Ian Donnis

Political Reporter

Ian Donnis has been the political reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio since 2009. The Washington Post has called him one of Rhode Island’s best political reporters. Besides reporting, Ian tweets at @IanDon, hosts RIPR’s weekly Political Roundtable, and contributes to the station’s On Politics blog. He was for many years a regular panelist on WPRI/WNAC-TV’s Newsmakers, is an occasional guest on RI-PBS' A Lively Experiment, and has been a political debate panelist for each of Rhode Island's three commercial television stations. Ian previously worked for the Providence Phoenix, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and The Associated Press. His reporting has been recognized by the AP, the New England Press Association, the Rhode Island Press Association, and Rhode Island for Community & Justice.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Political Roundtable: Aponte on Tax Deals, the Providence Budget, Raimondo + More

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The newly elected president of the Providence City Council, Luis Aponte, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the use of tax stabilization agreements; the budget outlook in the capital city; Governor Gina Raimondo's early moves on the economy, and more.

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Politics
8:58 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Job Development Bill Slated For Introduction Thursday

A new bill which provides tax credits to encourage job development is slated to be introduced Thursday in the House of Representatives.
Credit RIPR FILE

A bill scheduled to be introduced Thursday would use tax credits to try to spark the creation of jobs.  

State Representative Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick) is introducing his job development tax credit bill for the third time. He said it’s modeled on a program that incentivizes larger employers to create jobs by lowering their taxes.

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Politics
8:41 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Initial Confirmation Hearings Scheduled Gov. Raimondo's Nominees

The Senate has begun scheduling confirmation hearings for Gov. Gina Raimondo's department head nominees.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The state Senate has started scheduling confirmation hearings for four of the nomination made by Governor Gina Raimondo for her administration. The first four hearings center on holdovers from Lincoln Chafee’s time in office.

    

The confirmation process for Governor Raimondo’s nominees is slated to start next Tuesday. That’s when separate Senate committees will take up the nominations of Charles Fogarty as head of the Division of Elderly Affairs, and of State Police Colonel Steven O’Donnell to remain director of the Department of Public Safety.

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On Politics
6:44 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Meet the Class of 2015: State Representative Joseph J. Solomon Jr.

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

With 18 new members in the 113-seat General Assembly, On Politics is offering a periodic look at the latest additions to the House and Senate. We continue with Representative Joseph J. Solomon Jr. (D-Warwick), who comes from a family tradition of being politically active.

Age: 31

Occupation: Self-employed lawyer.

Party: Democrat

Twitter: No

Favorite Food: Eggplant Parmesan sandwich with hot pepper rings.

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On Politics
2:03 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Brown Alum Galland On MoveOn's Push to Draft Elizabeth Warren for Presidential Run

Galland during a recent MSNBC appearance promoting MoveOn's draft Warren campaign.

Although Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren keeps rejecting the idea of a Democratic presidential run, that hasn't stopped liberals from trying to draft the progressive firebrand. The liberal advocacy group MoveOn is leading the push, attracting more than 200,000 signatures.

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RI News
8:48 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Governor Gina Raimondo Holds First Cabinet Meeting

Governor Raimondo held her first cabinet meeting Tuesday.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo says how to improve the economy was the focus when she held her first Cabinet meeting Tuesday. The get-together included both the governor’s appointees and nominees yet to be confirmed.

Governor Raimondo said she thanked members of her administration for their service, and challenged them to think creatively about how to spark Rhode Island’s lackluster economy.

“I asked every single one of them to come up with some ideas for how their department could help create jobs in Rhode Island, and I asked them to think broadly,” said Raimondo.

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On Politics
6:41 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Meet the Class of 2015: State Representative Daniel Reilly

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

With 18 new members in the 113-seat General Assembly, On Politics is offering a periodic look at the latest additions to the House and Senate. We start with Representative Daniel Reilly (R-Portsmouth), who first won election in 2010, lost his seat in 2012, and is now back after defeating Democrat Linda Finn.

Age: 25

Occupation: EMT

Party: Republican

Twitter: @RepDanReilly

Favorite Food: "Can't beat a good cheeseburger."

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Politics
3:10 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Whitehouse Touts Plan to Lower Middle Class Taxes

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse calls a legislative package he unveiled Monday a way to make taxes fairer for middle-class Americans.

Whitehouse says the three bills in his package represent $310 billion dollars over 10 years -- and could help pay for other tax cuts sought by Republicans.

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On Politics
11:09 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Raimondo Nominates Fogarty to Lead Elderly Affairs

Governor Gina Raimondo has made good on her pledge to find a place in her administration for former Department of Labor and Training director Charles Fogarty, nominating him to lead the Division of Elderly Affairs.

Fogarty served two terms as lieutenant governor and was the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 2006, losing a close race to Republican incumbent Don Carcieri.

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On Politics
5:18 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Inaugural week is almost over, and the hard work of trying to nudge Rhode Island forward begins anew with a fresh slate of politicos. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are invited at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you're welcome to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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