Scott MacKay's Commentary

Monday 6:45 AM, 8:45 AM, and 5:44 PM

With a B.A. in political science and history from the University of Vermont and a wealth of knowledge of local politics, it was a given that Scott MacKay would become a weekly commentator for RIPR on Ocean State politics.  He also sits on the RIPR Political Roundtable.

As a former political reporter for The Providence Journal, MacKay has spent more than thirty years documenting the ins and outs of politics in Rhode Island and New England. MacKay is married to Dr. Staci Fisher, an infectious diseases specialist.

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Rhode Island state and local government have grappled with police and firefighter disability pensions for many years.  Now, as RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains, two recent  Rhode Island Supreme Court have gone against police and firefighters. 


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Brown University plans to demolish several historic houses on Providence’s College Hill to make way for a new arts center. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay hopes the university hasn’t set this proposal in concrete.


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The Rhode Island governors’ race is getting underway. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says the campaign’s negative start doesn’t bode well for voters seeking a serious discussion of state issues.


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As part of Rhode Island Public Radio's series One Square Mile: New Bedford, political analyst Scott MacKay reflects on the city's past, from whaling to textiles, to its role in the Underground Railroad.


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Democrats from Washington, D.C.  to New England and beyond are hopeful about their electoral chances in this year’s midterms. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay cautions that the party must do more than embrace the Women’s March and Black Lives Matter movements.


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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has delivered her annual state budget proposal to the General Assembly. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says her objective this year for the $9.4 billion tax and spending proposal is focused on voters.


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Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. day, the holiday devoted to one of our nation’s premier 20th century civil rights leaders. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says the United States needs to follow King’s example, or lose respect around the world.


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Rhode Island’s General Assembly returns to the Statehouse Tuesday for the start of a new legislative session. RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay previews a few of the top issues lawmakers will confront in 2018.


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The season of “Auld Lang Syne” is fast upon us. As we sing the strains inspired by the Scottish poet Robert Burns, we remember the past year. We also look ahead to the new.


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As we near the end of 2017, Rhode Island Public Radio Political Analyst Scott MacKay has been reflecting on the year in politics and the year ahead. Today he brings us his annual ode, 'Twas the night before the New General Assembly session, with thanks to poet Clement Moore. 

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The holiday season is in full swing.  The Christmas lights are up, the eggnog is in the fridge and the TV Pundits are talking about the “War on Christmas.” RIPR  political analyst Scott MacKay says this cliché deserves a closer look.   


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Thursday, President Donald Trump participated in a venerable ceremony than harkens back to the Calvin Coolidge Administration in the 1920s – the annual lighting of the national Christmas Tree.

At a speech in Missouri Wednesday, the president opened his remarks by saying, “I told you we would be saying Merry Christmas, again right?”

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The Internet has revolutionized communications in the 21st Century. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this open communication system is threatened by a move in Washington, D.C., to remove Internet neutrality.


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In a nation divided along partisan political lines, it can feel like few things still bring people together. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has an idea he says may help. 


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With Thanksgiving coming up, it’s time to think about things we’re grateful for. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says we can all be thankful that Rhode Island’s unemployment rate is down to its lowest in years. But the "Smallest State’s" economy still faces some big hurdles. 


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