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 9, 2015

Political Roundtable: McKee on Raimondo's Start, the Economy & Boosting Municipalities

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Rhode Island's new lieutenant governor, Daniel McKee, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Governor Gina Raimondo's inaugural address; his focal points as he starts on the job; the challenges facing Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, and more.

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RIPR News
12:18 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

RIPR GM Joe O'Connor Heading to Charlotte's WFAE

RIPR General Manager Joe O'Connor
Credit RIPR FILE

Rhode Island Public Radio general manager Joe O'Connor is leaving the station at the end of January to become GM of WFAE and president of the University Radio Foundation in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Politics
9:00 am
Wed January 7, 2015

RI General Assembly Opens 2015 Legislative Session

The 2015 General Assembly legislative session opened on Tuesday.
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Legislative leaders opened the new General Assembly session yesterday by pledging to focus on jobs and education.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed unanimously won re-election to their leadership posts.  Mattiello began his chamber’s 2015 session by vowing to keep a continued focus on jobs and the economy.  Mattiello won his first full two-year term as speaker on a unanimous vote.

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Local Features
8:25 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Raimondo Says She's Ready to Take on Rhode Island's Problems

Raimondo's first official act as governor was signing an executive order calling for high ethical standards in her administration.
Credit Ian Donnis / RINPR

Gina Raimondo’s long path to the top job in Rhode Island politics culminated when she was sworn in Tuesday as the state’s first female governor. Raimondo has cautioned that making change won’t be easy in a state plagued by persistently high unemployment.

Raimondo’s inaugural on the south portico of the Statehouse was steeped in tradition, from the singing of the National Anthem to the firing of a 19-gun salute.

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On Politics
10:15 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Traffic Magistrate David Cruise Joins Raimondo as Legislative Director; Other Staff Picks Named

R. David Cruise, an administrative magistrate for the state Traffic Tribunal and previous chief of staff for Bruce Sundlun and Joseph Montalbano, is joining Governer-elect Gina Raimondo's administration as legislative director.

"I think it's a great opportunity," Cruise, 58, tells RIPR. While leaving a judicial post for an executive staff position is highly unusual, Cruise said he's attracted by the chance to work with Raimondo -- "a dynamic leader" -- and wrestle with the state's problems. "I think it will be a very interesting experience for all of us."

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Politics
9:09 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Providence City Council Elects Luis Aponte As Its New President

Luis Aponte is the new President of the Providence City Council.
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On a split vote, the Providence City Council Monday elected a new president.  Luis Aponte says he’ll reach out to the councilors who voted for his opponent.

Aponte has represented Lower South Providence and Washington Park since the late 90s. He defeated rival candidate Nicholas Narducci on a 9-to-6 vote. Aponte said he hopes to work in partnership with the new mayor of Providence, Jorge Elorza.  “I plan to whenever and whereever possible work closely with the mayor to ensure that we create a climate where the city can grow and move forward,” said Aponte.

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Local Features
7:05 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Elorza Cites Optimistic Message; Inaugurated as Providence's 38th Mayor

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A new era in Providence politics began with the inauguration of Jorge Elorza Monday as the city’s mayor. Elorza offered a mostly upbeat message before an audience about 200 people, while acknowledging how Providence still faces some tough fiscal challenges.

Elorza’s mid-day inaugural in front of City Hall had a little bit of everything, from the National Anthem to a rap song by an independent Christian hip-hop artist celebrating his Guatemalan roots.

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On Politics
5:01 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

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

Happy New Year! Is it the dawn of a new era in Rhode Island, or just a fresh path to more of the same? The answers will come in the months and years ahead, and we'll be following them here each week. So thanks for stopping by. As always, feel free to drop me a tip or comment at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Political Roundtable: Newberry on Raimondo, Elorza, HealthSource RI & More

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House Minority Leader Brian Newberry (R-North Smithfield) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss expectations for Governor-elect Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza, as well as state tax policy, HealthSource RI, and more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Bonus Q&A: Newberry on the GOP Outlook, Cutting Spending & More

House Minority Leader Brian Newberry (R-North Smithfield) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the outlook for RI Republicans, his legislative priorities for 2015, what went wrong for Allan Fung, and other issues.

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