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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:38 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: The Future Of RI's Tea Party

Is it twilight for The Tea Party in Rhode Island?
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What is the Tea Party’s future in Rhode Island Republican politics? Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay talks tea about two announced GOP candidates for governor.

Scott MacKay’s commentary can be heard every Monday on Morning Edition at 6:35 and 8:35 and on All Things Considered at 5:50. You can also follow his political analysis and reporting at our ‘On Politics’ blog at RIPR.org.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:24 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: What We Can Learn As Part Of Red Sox Nation

Fenway Park in Boston, the capital of Red Sox Nation.
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The Boston Red Sox, New England’s most beloved sports team, are the world champions of baseball. Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what we can learn from these men who played a boys game with joy.

Fifty years ago, the French-born cultural historian Jacques Barzun wrote a lyrical paean to baseball. His most noted passage was that ``whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules, and reality of the game.’’

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Scott MacKay Commentary
7:07 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: Out With The Old, In With The New

John F. Kennedy put it eloquently in his 1961 inaugural address: ``Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.’’

The Ocean State elections promise to turn friend into foe, but that happens every two years in our insular political culture. What is becoming notable as the parade forms for the 2014 is the changing of the generational guard.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:25 am
Mon October 21, 2013

What Ever Happened To Gun Control In Rhode Island?

Despite calls for more gun control, little has happened in the last year in the Ocean State.
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In the aftermath of last year’s Newtown school shootings, Rhode Island politicians leaped on the gun control bandwagon. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what’s happened since.

After last December’s horrific school massacre in Connecticut, political leaders from the White House to the Rhode Island State House vowed to crack down on gun violence. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed all advocated measures to advance gun control in our state.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:41 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Looking From Rhode Island, Massachussetts Grass Isn't Much Greener

Rhode Island State Capitol building
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It seems sometimes like every Rhode Island business and political leader points to the better economy in Massachusetts. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay looked across the state border and finds more myth than reality.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:05 am
Mon September 16, 2013

It's Time to Rethink Rhody's Tax Structure

The General Assembly has set up two initiatives on taxes.
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The ancient cliché is that nothing in life is certain except death and taxes. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why it’s time for Rhode Island lawmakers to make a serious study our state’s tax structure.

The ancient cliché is that nothing in life is certain except death and taxes. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why it’s time for Rhode Island lawmakers to make a serious study our state’s tax structure.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:48 am
Mon September 9, 2013

The New Face Of the Governor's Race

Following Lincoln Chafee's departure from the 2014 governor's race, potential candidates to come into sharper relief.
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Governor Lincoln Chafee’s departure from next year’s Rhode Island governor’s campaign has scrambled the field. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay takes on the new generation of leaders likely to vie for the Statehouse.

Whatever you think of his governorship or his policies, Chafee’s decision to drop out of the race passes the torch to a new generation of Rhode Island politicians. Unless you live in a yurt or have totally abandoned following state government, you’ve probably heard of Angel  Taveras, Gina Raimondo or Allan Fung.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:58 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Unions and the Future of America's Middle Class

The independent man, who stands atop the RI statehouse, may need to climb down and join a union.
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Today we celebrate the glorious history of the American labor movement. While unions have a storied past RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what the future holds.

Labor Day in Rhode Island has long been more than a summer’s end holiday. For decades, union leaders and their members have celebrated a movement that assimilated immigrants, fought vigorously for better pay and working conditions and was a fulcrum in the creation of a strong middle class.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
1:30 am
Sun August 25, 2013

RI Can Do Younger Citizens a Favor by Investing More in URI

Out-of-state tuition at URI for 2012-13 was $23,156, according to data from the New England Board of Higher Education.
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The days are getting shorter, our cobalt coastline is cooler. The rhythms of fall return. In our cozy corner of New England, a timeless harbinger of the season is students thronging college campuses.

Behind the teary parental goodbye hugs and lugging the laptops to the dorm looms an uneasiness in the realm of higher education these days. Students loaded down with mountains of debt graduate into an uncertain economy. ``Do you want fries with that diploma’’ is the gallows humor of our age.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:39 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Health Insurance Debate Rages On As Obamacare Creeps Closer

HealthSource RI is scheduled to roll out its pricing plans this week.
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The debate over Obamacare rages from Providence to Pasadena. As the state moves closer to launching its health insurance exchange, Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay parses the arguments and traces the law’s Rhode Island roots.

Ask Rhode Island Republican State Chairman Mark Smiley what he thinks of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare and you’ll get a blunt answer:  He says, ``I hate it.’’

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