scott mackay

On Politics
3:00 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Jennifer Duffy to keynote RIPEC annual dinner

Jennifer Duffy, the Rhode Island native who is a Washington, D.C. political savant, is slated to be the keynote speaker October 18 at the 69th annual dinner of the Rhode Island Public expenditure Council, the business-financed government research group.

Duffy, senior editor for the Cook Political Report, the nonpartisan newsletter that analyzes U.S. elections and political trends, has become a staple on national news television news programs and on cable news outlets.

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On Politics
3:56 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

What RIPEC’s report doesn’t say

So there is yet another tome out dissecting Rhode Island’s economic woes. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay talks about what the big Rhode Island Public Expenditure report didn’t say.

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On Politics
2:59 pm
Sun September 23, 2012

Could Cianci try another comeback?

Could this really be happening or is it a trope straight out of the Groundhog Day movie? Talk that Vincent A. `Buddy’ Cianci may run again for mayor in  2014 is coursing through City Hall and sending shivers through some in Providence’s political hierarchy.

It would be preposterous to think that Cianci, convicted a decade ago of running the city as a criminal enterprise, could win a two-way race. And there is no way he could defeat Democratic Mayor Angel Taveras.

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On Politics
2:17 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Paiva Weed spooked by Newport casino vote?

Rhode Island voters have twice turned down the chance to bring Las Vegas style casinos in the Ocean State. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says things will probably be different this year.

Rhode Island once had a vigorous anti-casino movement whose members lobbied at the State House and campaigned across the state. Our state once had an anti-casino governor, Republican Lincoln Almond, who considered state promotion of gambling little more than a cheap tax on the poor. The state’s media, led by the Providence Journal, once editorialized against the expansion of gambling.

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On Politics
4:36 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Is the ProJo really this hard up?

The ProJo, which is cutting employees once again, is really penny-pinching with this one. The state’s largest newspaper is ending the `Papers for Patients’  program, according to a letter from Lori Gardnier, director of consumer sales for the ProJo, to hospital officials.

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On Politics
3:58 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

Mitt Romney’s tough challenge

As the weeks dwindle down toward the general election showdown, Mitt Romney seems to be running on empty. Romney’s dilemma is that he can’t seem to boast about his business or political career without chewing on his toes. The latest in a long string of incautious statements is that the middle class in the U.S. comprises those earning between $200,000 and $250,000 annually. This comes in the wake of the Olympics insult to the British and the swing and miss comments about the latest Middle East diplomatic mess.

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On Politics
4:10 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Carcieri’s 38 Studios denial

Former Gov. Donald Carcieri has finally broken his silence on 38 Studios. RIPR 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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On Politics
2:28 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Ed Pacheco: partisan or just petty?

Democratic State Chairman Ed Pacheco must have taken a trip to the rest room or something at the Democratic National Convention when the political figure from Rhode Island with the biggest speaking role of anyone from the Ocean State took the podium at the Charlotte convention.

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On Politics
5:41 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

R.I.P. Joseph R. Paolino Sr., Providence real estate legend

Joseph R. Paolino Sr., a prominent Rhode Island real estate dealer and developer for more than a half century and the father of former Providence mayor Joseph R. Paolino Jr., died today after a battle with cancer. He was 83.

A lifelong Providence resident, Paolino, president of  Paolino Properties,  started in the real estate business at age 17, while still a student at Providence College. During the 1960s, he owned and managed Crescent Park, the iconic East Providence amusement park.

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On Politics
3:48 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

The Big Least conference: Notre Dame latest to jump ship

In another blow to the Big East Conference, Notre Dame has announced that it will leave the Providence-headquartered college sports conference and join the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Fighting Irish are the fourth Big East college sports program to leave the conference over the last 14 months, joining Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia. West Virginia went to the Big 12 Conference and Pitt and Syracuse left for the ACC. Traditional New England Providence rival Boston College earlier left the Big East for the ACC.

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