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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Local Features
4:00 am
Mon March 30, 2015

PawSox President James Skeffington On The Case For A Providence Ballpark

New PawSox owner, Jim Skeffington
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The new ownership of the Pawtucket Red Sox is expected to unveil a formal proposal next month for a new ballpark in Providence. James Skeffington is the president of the new ownership group. The 72-year-old lawyer and longtime Providence power broker says moving the PawSox to a parcel of former highway land would complement efforts to develop the area.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic?  Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@ripr.org

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On Politics
4:53 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

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

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Another hectic Friday, so we'll keep the preliminaries short while continuing to welcome your attention on the twitters. Here we go.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Political Roundtable: Flanders On The Pension Outlook, Gag Orders And Central Falls

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Lawyer, former Central Falls receiver, and former state Supreme Court justice Robert Flanders joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the outlook on Rhode Island's pension conflict, whether gag orders are a good idea, and lessons from the fiscal crisis in Central Falls.

For more Flanders, listen to his conversation with us on Bonus Q&A.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Bonus Q+A: Flanders on the Pension Dispute, Charters, PawSox & More

Lawyer and former state Supreme Court justice Robert Flanders joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss the state pension dispute, government reform, Providence finances, public education, and more.

For more Flanders, listen to his conversation with us on Political Roundtable.

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Political Roundtable
1:00 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Flanders: State Has Edge in Pension Case; Gag Orders Generally "Disfavored"

Retirees on Monday waited at Twin River to vote on the proposed pension settlement.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Former state Supreme Court justice Robert G. Flanders Jr. thinks the state will have the advantage if the legal dispute over the 2011 overhaul of Rhode Island's pension system winds up going to trial.

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RI News
9:09 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Judge Considering Motions In Pension Case

The judge overseeing the state pension conflict is slated to hear arguments on a number of motions Thursday.  The window for voting on a proposed settlement ends Friday.

A series of public-employee unions are suing over changes made to their benefits as part of a 2011 overhaul of the state pension system. That conflict will move ahead in court next month, unless there’s a settlement in the case.

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On Politics
6:31 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

GOP Rep Wants Voters To Decide if PawSox Owners Can Use Public Financing for a Providence Ballpark

The new PawSox owners want to move the franchise from Pawtucket to Providence.
Credit RIPR FILE

State Representative Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) says she plans to introduce a bill Wednesday that would allow voters to decide if the new owners of the PawSox can use public financing or tax relief to build their envisioned ballpark on former I-195 land in Providence.

    

Morgan says the measure is necessary to protect taxpayers. As an example, she points to how taxpayers subsidize the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority to the tune of millions of dollars each year "without even having been given the right to say yes or no."

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On Politics
3:27 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Retirees OK Pension Settlement; Deal's Fate Still Unresolved

Retirees crowd into Twin River ahead of a vote on the proposed pension settlement.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

On a roughly 4-to-1 margin, retired state employees on Monday approved a settlement offer to resolve a court fight over the 2011 overhaul of the pension system. The fate of the settlement remains unclear since it still faces approval by a series of union groups, the General Assembly, and the Superior Court judge overseeing the case, Sarah Taft-Carter.

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RI News
9:43 am
Mon March 23, 2015

State Retirees Slated To Vote On Proposed Pension Settlement

Retired public employees are slated to vote Monday on a proposed settlement to the state pension dispute. The voting is expected to take place starting at 10 at the Twin River event center.

The retirees are just one in a series of union groups that need to approve the settlement. At least some active workers face a deadline of voting on the deal by Friday.

The process for approving or rejecting the settlement is shrouded in secrecy. That’s because a judge imposed a gag order preventing parties in the case from talking about it.

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On Politics
5:02 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

TGIF: 20 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Happy spring (although it may not feel like it for days, if not weeks), and thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me on the twitters. Let's head in.

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