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
3:14 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Another App-based Transport Service - Lyft - Coming to RI Later This Week

In a sign of the growing battle between app-based transportation services, Lyft -- which lets consumers decide how much they want to pay for a ride -- is launching in the Providence market on Friday.

While Lyft bears a few strong similarities to Uber, which came to Providence last September, Lyft spokeswoman Paige Thelen says the company emphasizes an "in-person experience" and is about "building a community."

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On Politics
12:00 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Karl Wadensten Decides Against Run for Governor

Karl Wadensten, the CEO of Vibco Vibrators in Richmond, says he won't be a candidate for governor this year.

Wadensten revealed his decision during the taping this afternoon of Dan Yorke's State of Mind TV show on MYRI-TV.

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Governor's Race
11:15 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Raimondo Unveils State Infrastructure Improvement Plan

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo.
Credit RIPR FILE

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo unveiled a plan Monday to improve the state’s roads, bridges, and other infrastructure.  Raimondo touts her proposal as a way to bolster Rhode Island’s lackluster economy.

Raimondo toured an outdated bridge on the East Providence-Seekonk line to dramatize her call for improving Rhode Island’s infrastructure. Raimondo says putting more money into overhauling roads, bridges and school buildings will improve the state while also sparking its economy.

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On Politics
4:33 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Raimondo Touts Infrastructure Plan As An Economic Booster

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo unveiled a plan Monday to improve the state’s roads, bridges, and other infrastructure, touting her proposal as a way to bolster Rhode Island’s lackluster economy.

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On Politics
2:35 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

April 3 Deadline Slated in First Vote on Proposed RI Pension Settlement

Ballots have been mailed to union members and retirees who are eligible to participate in the first round of voting on the proposed pension settlement that was unveiled February 14, according to Ray Sullivan, a spokesman for the plaintiffs' coalition the case. The deadline for returning the ballots is April 3.

Sullivan says a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope has been provided with the ballot. He says the ballots will tabulated by ProMail, which he says is an independently administered firm.

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On Politics
4:37 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

TGIF: 22 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

It's a time of transition, in the weather, the political landscape (item #1), and the media (#5), so thanks for stopping by for my Friday column. Your thoughts and tips are always welcome, and you can follow me all week long on the twitters. Let's get to it.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Political Roundtable: Raimondo on Her Jobs Plan, I-195 Development, High-Stakes Testing & More

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her plan meant to add manufacturing jobs; high-stakes testing; tax policy; the slow start to redeveloping former I-195 land; and other issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Raimondo on Wall Street, Hedge Funds, Transparency, Inequality & More

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q+A to discuss government transparency, Wall Street, how to reduce inequality, hedge fund investments in the state pension, and much more.

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On Politics
4:50 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Raimondo & Taveras Spar on Point Judith Disclosure Issue

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Gina Raimondo and Angel Taveras continue to scrap over the unwillingness of Point Judith Capital, the venture capital firm Raimondo founded, to disclose details of a limited partnership agreement it made with the City of Providence.

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On Politics
5:19 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Pell Calls for Raising Minimum Wage, Effective July 1

While fellow Democrats Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo support raising the minimum wage, Clay Pell is upping the ante by calling for pushing the wage to $10.10, effective July 1.

In letters to legislative leaders, Pell also called for annual adjustments to the wage based on the Consumer Price Index.

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