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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Politics
8:09 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Avedisian Not Considering A Run For Governor

Warwick mayor Scott Avedisian says he's not considering a run for Governor now that Chafee has announced he won't seek re-election.
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Governor Lincoln Chafee’s decision not to seek re-election hasn’t changed the political plans of one prominent Republican. Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian still plans to choose between seeking re-election and running for lieutenant governor.

Avedisian won a special election to become mayor of Warwick in 2000 and he’s gone on to become the longest-serving mayor in that city’s history. The moderate Republican hasn’t been in any rush to seek a different office, and he said Chafee’s move doesn’t alter his plans.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Political Roundtable: Solomon on Chafee, the 2014 Campaign, and Why He Wants to Be Mayor

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Providence City Council President Michael Solomon, an expected mayoral candidate next year, joins Political Roundtable this week to talk about Governor Lincoln Chafee's decision not to seek re-election; an attack by a super PAC that supports Gina Raimondo; and Moderate Ken Block's criticism about the advantages enjoyed by political incumbents.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Solomon on Providence's Challenges

Providence City Council President Michael Solomon, a likely candidate for mayor next year, joins Bonus Q+A to talk about school, the economy, the vacant Superman Building and other issues facing Rhode Island's capital city.

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On Politics
6:03 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Solomon on Providence's Chicken-and-Egg Problem + More

As the $110 million deficit of January 2011 recedes in the rear-view mirror, Providence still faces sharp economic challenges. One of the most serious is how Rhode Island's capital city desperately needs a broader tax base, even as its highest-in-the-nation commercial taxes discourages the very economic development that would improve the situation.

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On Politics
5:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Judge Allows More Time for Talks in Pension Dispute

The two sides discussing a possible settlement over the 2011 overhaul of Rhode Island’s state pension system will have a few more weeks to talk.

The two sides met Thursday afternoon with Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter. In the latest in a series of continuances, she scheduled another update on ongoing mediation in the case for September 30.

Taft-Carter ordered mediation last December after a series of public-employee unions filed a suit over the pension overhaul. The unions say the overhaul went too far in cutting benefits and violated their constitutional rights.

On Politics
12:23 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Avedisian Says He's Not Considering Gov's Office Following Chafee's Stunner

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Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian says he's not mulling a run for governor following Governor Lincoln Chafee's decision not to seek re-election.

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Politics
10:55 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Congressional Q+A Langevin on Syria, Data Collection, and the Sequester

Congressman Jim Langevin stopped by the Rhode Island Public Radio Studios.
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With Congress on its August recess, Rhode Island Pubic Radio invited the four members of the Rhode Island delegation in to our studio to talk about major issues facing the state and the nation. We conclude our series  with Congressman Jim Langevin.

We’d like to note this interview was recorded before President Obama asked Congress to authorize a strike against Syria.

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On Politics
3:03 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Chafee Drops Out of RI's 2014 Race for Governor

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In a surprise announcement, Governor Lincoln Chafee announced Wednesday afternoon he won't seek re-election for a second term.

Chafee's approval rating has remained below 30 percent, yet he maintained his decision was motivated by a desire to focus on improving the Ocean State and its economy in his remaining time in office.

"There are many factors into this decision, but the main thing is that you can’t be doing two jobs well at the same time, especially with the situation that we have here in Rhode Island," he said.

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Congressional Q+A
4:00 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Congressional Q+A: Cicilline on the Economy, Surveillance, Obamacare + More

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With Congress on its August recess, Rhode Island Pubic Radio invited the four members of the Rhode Island delegation in to our studio to talk about major issues facing the state and the nation. We continue our series today with Congressman David Cicilline. (This interview was taped before President Obama asked Congress to authorize a strike against Syria.)

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On Politics
10:41 am
Tue September 3, 2013

On-Demand Car Service Uber is Ready to Disrupt Providence

Uber, the on-demand car service that lets users summon a ride via a smart phone app, is set to formally launch in Providence on September 12 (5:30 pm at Tazza, on Westminster Street).

As I recently tweeted in reporting the company's arrival in RI, Uber is a favorite of techies and its origin points to the creative power of the Internet:

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