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
11:15 am
Fri July 5, 2013

See You Later This Month

I'm taking some time off and will be back later in July. Scott will take care of your blogging needs in the interim.

Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Political Roundtable: Marcello on the Sakonnet Toll Controvery, 38 Studios + More

State Representative Michael Marcello (D-Scituate), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, joins the Roundtable this week to discuss the bumpy end to the House session; new tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge; repaying bonds for 38 Studios; and other issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Marcello Says Paying Bondholders Doesn't Undercut Digging into 38 Studios

State Representative Michael Marcello (D-Scituate), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, takes part in Bonus Q+A to discuss Oversight's hearings on 38 Studios, transit funding, the legislative process, and other issues.

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Politics
7:58 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Ten Cent Tolls to Operate on the Sakonnet River Bridge

On a 40-25 vote, the Rhode Island House of Representatives voted Wednesday to impose a 10-cent toll on the new Sakonnet River Bridge.  The move comes after the House last week delayed plans for tolls on the bridge.

Lawmakers said they reversed course because a federal requirement bans the addition of new tolls once a bridge is substantially complete. One opponent of tolls, Tiverton Representative John Edwards, said he hopes the Sakonnet toll might still be eliminated in the future.

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On Politics
10:52 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Looks Like Stephanie Chafee's In It to Win it (for Linc)

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo has proven herself a superstar at raising campaign cash. Yet as independent-turned-Democrat Governor Lincoln Chafee faces what looks like a difficult primary next year, his ability to contribute mightily to his own campaign is a definite asset.

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Politics
9:10 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Future Of the EDC In the Hands Of the General Assembly

The General Assembly is slated to consider bills later Tuesday to revamp Rhode Island’s approach to economic development.  The action comes on the last day of the legislative session.

The state Economic Development Corporation has been marked for years by turnover in its top leadership. Governor Lincoln Chafee wants to give the EDC a chance to show its stuff with a new board and a new director, Marcel Valois. But the General Assembly could make some significant changes to the agency.

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On Politics
4:41 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Is the "Choose Life" License Plate This Year's Voter ID?

One of the many last-minute bills being considered by the General Assembly would create a "Choose Life" license plate and fund free counseling meant to dissuade women from having abortions.

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Politics
3:52 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Lawmakers Consider "Choose Life" RI License Plate

In the final days of the legislative session lawmakers consider a state license plate that says "Choose Life."

A new license plate being considered by the General Assembly could be used to fund counseling services to discourage women from having an abortion.

The plate with the message “Choose Life” is being debated in the final two days of the legislative session this week.

Supporters say the same kind of license plate is available in Massachusetts and Connecticut. They say private groups have a legal right to raise money through license plates.

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Political Roundtable
12:15 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Binder Bows Out of Second Challenge to Fox

Author Mark Binder, who used 38 Studios as a cudgel against House Speaker Gordon Fox in a closely watched legislative race last year, has decided not to make another run at Fox.

Binder got an early start by announcing plans for a second challenge in May. Yet in a statement Monday morning, he says he's reconsidered.

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On Politics
4:55 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

TGIF Is on Summer Vacation

My Friday political column will return in late July.

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