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
11:42 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Senate Judiciary Committee's 12-hour Same-Sex Marriage Hearing -- And What's Next

Senator Frank Ciccone, Governor Lincoln Chafee, and Treasurer Gina Raimondo at the witness table.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

If hundreds of people offer heartfelt arguments over 12 hours to lawmakers whose minds are mostly made up on the controversial issue of same-sex marriage, does it make any difference?

"I don't know," says Senator Lou Raptakis (D-Coventry), one of the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that held a marathon hearing on the subject from 5 pm Thursday to 5 am Friday.

Raptakis says 9 of 10 committee members stuck it out to the end.

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Political Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Political Roundtable: Stenhouse says Eliminating the Sales Tax Would Spark RI's Economy

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Mike Stenhouse, CEO of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, joins the Roundtable this week to discuss his center's sales tax elimination plan; the debate over high-stakes testing, Woonsocket's reliance on Food Stamps, and the outlook for the 2013 Red Sox.

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Politics
8:28 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Stenhouse: Rhode Island Needs to Take More Urgent Steps

As Rhode Island tries to overcome high unemployment, some observers argue that more urgent steps are needed to spark the economy. One of the groups making that argument is a free-market think tank, the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity. The center’s CEO, Mike Stenhouse, stopped by our studio to talk about a proposal to eliminate the sales tax and other issues.


Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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Politics
8:13 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Hundreds Turn Out for Same-Sex Marriage Legislation Hearing

Rev. Bernard Healey (on right) with opponents of Same Sex Marriage at Senate Judiciary hearing March 21, 2013
Credit Ian Donnis

Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage offered a barrage of passionate arguments during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday.   The hundreds of people patiently waited to offer testimony for and against same-sex marriage. 

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Political Roundtable
7:01 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Political Roundtable: Mike Stenhouse Talks Taxes and Education

A proposal to wipe out the state sales tax, and the debate over high-stakes testing. That’s part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Here’s our host, Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis.


Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org
 

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On Politics
3:11 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

The Politics of Gordon Fox and Gina Raimondo Teaming Up on Infrastructure

Fox and Raimondo share a word during their news conference on improving Rhode Island's infrastructure.
Credit John Bender / RIPR


Rhode Island's roads and bridges have been crumbling for years. So why did the most powerful pol in the state, House Speaker Gordon Fox, team up Thursday with one of Rhode Island's top-two emerging political stars, state Treasurer Gina Raimondo, to unveil a new plan for funding road and bridge improvements during a well-attended Statehouse news conference?


Gold star if you guessed "2014."

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Politics
9:11 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Two Candidates Vying to Head Rhode Island GOP

The Rhode Island Republican Party will select its next chairman when GOP activists gather Thursday evening in Cranston. The GOP has wrestled with turnover in the chairman’s position in recent years.

Warren businessman Mark Smiley and Providence psychiatrist Daniel Harrop are competing to be the next state party chairman. They’re running to succeed former congressional candidate Mark Zaccaria, who announced plans to step down last year.

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Politics
9:03 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Competing Same-Sex Marriage Bills Due for a Hearing

Rhode Island Statehouse
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hold a hearing Thursday afternoon on two competing bills to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island. One key area of debate is the extent of exceptions for clergy and small businesses in recognizing same-sex marriages.

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On Politics
11:20 am
Wed March 20, 2013

General Assembly Web Site Adds Streaming Video

The General Assembly Web site is adding live video streaming that will allow viewers to watch up to four committee meetings at the same time, as well as House and Senate sessions.

The content will be archived for viewing through the Web site, according to a news release:

Currently, Capitol TV airs a live House session and taped the Senate session to broadcast after. Without web-streaming, the channel could only broadcast one live committee meeting at a time.

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RI News
7:50 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Same-sex Marriage Bill to be Considered by Senate Committee

State Capitol Dome and Independent Man
Credit RIPR file

Critics say a bill calling for a statewide referendum on same-sex marriage would expand discrimination in Rhode Island.

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