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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Education
8:06 am
Thu February 28, 2013

New State Board of Ed Nearing Completion

The Senate Education Committee Wednesday approved the last of 11 members for a new state board overseeing K through 12 and higher education.

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RI News
7:27 am
Thu February 28, 2013

NRA Answers Questions From RI Lawmakers

State Police Cpt. James Manni and NRA Lobbyist Darin Goens taking part in a briefing with lawmakers at the Statehouse
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

A National Rifle Association lobbyist says Rhode Island already has enough laws to prosecute gun-related crimes.

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RI News
8:35 am
Wed February 27, 2013

NRA lobbyist comes to RI

The debate over how to respond to gun-related violence is heating up at the Statehouse. A lobbyist for the National Rifle Association is slated to brief state reps Wednesday.

NRA lobbyist Darin Goens will offer a briefing at the request of Woonsocket Representative Lisa Baldelli Hunt. The discussion comes as the Assembly is expected to consider a series of gun-related bills later this session.

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RI Economy
8:27 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Economic Expert says Rhode Islanders Need to Grab Control of Their Own Fate

It’s up to business leaders and other people in Rhode Island, not just lawmakers, to help save the state’s economy.

That’s what economic expert Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institution told a lunch gathering of more than 200 people in Providence Tuesday.

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Politics
7:48 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Providence Sues Pension Adviser

Providence City Hall
Credit RIPR file

The City of Providence is suing its longtime actuary, claiming the company made a $10 million mistake in pension calculations.

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Economy
8:28 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Economic Brain Storming Sessions in RI

A prominent economic thinker is coming to Rhode Island Tuesday for a series of brainstorming sessions.

Bruce Katz is the founding director of a program at the Brookings Institution meant to help cities improve their health and prosperity. He was invited to come to Rhode Island by state Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

Most of the brainstorming sessions featuring Katz are closed to the media. One of the sessions is open to reporters. It’s being hosted by the Rhode Island Foundation at Johnson & Wales Culinary Museum in Providence.

Politics
8:12 am
Tue February 26, 2013

General Assembly Back in Session

RI State House of Representatives
Credit RIPR file

After a one-week winter break, the General Assembly gets back to work Tuesday.

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On Politics
3:28 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Woonsocket retirees being asked to accept concessions

Municipal retirees in Woonsocket are being asked Monday to accept pension and healthcare concessions as part of a five-year plan to improve the city's finances.

City Council President John Ward, a member of a state budget commission, says a freeze in 3 percent annual cost of living adjustments in Woonsocket's local pension plan is part of the proposal.

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On Politics
3:33 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

We remain stuck in the pit of winter, judging by the forecast for the latest in a string of storms. Yet things are already percolating for our next massive political season, so let's get to it. As always, your thoughts, tips, and reactions are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.

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On Politics
12:10 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Jack Reed Cruises into 2014 in Enviable Shape

The informal launch of Senator Jack Reed's campaign for his fourth term is set to start  Sunday evening with a packed fundraiser at the Providence Biltmore.

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