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On Politics
4:59 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s older population is on the rise, and in 20 years a quarter of the state’s population will be older than 60. All this week, we’re looking at the state’s older residents in a series we’re calling “The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island.” RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay helps us kick off our series with a look at what this growing older population means for younger residents.

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Scott MacKay Essay
12:27 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

Can Rhode Island Survive Sequestration?

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Most Rhode Islanders by now have adopted a my-eyes-glaze over attitude towards a dysfunctional federal government that careens from one self-inflicted crisis to another. The latest is the so-called sequester, the arbitrary cuts in federal spending that loom because Democrats and Republicans in Congress can’t seem to act like grown-ups and figure out how to deal with taxing and spending.

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On Politics
12:25 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Rhode Island's consolidation blues

RI State Capitol
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The high cost of local government in Rhode Island has forever been an issue. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why – even in a recession- our little state can’t make progress on consolidating municipal services.

It seemed like a smart and easy way for both Warwick and East Greenwich to save taxpayer money. In 2011, at the depth of the recession, leaders of the two communities got together to see if they could merge fire dispatch services in a way that would incorporate new technologies and save money.

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On Politics
4:15 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

RI Should Take Deep Breath On Immigration

The Rhode Island General Assembly is back in session and in less than a month The House has already taken a historic vote to approve same-sex marriage. While it’s unclear what will happen to that controversial measure in the Senate,  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says there’s one hot button issue lawmakers ought to stay away from.

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On Politics
11:51 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Chafee's big night comes Wednesday

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee delivers his annual State of the State Speech this week. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why the governor’s words are crucial.

Lincoln Chafee has been governor for two years, but can any of  his constituents honestly point to an accomplishment or speech that addresses our state’s crying need: a better economy that generates needed jobs.

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On Politics
1:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh State House tree

Once again, the holidays in Rhode Island are greeted by pitched battles over the public symbols of Christmas. RIPR political analyst wonders why we all can’t embrace the true meaning of this season.

For a clue as to why little of consequence gets done at the State House, we bring you to the annual capitol kerfuffle over the lighting of  the soaring evergreen tree that marks the arrival of the Christian Advent celebration.

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On Politics
1:00 am
Wed November 28, 2012

John Mulligan, top ProJo political reporter, leaves

John Mulligan, the ProJo’s respected Washington correspondent and the newspaper’s top political reporter, is leaving his post for a job in Washington, according to several newsroom sources.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Time for business community to endorse gay marriage

Rhode Island is now the only New England state without marriage equality. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this would change if the business community supports marriage equality.

As gay marriage gains momentum from the Pacific northwest to the shores of  Maine, Rhode Island is getting ready for another round of  debate at the State House over marriage equality.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Post-Thanksgiving Good Deed: Buy Nothing Coat Exchange

So you’ve gorged on the Turkey, the stuffing, the yams, the squash and all cranberry relish your stomach can process. Maybe you had some wine and watched enough football to slouch into a deep snooze on the couch. Hopefully you had a great Thanksgiving and avoided family psycho-drama or severe bloating from all that good food.

So on Friday, you’ll want to do some good for your fellow Rhode Islanders who perhaps have less to be thankful for than you and yours. For a good deed, there is the 16th annual Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Some affection for Rhode Island Monthly

One magazine that doesn’t seem to get a lot of  love from Rhode Island’s journalism establishment is Rhode Island Monthly. Yet, sprinkled among the foodie features, glossy  BMW ads and  Sotheby’s promos  for Newport millionaire mansions is some fine work.

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