Scott MacKay's Commentary

Monday 6:35 AM and 8:35 AM

Podcast available HERE.

With a B.A. in political science and history from the University of Vermont and a wealth of knowledge of local politics, it was a given that Scott MacKay would become a weekly commentator for RIPR on Ocean State politics.  He also sits on the RIPR Political Roundtable.

As a former political reporter for The Providence Journal, MacKay has spent more than thirty years documenting the ins and outs of politics in Rhode Island and New England. MacKay is married to Dr. Staci Fisher, an infectious diseases specialist at Rhode Island Hospital.



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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10:46 am
Mon September 17, 2012

What former Gov.Carcieri didn't say about 38 Studios

PROVIDENCE, RI – Former Gov. Donald Carcieri has finally broken his silence on 38 Studios. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay on what the former governor did not say.

It was a grim-looking Don Carcieri who ended his retirement hiatus from media scrutiny with an interview with WPRI-TV's Tim White. If not contrite about the disaster that was the state's $75 million investment in the video game company, the former governor at least took responsibility for pushing the deal.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
7:08 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Challenges ahead for health benefits exchange

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Chafee didn't have to do an intergalactic search to find the person best qualified to run the state's latest effort to extend health insurance to all citizens. For once, the person best suited for the job is a Rhode Islander, Christy Ferguson of Jamestown.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
7:44 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Rhode Island must get over the Schilling crash

PROVIDENCE, RI – The crash of the 38 Studios-Curt Schilling video game deal has sent shivers through Rhode Island's economic development efforts. Rhode Island Public Radio Political Analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts on how we can get our jobs mojo back.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:25 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Why no RIC-URI Nursing School project?

PROVIDENCE, RI – When it was proposed two years ago, the plan to build a new $60 million nursing school in Providence's Jewelry District was what politicians, business leaders and educators like to call a "win-win."

The idea was to put a 121,000 square foot school near the sprawling near the sprawling Rhode Island Hospital, Women & Infants and Hasbro Children's Hospital campus. It was to be shared by URI and RIC.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:15 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Organized labor and the General Assembly

PROVIDENCE, RI – The cliche that organized labor controls the General Assembly has become one of the biggest fallacies in Rhode Island politics, as Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay explains.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
7:01 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Off to the races in U.S. House One

PROVIDENCE, RI – The campaign for Congress in the 1st district is shaping up as Rhode Island's most exciting election this year. Rhode Island Public Radio's Scott MacKay wonders if candidates can deal in issues rather than slogans.

Scott MacKay's commentary can be heard every Monday on Morning Edition at 6:35 and 8:35. You can also follow his reporting and analysis at Rhode Island Public Radio's "On Politics" blog.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
7:48 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Why are so many batterers getting a free pass?


After more than two decades of progress against the scourge of domestic violence our state appears to have recently fallen behind.

A report done by the Justice Assistance group shows that between December 1, 2011 and February 3, 2012 that nearly 60 percent of domestic abuse cases in Rhode Island District Courts resulted in charges being dismissed.

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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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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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