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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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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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8:29 am
Mon November 19, 2012

The future of RI-court decision pending regarding pensions

Scott MacKay
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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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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
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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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8:15 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Rhode Island should work harder to get out the vote

PROVIDENCE, RI – Tuesday is Election Day, America's grand tribute to democracy. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why Rhode Island is so far behind most of the country in promoting voter turnout.

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10:50 am
Mon October 22, 2012

What's happening in the last days of campaigning

PROVIDENCE, RI – We're down to the wire with Republican Brendan Doherty and Democrat David Cicilline. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay parses the nail-biter that is the Rhode Island 1st District congressional campaign.

Voters in the 19 communities that make up Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District are being courted by Republican Doherty and Democrat Cicilline with the ardor of a battleground presidential state.

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5:38 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

GOP should leverage 38 Studios mess

PROVIDENCE, RI – If ever there was a case study in what ails the Democrats who have run Smith Hill for eons, it is the 38 Studios video game fiasco. It is foolish to even ask what was right about this flawed, indeed desperate, lunge at growing jobs in a state in dire need of them.

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8:13 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Governor Chafee is going it alone

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee is not on the ballot in next month's general elections. And Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst Scott MacKay tells us why Chafee is lucky that he isn't facing voters.

Scott MacKay's commentary can be heard every Monday morning at 6:35 and 8:35 on Morning Edition. You can also follow his political reporting at the "On Politics" blog at RIPR.ORG.

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3:10 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

RI doesn't need another report, it needs leaders

PROVIDENCE, RI – If Rhode Island was a shelf, it would be collapsing under the weight of all the blue-ribbon commission reports written over the years about our state's foundering economy. Since the infamous Greenhouse Compact of 1984, the wonks, politicians, academics and economic thinkers have cleared entire Canadian provinces of trees to publish white papers and dense reports on how to heal the sickest economy in New England.

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8:42 am
Mon September 24, 2012

This year RI may embrace casino gambling

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island voters have twice turned down the chance to bring Las Vegas style casinos in the Ocean State. Things will probably be different this year.

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