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Scott MacKay Commentary
You can't read the tea leaves for RI politics PROVIDENCE, RI (2012-12-31) By SCOTT MACKAY
With a new year comes the inevitable round of Rhode Island political prognosticating. Anybody who says they know what is going to happen probably doesn't.
The battle over the state pension system will spill into 2013 PROVIDENCE, RI (2012-12-24) By SCOTT MACKAY
After the usual starts and sputtering stops, it looks like the combatants in the state public pension joust will be sitting down to try to forge a compromise on the legal issues that have landed Rhode Island's landmark pension overhaul in court.
History repeats itself with RI immigrants PROVIDENCE, RI (2012-12-17) By SCOTT MACKAY
One of the reasons President Obama won a convincing victory was the overwhelming support he got from Latino voters. The lives of new arrivals are strikingly similar to earlier immigrants. The first generation struggles with language and poverty. Then later generations used the fruits of American democracy to move up.
The "fiscal cliff" is no joke PROVIDENCE, RI (2012-12-10) By SCOTT MACKAY
Americans love to lampoon our lawmakers. From Mark Twain to Jon Stewart, senators and representatives have been juicy targets for pundits and satirists. What student of history can forget Twain's famous dictum that Congress is the nation's only native criminal class.
Greene Memorial Bridge rededicated PROVIDENCE, RI (2012-12-03) By FLO JONIC
Governor Lincoln Chafee and Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse will be in Coventry Monday morning for the rededication of the Laurel Avenue Bridge as the Major-General Nathanael Greene Memorial Bridge.
A new Christmas tradition suggestion PROVIDENCE, RI (2012-12-03) By SCOTT MACKAY
Once again, the holidays in Rhode Island are greeted by pitched battles over the public symbols of Christmas. Why we all can't embrace the true meaning of this season?
The future of marriage equality in RI PROVIDENCE, RI (2012-11-26) By SCOTT MACKAY
Rhode Island is now the only New England state without marriage equality. This would change if the business community supports marriage equality.
The future of RI-court decision pending regarding pensions PROVIDENCE, RI (2012-11-19) By SCOTT MACKAY
Rhode Island's state pension overhaul faces a Superior Court hearing next month. State government and our struggling cities and towns would be in for a serious financial strafing if the state loses in court to the state employee unions challenging the law approved in a special session by the General Assembly.
GOP's tin ear keeps it tuned out to what RI wants PROVIDENCE, RI (2012-11-12) By SCOTT MACKAY
From the White House to the State House, Republicans were blown out last week. Here's a look at what's next for the beleaguered Rhode Island GOP.
Rhode Island should work harder to get out the vote PROVIDENCE, RI (2012-11-05) By SCOTT MACKAY
Tuesday is Election Day, America's grand tribute to democracy. Question: Why Rhode Island is so far behind most of the country in promoting voter turnout?
What's happening in the last days of campaigning PROVIDENCE, RI (2012-10-22) By SCOTT MACKAY
It's a nail-biter in the Rhode Island 1st District congressional campaign and down to the wire for Republican Brendan Doherty and Democrat David Cicilline.
GOP should leverage 38 Studios mess PROVIDENCE, RI (2012-10-15) By SCOTT MACKAY
If ever there was a case study in what ails the Democrats who have run Smith Hill for eons, it is the 38 Studios video game fiasco. It is foolish to even ask what was right about this flawed, indeed desperate, lunge at growing jobs in a state in dire need of them.
Governor Chafee is going it alone PROVIDENCE, RI (2012-10-08) By SCOTT MACKAY
Governor Lincoln Chafee is not on the ballot in next month's general elections. And here's why Chafee is lucky that he isn't facing voters.
RI doesn't need another report, it needs leaders PROVIDENCE, RI (2012-10-01) By SCOTT MACKAY
If Rhode Island was a shelf, it would be collapsing under the weight of all the blue-ribbon commission reports written over the years about our state's foundering economy. Since the infamous Greenhouse Compact of 1984, the wonks, politicians, academics and economic thinkers have cleared entire Canadian provinces of trees to publish white papers and dense reports on how to heal the sickest economy in New England.
This year RI may embrace casino gambling PROVIDENCE, RI (2012-09-24) By SCOTT MACKAY
Rhode Island voters have twice turned down the chance to bring Las Vegas style casinos in the Ocean State. Things will probably be different this year.
What former Gov.Carcieri didn't say about 38 Studios PROVIDENCE, RI (2012-09-17) By SCOTT MACKAY
It was a grim-looking Don Carcieri who ended his retirement hiatus from media scrutiny with an interview with WPRI-TV's Tim White. If not contrite about the disaster that was the state's $75 million investment in the video game company, the former governor at least took responsibility for pushing the deal.
The primary race for CD 1 turns conventional wisdom on its ear PROVIDENCE, RI (2012-09-10) By SCOTT MACKAY
There is only one Rhode Island primary election tomorrow that is being watched from Woonsocket to Washington, D.C. The primary joust between Democratic David Cicilline and Anthony Gemma has been in-your-face nasty, as rough as it gets in a little state known for big political fights.
The national significance of RI's role at the DNC PROVIDENCE, RI (2012-09-03) By SCOTT MACKAY
Governor Chafee will be the first Rhode Islander to have a prime time role at a national political convention since 1964. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay says Chafee's job will be to draw independents and disaffected Republicans into the President's fold.
Scott MacKay: A history of voting fraud in RI PROVIDENCE, RI (2012-08-27) By SCOTT MACKAY
Democrat Anthony Gemma says there's widespread voter fraud in Providence. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay says these allegations are nothing new.
Suggestions to stem gun violence in RI PROVIDENCE, RI (2012-08-20) By SCOTT MACKAY
The carnage of gun violence has marred summer all across America. Closer to home, Providence police have confiscated 80 guns this year. Perhaps the General Assembly can offer the capital city a helping hand.