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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 at Rhode Island Hospital.

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 at Rhode Island Hospital.
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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 at Rhode Island Hospital.

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Episodes

Scott MacKay Commentary: PawSox Going, Going...Gone

8/17/2018
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The Pawtucket Red Sox drew fans to McCoy Stadium with the slogan “where the dreams begin.” With the team’s decision to move to Worcester, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay it makes Rhode Island more like where baseball dreams die .

Duration:00:04:01

Scott MacKay Commentary: Voter Supression Nothing New

8/10/2018
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The election season starts early next month with primaries in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Rhode Island Public Radio Political Analyst Scott MacKay takes this opportunity to consider New England’s history of restricting who can cast ballots.

Duration:00:04:07

Scott MacKay Commentary: Rhode Island's Truck Tolls

7/20/2018
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Truckers are now paying tolls on the Rhode Island side of on Interstate 95. They've racked up more than a half million dollars in just the first month of the tolling program. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says that’s hardly the end of this debate. ‘Tis the season of road and bridge construction. It seems like you can’t drive anywhere without encountering the pungent odor of fresh asphalt, the drone of backhoes and long lines of the unofficial summer state tree --- the orange highway...

Duration:00:04:07

Scott MacKay Commentary: R.I. Pols and Media, Drop The Ratings Games

7/13/2018
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Rhode Island politics is once again enveloped in the economic rating game. Some national rankings show the state’s economy to be doing well, while others don’t. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay is skeptical of all the rankings, ratings and lists. The CNBC business network recently ranked Rhode Island at 45 out of 50 on its 2018 list of the top states for business. Business Insider's web site put Rhode Island much higher, stating it has the ninth best business climate in the country. Then...

Duration:00:03:47

Scott MacKay Commentary: Abortion Rights Is In the Democratic Party Mainstream

7/6/2018
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Rhode Island Democrats have been beset by battles over women’s rights and the direction of the party. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says voters -- not party bigwigs—will decide these issues.

Duration:00:04:10

Scott MacKay Commentary: Bristol's 233rd Fourth of July Celebration

7/2/2018
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Narragansett Bay is alive with sails, the spectacular sunsets burst into pink and plum streaks and fireworks flash and linger across the night sky.

Duration:00:03:58

Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Issues Pols Aren't Talking About

6/22/2018
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As the Rhode Island General Assembly session winds down, the political campaigns ramp up. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay talks this week about issues that aren’t getting enough attention from the pols.

Duration:00:03:58

Scott MacKay Commentary: Should RI Adopt Ranked Choice Voting?

6/15/2018
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Rhode Island’s last two governors - Lincoln Chafee and Gina Raimondo - were elected with far less than 50 percent of the vote. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says Maine may have a better way of electing governors.

Duration:00:03:57

Scott MacKay Commentary: Let's Be Careful About Jumping On The Sports Betting Bandwagon

5/25/2018
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The U.S. Supreme Court has overthrown a ban on sports betting. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay looks at the pros and cons of allowing states to legalize wagering on sports.

Duration:00:04:02

Scott MacKay Commentary: The New RI 2018 Political Landscape

4/27/2018
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Last week’s Rhode Island political developments among both Democrats and Republicans shook up the 2018 political campaigns. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay analyzes the new landscape.

Duration:00:04:04

Scott MacKay Commentary: Beware of Fung, Feroce Tax Cut Promises

4/13/2018
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It’s that time of year again: income tax filings are due. And candidates for governor are talking about cutting taxes. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says voters should be wary of political tax promises.

Duration:00:03:56

Scott MacKay Commentary: U.S. Citizenship and the Census

4/6/2018
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Providence County is participating in a trial run of the 2020 U.S. Census. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay traces how something that shouldn’t provoke controversy has become partisan.

Duration:00:04:07

Scott MacKay Commentary: Time For Mattiello To Make PawSox Stadium Decision

3/30/2018
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Baseball is back in New England this week, as both the Boston Red Sox and the Pawtucket Red Sox begin their home seasons. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if Rhode Island state government can forge a new stadium deal to keep the PawSox in the Ocean State.

Duration:00:03:54

Scott MacKay Commentary: Connecticut vs. Rhode Island, Less Than Meets the Eye?

3/23/2018
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Rhode Island and Connecticut are two bordering New England states whose residents have usually gotten along. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders has noticed that relations have gotten chippy lately.

Duration:00:04:35

Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Election Year Economy Half Full or Half Empty?

3/16/2018
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The Rhode Island economy is sure to be a crucial topic in the state’s 2018 political campaigns. RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay says there is improvement, but the Ocean State is still a long way from flourishing.

Duration:00:03:56

Scott MacKay Commentary: Raimondo's Election Challenge

3/9/2018
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The first public opinion poll of the 2018 Rhode Island campaign for governor shows a near dead heat between Republican Allan Fung and incumbent Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo. RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay parses the bad news for Raimondo.

Duration:00:03:43

Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Supreme Court Catches Up With Cop, Firefighter Disability Claims

2/23/2018
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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.

Duration:00:03:55

Scott MacKay Commentary: Is Brown Headed For A Historic Preservation Battle With The East Side?

2/16/2018
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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.

Duration:00:04:04

Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Governor Campaign Off To Woeful Start

2/9/2018
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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.

Duration:00:04:17

Scott MacKay Commentary: New Bedford's Rich Past And Present

2/5/2018
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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.

Duration:00:04:21