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Scott MacKay Commentary
7:02 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Spring is officially here; baseball is back

PROVIDENCE, RI – Proust had his madeleines. New Englanders have our own rituals that connect us to our collective childhood. One of those vivid memories is the first time you went to a baseball game at Fenway Park or McCoy Stadium.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:36 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Is bankruptcy really the answer for Providence?

Providence, RI – Should Providence city government address its deficit mess by declaring bankruptcy? Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay says this is no panacea for the red ink in the city budget.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
7:56 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Will Whitehouse cruise to a second term?

US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse isn't facing much competition
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PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's U.S. Senate election this year ought to generate interest, excitement and debate. But so far it has yielded only yawns, says RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay.

Last week's Brown University public opinion survey carried some bad news for incumbent Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. Almost 60 percent of respondents think the Newport Democrat is doing only a "fair" or "poor" job. And his good or excellent ratings are only about 30 percent.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:16 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Taxing Brown, nonprofits not a silver bullet fix for Providence finances

PROVIDENCE, RI – There has been more rhetoric than reality in the latest dispute between Brown University and Mayor Angel Taveras and his city council allies. With city government awash in red ink, the pols are hungrily eyeing the tax-exempt Brown property on College Hill as a source of sorely needed money.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
6:45 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Auld Lang Syne 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – As 2011 winds to a close, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it's time to reflect on the contributions of some Rhode Islanders who won't be around to celebrate the New Year.

That nostalgic Scottish ballard Auld Lang Syne will be sung over and again this New Year's Eve as we toast the end of the year with a cup o' kindness.

The question Robby Burns asks in this anthem is timeless: Should those we loved and knew be forgotten?

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Scott MacKay Commentary
7:47 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Internet sales taxing local businesses

PROVIDENCE, RI – More and more holiday shoppers are buying presents online. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay tells us why this is bad for both mom and pop stores and state government.

Rhode Islanders of a certain age will remember when the only mention of a mouse and Christmas came during annual recitations of Clement Clarke Moore's classic poem, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

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Scott MacKay Commentary
6:26 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Reed continues silence on DOMA

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Islanders pretty much always know where U.S. Sen. Jack Reed stands on issues. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has found a hot-button social issue on which Reed has been mum.

Jack Reed has long been Rhode Island's most respected political figure. Even in the anti-Washington and anti-incumbent swirl that has enveloped the nation's capitol, every Rhode Island public opinion survey for years has shown high job approval ratings for Reed.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:26 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Compromise and civility needed to fix the pension

PROVIDENCE, RI – Both sides are impassioned in the debate over the pension overhaul. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay reminds us that in order to fix this critical problem, everyone must be willing to compromise.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@wrni.org.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
6:57 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Listening to the 99 percent

PROVIDENCE, RI – The ragtag army that is the Occupy Wall Street movement has been ridiculed by politicians, talk show nation and many in the media. But with a Congressional Budget Office report showing the top 1 percent nearly tripled their wealth in the last 30 years, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this protest seems to be resonating with the remaining 99 percent.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
9:24 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Pension overhaul offers legislators a chance to step-up

a special session to overhaul the troubled pension system offers Smith Hill a chance at redemption.
Photo by James Wyman

PROVIDENCE, RI – The General Assembly has not helped its image much lately. But Rhode Island's pension mess has given the Smith Hill crowd a chance at redemption, says RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay.

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