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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On Politics
3:03 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Barry Hinckley + Gary Alexander's New Business Pledges Drastic Health Care Savings

Hinckley on the campaign trail with Pacman last year.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Former US Senate candidate Barry Hinckley and Gary Alexander, the controversial Carcieri-era secretary of Rhode Island's Executive Office of Health and Human Services, have launched a new business, Velum Health, that pledges to "drastically reduce health care costs."

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On Politics
12:16 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Patrick Kennedy Announces New Mental Health Initiative

Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy plans to launch a new effort later this year, known as the Kennedy Forum, to advocate for continued improvement on mental health issues.

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Politics
7:13 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Gov. Chafee Stands By Appointment of Mancuso As Interim Higher Ed Commissioner

Governor Lincoln Chafee says he stands behind his decision to appoint Eva Marie Mancuso as the state’s interim commissioner for higher education.  But Chafee says he knows the state Ethics Commission could scrap the appointment.

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Politics
7:00 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Ceremonial Signing at Statehouse for Temporary Caregiver Insurance Law

Erik Deneault says the family leave bill will help workers like himself who were torn between their job and their family.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

In a ceremonial signing, Governor Lincoln Chafee has signed the temporary caregiver insurance bill into law. Rhode Island now joins California and New Jersey as the third state to offer paid leave for family caregivers.

The Senate sponsor of the bill, Gayle Goldin, cites her own experience in describing the need for paid leave for family caregivers. Goldin said she broke her back 12 years ago when a wooden balcony upon which she was standing suddenly gave way.

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On Politics
12:23 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

When a CVS Exec Was On the Frontline of Responding to Racial Division in Boston

The reaction to the Trayvon Martin case is the latest reminder of how Americans remain sharply divided in how they view questions involving race and justice. Tensions over these issues reached an apex in US cities after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968.

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On Politics
12:14 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

VP Biden Visiting Newport for DNC Fundraiser in August

Vice President Joe Biden is slated to headline a Newport fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee on August 22.

The setting for the event is the home of Bill and Alison Vareika. (The Vareikas' son, Christian, is leaving his post as deputy communications director for Governor Lincoln Chafee, who became a Democrat earlier this year, in August to attend law school.)

Politics
8:25 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Moderate Ken Block Makes Moves for 2014 Governor's Race

Moderate Party gubernatorial candidate Ken Block has hired a veteran of Rhode Island politics to manage his run for governor next year.

Block has hired Jeff Britt to run his latest campaign for governor. Last year, Britt managed a spirited run by an independent challenger to House Speaker Gordon Fox. Block said he thinks Britt has the ability to make a big difference in his campaign.

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On Politics
3:48 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Josh Miller Decides Against 2014 Run for Lieutenant Governor

State Senator Joshua Miller (D-Cranston) says he won't be a candidate for lieutenant governor next year.

"After careful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2014," Miller tells RIPR. "I wanted to make my decision early, allowing individuals who encouraged me to have sufficient time to identify and support other candidates."

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On Politics
3:02 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Jeff Britt to Manage Ken Block's Campaign for Governor

Moderate Party gubernatorial candidate Ken Block has hired political operative Jeff Britt to manage his campaign.

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On Politics
12:23 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Alex Miller to Become Cicilline's Director of Community Relations

Alex Miller, deputy director of community relations for Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, is set to join Congressman David Cicilline's staff in August as director of community relations.

In a statement, Cicilline says, "Alex will be a strong asset for my office and help ensure that our staff continues to provide quality, effective constituent services for hardworking families in Rhode Island's First District."

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