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
3:45 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Seth Magaziner Considering a Run for Treasurer in 2014

Seth Magaziner, who would add an unabashedly progressive profile to the 2014 campaign season, is considering running for treasurer next year.

UPDATE: Via email, Magaziner confirms that he's looking at the race, adding that he's still early in the process:

Over the past few days, a number of people have encouraged me to run for General Treasurer should the position become open. I haven't made any decisions yet, but am considering the possibility.

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On Politics
9:44 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Almonte Shifts Gears to Run for Treasurer, not Governor

Former state auditor Ernest Almonte has made it official -- after announcing for governor last year and vowing to stay in the race, he's decided to run instead for state treasurer as a Democrat:

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Politics
7:28 am
Thu May 16, 2013

House Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Payday Lending

General Treasurer Gina Raimondo testifies against payday loans at House Finance Committee hearing.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The outlook for cutting the interest rate charged by payday lenders remains unclear after the House Finance Committee Wednesday voted to hold two related bills for further study.  Supporters and opponents describe the issue in completely different ways.

A coalition of nonprofits, faith groups and others has been trying for three years to cut the interest rate charged by payday lenders. They point to how the typical annual interest rate is the equivalent of 260 percent. State Treasurer Gina Raimondo was among those calling payday lending a bad business for Rhode Island.

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Politics
8:48 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Valois Approved for Economic Development Corporation by Senate Committee

Marcel Valois sits before Senate Corporations Committee Tuesday.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Lincoln Chafee’s choice to lead the state Economic Development Corporation appears on a fast-track to approval, following his unanimous approval Tuesday by a state Senate committee.  Marcel Valois is calling for more support for small innovators and entrepreneurs.

Valois says Rhode Island’s business climate doesn’t have to remain the butt of bad ratings in national surveys. Invoking the state motto of “hope,” he says Rhode Island can prosper by bringing a sharper focus and new approach to economic development.

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Politics
2:28 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Gov. Chafee's Pick for EDC up for Committee Vote

Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s choice to lead the state Economic Development Corporation faces approval by a state Senate committee Tuesday. The vote comes amid debate over whether to reorganize the EDC.

Chafee’s choice, Marcel Valois led the EDC back in the 1990’s during Lincoln Almond’s tenure as governor. Valois is the vice president of an economic foundation. He was previously chief operating officer of the Penske Automotive Group.

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On Politics
9:46 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Solomon, Capellan up with Campaign Web Sites for 2014

Two of the candidates hoping to succeed Angel Taveras as mayor of Providence have posted Web sites to offer visibility, attract supporters, and raise money.

Council President Michael Solomon's site is called Mike for Providence.

Capellan, an educator in Central Falls and veteran of Providence politics, is a bit more oblique with his eponymous site (although not so much with a background shot of the Providence skyline, including the now-vacant Superman Building).

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On Politics
2:02 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Montalbano Nominated for Superior Court; Chafee Hands the Senate two Magistrate Vacancies

In a move that will be interpreted as a kiss to the leadership of the state Senate, Governor Lincoln Chafee on Friday unveiled his nomination of former Senate president Joseph Montalbano as a Superior Court judge. Chafee is also nominating Patricia Asquith as associate justice of the Family Court.

Via statement:

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Political Roundtable: Kane on the Next Steps for the I-195 land

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Colin Kane, chairman of the I-195 Redevelopment Commission, joins the Roundtable this week to talk about what's next for the land made available by the relocation of I-195, debate over the future of the state Economic Development Corporation, and other topics.

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Politics
4:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Kane says Many Suitors Should be Considered for former I-195 land

Colin Kane, chairman of the I-195 redevelopment commission, joins us on Bonus Q+A to talk about development, Providence, and what's next for the land made available by the relocation of Interstate 195.

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On Politics
9:36 am
Thu May 9, 2013

de Ramel Formally Announces Run for Secretary of State

Guillaume de Ramel, who ran a competitive race for secretary of state in 2006 and whose interest in taking another shot was reported here last July, on Thursday formally announced plans for another campaign for secretary of state.

Via news release:

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