Ian Donnis

Political Reporter

Ian Donnis has been the political reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio since 2009. The Washington Post has repeatedly named him as one of Rhode Island’s best political reporters. In addition to other tasks, Ian tweets frequently 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, and remains an occasional guest on RI-PBS' A Lively Experiment. Ian previously worked for the Providence Phoenix, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and The Associated Press. His reporting has been recognized by the Associated Press, the New England Press Association, the Rhode Island Press Association, and Rhode Island for Community & Justice.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Advocates set to press for cutting 260 percent APR on payday loans

Members of the coalition pushing for cutting the up to 260 percent annual percentage rate interest on payday loans plan to lobby lawmakers at the Statehouse on Wednesday.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Tue June 5, 2012

(More) Coming attractions from Brendan Doherty

With the debacle of 38 Studios front and center, the race in the First Congressional District has faded into the background recently. But a bit of Brendan Doherty’s recent messaging merits attention, since we’ll hear a lot more of this as the campaign heats up.

From a recent fundraising pitch:

Are you ready to elect an experienced leader to the U.S. Congress from Rhode Island?

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On Politics
3:00 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Ferland named senior litigation counsel in the US attorney’s office

Veteran prosecutor William J. Ferland is moving up to a new post in the US attorney’s office:

United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha has announced the appointment of Assistant U.S. Attorney William J. Ferland as Senior Litigation Counsel for the District of Rhode Island. Mr. Ferland, who joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office on May 1, 2010, after 20 years as a top state prosecutor, replaces former Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew J. Reich who retired on June 1, 2012, after 37 years with the Department of Justice.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Environmental activist plans independent run against Langevin

Enviromental activist Abel Collins says he’s planning to run as an indepenedent against Congressman Jim Langevin.

In an advisory for his campaign — due to be unveiled at 3 pm Wednesday (Statehouse steps, facing downtown) — Abel says he’s motivated by frustration over ”the inability of the Republican and Democratic parties to govern for the benefit of the people.”

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On Politics
4:00 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Cicilline staffer Raymonde Charles joining Obama’s campaign in Ohio

Raymonde Charles, press secretary for Congressman David Cicilline, is leaving that role to become a regional Ohio-based press secretary for Presid

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On Politics
3:00 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Taveras lands two more PILOT agreements

The hits keep coming for Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, whose administration has landed new agreements for payments in lieu of taxes from Care New England and CharterCARE. City Hall says the latest agreements mean the administration is approaching its $7.1 million target for new contributions by tax-exempts.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Taveras strikes wide-ranging tentative deal with city unions, retirees

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has struck a tentative agremeent with unions representing city workers and retirees that could move the B-word — bankruptcy — out of the lexicon in the capital city.

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Made in Rhode Island
2:06 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Revival Brewing has big plans for beer in the Ocean State

Owen Johnson and Sean Larkin of Revival Brewing
Photo by Ian Donnis

PROVIDENCE, RI – Owen Johnson doesn't put much stock in doom and gloom talk about Rhode Island and the state's supposedly toxic business climate. The Virginia native and MIT grad thinks the Ocean State is a fertile place for new ventures.

Johnson nurtures other people's new ideas as a founder of a start-up business incubator called BetaSpring. But he wanted to pursue his love for beer and start up his own businesses. And that's how Revival Brewing took flight.

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RIPR News
9:54 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Raimondo continues push for pension overhaul

RI Treasurer Gina Raimondo
Credit Gina Raimondo

PROVIDENCE, RI – Public-employee unions won a victory last week when a judge ruled they have a contract right to their pensions. State Treasurer Gina Raimondo told legislators that the court decision won't be an obstacle to solving Rhode Island's pension crisis.

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