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
4:41 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Vincent Mesolella reelected chairman of Narragansett Bay Authority

Vincent J. Mesolella has been reelected chairman of the board of commissioners of the Narragansett Bay Commission, the agency that runs sewage treatment facilities in metropolitan Providence communities.

Mesolella, who has been chairman of 19-member commission since the 1990s, was reelected unanimously at a commission meeting yesterday, said Jamie Samons, the commission’s public affairs officer.

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On Politics
1:12 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Should Warwick taxpayers subsidize Ray McKay's Senate bid?

Raymond McKay’s Republican U.S. Senate candidacy seems to depend on his legal battle with Warwick city officials over whether he should be allowed to keep his city job while he runs for office.

Local media outlets have much of McKay’s alleged ``right’’ to run for any office he chooses. Steve Brown of the R.I. Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union told the Providence Journal that the Warwick city ordinance that bars classified municipal employees from running for office is ``overly broad’’ and too restrictive.

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On Politics
6:30 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Paxson says Brown student sanctioned for sexual assault will not come back to campus next fall

Brown University President Christina Paxson, in a statement,  says the male student who was sanctioned for a sexual assault on a 22-year old female student will not be returning to the university.

The case became public after the woman involved, 22-year old Lena Sclove, held a press conference on the Brown campus last week to speak out about the university’s handling of an assault and rape that she said was committed on her by a fellow male student.

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On Politics
4:26 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Chafee, Valois, Sweitzer headed to European trade mission

Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Marcel Valois, executive director of Commerce Rhode Island, will embark on a European trade mission that will be focused on meeting with executives of companies that have expressed an interest in establishing operations in Rhode Island.

Chafee’s press office issued a statement saying that these company executive officials are interested in Rhode Island due to the state’s ``proximity to Europe, as well as the location in the busy northeast corridor and the convenience of TF Green Airport, industrial ports and rail and highway transportation systems.’’

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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
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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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