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
12:00 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Chafee remains undecided on approach for reshaping EDC leadership

Governor Lincoln Chafee remains open to the idea of putting one person in charge of the state’s economic development efforts, although the precise approach for doing that hasn’t been decided, his office says.

Almost two months have passed since the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council issued its recommendations for reshaping the state’s strategy to improving the economy.

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On Politics
1:00 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Walsh thinks the state Senate will pass same-sex marriage in 2013

While the outlook for same-sex marriage in the state Senate remains a question mark, one influential observer of Statehouse politics expects 2013 to be the year when it will squeak through the chamber.

Robert Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island, believes same-sex marriage will pass by a thin margin in the 38-member Senate.

House Speaker Gordon Fox has pledged to call a vote on the issue early in the new session.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Report: Grand juries set to look at the Institute for International Sport

State and federal grand juries have been created to probe the nonprofit Institute for International Sport, according to a report yesterday in the Hartford Courant.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Obama pollsters could go head-to-head in RI’s 2014 gov race

Two of the expected Democratic candidates in the 2014 governor’s race share more than their allegiance to the Donkey Party: they each use a pollster affiliated with President Obama.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Mon November 19, 2012

The tweeters take a hit at the Statehouse

Is there a Rhode Island lawmaker willing to embrace the get-it-all-out-there ethos of Twitter once the General Assembly launches a new session in January?

One of the legislature’s leading tweeters, Jon Brien, won’t be back after losing a write-in campaign to Woonsocket firefighter Stephen Casey. And Brien recently deactivated his Twitter handle (@RepJonDBrien50), as the ever-alert Chas Walker noticed.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

TGIF: 14 things to know about RI politics + media

Shake off the post-election week blues and get ready for the weekend. Your tips and email are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org

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On Politics
2:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Is a constitutional convention an answer to Rhode Island’s problems?

Former RI political staffer Terry Donilon makes the case via op-ed in today’s Providence Journal that a constitutional convention would help move the state forward:

It would provide the avenue we need to create open and constructive dialogue about whether we actually need 39 cities and towns or if we could go with smaller, more effective government in the form of regional or county administration.

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On Politics
1:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Loughlin says he’s not qualified to pursue the RI GOP chairmanship

John Loughlin, one of the Rhode Island GOP’s strongest voices, says he doesn’t intend to seek the chairmanship of the state Republican Party.

The current chairman, Mark Zaccaria, plans to give up the post early next year, according to Anchor Rising’s Monique Chartier.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Boies lured to RI by big national stakes on pensions

The emergence of super-lawyer David Boies in Rhode Island’s high-stakes pension fight — first reported yesterday by RIPR — was triggered by his interest in the even broader significance of the case.

Alison Frankel reports for Thomson Reuters:

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On Politics
3:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Romney the sore loser

Has there ever been a defeated presidential candidate any less gracious than Mitt Romney? Or has he been sucking on a lemon since his loss to President Obama last week?

In a conference call with large campaign donors Wednesday, the defeated Republican candidate blamed his loss on “big gifts’’ that the president has been giving out to “the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people’’ as well as to women during his first term.

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