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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4:07 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

TGIF: 12 things to know about RI politics + media

Time for my my weekly column. Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to share thoughts via email at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and stay abreast of stuff during the week with my Twitter feed.

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12:55 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Bishop Tobin says voters should decide same-sex marriage issue

Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin says Rhode Island voters should be the ones who decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage.

In a statement on Friday, Tobin responded to Governor Lincoln Chafee's assertion a day earlier that he would likely veto a same-sex marriage bill if it makes approval contingent on a statewide vote. Tobin calls Chafee's stance "arbitrary and undemocratic."

"One must ask, respectfully, what the Governor is afraid of?

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Politics
4:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Political Roundtable: Avedisian keeping his options open for 2014

Scott Avedisian
Credit James Baumgartner

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian joins us this week to discuss his political future, Rhode Island's population loss, the outlook on same-sex marriage, RIPTA, and more.

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Politics
4:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Avedisian says RI GOP should focus on appealing legislative candidates

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian talks about his political future, the challenges facing the RI GOP, the outlook for putting RIPTA on a better footing, and more

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Politics
4:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Fox calls the economy and same-sex marriage his top priorities for 2013

House Speaker Gordon Fox
Credit Ian Donnis

As part of a series of recent interviews with state officials, House Speaker Gordon Fox sat down with RIPR political reporter Ian Donnis this week to discuss jobs, same-sex marriage, and other issues facing the House of Representatives. 

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3:30 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Pew report contradicts Speaker Fox's view on payday loans

A report by the Pew Charitable Trusts contradicts House Speaker Gordon Fox's view that clamping down on payday loans would push desperate borrowers to worse alternatives.

During an interview broadcast Thursday on RIPR, Fox called payday loans "a valid tool" for people without other places to turn for money.

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Politics
2:17 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Avedisian, Fung + Doherty staying in touch in advance of 2014

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and 2012 CD1 candidate Brendan Doherty are keeping their lines of communication open as the three Republicans consider their possible moves for 2014.

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Politics
10:27 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Fox calls jobs and same-sex marriage his top priorities for 2013

House Speaker Gordon Fox sat down this week with RIPR political reporter Ian Donnis to discuss his legislative priorities for 2013 and other issues, including payday lending.

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Politics
10:12 am
Thu January 10, 2013

RI native McKay moving to political director role with the Republican Governors Association

Ken McKay, who ran two winning campaigns for former GOP governor Don Carcieri and served as Carcieri's chief of staff for part of his two terms, is headed to a new role as political director of the Republican Governors Association.

The story was first reported Wednesday by Politico:

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Politics
3:20 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Fox calls payday loans "a valid tool" for people with nowhere else to go

Gordon Fox makes his way to the rostrum after winning reelection
Credit Ian Donnis

House Speaker Gordon Fox is defending high-interest payday loans as a useful tool for borrowers who might otherwise face even worse alternatives.

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