scott mackay

On Politics
4:00 am
Sun November 11, 2012

Of Gordon Fox, the State House and the ProJo

Should the ProJo have its editors to take a refresher course in Political Science 101?

It appears that way after the strange coverage of House Speaker Gordon Fox’s reelection.

No ProJo reporter or columnist, with the notable exception of Mike Stanton, did any real ground-level reporting in the East Side district that Fox represents, which is about a mile from the Fountain Street newsroom.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Are RI Republicans listening?

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.

As 2012 spills into 2013, the Rhode Island political trend worth watching is how Republicans deal with the drubbing their party took at almost every level. Republicans actually lost state House and Senate seats and were crushed in elections for U.S. Senate and House. You have to go back to the mid-1970s to find a time when no Republican served in either statewide or federal office.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Rhode Island among three top Obama states

This won’t come as any surprise, but Rhode Island is once again a deep, cobalt Blue state in presidential politics.  President Obama’s margin in the Ocean state appears to be the third highest in the nation, after Hawaii (the president’s birthplace, unless you believe Donald Trump) and Vermont, which was once the most Republican state in the U.S.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Post-election wake-up

The people, as the cliché goes, have spoken. Obama won the race that all the pollsters pretty much predicted and perhaps the hate Nate (Silver) trope is buried. In Rhode Island, voters went with Democrats and Republicans have to be licking their wounds and wondering what the future holds.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Election Eve Odds and Ends

Massachusetts: The race for U.S. Senate between incumbent Republican Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren, his Democratic challenger, is one being watched nationwide because it carries the possibility of deciding party control of the U.S. Senate. All of the polling shows this election close. But Warren has to be a slight favorite in this Democratic state where President Obama is considered a lock.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Sun November 4, 2012

Last Call on the 2012 elections

Thoughts as the days dwindle to hours leading to Tuesday’s election:

Presidential race. The earliest indication from a swing state will likely be New Hampshire, which is in the eastern time zone and is the only battleground state in New England. Crucial to an Obama victory is a big run up along the Connecticut River, from Keene to Hanover, then winning Concord and the Sea Coast communities. Romney must do well among conservative Democrats in Salem and Manchester and score substantially  in traditional GOP areas, such as the Lakes Region and along the I-93 corridor.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Sun November 4, 2012

John Rollins cooks up a feast for La Salle Academy

Rhode Island political cognoscenti know John Rollins as the man who in 1986 won one of the biggest political upsets in Providence history. That was the year that he knocked over urban boss Lloyd Griffin for city council in a ward that covered the heart of  South Providence. Rollins, a football standout at La Salle Academy and the University of Rhode Island, was, along with his wife Julia Rollins,  a longtime civil rights activist in Rhode Island’s African-American community. But Rollins has traded his political hat and football helmet for a chef’s toque.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Rhode Island’s antiquated voting system

Tomorrow (Nov. 6th) 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.

The 1960 presidential election remains etched in American political annals. It signaled the ascension of two young World War II veterans to the pinnacle of national leadership.  One of those candidates, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy, would make history by ending the exclusion of Roman Catholics from the Oval Office.

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On Politics
12:02 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

ProJo circulation declines again

The ProJo continues to bleed print subscribers. According to the latest numbers from the Audit Bureau of Circulations, crunched by WPRI’s Ted Nesi, the daily Journal sold just 83,733 print copies on weekdays between April and Sept. 30, the period covered by the latest report. That is down by 6,352 from the figures reported 12 months ago.

On Sundays, the most lucrative advertising day of the week for newspapers, circulation dropped to 117,784, a decline of 11,240 since the September, 2011 report. Saturday circulation was also down.

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On Politics
12:00 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Washington gridlock and the RI Senate campaign

The federal government is mired in gridlock and it now takes a super-majority to pass legislation in the U.S. Senate. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay considers Rhode Island’s U.S. Senate race as Washington, D.C. slouches toward the fiscal precipice.

That Washington, D.C. is “broken’’ has become the campaign cliché of 2012, shouted across the land by both Democrats and Republicans. The combatants in House and Senate seats from California to Cranston point fingers of blame at each other like school children tattling at recess.

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