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
8:51 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Finance Committee To Take First Pass At 2015 State Budget

The House Finance Committee is expected to voted on the State Budget Thursday night.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

The House Finance Committee is expected to vote this Thursday on a new state budget for the fiscal year beginning July first. The General Assembly traditionally makes significant revisions to the governor’s proposed spending plan.

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Politics
8:36 am
Thu June 5, 2014

New Poll Shows Raimondo And Taveras Neck And Neck

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras leads the poll with 33 percent support.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

A new poll shows that Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo remain locked in tight battle in the Democratic primary for governor.  The WPRI/Providence Journal poll surveyed 506 Democratic primary voters.

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On Politics
2:00 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Taveras Uses First Ad to Emphasize Sacrifice and Opportunity

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras uses his first television commercial to emphasize family, his own humble beginnings and how hard work and sacrifice can lead to shared improvements.

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RI News
9:07 am
Wed June 4, 2014

'Superman' Building Owner Renews Call For State Support Of Rehab Project

Superman building owner is asking for $39M for to rehab, the now vacant building in downtown Providence.
Credit RIPR FILE

The owner of the Superman Building in downtown Providence renewed his call Tuesday for a public-private partnership to revitalize the vacant skyscraper. But it remains unclear whether the state will provide $39 million in requested help.

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Politics
2:14 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Judge Declines to Quash Subpoena for Fox Over 38 Studios

A Superior Court judge has declined to quash a subpoena calling for former House speaker Gordon Fox to answer questions related to the state’s lawsuit over 38 Studios.

The ruling by Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein means that Fox must attend a deposition conducted by one of the 14 defendants being sued by the state over 38 Studios.

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RI News
8:56 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Lawmakers Consider Bill To Revitalize 'Superman' Building

Providence's so-called Superman building has been vacant for the past two years. Efforts to rehab the building have yet to get off the ground.
Credit RIPR FILE

A bill that would use $39 million in taxpayers’ money to revitalize the vacant Superman Building is slated for a Senate Finance committee hearing this Tuesday.  Lawmakers have been lukewarm about using a public subsidy for the Providence skyscraper.

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On Politics
1:58 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Reed & Whitehouse Hosting RI Fundraiser for Michigan Senate Candidate Gary Peters Next Week

A bevy of prominent Rhode Island Democrats are hosting a June 12 fundraiser for Michigan Congressman Gary Peters, who is trying to vault into the US Senate seat being vacated by Carl Levin.

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On Politics
5:11 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

While we've had a glimpse of spring and winter weather over the last week, politics remains the thing for all seasons in the Ocean State. So welcome back to my weekly column, and feel free to share your thoughts and tips at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. You can also follow my missives all week long on the twitters. Let's get to it.

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RI News
11:23 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Colleagues Remember Court Security Officer Frank McKnight as A Dedicated Professional

North Kingstown Police Chief Thomas Mulligan, US Marshal Jamie Hainsworth and Chief US District Court Judge William Smith say they're heartbroken the loss of McKnight.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Colleagues are remembering the federal court security officer who died Thursday after a bus accident as a dedicated professional. Court officials say they’re using the accident to push for increased pedestrian safety in Kennedy Plaza.

US Marshal Jamie Hainsworth says Frank McKnight’s friends, co-workers and family are heartbroken after the unexpected loss of the 69-year-old.

“No words can adequately describe the loss and the sadness we feel and that we share with Frank’s family at home and with his extended family in law enforcement here at the court,” Hainsworth said.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Political Roundtable: Smiley on the Mayoral Race; Evaluating Teachers, Licht's Nomination & More

Smiley during his campaign announcement earlier this year.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley and guest panelist Tim White join Political Roundtable this week to discuss the race to replace Angel Taveras at City Hall; the debate over evaluating teachers; Richard Licht's nomination as a Superior Court judge; and other issues.

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