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
1:36 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Neronha calls Moreau a reminder of warped political ethics in Rhode Island

Neronha during a news conference in 2012.
Credit Ian Donnis

US Attorney Peter Neronha says the sentencing this week of former Central Falls mayor Charles Moreau is a stark reminder of a blinkered view of public service held by a string of corrupt Rhode Island politicians.

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Politics
4:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Shekarchi eyeing possible mayoral run in Warwick

State Representative Joe Shekarchi joins us on Bonus Q+A to talk about why he ran for the General Assembly, his political future, and his car tax proposal, among other issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Political Roundtable: Shekarchi on binding arbitration, the airport, and Raimondo

State Representative Joe Shekarchi (D-Warwick)
Credit Ian Donnis

State Representative Joe Shekarchi joins the Roundtable this week to talk about NECAP test results, binding arbitration, leveraging the airport, and the political future of state Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

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On Politics
5:24 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Shekarchi has his eye on the mayor's office in Warwick

Shekarchi is sitting on a strong war chest.
Credit Ian Donnis

State Representative Joseph Shekarchi, who still has more than $82,000 in his campaign account after aggressively raising money during his rep run last year, is keeping a close eye on City Hall in Warwick.

The freshman Democrat from Warwick says he'd "absolutely" consider seeking the mayor's office if incumbent Scott Avedisian doesn't seek a ninth term in 2014.

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On Politics
2:26 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Another setback at EDC; Parsons asks out due to "serious health issue"

In the latest setback for the state Economic Development Corporation, Governor Lincoln Chafee's choice to lead the agency, William J. Parsons, has asked that his nomination we withdrawn due to a " recent serious health issue." Chafee has accepted the request by Parson, whose tenure with the EDC goes almost to the agency's inception.

Via news release:

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On Politics
12:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Langevin slams Ted Nugent for "bizarre diatribe"

Congressman Jim Langevin is responding to criticism from rocker Ted "Cat Scratch Fever" Nugent, an ardent gun advocate, lambasting what MSNBC dubbed the rocker's "bizarre diatribe" following President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Via news release:

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Politics
8:52 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Board chair defends in-state tuition for undocumented students

URI campus
Credit courtesy URI

The Senate Education Committee yesterday approved the last seven nominees for a new state board overseeing K through 12 and higher education.

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Politics
4:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Will this be the year when the General Assembly strengthens RI's gun laws?

Guns in the custody of the Providence police.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Law enforcement officials have tried without success for years to make Rhode Island’s gun laws more stringent. They say tougher laws would help to deter gun-related violence. Now, in the aftermath of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, the question remains whether Rhode Island will beef up its gun laws. For starters, gun control supporters will have to overcome powerful opposition from the National Rifle Association.

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On Politics
10:42 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Raymond DeLeo, central figure in notorious 1983 Cianci incident, dead at 89

Raymond S. DeLeo, a central figure in a 1983 incident that became a storied part of Rhode Island's political history and that led to Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr.'s first departure from City Hall, has died at age 89.

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Politics
7:14 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Senate considers Board of Ed nominees

RI State Capitol
Credit Kristin Gourlay

Four nominees for a new state Board of Education face a confirmation vote Tuesday by the full state Senate. They have already cleared a vote by the Senate Education Committee.
That committee is slated to take up the remaining seven nominees Wednesday.

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