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
5:41 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

NE Chapters of NAACP Back Legalization of Marijuana in RI

The New England Area Conference of the NAACP, comprising chapters in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, is supporting legislation to legalize marijuana here and regulate it like alcohol.

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On Politics
4:57 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Welcome back to my weekly column. Don your ear muffs, cook up some cocoa and settle in for another exciting seven days in Rhode Island politics. Your thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and feel free to follow me on the twitters. Let's get to it.

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On Politics
4:30 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Twin River Faces Looming Threat From Planville Slot Parlor

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted Friday to green-light a slot parlor in nearby Plainville, Massachusetts -- a scenario that would threaten to siphon customers from Rhode Island's most lucrative gambling entity, the Twin River casino in Lincoln.

In an interview, John E. Taylor Jr., Twin River's chairman and CEO, says he expects the slot parlor would cut Twin River's $290 million in annual revenue for the state by about 10 percent.

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RI News
3:56 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Plainville Slot Parlor Gets Initial Approval; Potential Twin River Competitor

Twin River will face serious competition should a slots parlor be constructed in Plainville Mass.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Plans for a slot parlor in nearby Plainville, Massachusetts, have received their final approval.

On Friday, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted to green-light Penn National Gaming's plan for the Plainville slot parlor.

Plainville is just a little bit north of Attleboro, so a slot parlor there would compete for customers with Twin River in Lincoln. That’s a concern for Rhode Island, since gambling is the state’s third-largest source of revenue.

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On Politics
5:49 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Bill Fischer Leaving Clay Pell's Campaign

Bill Fischer, who has brought communications discipline to the early phase of Clay Pell's Democratic gubernatorial campaign as Pell's spokesman, is transitioning out of the campaign this week.

"I'm certainly proud of what we accomplished with Clay, working with his team to get the campaign off the ground successfully," Fischer told RIPR Wednesday afternoon.

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On Politics
4:56 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

TGIF: 19 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media (Ghost Dog Edition)

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips, insights, and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me on the twitters, too. We're up to something special this week. (Why Ghost Dog? It's a riff on my nickname of being the I-Dog) So let's get right to it ....

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On Politics
7:08 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Roger Suchite Moving From City Hall to Cicilline's Staff

Roger Suchite is leaving his job as director of advance for Providence Mayor Angel Taveras to become senior field representative for Congressman David Cicilline.

Suchite's responsibilities in the new post will include constituent casework and joining Cicilline at Rhode Island events, according to Cicilline spokesman Andrew Gernt.

On Politics
3:29 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Fox, Paiva Weed Offer Non-Committal Statement on Proposed Pension Settlement

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, along with Gordon Fox, has issued a statement on the proposed pension settlement.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

In their first comment since a proposed pension settlement was unveiled Friday afternoon, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed steer clear of either endorsing or opposing the deal.

Here's a joint statement from the two legislative leaders:

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On Politics
7:48 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

What a week in Rhode Island politics. Welcome back to my weekly column, and thanks for stopping by. As always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Let's get snapping.

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RI News
3:43 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

RI Pension Deal Details Unveiled, Pension Board OKs Plan

State treasurer Gina Raimondo and Retirement Board member Michael Robinson announce the 6-1 vote on the proposed pension settlement.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The state retirement board voted in closed session Friday afternoon to approve a proposed pension settlement. The board met in executive session for nearly an hour, ending in a vote of 6 – 1, with 5 abstentions.

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