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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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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Politics
1:05 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Moody's weighs in on Providence, East Providence, and North Providence

Moody’s Investors Service is giving Providence mixed comments on its fiscal condition.

Moody’s says an audit revealing a $15 million Providence deficit for the last fiscal year could hurt the city’s credit rating. But it says Providence now has a balanced budget, and it calls that a sign of progress toward restored fiscal stability.

Mayor Angel Taveras inherited a $110 million deficit when he took office in 2011. Moody’s says a series of previous deficits caused by state aid cuts leave Providence little room for error if other revenue gets squeezed.

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Politics
4:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Chafee talks budget, same-sex marriage, and his political future

Governor Lincoln Chafee says his new budget builds on attempts by his administration to position Rhode Island for better days. Joined by RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay, we also talk about the fight over same-sex marriage legislation, the governor's political plans for 2014, and other issues.

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Politics
4:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Political Roundtable: Gov. Chafee calls his budget an investment in the future

Governor Chafee says his budget priorities have been consistent.
Credit James Baumgartner

Gov. Lincoln Chafee joins Political Roundtable this week to talk about his budget, Rhode Island's economy,  and regional competition for a better tax climate. Also joining me in the discussion are RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay and guest panelist David Klepper from the Associated Press.

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Politics
5:15 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Chafee's message emerging in the run-up to 2014

Chafee delivering his State of the State address.
Credit Ian Donnis

Glimmers of Lincoln Chafee's campaign message for 2014 are starting to emerge as part of the media offensive in support his latest budget.

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