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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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Bonus Q&A: Newberry on the GOP Outlook, Cutting Spending & More

House Minority Leader Brian Newberry (R-North Smithfield) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the outlook for RI Republicans, his legislative priorities for 2015, what went wrong for Allan Fung, and other issues.

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On Politics
4:06 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Rhode Island's 15 Top Unanswered Political Questions for 2015

The New Year is here, so let's review the top political questions facing Rhode Island in 2015.

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RI News
2:11 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Rhode Islanders Welcome 2015 By Plunging Into the Cold Atlantic

Penguin Plungers sprint away from the cold ocean after taking a dip for New Year's
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

With a countdown from 10, a mass of people swarmed into the frigid water off Misquamicut Beach Thursday before quickly sprinting back out. Conditions were bright and sunny for the noontime Penguin Plunge, but strong winds made it feel colder than 35 degrees. Anna Lewis of Westerly was among the roughly 200 people welcoming the New Year by jumping in the water.

"It was awesome," Lewis said. "I’ve been doing this for a very long time. I love the water, rush of the capillaries, great way to bring in the New Year. Any excuse to go in the ocean."

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On Politics
1:48 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

12 Takeaways From Gina Raimondo Before She Becomes Governor

The Gina Raimondo era in Rhode Island government starts with her inauguration as governor next Tuesday.

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Politics
8:55 am
Wed December 31, 2014

The New Year Brings Changes To Some RI Tax Policies

2015 will see changes to Rhode Island's corporate and estate taxes.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A handful of tax policy changes will take effect in the New Year. The differences include dropping the corporate tax rate, from 9 to 7 percent.

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Politics
4:00 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Governor-Elect Raimondo on the Top Challenges Facing Rhode Island

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor-elect Gina Raimondo is poised to be inaugurated next Tuesday as Rhode Island's first female governor. She sat down at her transition office Tuesday to discuss the top challenges facing the state and other issues.

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On Politics
1:29 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Raimondo Appoints Rader Wallack to Head HealthSource RI

Governor-elect Gina Raimondo has replaced Christine Ferguson as the head of HealthSourceRI, replacing her with Anya Rader Wallack. RIPR reported December 23 how Raimondo was expected to make this change.

Raimondo did not explain the reason for the change in a statement. Outgoing Governor Lincoln Chafee created HealthSource, Rhode Island's version of Obamacare by executive order, and legislative leaders have not been huge fans of the program.

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RI News
8:42 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Ken Block Continues Independent Examination Of State Fire Services

Ken Block estimates a patchwork of fire services and districts cost $300 million dollars statewide.
Credit RIPR FILE

Former gubernatorial candidate Ken Block says he hopes the state will pursue a more efficient approach to providing fire protection services. Block hopes to finish collecting information by the end of January for his own study

Block said he launched his examination of fire services because of the absence of a comprehensive inventory of information.

“What do we have -- What kinds of different fire protection do we have? How much do we have? How much fire stations do we have? How much gear do we have? How much does it costs us,” asked Block.  

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RI News
8:36 am
Mon December 29, 2014

RI State Police To Step Up Patrols To Curb Drunk Driving This New Years

RI State Police headquarters
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

State Police say they’ll be beefing up patrols during the upcoming New Year’s holiday.  State Police Colonel Steven O’Donnell is urging motorists not to drink and drive.

State Police say they’ll use state Department of Transportation money to add extra patrols around the New Year’s holiday. Troopers will be raising enforcement for speeding, driving while impaired, aggressive driving, and texting while driving, among other offenses.

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On Politics
4:48 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

TGIF: 18 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

The gifts have been unwrapped, the eggnog raised, and now it's quick sprint to New Year's before the start of a new phase in Rhode Island politics. So thanks for stopping by. As always, feel free to share tips and thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) or to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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