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
3:20 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Paiva Weed says the Senate will try to reverse poor rankings of RI's business climate

As high unemployment continues to plague Rhode Island, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed says her chamber will focus in the 2013 session on economic development and trying to turn around the state's troubled economy.

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Politics
2:26 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Robitaille takes himself out of the 2014 governor's race

John Robitaille, who came close to edging Lincoln Chafee in the 2010 gubernatorial race, has used Facebook to announce he won't be a candidate in 2014:

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Politics
12:29 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Dooley disassociates URI from tweets made by history professor

In a statement dated yesterday and released to the media today, University of Rhode Island president David Dooley has disassociated the university from a series of tweets made by history professor Erik Loomis -- including one saying he wanted the NRA president Wayne LaPierre's "head on a stick" -- in the aftermath of Newtown:

December 18, 2012

University Community:

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Politics
4:11 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Chafee taps Pagliarini for newly created EDC post

In a signal that Governor Lincoln Chafee hopes to keep closer tabs on the state Economic Development Corporation, the governor has hired longtime ally J.R. Pagliarini for a newly created post of chief of staff at the EDC.

The move comes after Chafee backed William Parsons, who has been at the EDC virtually since the inception of the agency, to head the quasi-public corporation.

Via news release:

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Politics
3:14 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Raimondo pledges "good faith" effort on pension mediation; Chafee "pleased"

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo, a leading advocate for litigating the pension case in court, is out with a statement responding to the mediation ordered this morning by Judge Sarah Taft-Carter:

“I have great respect for the judicial system and it is important to let this process unfold in an orderly and transparent way. We owe that to the people of Rhode Island and to our public employees.

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Politics
12:19 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Taft-Carter orders mediation in the pension lawsuit

Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter this morning told the two sides in the legal challenge to last year's landmark overhaul of the pension system to try to settle their differences through mediation.

Court spokesman Craig Berke says the talks will be facilitated by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, a branch of the federal government. Taft-Carter is due to be updated on the status of the discussions in early February.

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Politics
5:07 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Paiva Weed commits to committee vote on same-sex marriage; referendum amendments expected

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed says there will be a vote on same-sex marriage in the Senate Judiciary Committee this year.

In an interview in her office this afternoon, she said:

Certainly, it will be an issue that will be before the Senate this year .... There will be a vote in Judiciary on the issue.”

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Education
4:12 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Brown University lags behind academic peers in its investment return

Brown University might be perhaps the hippest destination in the Ivy League, but it's a investment laggard compared with the nation's other top universities.  

Brown earned just 1 percent on its portfolio in fiscal 2012, placing it 10th in this analysis by the Skorina Letter, a financial newsletter:

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Politics
3:15 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

RI Judiciary working to update its 31-year-old media policy

The Rhode Island Judiciary is working to overhaul a media policy last updated in 1981 -- when manual typewriters remained in widespread use.

As it stands, trial justices have some latitude on the technology that reporters can and can't use in their individual courtrooms.

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Politics
2:19 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Raimondo hires new chief investment officer for state

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo has hired Anne-Marie Fink as the state's chief investment officer, replacing Kenneth Goodreau, who, Raimondo says, is leaving after four years for a CIO job with TIG Advisors, effective January 1. 

Via news release:

Fink will be responsible for managing the state's $7.3 billion dollar pension system. 

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