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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Scott MacKay Commentary
3:35 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: More At URI Than Meets The Eye

University of Rhode Island's North Kingstown Campus
Credit RIPR FILE

Colleges, even state colleges, are too expensive and beyond the financial reach of some students. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst  Scott MacKay on why college is still a great investment, both for taxpayers and students.

Fast upon us 'tis season of Lilacs, caps and gowns and those desultory commencement speeches about life being a journey. For too many seniors these days, the sheepskin comes with an avalanche of student loan debt.

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On Politics
3:37 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

YWCA RI to hold annual Women Holding Office Celebration

The YWCA Rhode Island will hold the group’s 6th annual Women Holding Office Celebration on Monday April 28 at 6 p.m. at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln.

The keynote speech will be delivered by Rose Hidalgo, director of public policy for Casa de Esperanza in Washington, D.C.  The annual event celebrates the achievements of women in Rhode Island politics. This year, the premiere of a documentary about the first women elected mayors in the Ocean State will be presented.

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On Politics
2:56 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

RI Armenian Community to mark genoicide with march

The Armenian Community of Rhode Island will sponsor a candlelight march tomorrow in Providence to commemorate the 99 anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The procession begins at 6:45 from the Sts. Vartanantz Church at 402 Broadway to Providence City Hall, followed by a program in the city council chambers.

The event is part of a national and international commemoration of the genocide, where more than a million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks and thousands more were deported.

On Politics
5:20 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Nuala Pell Laid To Rest In Newport

Trinity Church in Newport
Credit Discover Newport

The life of Nuala Pell, widow of Sen. Claiborne Pell, was celebrated Monday morning with wit, tradition and family love and devotion in services at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newport, the city she loved and where she died last week at age 89.

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On Politics
4:11 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Ex-Speaker Fox selling Providence Home

Former Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox of Providence has put his Providence home on the market.

Fox, who resigned as speaker after state police and FBI and IRS agents raided his State House office and his East Side home on March 21, is asking  $615,00 for his house on Gorton Street on the East Side of the city.

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Boston Marathon
9:05 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Head Of The Boston Athletic Association Talks Marathon Security

Head of the Boston Athletic Association, Joann Flaminio
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

36,000 runners hit the pavement this morning for the Boston Marathon. The 118th running of the race has special significance.  It's the one-year anniversary of a horrific bombing that killed three people, and injured more than 200 others at the finish line of last year’s Boston Marathon.  Race organizers have beefed up security, but city leaders say they hope the marathon will still feel like a fun, family event. They say that’s part of their effort to reclaim the marathon after the bombing.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
2:59 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Rhode Island Needs More People Like The Pells

Nuala Pell in her Newport home.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Rhode Island pays its final respects this morning to Nuala Pell, widow of  Sen. Claiborne Pell at services in Newport. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why the passing of Mrs. Pell signals the end of an era.

Sen. Claiborne Pell represented Rhode Island for 36 years in the United States Senate. Few senators have ever better served a state.

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On Politics
4:20 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

RI Unemployment Rate Dips

Rhode Island's unemployment dipped in March, but it continues to have one of the highest rates of unemployment in the country.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Rhode Island’s unemployment rate has inched down to 8.7 percent in March, an improvement, but evidence that the state trails the region and most of the nation in economic activity.

The state Department of Labor and Training reports that new data shows the seasonally adjusted rate declined from 9 percent in February and is now at the lowest rate since September, 2008.

The number of Rhode Islanders who were working increased to 506,000 in March, a hike of 2,700 from February  statistics.

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On Politics
1:04 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Taveras promotes Dormody, hires Hull

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has announced some staff changes in his office, including the hiring of Brian Hull as director of municipal and intergovernmental affairs.

Taveras, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, said in a news release that Hull will begin work April 28th.  The job is basically a government relations post that includes representing the administration before the Providence City Council.

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On Politics
3:13 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Nuala Pell, Spouse And Political Partner Of Sen. Claiborne Pell, Dies

Nuala Pell in her Newport home.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Nuala Pell, widow of revered Sen. Claiborne Pell, confidante of Pastores, Kennedys and European royalty, a force in Rhode Island politics for decades and a woman who was as at ease at a Democratic Party rally at a Portuguese Club as she was with the well-born swells of Newport society at Bailey’s Beach, died early this morning at Newport Hospital. She was 89.

The Pell family has announced a memorial service to be held Monday, April 21 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newport, at 11 a.m.

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