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2:46 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: The R.I. And Mass. Casino Conundrum

Slots are the only attraction at Newport Grand, but a group is trying to bring table games to the casino.
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It’s election year in Rhode Island. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the one issue that never goes away in our small state – casino gambling.

There’s an old gallows humor joke about banks and creditors. If you owe the bank $30,000, the bank owns you. If you owe the bank $300 million, you own the bank.

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5:04 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: We're Trying To Keep Politics Focused On Issues. Will You Help?

Rhode Island Statehouse
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You may be fed up with Rhode Island politics. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says now is no time for Rhode Islanders to retreat into a cocoon of apathy.

It’s the high season of summer in our corner of southeastern New England. A time of blue skies, fluffy whipped cream clouds and sun-washed surf. It’s what many of us consider our best season. Proust had his madeleines. Rhode Island natives have our childhood memories stirred by plates stacked high with steamers, saugys and clambakes on the beach.

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1:24 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: It's Time To Dump The Rhode Island Estate Tax

Business leaders and conservative groups are pushing lawmakers to change Rhode Island's estate tax.
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Nothing is certain in life except death and taxes. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it may be time for Rhode Island to get out from under this cliché.

Once again, conservative groups and business leaders are lobbying for big changes to Rhode Island’s estate tax. Called the ``death tax’’ by opponents, this tax is levied upon Rhode Island estates of more than about $922,000.

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3:13 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Perk Up R.I. It's Summah Fer Gawd Sakes

Rhode Islanders need to focus on all the great things our state has to offer.
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Once again, Rhode Islanders are making national news for the low regard we have for our tiny state. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time to stop taking Rhode Island  for granted.

The Gallup poll discovered that Rhode Island is the state least appreciated by its own residents. Just 18 percent of Rhode Islanders said our small slice of southeastern New England was the best place or one of the best places to live.

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4:06 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Lawmakers Swept 38 Studios Under The Rug

It's been nearly four years since the General Assembly approved state support for the now-defunct video game company 38 Studios.
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What’s worse than the 38 Studios fiasco for Rhode Island ‘s political and economic reputation? RIPR political analyst  Scott MacKay points to the aftermath.

It’s been nearly four years since  then- Gov. Donald Carcieri, the state Economic Development Corporation and the General Assembly foisted the disaster that is 38 Studios on Rhode Island taxpayers.

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10:58 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Rhode Island's Democrats vs. Massachusetts

RI Democrats could take a page out of Massachusetts' book when dealing with the economy.
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Rhode Island Democrats should look to Massachusetts for some leadership on the economy. RIPR political analyst  Scott MacKay explains why.

Rhode Island is once again ensnared in a noisy political campaign season. The stench of government corruption has led to new leadership on Smith Hill. Gordon Fox is out as speaker and Nick Mattiello is in. Democrats control both chambers of the General Assembly by big margins. Yet the historic majority party can’t seem to speak with a coherent voice on our state’s struggling economy.

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2:35 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: We Remember: Patriot's Day 2014

The corner of Cambridge and Tremont streets after the Boston Marathon bombings, one year ago.
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It’s been a year since bombs and blood in the streets shattered one of New England’s treasured civic celebrations.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the lessons of the Boston Marathon bombings as this year’s race approaches.

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8:47 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Try Something New On Smith Hill?

After an investigation into former House Speaker Gordon Fox led to his resignation, corruption casts a pall over RI government yet again.
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The stench of corruption has once again encircled the Rhode Island Statehouse. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay says it may be time to try something different on Smith Hill.

Unless you have been living in one of those 1950s-era nuclear bomb shelters, or the old East Side tunnel, you’ve probably heard of the latest Statehouse scandal. The state police and federal IRS and FBI agents raided the offices of House Speaker Gordon Fox 10 days ago. The next day he abruptly resigned.

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5:01 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Is Fox Yet Another RI Rascal Pol?

Former House Speaker Gordon Fox during the 2014 budget.
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Once again, Rhode Island is attracting national attention for all the wrong reasons. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts about the federal raid on Speaker Gordon Fox’s office.

The specter of corruption in high political office haunts Rhode Island. As it has seemingly forever. For a state still in the grip of the recession, there are few things worse than the scene at the Statehouse Friday.

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9:50 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Time For Clay Pell To Step Away From The Car

What does "Dude where's my car?" have to do with Clay Pell's campaign for governor? Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts.

How do you know your campaign is in trouble: when your car is getting more attention than your ideas.

That’s what’s happening to the infant campaign of Clay Pell, who would like to be our next governor.

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