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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General Assembly
8:46 am
Thu April 10, 2014

House Oversight Committee Meets For First Time With New Leadership

The House Oversight Committee meets for the first time since its leadership change.
Credit Don Boorman / RIPR

The House Oversight Committee will hold its first meeting Thursday since recently getting a new chairwoman.  The new chair has been a sharp critic of paying back bondholders who invested in failed video game company 38 Studios.

After winning his post last month, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello ousted his rival for the speakership, Michael Marcello, from the chairmanship of House Oversight. He replaced Marcello with Representative Karen MacBeth of Cumberland, who sharply criticized last year’s payment to bondholders in 38 Studios.

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On Politics
5:20 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Taveras & Raimondo Campaigns Trade Shots on the Pension Settlement

In a preview of things to come as Rhode Island's Democratic primary grows more intense, the campaigns of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo are trading sharp jabs over the handling of the high-stakes state pension conflict.

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On Politics
12:26 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Chafee Says He's Still Hopeful on Pension Settlement

Chafee announcing the proposed pension settlement on February 14.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Lincoln Chafee says he remains hopeful the proposed state pension settlement can be salvaged, possibly by leaving out the police group that was the only one of six in an initial round of voting to reject the deal.

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RI News
11:51 am
Tue April 8, 2014

RI To Become National Leader Getting Developmentally Disabled Into Jobs

Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Eve Hill and US Attorney Peter Neronha announce a plan to get developmentally disabled into jobs.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Federal investigators said an agreement announced Tuesday will make Rhode Island a national leader in integrating disabled people into the workplace

The 10-year pact grew out of an investigation last year that showed developmentally disabled were being sharply underpaid for their work.

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Governor's Race
9:39 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off At Economic Forum

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Gina Raimondo, Clay Pell, Todd Giroux, and Angel Taveras.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The four Democrats running for governor mostly agreed with one another on a host of issues during a forum Monday sponsored by a liberal think tank, the Economic Progress Institute. The issues included jobs, safety net programs, and taxes.

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On Politics
12:53 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Pension Settlement in Doubt For Now; Taft-Carter Orders Both Sides Back to Mediation

In a move that could send the battle over Rhode Island's 2011 pension overhaul back to court, one of the six plaintiff groups that had to initially sign off on a proposed settlement has voted against the deal.

As a result, Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter has ordered the two sides in the dispute -- the state and a series of public-employee unions -- back to mediation. Taft-Carter is slated to get an update on the talks next Monday, April 14.

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Governor's Race
8:50 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Set To Square Off At EconomicForum

The Democratic candidates for governor are slated to discuss a series of economic issues during a forum this evening in Warwick. The event comes with just about five months until the September 9th primary election.

Democrats Angel Taveras, Gina Raimondo and Clay Pell are expected for the 5 pm candidates’ forum at the Ocean State Theatre Company in Warwick. The discussion is being sponsored by a liberal think tank, the Economic Progress Institute.

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On Politics
4:51 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

TGIF: 14 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Happy April, happy opening week of baseball, and thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As always, your tips and feedback are always welcome, and you can follow me through the week via the twitters. Let's head in.

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Providence
10:22 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Providence Mayoral Candidate Smiley Unveils Economic Development Plan

Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley Thursday released a seven-point economic plan.  Smiley is among a number of candidates trying to succeed Angel Taveras at City Hall.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Political Roundtable: Giroux on His Campaign; Mattiello's House Shakeup & More

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Todd Giroux joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign, as well as the committee shakeup instituted by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello; Republican John Loughlin's possible rematch against Congressman David Cicilline; and a new US Supreme Court decision allowing for greater political contributions.

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