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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Governor's Race
9:56 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Democratic Gubernatorial Hopefuls Spar At First Televised Debate

Angel Taveras, one of three major Democratic hopefuls for governor.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The three major Democratic candidates for governor offered their views on jobs, education and other issues during an hour-long debate Tuesday. The forum sponsored by WPRI and the Providence Journal came with less than three months until the September 9th primary.

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo pointed to the pension overhaul she spearheaded in 2011 as proof of her leadership skills. Raimondo said the overhaul significantly reduced Rhode Island’s long-term pension bill.

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On Politics
1:59 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Catherine Taylor Joins Race for Lieutenant Governor

Republican Catherine Taylor, who came within a whisker of beating Democrat Ralph Mollis in the 2010 race for secretary of state, has confirmed she's running this year for lieutenant governor.

In a statement, Taylor says she'll step down from her current post as director of the state Division of Elderly Affairs on June 20.

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On Politics
3:18 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Economic Progress Institute Says Budget Benefits Wealthy, Hurts Poor Rhode Islanders

The liberal-leaning Economic Progress Institute says the budget slated for a House vote Thursday provides $9 million in tax breaks "to the heirs of wealthy estates," while cutting $3.9 million in tax benefits for low to moderate-income Rhode Islanders.

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On Politics
4:16 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Welcome back to my Friday column. You know summer isn't far behind when a budget emerges in the General Assembly and gubernatorial candidates increasingly take to the airwaves. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Let's get to it.

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Politics
8:24 am
Fri June 6, 2014

House Finance Committee Passes $8.7 Billion Budget

Lawmakers announce plan to zap Sakonnet River Bridge toll. House Finance Chairman Ray Gallison stands at the microphone.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

On a 14-2 margin, the House Finance Committee Thursday approved an $8.7 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July first.  Lawmakers say they hope tax cuts will bolster Rhode Island’s underperforming economy.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Political Roundtable: Ferri on Running for LG; RI's Healthcare Exchange; 38 Studios & More

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Representative Frank Ferri (D-Warwick), one of three Democrats running for lieutenant governor, joined Political Roundtable this week discuss his campaign and other issues, including 38 Studios and the Democratic race for governor.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Ferri on the Minimum Wage, His Campaign, and Why He Wants to Be Lieutenant Governor

State Representative Frank Ferri (D-Warwick), one of three Democrats running for lieutenant governor, joins Bonus Q+A this week to talk about his campaign and related issues.

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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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