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.

Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScotMackRI

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On the cusp of Statehouse debate over trucking tolls to fix bridges, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation has closed the Park Avenue Bridge over Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor in Cranston, effective immediately.

The action came after a DOT outside engineering consultant inspected the bridge and found ``significant deterioration in the bridge’s timber deck.’’  The DOT then sent one of its own engineers to inspect the bridge and that probe confirmed the independent analysis.

President Obama scored a victory for his trade plan today when the U.S. Senate approved a measure that would give the president the authority to negotiate international deals, but he did it without help from Rhode Island two Democratic senators, Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse.

Reed and Whitehouse were on the losing end of a 60 to 37 Senate vote. Both Rhode Islanders cited concerns that trade deals hurt American workers. Thirteen Democrats joined with 47 Republicans to push the trade pact to a final vote, which is likely to occur tomorrow.

UPDATE: Rhode Island churches are organizing memorial services to remember the lives lost in the Charleston, South Carolina church shooting incident that claimed the lives of nine African-Americans who were worshipping at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The first service is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 24th at Olney Street Baptist Church in Providence, according to the Rev. Donald Anderson of the R.I. State Council of Churches.

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The high cost of government in Rhode Island is once again in the forefront, as voters in Coventry dissolve the Coventry Fire District. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay asks if this can be a spur for consolidation in our tiny state.

In a referendum  Coventry voters resoundingly refused to give any more of their property taxes to the stanch the river of red ink drowning the Coventry Fire District. They  turned thumbs down on the fire district even though it provides fire and emergency services to the most densely populated part of the community..

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has approved disgraced former Mayor Charles Moreau’s request for legal fees dating back to his days as mayor and before he was convicted on federal corruption charges. The high court overturned a Superior Court decision that denied both Moreau and the Central Falls legal fees for their challenge to the state law that allowed the city to be put into receivership.

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