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
4:50 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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On Politics
4:05 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Ex-Rep Peter Petrarca Set to Lobby for Auto Body Association of RI

Former five-term state representative Peter Petrarca, whose ties to the auto body industry emerged as issue during his 2012 re-election campaign, has registered to lobby at the General Assembly this session for the Auto Body Association of Rhode Island.

Although Petrarca doesn't yet show up on the state's lobbyist registration system, the Secretary of State's office and Petrarca confirm he has registered to lobby for ABARI through his firm, Orion Consulting.

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On Politics
1:33 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Taveras Unveils Plan to Match Unemployed With Job Skills

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras on Tuesday unveiled a plan to help provide unemployed Rhode Islanders with the skills needed to find jobs. 

Taveras says even though tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders are out of work, Rhode Island lacks a comprehensive job training program. If elected governor, he says he’d implement an initiative so that unemployed residents obtain the right skills through CCRI to get hired.

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On Politics
2:04 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Clinton Fundraiser for Magaziner Set for Tuesday in NYC

As we previously reported, former president Bill Clinton will headline a New York City fundraiser Tuesday evening for Seth Magaziner, one of three Democrats running to be Rhode Island's next general treasurer.

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On Politics
1:46 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Raimondo Touts Plan to Add Manufacturing Jobs

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In the first of a series of economy-related campaign events, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo says Rhode Island needs to take action to get a piece of the pie as more manufacturing jobs are returning to the US.

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On Politics
8:18 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Marcelo Leaving ProJo for Boston AP Job

Phil Marcelo, part of the Providence Journal's three-person Statehouse bureau, plans to leave the newspaper after seven years to take a reporting job with the Boston office of The Associated Press, Marcelo tells me. His start date is March 31.

In part, the change reflects how the AP has emerged as a stable source of reporting jobs amid continued uncertainty in the newspaper industry. Marcelo's Statehouse predecessor, Steve Peoples, who left the ProJo for a job with Roll Call in 2010, has fared well since joining the AP.

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On Politics
4:08 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

TGIF: 18 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your thoughts and feedback are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can can follow me all week long on the twitters. Let's head in.

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On Politics
2:59 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

James Diossa and Grace Diaz Endorse Caprio for Treasurer

Frank Caprio has won the endorsement of two key Latino elected officials -- Central Falls Mayor James Diossa and state Representative Grace Diaz (D-Providence) -- as he tries to win a three-way Democratic primary fight with Ernest Almonte and Seth Magaziner.

While Magaziner has attracted help from Bill Clinton, and state Senator Juan Pichardo (D-Providence) endorsed Almonte this week, Caprio has also attracted support from the mayors of Johnston and North Providence.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Political Roundtable: Fung on Pensions, Block's Challenge & the Threat to RI's Gambling Revenue

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, a Republican candidate for governor, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his plan for beating rival GOP candidate Ken Block; his opposition to Rhode Island's proposed pension settlement; the impact of Massachusetts gambling on Twin River; and Myrth York's endorsement for Gina Raimondo.

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