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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Politics
8:47 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Raimondo Ultimately Outspent Gubernatorial Rivals During Election Cycle

Gina Raimondo outspent both her major gubernatorial rivals; Republican Allan Fung, Moderate Bob Healey.
Credit RIPR FILE

Democrat Gina Raimondo outspent Republican rival Allan Fung by a more than 2-to-1 margin during the 2014 campaign. Raimondo will be sworn in as governor January 6th.

Raimondo spent more than five million dollars as part of her winning run for governor. She beat Fung on a 4-point margin in the November 4th election. Fung himself spent about $2 million during the campaign.  The two candidates have almost exhausted their accounts. Raimondo has just less than $50 thousand left in her war chest, while Fung has about $66 thousand.

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RI News
8:41 am
Thu December 4, 2014

More Red Ink In The Forecast For Rhode Island's Next Fiscal Year

More red ink is expected in the upcoming 2015 state budget.
Credit RIPR FILE

Efforts to eliminate a $66 million deficit in the current state budget will be the subject of a House Finance Committee meeting this Thursday; and more red ink is forecast for the next fiscal year.

The Finance Committee plans to hear from state department directors about attempts to cut higher-than-expected spending.  Spending in some departments can rise unexpectedly, for example, due to fluctuations in the inmate population at the state prison or overtime by state workers.

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On Politics
12:21 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Gorbea Staffs Up With Steve Gerencser, Gonzalo Cuervo & Melissa Long

Secretary of State-elect Nellie Gorbea plans to fill three key posts in her administration with Steve Gerencser as deputy secretary/chief of staff, Gonzalo Cuervo as senior adviser/communications director, and Melissa Long as deputy secretary/director of administration.

Gorbea was the top vote-getter in the November 4 election and became the first Hispanic woman elected to statewide office in New England.

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On Politics
10:47 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Raimondo to Retain Janet Coit as Department of Environmental Management Head

Governor-elect Gina Raimondo plans to re-appoint Janet Coit as the director of the state Department of Environmental Management.

“During the past four years, Director Coit proved to be not only a strong advocate for the environment, but a skilled manager of a complex department,” Raimondo said in a statement. “I admire her passion for conserving our natural resources and am thrilled to have her continue her good work as a member of my cabinet.”

Coit's re-appointment is subject to confirmation by the state Senate.

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On Politics
12:02 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Raimondo Picks Maryland Official Steve Neuman as Chief Of Staff

Governor-elect Gina M. Raimondo has picked Stephen S. Neuman, director of public affairs for Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, as her chief of staff.

“I am excited to have Steve help lead my team as we work to move Rhode Island forward," Raimondo said in a statement. “His experience working for governors in Maryland, North Carolina and Missouri will be invaluable as we work to find new and creative solutions here.”

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Politics
8:39 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Judge OK's Jury Trial, Sets Date For RI Pension Overhaul Case

If the state pension overhaul is settled in mediation it will have to go back to the General Assembly for approval.
Credit File / RIPR

A legal observer says he expects the legal dispute over a 2011 overhaul of the state pension system to be settled out of court.

Roger Williams University Law School dean Michael Yelnosky said he’s fairly optimistic about the outlook for a settlement. “For a couple of reasons: one, they came so very close before; there continue to be lots of good reasons to settle on both sides,” said Yelnosky.

Efforts to settle the pension dispute fell apart in April when one of six plaintiff groups rejected a proposed deal.

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On Politics
5:04 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

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

The pre-holiday slowdown is descending on the land, but there's still plenty of interesting stuff going on, naturally. So thanks for stopping by and feel free to send me a note 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 November 21, 2014

Political Roundtable: Raimondo on Jobs, RI's Deficits & Working With the General Assembly

Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Governor-elect Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her pre-inaugural focus, plans for confronting budget deficits, how she'll work with the General Assembly, and more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Raimondo on Staffing Up, Investing in Education, the Pension Dispute & More

Governor-elect Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q+A to talk about the ongoing state pension dispute, HealthSourceRI, CVS' decision to develop a new technology center in Boston, the Rhode Map controversy, and more.

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On Politics
6:36 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Matt Jerzyk Joins Speaker Mattiello's Staff As Deputy Legal Counsel

Longtime political operative and staffer Matt Jerzyk has been hired as deputy legal counsel by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

"Matt's experience in city and state government will be a valuable addition as we continue to focus on growing the economy and creating jobs," Mattiello said in a statement.

Jerzyk will continue serving as the part-time city solicitor in Central Falls. He previously served as legal counsel for the House committees on Labor and Small Business, and as senior legal counsel to Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.

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