scott mackay

On Politics
3:06 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Change coming to Providence Journal Editorial Page

Bob Whitcomb, the ProJo’s witty and intellectual editorial page editor, who is 65, will be stepping down in at  the usual  retirement age for top executives at the newspaper.

Whitcomb does a fine job for many reasons, not the least of which is the wide variety of opinion and subjects that grace the editorial and op-ed pages every day. He is one of those rare ProJo people with a wide background in newspaper editing and reporting; he even served as an editor in Paris with the International Herald Tribune.

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On Politics
2:37 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Avedisian: Turn old Potowomut School into a Fire station

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian today announced that he is moving ahead with plans to renovate the closed Potowomut Elementary School into a fire station to serve the neighborhood.

Avedisian said in a news release that he will ask the city council to use $2 million in bonds for the renovation. The mayor said putting a fire facility in the old school would allow Warwick to end its fire service agreement with the East Greenwich Fire District, which would save Warwick the annual $350,000 payment to East Greenwich.

On Politics
5:22 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

New England Innocence Project Event at Aidan's in Bristol

The New England Innocence Project is holding a fund-raising event on Monday, April 1, at Aidan’s Pub in Bristol from 6 to 9 p.m.

Join Roger Williams University law students, lawyer Betty Anne Waters and Dennis Maher for an evening of  fun and food to help the New England Innocence Project in its efforts to provide legal help to free the wrongly convicted.

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On Politics
1:03 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Spring and baseball returns to New England

After a long winter, spring officially returns to these parts this afternoon. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay takes  a break from State House debate  to bring us baeball's return.

In New England, everything old really is new again on the Opening Day of the baseball season. Shortly after one this afternoon, the oldest and most spirited rivalry in all of  American sports begins anew as our Boston Red Sox travel to the Bronx to play the New York Yankees, a club also known in our sliver of New England as The Evil Empire.

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On Politics
7:26 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Film Tax Credits: A Taxpayer Fleece?

Of all the tax subsidies states had out, the film tax credits seem among the most frivolous. Sure, politicians love rubbing elbows with Hollywood luminaries, but what about the taxpayers?

Now comes this report from Massachusetts: The Bay State’s film subsidy program cost taxpayers an estimated $44 million in 2011, though it created the equivalent of just about 1,200 full-time jobs.

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On Politics
3:20 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

The real losers in March Madness Hoops

Thoughts to ponder while watching March Madness: This is the best time of the year for the college basketball junkies among us. What is more thrilling than wall-to-wall televised hoops generously salted with upsets, buzzer beaters and the endless arguments (and bets) over brackets, conferences and the Final Four. All played out in the college atmosphere of  the NCAA tournaments with all the trappings of student cheers, painted faces, pompoms, cheerleaders, crowds fully clad in team colors and the inevitable prancing mascots. Even President Obama fills out his brackets!

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On Politics
5:05 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Bon Voyage David Scharfenberg

David Scharfenberg, the news editor of the Providence Phoenix and one of Rhode Island’s very best young journalists, is leaving the alternative weekly for a position covering politics at Boston’s NPR affiliate, WBUR.

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On Politics
11:39 am
Tue March 26, 2013

What Chafee was right about

In the flurry of  commentary about the 10-year anniversary of the U.S. intervention in Iraq, the role of one Rhode Island political figure who did the right thing has not received much attention from the Rhode Island media.

That would be then-Republican Sen. Linc  Chafee’s lonely vote against President Bush’s rush to war under the most dubious of rationales. Chafee was the only Republican senator who voted against the ill-fated Iraq War that Bush pushed under the false evidence that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:24 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Historic Preservation Tax Credit Would Benefit Rhode Island

Rhode Island lawmakers have spent a lot of  time recently searching for ideas to jump-start the state economy. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay suggests they head back to the future.

Hardly a week passes without Rhode Island’s business, political and public policy elite floating yet another plan for digging our state out of its economic rut. The ideas run the gamut; from modest proposals as providing more internships to keep college students in Rhode Island after they graduate to bigger dreams, such as abolishing the state sales tax.

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On Politics
10:10 am
Sun March 24, 2013

Bring back the RI Historic Preservation Tax Credit

Rhode Island lawmakers have spent a lot of  time recently searching for ideas to jump-start the state economy. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay suggests they head back to the future.

Hardly a week passes without Rhode Island’s business, political and public policy elite floating yet another plan for digging our state out of its economic rut. The ideas run the gamut; from modest proposals as providing more internships to keep college students in Rhode Island after they graduate to bigger dreams, such as abolishing the state sales tax.

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