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
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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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Giroux on Jobs, Tolls, Guns, Education & More

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Todd Giroux stopped by Bonus Q+A to talk about his campaign and a host of issues, including jobs, 38 Studios, guns, education, tolls, and much more.

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On Politics
11:54 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Regunberg Jumps Into Race for Fox's State Rep Seat

Education activist Aaron Regunberg, one of the founders of the Providence Student Union advocacy group, says he's running for the District 4 state representative seat now held by former House speaker Gordon Fox.

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RI News
8:55 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Votes On Proposed State Pension Settlement Due Thursday

A proposed pension settlement has yet to be voted on by state unions.
Credit RIPR FILE

Ballots are due Thursday in the first round of voting on the proposed state pension settlement. But it’s not clear when the results will become available.

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Politics
1:35 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Raimondo Rolls Out RI Tourism Plan

Treasurer Gina Raimondo rolled out her tourism plan in Bristol as part of her campaign for governor.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo says Rhode Island needs to do a better job of developing tourism as a spark plug for the economy. Raimondo unveiled a tourism plan Wednesday morning as part of her campaign for the state’s top job.

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Economy
8:54 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Local Think Tank Calls For Millions In Cuts To State Spending

The Center for Freedom and Prosperity recommends more than $200 million dollars in cuts state spending.
Credit RIPR FILE

A conservative-leaning think tank says Rhode Island spends more than 220 million dollars each year on what it calls non-essential state services.  The Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity says cutting this spending would improve Rhode Island’s economy.

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Politics
9:25 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Cicilline And Challengers Gear Up For Next Election Cycle

Congressman David Cicilline is already prepping for the coming election.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Congressman David Cicilline faces a number of little-known challengers as he starts campaigning for a third-term. The former Providence mayor was first elected to Congress in 2010. But one of his past opponents, Republican John Loughlin, who ran against Cicilline four years ago, says he's also considering a rematch.

Cicilline was the beneficiary over the weekend of an East Side fundraiser billed as a campaign kick-off reception. Unlike 2010, and 2012, Cicilline heads into campaign season without a well-known opponent.

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Economy
9:14 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Bill To Increase Apprenticeships Slated For Review In House Committee

The House Labor Committee looks at a bill that would increase the use of apprentices on publicly contracted projects.
Credit RIPR FILE

The House Labor Committee is slated to review a bill Tuesday that could increase the use of apprentices on state public works contracts. But critics say that mandating more work by apprentices could increase costs for municipal and state projects.

A union-backed bill sponsored by Providence Representative John Carnevale would require companies bidding on public projects worth more than $1 million to have an apprenticeship program. The legislation would apply only to contractors and subcontractors with five or more employees.

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