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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: What the RI Right Can Learn From Progressives

10/5/2018
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Rhode Island conservatives and Republicans are bemoaning the leftward turn of the state’s Democratic Party. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay begs to disagree.

Duration:00:04:19

Scott MacKay Commentary: How Will Gender and Trump Play in RI Governor Campaign?

9/28/2018
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From the Kavanagh hearings in Washington to the Rhode Island governor campaign, gender is proving to be a strong political factor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay sums up Rhode Island’s first governor debate and looks ahead.

Duration:00:04:07

Scott MacKay Commentary: Will Republican Divide Hurt Allan Fung in RI Gov Contest?

9/21/2018
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The first general election poll is out in the Rhode Island governor campaign and the kickoff television debate is Thursday. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says Republican Allan Fung’s biggest obstacle is the lack of unity in his own party.

Duration:00:03:56

Scott MacKay Commentary: Women, Progressives Triumph in Assembly, Providence Council Campaigns

9/15/2018
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Most of the media coverage of last week’s Rhode Island primaries focused on the statewide contests for governor and lieutenant governor. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says if you are seeking clues to change, look at General Assembly and city council contests.

Duration:00:04:21

Scott MacKay Commentary: The RI Primaries

9/7/2018
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Rhode Island voters head to polls in primary elections Wednesday. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has been thinking about what’s at stake as candidates jockey for positions in the November midterm elections.

Duration:00:04:32

Scott MacKay Commentary: Labor Day and Public Employee Unions

8/31/2018
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It’s Labor Day, when we honor workers and the unions that gave them better lives. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this year’s big labor issue is the fate of public employee unions, following asignificant Supreme Court decision.

Duration:00:03:53

Scott MacKay Commentary: Raimondo, Fung Appear Headed To Rematch

8/24/2018
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Summer is fading, the kids are headed back to school and the political campaign season is getting serious. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay looks at the biggest upcoming Rhode Island statewide primary contests.

Duration:00:03:56

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 says it makes Rhode Island seem 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....

Duration:00:03:47

Scott MacKay Commentary: Abortion Rights Have Entered 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: Raimondo Faces Nursing Home Case Fallout

6/8/2018
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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo recently announced her reelection campaign with a splashy tv ad. The spot is airing as the governor faces criticism after a state lawyer dropped the ball on a big case involving Medicaid payments. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses this development and its potential impact on the governor’s campaign.

Duration:00:03:59

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.

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