On Politics
4:20 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Clay Pell gets Johnston Democratic Committee nod

RI Democratic gubernatorial aspirant Clay Pell has picked up the endorsement of the Johnston Democratic Committee, Pell’s campaign announced.

``Clay Pell is the right candidate at the right time to move Rhode Island’s economy forward,’’ said Richard Delfino, the town’s Democratic chairman. ``Members of the committee….were impressed by his experience at the White House and the fresh perspective he can bring to solving our challenges. As governor he will be a honest broker and tireless advocate for the state of Rhode Island.’’

On Politics
3:51 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Ex-Central Falls Mayor Moreau slated to get out of prison early

Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau could be freed as early as Friday from federal prison, according to a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha.

Moreau was convicted of bribery and has served 13 months of his 2-year sentence in a Maryland federal prison. Since his conviction, a federal appeals court has ruled in an unrelated case involving a businessman and a legislator in Puerto Rico. That ruling said federal law does  not ``criminalize gratuities’’ and dismissed the charges against both men.

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On Politics
1:28 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Joseph Caramadre's Law License Suspended

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has suspended the law license of Joseph Caramadre, the Cranston estate planner and lawyer convicted of being the architect in a scheme that exploited terminally ill people.

Caramadre has appealed his federal conviction. The state’s highest court suspended Caramdre’s right to practice law in the  state until his appeal is resolved.  ``Joseph Caramadre is hereby suspended from the practice of law in this state pending the outcome of his appeal and until further order of the court.’’

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