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.

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To honor Mothers’ Day, Providence religious leaders this weekend will urge support for “common sense” gun regulations.

Four city houses of worship will celebrate turn “Guns into Plowshares” weekend with prayer and presentations of decommissioned firearms that will be transformed into garden tools by metal artists working at The Steel Yard in Providence.

The four faith communities participating in this event are First Unitarian Church in Providence; Temple Beth-El; The First Baptist Church in America; and Central Congregational Church.

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Providence is looking to solve a yawning employee pension problem by leveraging the water system that supplies drinking water to 60 percent of Rhode Island. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this plan deserves more scrutiny.

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Clare Russell Gregorian, a pivotal force in the establishment of Rhode Island Public Radio, wife of former Brown University President Vartan Gregorian and a staunch advocate for women’s reproductive rights, died Saturday in New York after a long battle with obstructive pulmonary disease. She was 80.

Philip Henderson Hoff, the New Frontiersman whose three terms as Vermont ‘s first modern Democratic  governor in the 1960s laid the foundation for turning a solid Republican bastion into arguably the nation’s deepest blue and most liberal state, has died. He was 93.

Hoff, one of the last of the era’s Kennedy-inspired liberals still living, had been suffering from Parkinson’s  Disease.

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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.


The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities has chosen three new members to the board of directors : Froma Harrop, James Riley and Don Wineberg.

Harrop is a nationally syndicated columnist. A graceful writer, her work appears in more than 100 media outlets around the nation, including CNN, Newsday, the Seattle Times and the Denver Post.  A former Providence Journal reporter, Harrop is also a former president of the Association of Opinion Journalists. She lives in Providence and New York City.

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Take a deep breath Rhode Island. It's been a crazy couple of days in state politics.

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Warwick City Council President Joseph Solomon, who will become acting mayor when incumbent Republican Scott Avedisian steps down to become director of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, said today he will run for mayor.

Brown University will confer honorary doctorate degrees on musician Sting and his spouse, the actress Trudie Styler,  at the university’s 250th commencement exercises on Sunday, May 27th.

Sting is one of the world’s most distinctive performers. He formed The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers in 1977. The band releases five albums, landed six Grammy awards and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

Warwick Republican Mayor Scott Avedisian, the longest-serving mayor in the city's history, will leave his post to become director of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, according to a source close to Gov. Gina Raimondo. 

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Former governor and U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee says it is “very unlikely” he will try to make a political comeback this year by running in the Democratic primary for governor.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo faces headwinds in her reelection campaign. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses why the governor is so well-regarded outside the state but not so well-liked at home. 

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Rhode Island’s U.S. Senators, Democrats Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, both said today they will oppose confirmation of CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who is President Donald Trump’s choice to be secretary of state.

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A Brown alum has donated $100 million to advance brain science and help find cures for ALS and Alzheimer’s diseases.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-RI, and two Democratic U.S. Senate colleagues are urging President Donald Trump to make a “clear and compelling case” before undertaking any major military action in Syria.

In a letter to the president, Reed and Sens. Dick Durbin, D-IL and Bob Menendez, D-NJ, said the president should provide a “legal basis for any potential or anticipated military action in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime in Douma on April 7th.”

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