Ian Donnis

Political Reporter

Ian Donnis has been the political reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio since 2009. The Washington Post has called him one of Rhode Island’s best political reporters. Besides reporting, Ian tweets 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, is an occasional guest on RI-PBS' A Lively Experiment, and has been a political debate panelist for each of Rhode Island's three commercial television stations.

Ian previously worked for the Providence Phoenix, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and The Associated Press. His reporting has been recognized by the AP, the New England Press Association, the Rhode Island Press Association, and Rhode Island for Community & Justice.

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The City of Providence plans to increase firefighters' base pay by eight percent as part of the slated Sunday implementation of a different platoon structure meant to reduce overtime spending by millions of dollars a year.

During a Friday afternoon news conference, Mayor Jorge Elorza said firefighters can get a more generous pay increase -- 33 percent --- if they agree to a plan to increase their average weekly hours, from 42 to 56.

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Stephen Neuman, chief of staff for Governor Gina Raimondo, joins Political Roundtable to discuss some positive economic news in Providence; what's next for the Providence stadium proposal; and the state police report examining the Cranston Police Department.

Stephen Neuman, chief of staff for Governor Gina Raimondo, joins Bonus Q&A to talk about personnel changes at the state Department of Transportation; Raimondo's infrastructure-funding proposal; the state's new education commissioner, and much more.

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The City of Providence is arguing that the Providence firefighters' union can't use arbitration to fight the looming implementation of a money-saving shift-change plan 

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung’s response to a police controversy could damage his political prospects, according to Brown University political science professor Wendy Schiller. Schiller said it will take time for the fallout to settle from a state police report, which alleges the mayor interfered in the Cranston Police Department.

Mayor Fung has declined, at least for now, to release the report, pointing to confidentiality issues. Schiller said that could be a mistake.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung is opposing the immediate release of a State Police review that found "deep problems" within the Cranston Police Department, including complaints about political interference by Fung and his staff.

Michael J. Sepe, Cranton's longtime Democratic City Chairman, is running to be mayor in Cranston's November 2016 election. The move comes as Mayor Allan Fung faces the fallout of a State Police report criticizing management of the city's Police Department and the city administration.

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More than six months after the ceremonial ground-breaking for a multi-use plan that includes remaking the South Street Power Station as a new state nursing center, financing has been completed for the $220 million South Street Landing project, according to the developer, CV Properties.

TGIF is back in the swing of RI politics after a relaxing summer break. So thanks for stopping by, and feel free to share your tips and thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Let's dive in.

Brandon Bell, who won election in March as chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Party, joins Bonus Q+A this week to talk about the GOP outlook, Donald Trump, Governor Raimondo's job performance and much more.

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Rhode Island Republican Party Chairman Brandon Bell joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the way forward for the GOP; Governor Raimondo's changes at the state Department of Transportation; and the governor's proposed pay hikes for the lowest-paid members of her Cabinet.

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The Providence City Council's Finance Committee appeared unmoved Thursday night after dozens of Rhode Island Building Trades members urged the committee to approve a tax-stabilization agreement for the Procaccianti Group's proposed hotel on Fountain Street.

Although a vote was not expected during the meeting, boisterous Building Trades members appeared frustrated that concerns expressed by UNITE HERE, Local 217, have effectively slowed down the process.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza on Thursday signed into law a standardized tax break approach meant to encourage development on the former I-195 land and in city neighborhoods. A more predictable process for tax treaties has been described for years as a key need.

Construction costs are similar between Boston and Providence, but taxes are higher here and rents are lower. Because of that, public officials say tax incentives are needed to catalyze new development.

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Three senior transportation officials have been placed on administrative leave, but it has nothing to do with the sudden closure of the Park Avenue Bridge in Cranston, according to Governor Gina Raimondo.

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Paul J. Thomas, who was fired in 2012 as Providence's director of public works, is suing Mayor Jorge Elorza, his predecessor, Angel Taveras, and City Council President Luis Aponte -- among others -- in a claim alleging he was let go because he refused to hire or promote two unqualified individuals.