scott mackay

On Politics
10:46 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Providence native Tom Donilon leaving as Obama national security adviser

Providence native Tom Donilon, a graduate of LaSalle Academy, is resigning as President Obama’s national security adviser. He is slated to be replaced by Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, White House officials have announced.

Rice, 48, an outspoken diplomat and Obama political ally, was the president’s first choice for secretary of state. She lost a shot at the job after harsh criticism from Republicans over her account of the deadly attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

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On Politics
4:25 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

RI Democratic Party voter registration up

As if Rhode Island wasn’t already enough of a Democratic one-party state, the latest voter registration numbers from the secretary of state’s office show that the Ocean State has gotten even more Democratic since the 2006 midterm elections.

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On Politics
3:49 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Why a Democratic gubernatorial primary helps Taveras

Lincoln Chafee is now the first Democratic Rhode Island governor since the early 1990s. RIPR political analyst  Scott MacKay wonders what the governor’s party change means for his future.

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On Politics
5:25 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

What Chafee as a Democratic candidate means

What you think of Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s decision to become a Democrat probably depends on where you stand on his two and a half year record as the nation’s only independent governor and whether you believe he deserves a second term.

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On Politics
2:56 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Rhode Island Courts: The Insider Lollapalozza

After the Rhode Island court scandals of the 1990s, the state changed the way judges are chosen. RIPR political analyst explains why lawyers with Statehouse connections keep getting appointed to the bench despite the reforms.

Common Cause of Rhode Island, the good government group, the Rhode Island Bar Association and a past president of the NAACP skewered Gov. Lincoln Chafee recently when he elevated former Senate President Joe Montalbano to a coveted judgeship on the state superior court bench.

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On Politics
11:21 am
Tue May 21, 2013

URI: No interest in varsity hockey

The Atlantic Hockey blog mentions that the University of Rhode Island is being considered by league brass to replace the University of Connecticut, which is moving its Division 1 hockey team into the Hockey East.

The Atlantic Hockey Conference is known as a stepping stone conference for colleges moving up to Division 1. Quinnipiac, for example, started in Atlantic Hockey and is now a national power that plays in the ECAC conference along with such Ivy League schools as Brown and Yale, which won the national championship a few weeks back over Quinnipiac, Yale’s New Haven neighbor.

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On Politics
3:42 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Filling the Dynamo Building with a museum?

The Dynamo House, the century-old onetime Narragansett Electric power station, now sits as a forlorn reminder of what once thrived along Providence’s downtown waterfront.  And as Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay notes, it now stands as a guard to the old Jewelry District that state and city officials are trying to rebrand as a Knowledge District.

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On Politics
12:40 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Richard Walton: The Red Bandana Concert

Richard Walton was an unforgettable presence for decades in our cozy state. An activist, he was in the forefront of so many campaigns for social justice and peace during his 84 years on this earth that even his friends couldn’t do a full accounting. A graduate of Brown in the 1950s, at a time when most of his WASP classmates went into banking, law or joined the CIA, Richard took the path less traveled. He became a reporter for the Providence Journal, then worked in New York newspapering during the Golden Age of print journalism.

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On Politics
11:41 am
Sun May 12, 2013

Rhode Island's big 350th charter celebration

Rhode Island hasn’t had enough to celebrate lately. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay brings us an anniversary all Rhode Islanders can take pride in next month.

Three hundred and fifty years ago, Rhode Island struck a blow that would reverberate around the globe when England granted the colony a charter that for the first time in the modern world put in place a government that granted absolute religious freedom to its people.

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On Politics
5:13 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

RWU kicks off 350th RI Colonial Charter Celebration

Roger Williams University kicks off the state celebration of the 350th anniversary of the Rhode Island Colonial Charter tomorrow with a panel discussion about the 1663 charter on campus.

Five members of Governor Lincoln Chafee’s Rhode Island 1663 Charter Commission will bring their perspectives to a discussion of the landmark document and how the ideas of Roger Williams influenced American constitutional development and indeed, resonate to the 21st century.

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