Scott MacKay

Political Analyst

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 commentator for Rhode Island Public Radio's 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.

Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScotMackRI

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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. (Advance copy of comentary scheduled to air Monday.)

It wasn’t that long ago that the Rhode Island Republican Party was a viable force in state elections. Voters in what has been a reliably Democratic state since Franklin Roosevelt’s administration once regularly elected Republicans to the governorship and the U.S. House and Senate.

Charles Rappleye, a great Los Angeles-based reporter and acclaimed author who  wrote about everything from Providence’s Brown family and slave trading to crooked cops, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 62.

Rappleye, the brother of WJAR political reporter Bill Rappleye, was known as a resolute investigative reporter who focused on those not usually featured in mainstream journalism. “He was especially interested in the telling the stories of the overlooked,” stated his obituary in the Los Angeles Times.

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Mark Adams, a former Providence College defenseman who played on the Friars 2015 national championship hockey team, died suddenly Monday. He was 27.

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.

Well Rhode Island is losing the Pawtucket Red Sox to Worcester and the Massachusetts city is celebrating in wake of the city council’s overwhelming vote to seal the PawSox, err WooSox, deal.

Worcester will host a celebration on Monday, September 17 at 5 p.m. at the Worcester Common Oval at 455 Main Street in Worcester. Among the celebrants –U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, Lt. Gov. Karen Polito, Mayor Joseph Petty, City Manager Edward Augustus, PawSox Chairman Larry Lucchino and “other special guests.”

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While Matt Brown’s underfunded and underwhelming primary campaign from the left failed to even dent Gov. Gina Raimondo’s march to a second term as Rhode Island’s first female governor, progressive Democrat Aaron Regunberg, a 28-year old Providence state representative, fared much better and ran a close, but ultimately losing bid, against incumbent Lt. Gov. Dan McKee of Cumberland.

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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.

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The candidates for mayor of Providence shared their views Tuesday night of a proposed skyscraper in the city's jewelry district, how to solve billions of dollars in unfunded pension liabilities, and how to improve public schools.

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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. 

Robert “Bobby” DeLuca a veteran Rhode Island mobster, was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for lying to federal investigators about the murder of  Boston nightclub owner in the 1990s, the Department of Justice announced.

DeLuca, 72, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Denis Casper to 66 months in prison and three years of supervised release. DeLuca pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice and two counts of making false statements.

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John McCain, the U.S. Navy air warrior who was the Vietnam War’s most famous American prisoner and who evolved into a powerful U.S. senator and Republican presidential candidate, died Saturday at his home in Arizona after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 81.

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. 

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Rivulets of sweat coursed across Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien’s face and Gov. Gina Raimondo tried gamely to keep her piano key smile frozen as a gaggle of pols, state officials and union and business poohbahs crammed into a steamy Slater Mill this morning to try to put their spin on the loss of the Pawtucket Red Sox to Worcester.

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


It appears that the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Boston Red Sox top minor league farm team, is getting closer to announcing a proposed deal to leave the Rhode Island city that has been the team’s home since the 1970s for a new stadium to be built in Worcester.

A source close to the team who communicated with Rhode Island Public Radio on the condition of anonymity said an announcement of a financial offer for a new stadium in Worcester would be made Friday.