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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Politics
9:58 am
Tue January 1, 2013

General Assembly starts the New Year by working

(PROVIDENCE, RI) High unemployment, same-sex marriage and the state budget are among the top issues facing the General Assembly as it starts a new session Tuesday.


The Assembly is meeting on New Year’s Day because of a requirement that legislative sessions start on the first Tuesday of the year. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed says her chamber plans to concentrate on jobs. “Economic development and a focus on turning around Rhode Island’s economy will be the Senate’s single highest priority this session.”

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On Politics
1:22 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Are there too many lawyers in the General Assembly?

As the General Assembly starts a new session on Tuesday, one legislative constant will remain unchanged -- a lot of the 113 lawmakers on Smith Hill are lawyers.

The ProJo's Political Scene says there are 24 lawyers in the legislature -- 15 in the 75-member House and nine in the 38-member Senate:

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On Politics
4:29 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

TGIF: Answering RI's 12 top political questions of 2012

We’re offering a slight break from TGIF’s usual format this week with a look back at how 12 of the big questions of Rhode Island politics played out in 2012. As always, feel free to share your thoughts and comments on the blog or by email: idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.

Question 1. Will Governor Lincoln Chafee offer a more coherent message that helps lift his slumping approval rating?

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On Politics
3:04 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

McKee says he's "certainly interested" in running for LG in 2014

Cumberland Mayor Dan McKee appears headed toward a run for lieutenant governor in 2014.

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Politics
10:45 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Governor Chafee reflects on year past and year coming

RI Governor Lincoln Chafee
Credit RIPR file

A persistently high unemployment rate and the fate of last year’s pension overhaul in mediation are some of the top issues facing the state starting next month. As we transition into the New Year, Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis has been talking with state leaders. Last week he sat down with Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, today with Governor Lincoln Chafee,
Next week, Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis will talk with state Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

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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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