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
3:55 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Chafee mum on whether his budget will include tax hikes

Governor Lincoln Chafee is declining to talk specifics about whether his next budget will include revenue increases – a.k.a. tax hikes.

The governor offered this comment during an interview last week (excerpts of which will be broadcast on RIPR Thursday morning):

“The budget will come out in January … we’re still putting it together.”

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On Politics
11:01 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Diossa swearing-in set for January 1

January 1 is all about new beginnings, and that’s when the swearing-in has been scheduled for James Diossa, the mayor-elect of Central Falls.

Probate judge Bruce Sawyer will administer the oath of office during a 6 pm ceremony at Central Falls High School.

Diossa won decisive victories in a two-step mayoral election process. He succeeds Charles Moreau, who pleaded guilty to corruption and is due to be sentenced February 12.

Politics
10:24 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Governor Chafee on settling pension issue

Governor Lincoln Chafee says he and the General Assembly have most of the authority to approve a settlement in a legal challenge to last year’s landmark pension overhaul. Court-ordered mediation is set to begin next month.
State treasurer Gina Raimondo was the architect of the pension overhaul passed last year by the General Assembly and signed into law by the governor. Raimondo and Chafee are both defendants in the legal challenge filed by five public-sector unions against the overhaul.
Chafee says approval by Raimondo isn’t necessarily part of a settlement in the case.

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Media
2:04 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

McGowan headed to WPRI.com from GoLocalProv

Kudos and congrats to Dan McGowan, news editor at GoLocalProv, who is headed to a new gig writing for the Web site of WPRI.

McGowan has emerged as one of the best young reporters in Rhode Island, with a strong nose for news. He's expected to focus on covering Providence politics and crime, among other topics, starting in mid-January.

Politics
1:59 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Chafee says approving a pension settlement is mostly up to him and the General Assembly

As the two sides in Rhode Island's pension lawsuit prepare for court-ordered mediation next month, Governor Lincoln Chafee says the authority to approve a settlement rests largely with him and the General Assembly.

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Politics
2:25 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Raimondo won't rule out changing parties; says she's not thinking about it

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo doesn't want to completely close the door on the possibility of changing her party affiliation.

During an interview today, I asked the the treasurer whether there's a chance she might switch parties for a campaign in 2014. Here's her response:

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Politics
2:20 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Caruolo asks to not be chair of new combined Board of Education

George Caruolo has asked Governor Lincoln Chafee to withdraw his name from consideration as the nominee to chair a controversial new combined state Board of Education.

Via statement:

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Politics
2:17 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

TGIF: 15 things to know about RI politics + media

A lot of news in the run-up to Christmas; debate over how to reduce school shootings; mediation ordered in the pension case; and the march is on toward our next RI campaign season. Happy holidays to all my readers, and thanks for checking in. Lets get to it.

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Politics
11:15 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Political Roundtable: a discussion about gun control laws with guest Donna Perry

Donna Perry, Executive Director RI State Coalition
Credit Ian Donnis

The political aftermath of the Newtown school shooting, and John Robitaille  takes himself out of the Republican field for governor in 2014.  That’s part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. With our host, Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis, Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott Mackay, University of Rhode Island political science professor Maureen Moakley and special guest Donna Perry Executive Director of the RI Statewide Coalition.

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RI News
10:39 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Providence looks to reduce gun violence

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says the city is boosting efforts to try to reduce gun violence after last week’s school shooting in Connecticut. As Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis reports, Taveras and other mayors plan to stage gun buy-back programs across the state next month.

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