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
2:00 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Almonte says he’s in the 2014 governor’s race to stay

With anticipation swirling about a possible Democratic primary clash between Gina Raimondo and Angel Taveras in the 2014 governor’s race, the only announced candidate — former auditor general Ernest Almonte – says he’s in the campaign for good.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Pegden gets nod as legal counsel for Speaker Fox

Susan Pedgen, best known as the press secretary for Charles Fogarty during his two terms as lieutenant governor, has gotten the nod to become chief legal counsel for House Speaker Gordon Fox. She’s slated to start $121,308 job next Monday, December 3.

Pegden will be the first woman to be chief legal counsel for a speaker, according to Fox spokesman Larry Berman. As a resident of Hope Street, she is also a constituent of the speaker.

Via news release: 

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On Politics
2:00 am
Tue November 27, 2012

What do James Diossa and Sheldon Whitehouse share in common?

Q: What does James Diossa, a rising political star from hardscrabble Central Falls, have in common with one of Rhode Island’s members in Washington, DC’s “Millionaires Club“?

A. They both act like incumbents when it suits their political interests.

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On Politics
1:00 am
Tue November 27, 2012

de Ramel still “seriously considering” secretary of state run in 2014

Guillaume de Ramel, who lost the 2006 Democratic primary for secretary of state to Ralph Mollis, says he’s continuing to take a hard look at a run for the office in 2014.

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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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