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.

Pages

Politics
8:43 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Expanding Rhode Island's Defense Industry

A state commission formed to preserve and expand defense-related businesses in Rhode Island holds its latest meeting Thursday.

The Defense Economy Planning Commission was created in 2010. The 25-member panel includes state legislators, as well as representatives of private businesses, the National Guard, chambers of commerce, and branches of state government.

Read more
On Politics
3:52 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

In Boon for Caprio, History Shows Rhode Island Voters are Forgiving

Former treasurer Frank Caprio continues his comeback tour with the obligatory denunciation of his "shove it" remark during the 2010 gubernatorial race, courtesy of a Wednesday column by ProJo political columnist Ed Fitzpatrick.

Read more
RI News
8:39 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Executive Director Hired for Redevelopment of I-195 Land

The commission charting the redevelopment of about 20 acres made available by the relocation of Interstate 195 has hired an executive director.  The vacant land is viewed as a source of economic growth in Providence.

Jan Brodie was chosen after the I-195 Commission conducted a six-month search. She’s due to start work as the commission’s executive director May 20th.

Read more
Politics
3:15 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Bill Would Give Foreign Nationals a Driver's License

Foreign nationals would be able to get driver’s licenses under a bill being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday afternoon.

One of the cosponsors of the legislation, Democratic Senator Juan Pichardo of Providence, said offering licenses to undocumented residents makes sense.

“By granting a driver’s license for undocumented that will give them the ability to register their vehicles and then pay taxes, therefore having some state revenues,” said Pichardo, “but will also provide a safety measure for many residents.”

Read more
Politics
8:37 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Revenue Estimates to be Heard at State House

Rhode Island State House
Credit RIPR

The outlook for Rhode Island’s next state budget will come into sharper view when the latest revenue data is discussed this morning.

The annual revenue estimating conference takes place twice a year, in November and May. It’s when legislative staffers offer their estimates of state revenues, based on taxes and other sources of income.

The latest revenue estimates are then used by the General Assembly when it makes revisions to the governor’s proposed budget for the fiscal year starting July first.

Read more
On Politics
9:48 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Driscoll heading to new gig, with Organizing for Action

Driscoll (second from right) confers with Bill Fischer during the final House vote on same-sex marriage.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Devin Driscoll, communications head for Rhode Islanders United for Marriage -- which led the grassroots campaign to legalize same-sex marriage -- is heading to a new job, as the Chicago-based Northeast regional director for Organizing for Action, the Democratic effort formerly known as Obama for America.

Read more
On Politics
4:22 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

TGIF: 14 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

May rolls in with history being made in Rhode Island. Welcome back to my weekly column. As always, your thoughts and tips are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's head in:

Read more
RI News
12:46 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Institute of International Sport head Doyle faces 18-count Indictment

The head of the troubled Institute for International Sport was arraigned on 18 counts in Superior Court Friday.

Dan Doyle, of Connecticut, was charged after an investigation that began in February 2012. The probe followed media reports that the Institute for International Sport housed at URI was unable to fully account for state funding it had received.

Doyle faces seven counts of embezzlement, five counts each of forgery and filing a false document, and one count of obtaining money under false pretenses.

Politics
9:30 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage is Law in Rhode Island

After a 16-year-fight, Rhode Island yesterday (Thursday) became the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage. As Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis reports, supporters hailed the development as a victory for grassroots democracy.

Governor Lincoln Chafee signed two companion bills into law shortly after they were approved, 56-to-15, during a final vote in the House of Representatives. Chafee told an audience of hundreds of people in front of the Statehouse that gays and lesbians have been seeking equality for a long time.

Read more
Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Political Roundtable: What's Next for the Superman Building?

Jorge Elorza
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Roger Williams University Law School professor Jorge Elorza, a housing court judge in Providence and prospective mayoral candidate, joins the Roundtable this week. We talk about what's next for the Superman Building, growing interest in the 2012 race for treasurer, and debate over investing the state pension fund in hedge funds.

Read more

Pages