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
4:58 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Nesselbush: openly gay pols have bolstered support for same-sex marriage

Nesselbush predicts the Senate will pass same-sex marriage this year.
Credit Ian Donnis

State Senator Donna Nesselbush says the emergence of openly gay elected officials has paved the way for growing public support of same-sex marriage.

Nesselbush, an openly gay Pawtucket Democrat, points to the political durability of Congressman David Cicilline, House Speaker Gordon Fox, and state Representative Frank Ferri as a sign of increasing public tolerance for same-sex rights.

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On Politics
3:12 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

PPP poll has good news for Raimondo; not so much for Chafee

A poll released Thursday by North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling touts Gina Raimondo's gubernatorial prospects for 2014, while casting doubt on the re-election hopes of Governor Lincoln Chafee.

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On Politics
12:11 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

In new poll, majority of Rhode Islanders back same-sex marriage

The Rhode Islanders United for Marriage coalition is pointing to support for same-sex marriage in a new poll by Public Policy Polling:

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On Politics
12:11 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

In new poll, majority of Rhode Islanders back same-sex marriage

The Rhode Islanders United for Marriage coalition is pointing to support for same-sex marriage in a new poll by Public Policy Polling:

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RI News
8:46 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Lawmaker calls for his own to pay part of insurance premium

Lawmakers at RI State House
Credit Catherine Welch

The House Republican leader is renewing an effort requiring state lawmakers to pay for one-fifth of the cost of their state-provided health insurance. Brian Newberry calls the issue a matter of fairness.

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Politics
7:54 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Bill considers revamped inheritance taxes

A bill that would enable Rhode Islanders to pay less in inheritance taxes was the subject of a Senate Finance Committee hearing Tuesday. The bill is one of a number of tax proposals that will be debated during this session.

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On Politics
5:30 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Taveras highlights cooperation in state of the city address

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras' latest State of the City speech celebrates the value of overcoming complex problems through collaboration -- a not-so-subtle contrast with the state pension overhaul championed in 2011 by the mayor's prospective Democratic gubernatorial rival  in 2014, state Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

In comments Tuesday evening to the City Council, Taveras notes the contrast to February 2012 when "Providence was running out of cash, and running out of time. In the months that followed, there were some who said Providence could not avoid filing for bankruptcy."

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On Politics
3:57 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

What to watch for in Taveras' State of the City address

Taveras during his 2012 State of the City address
Credit Ian Donnis

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras faces a sharply different landscape as he prepares to deliver his second State of the City address at 5:30 pm Tuesday in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. A year ago at this time, Taveras warned of how Providence faced the possibility of going bust. Now, the mayor can tout considerable improvements in the city's fiscal standing - a narrative that meshes with his expected gubernatorial run in 2014.

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Politics
9:00 am
Mon January 21, 2013

See you in a bit

I'm taking a little time off, and will return here before long. Stay tuned to the RIPR Web site for plenty of news in the interim.

Politics
4:05 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

TGIF: 12 things to know about RI politics + media

Welcome back to my Friday column. Your thoughts and emails are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's get to it.

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