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
3:13 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Doherty’s Democratic big government bonnanza

Republican 1st District Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty is fond of railing against big government Democrats in Washington, D.C., but he sure has done well by the policies of the Rhode Island Democrats who have dominated our State House for eons.

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On Politics
2:24 am
Wed October 24, 2012

R.I.P. Doane Hulick

Doane Hulick, a fine Providence City Hall and  federal and state courts reporter for the Providence Journal, has died after a courageous five-year battle against advanced lung cancer. He was 73.

Hulick, a native of North Carolina, was a great story teller both in print and in person. An accomplished sailor, he was married to Providence Journal reporter Tracy Breton, who also teaches journalism at Brown University. Doane and Tracy lived in Cranston’s  Edgewood neighborhood.

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On Politics
10:32 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Does the East Side really want to defeat Gordon Fox?

Mark Binder has run a vigorous and aggressive campaign for state representative against House Speaker Gordon Fox  D-Providence, on the city’s East Side. Binder deserves credit for his focus on Fox’s record and for turning up the spotlight on the things about the State House that makes voters’ blood boil – the wee hours votes on the controversial legislation, the 38 Studios fiasco, the lack of  transparency  that too often is the rule, rather than the exception, on Smith Hill.

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On Politics
12:50 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Doherty, Cicilline down the homestretch in CD 1

We’re down to the wire with Republican Brendan Doherty and Democrat David Cicilline. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the nail-biter that is Rhode Island 1st District congressional campaign.

Voters in the 19 communities that make up Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District are being courted by Republican Doherty and Democrat Cicilline with the ardor of a battleground presidential state.

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On Politics
3:13 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Pesare, Reynolds Ferland to be honored by RIPEC

The Rhode Island Public expenditure Council (RIPEC) will honor Middletown Police Chief Anthony Pesare and Sharon Reynolds Ferland,  fiscal advisor for the Rhode Island House of Representatives, with public service awards at the group’s annual meeting tonight at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Cook  Political Report editor and Rhode Island native Jennifer Duffy will deliver the keynote address. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, D-Newport and House Speaker Gordon Fox, D-Providence, will also speak at the 69th RIPEC annual meeting.

On Politics
2:00 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Darrell West to speak on election at Central Congregational Church

Darrell West, the former Brown political science professor and pollster, will analyze the election results in a Nov. 9 speech at Central Congregational Church in Providence.

West, who is now vice president of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., will speak in the ninth annual lecture of  the church’s annual West series of speeches on politics and religion at the church, where he was an active member during the years he lived in Providence.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Doherty needs op-ed editor?

Brendan Doherty wrote a somewhat thoughtful, albeit in the end partisan, op-end piece that ran in this morning’s ProJo. Doherty, Republican candidate for 1st District U.S. House against incumbent Democrat David Cicilline, outlined the fiscal cliff the nation faces as a result of the partisan gridlock on financial and budget matters in Washington, D.C.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Democrats for Doherty: Has-beens or a force?

Members of `Democrats for Doherty’ according to the latest release from Brendan Doherty’s campaign for Congress in the 1st District.

Chairwoman of the Democrats for Doherty campaign is former State Rep. Joanne Giannini of Providence.

Other members of the group: Kevin Stacom and Ernie DiGregorio, both standout Providence College basketball players from Dave Gavitt’s legendary 1973 Friar team that went to the Final 4 of the NCAA. Stacom and Enrie D. both went on to NBA careers.

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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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