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
2:05 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Some Rhode Island Lawmakers are Turning Down Pay Hike

Nine lawmakers so far have turned down an annual cost of living raise.
Credit file / RIPR

Nine state senators and one state rep are turning down an increase in their annual legislative pay, which is mandated by a cost of living provision in the state constitution.

The raise will boost lawmakers pay by $307 to $14,947. Democratic State Senator Adam Satchell of West Warwick turned his raise down, saying he doesn’t feel like he deserves it after one year in office.

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On Politics
11:45 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Mollis Intends to Run For Lieutenant Governor in 2014

Secretary of State Ralph Mollis says he intends to run next year for lieutenant governor and plans to make a formal announcement this fall.

Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts has played a significant role in Rhode Island's implementation of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. While critics sometimes question the value of an office with few official responsibilities, Mollis sees the LG's post otherwise.

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Political Roundtable
8:57 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Political Roundtable: Marion on Ethics in Politics and the Legislative Session

The head of Common Cause RI, John Marion, sat down with Ian Donnis and Scott MacKay for this week's political roundtable.

Ethics in Rhode Island and a look back at the recent legislative session. That’s part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable.

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Political Roundtable
8:49 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Bonus Q+A: John Marion

The head of Common Cause of Rhode Island, John Marion, keeps a close eye on the General Assembly and other branches of local government. Marion stopped by our studio to talk about the recent legislative session and other issues involving the intersection of government and ethics.

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Politics
8:33 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Key Political Races Already Beginning to Materialize For 2014

Though political races are still a long ways off, candidates are already emerging.
Credit RIPR FILE

With more than a year until Rhode Island’s next statewide primary, a growing number of candidates are emerging for some key offices.

Nellie Gorbea is the latest candidate in a three-way Democratic field for secretary of state. She boasts two decades of public and private sector and experience, and was a high-ranking aide when Matt Brown served as secretary of state.

Gorbea joins two other Democrats in the race for that seat: Guillaume de Ramel, who ran for secretary of state in 2006, and Edwin Pacheo, a former state Democratic chairman.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Marion on the General Assembly, Campaign Finance, a Constitutional Convention + More

Common Cause of RI executive director John Marion joins us on Bonus Q+A to discuss the General Assembly, selecting judges in Rhode Island, the evolving world of campaign finance, the 2014 vote on a constitutional convention, and other topics.

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On Politics
11:33 am
Thu July 25, 2013

de Ramel Says He'll Report 300K+ Balance After Q2; Gorbea Jumps In

The Democratic side of the 2014 race for secretary of state is quickly heating up, with Nellie Gorbea making formal her entry to the tilt and wealthy Newporter Guillaume de Ramel helping to fill his campaign coffers with cash.

In a news release, de Ramel's campaign says it will report raising nearly $110,000 during the second quarter that ended July 31. The release says de Ramel will have a campaign balance in excess of $300,000 after a "personal investment" by the candidate.

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On Politics
9:54 am
Thu July 25, 2013

McKee Organizes in Race for Lieutenant Governor

Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee, who has made little secret of his interest in running next year for lieutenant governor, has filed a notice of organization with the state Board of Elections to pursue that office.

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Politics
8:26 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Patrick Kennedy Unveils New Mental Healthcare Initiative

Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy on Wednesday announced a new initiative to improve mental health care for Americans.

Despite progress, Kennedy says Americans with mental illness still face discrimination and a heightened risk for suicide. He plans to launch a new effort called the Kennedy Forum to address these and similar problems. Kennedy said part of the answer is implementing a 2008 law meant to ensure parity in insurance coverage for mental health care issues.

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RI News
3:17 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Raimondo: Pension Fund up by 11%, but Vulnerable to Economic Crises

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo says state pension system earned 11.1 percent.
Credit file / RIPR

Rhode Island’s pension fund earned a return on its investment of a little more than 11 percent for the fiscal year that ended June 30th. But state Treasurer Gina Raimondo is sounding a warning about the future of the state’s pension plan.

The 11.1 percent earned by the state pension fund is a big improvement over the 1.4 percent return a year earlier. Still, Rhode Island fared a bit worse than the 12.5 percent earned by the country’s largest public employee pension system, CALPERS, over the same period.

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