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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:33 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Governor should grab the opportunity provided in State of the State speech

Governor Lincoln Chafee
Credit Ian Donnis

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee delivers his annual State of the State Speech this week. The governor’s words are crucial.


Lincoln Chafee has been governor for two years, but can any of  his constituents honestly point to an accomplishment or speech that addresses our state’s crying need: a better economy that generates needed jobs.

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Education
10:04 am
Mon January 7, 2013

What is General Assembly doing about Board of Education

(PROVIDENCE, RI) RIPR Political Commentator Scott MacKay analyzes why the state does not have a functioning Board of Education.

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RIPR News
10:24 am
Mon December 31, 2012

You can't read the tea leaves for RI politics

RI capitol
Photo by: RIPR file

PROVIDENCE, RI – With a new year comes the inevitable round of Rhode Island political prognosticating. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says anybody who says they know what is going to happen probably doesn't.

The past often provides a roadmap to the future. This is the case with Rhode Island political predictions. Every election cycle one candidate or another becomes ```the lock,'' the overwhelming favorite to become the next governor or senator or congressional representative.

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RIPR News
4:57 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

The battle over the state pension system will spill into 2013

PROVIDENCE, RI – After the usual starts and sputtering stops, it looks like the combatants in the state public pension joust will be sitting down to try to forge a compromise on the legal issues that have landed Rhode Island's landmark pension overhaul in court.

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RIPR News
7:58 am
Mon December 17, 2012

History repeats itself with RI immigrants

Scott MacKay
Photo: RIPR file

PROVIDENCE, RI – One of the reasons President Obama won a convincing victory was the overwhelming support he got from Latino voters. But Providence Mayor Angel Taveras tells RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay that Republicans have a future with Latino voters.

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RIPR News
1:23 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

The "fiscal cliff" is no joke

Photo credit: US Capitol

PROVIDENCE, RI – Americans love to lampoon our lawmakers. From Mark Twain to Jon Stewart, senators and representatives have been juicy targets for pundits and satirists. What student of history can forget Twain's famous dictum that Congress is the nation's only native criminal class. Or that history, in the immortal words of Karl Marx, repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. What we are witnessing in Washington, D.C. as the days dwindle to the New Year is more Groucho Marx than Karl.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
7:46 am
Mon December 3, 2012

A new Christmas tradition suggestion

PROVIDENCE, RI – Once again, the holidays in Rhode Island are greeted by pitched battles over the public symbols of Christmas. Why we all can't embrace the true meaning of this season?

For a clue as to why little of consequence gets done at the State House, we bring you to the annual capitol kerfuffle over the lighting of the soaring evergreen tree that marks the arrival of the Christian Advent celebration.

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RIPR News
8:50 am
Mon November 26, 2012

The future of marriage equality in RI

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island is now the only New England state without marriage equality. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this would change if the business community supports marriage equality.

As gay marriage gains momentum from the Pacific northwest to the shores of Maine, Rhode Island is getting ready for another round of debate at the State House over marriage equality.

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RIPR News
8:29 am
Mon November 19, 2012

The future of RI-court decision pending regarding pensions

Scott MacKay
Photo: RIPR file

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's state pension overhaul faces a Superior Court hearing next month. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if its time for the parties to negotiate.

Our state's landmark pension overhaul heads to Superior Court on December 7. Rhode Islanders of a certain age recall that as the day that lives ``in infamy,'' in the immortal words uttered by President Franklin Roosevelt, to a stunned nation in 1941 after the Pearl Harbor attack.

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RIPR News
7:44 am
Mon November 12, 2012

GOP's tin ear keeps it tuned out to what RI wants

Voters at 2012 Election polling place
Photo: RIPR file

PROVIDENCE, RI – From the White House to the State House, Republicans were blown out last week. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what's next for the beleaguered Rhode Island GOP.

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