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
9:04 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Constitutional Convention May Be On the Horizon In Rhode Island

Rhode Island voters can expect to decide next year whether to organize a constitutional convention.  Voters are supposed to be asked that question once every 10 years.

The question of whether to stage a constitutional convention can be put on the ballot by either the General Assembly or the secretary of state. Secretary of State Ralph Mollis said if the legislature doesn’t pose the question for voters, he’ll put it on the ballot next year.

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Politics
8:39 am
Thu August 8, 2013

House Oversight Committee Continues Hearings on 38 Studios

The House Oversight Committee reconvened to examine the state's failed investment in video-game company 38 Studios.
Credit RIPR FILE

A legislative committee Wednesday held the fourth in an ongoing series of oversight hearings on Rhode Island’s investment in failed video game company 38 Studios. Committee members had different views on the value of the meeting.

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Politics
10:13 am
Wed August 7, 2013

House Oversight Committee Set To Examine Investment in 38 Studios

The House Oversight Committee with convene to examine the state's failed investment in 38 Studios.
Credit Don Boorman / RIPR

The House Oversight Committee is set Wednesday to examine the state’s losing investment in failed video game maker 38 Studios.

The General Assembly ended the legislative session last month. But members of the House Oversight Committee are returning to Smith Hill  to examine Rhode Island’s misadventure with 38 Studios.

The discussion will focus on documents obtained from the state Economic Development Corporation about the EDC’s approval of bonds for 38 Studios. The video game company was lured here with a $75 million  state-backed guaranteed loan in 2010.

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Politics
9:57 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Robitaille Taking Another Look at the 2014 Governor's Race

Former Republican gubernatorial candidate John Robitaille says he’s taking another look at running in the race next year.

Robitaille had ruled out a second campaign for governor back in December.

But Robitaille said he’s reconsidering that decision now that Governor Lincoln Chafee has joined the Democratic Party and Moderate candidate Ken Block is considering running as a Republican. 

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Politics
8:18 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Mediation Continues Between Unions and the State Over Pension Overhaul

General treasurer Gina Raimondo was critical to the 2011 pension overhaul, over which the two parties are now in mediation.
Credit RIPR FILE

Mediation is set to continue over the challenge by a series of public-employee unions to an overhaul of the state pension system in 2011.

The outcome of the case has big implications for the state.The two sides in the pension case have repeatedly asked for more time to mediate their differences. Following another such request, the next update is slated before Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter on September 5th. Taft-Carter was the one who ordered mediation in the case last December.

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On Politics
3:57 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

What's Next for Investigative Reporting at the ProJo?

In The Prince of Providence, his gripping account of the life and times of Vincent A.

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On Politics
1:18 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Mediation Continues in Unions' Legal Challenge to 2011 Pension Overhaul

Mediation will continue in the high-stakes legal challenge by a series of public-employee unions to the overhaul of the state pension system that became law in 2011.

Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter is scheduled to get the next update in the case on September 5, according to court spokesman Craig Berke. The hearing will take place in Kent County, since Taft-Carter is being assigned there this fall.

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Politics
8:51 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Reed Confident RI's Manufacturing Sector Will Get Federal Boost

Senator Reed expects the state to receive federal grant money, to be used to boost the state's manufacturing jobs.
Credit RIPR FILE

Senator Jack Reed said he’s confident that Rhode Island will receive federal money meant to boost the state’s manufacturing sector.

Reed and the three other members of the congressional delegation took part Monday in a manufacturing forum at URI’s Providence campus. About 100 people attended the discussion.

Reed said the outlook is good for Rhode Island to get a preliminary grant of up to 200-thousand dollars to foster a strategy for adding manufacturing jobs.

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Health Care
8:40 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Congressional Delegates Gather in Support of Obamacare

Rhode Island’s congressional delegation helped launch Monday an effort to encourage participation in the federal healthcare overhaul known as Obamacare.  Nine community health centers around the state will play a role in the campaign.

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On Politics
3:35 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Investigative Ace Stanton Leaving the ProJo

Mike Stanton, who has spearheaded a lot of the Providence Journal's investigative reporting for more than two decades, is leaving the paper to pursue other opportunities.

In a tweet Monday afternoon, Stanton says he's leaving the ProJo to teach and write at the University of Connecticut. "Will always treasure my time here - the stories & scoundrels, but more important, the great friends," he added.

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