Ian Donnis

Political Reporter

Ian Donnis has been the political reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio since 2009. The Washington Post has called him one of Rhode Island’s best political reporters. Besides reporting, Ian tweets 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, is an occasional guest on RI-PBS' A Lively Experiment, and has been a political debate panelist for each of Rhode Island's three commercial television stations. Ian previously worked for the Providence Phoenix, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and The Associated Press. His reporting has been recognized by the AP, the New England Press Association, the Rhode Island Press Association, and Rhode Island for Community & Justice.

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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Corporation, Governor Lincoln Chafee's choice to lead the agency, William J. Parsons, has asked that his nomination we withdrawn due to a " recent serious health issue."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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On Politics
5:29 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Langevin, Cicilline highlight toll of gun violence as part of State of the Union address

Congressman Jim Langevin
Credit Kristin Gourlay

Congressman Jim Langevin and David Cicilline are among more than 20 reps bringing guests to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night whose lives have been impacted by gun-related violence.

Langevin says the point is to personalize the issue as the tragedy last year in Newtown, Connecticut, recedes in time:

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On Politics
10:39 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Critics sound warning about binding arbitration bill

A bill to extend binding arbitration to teacher contracts -- which last hit the House floor during the 2011 legislative session -- is coming back to the Statehouse.

Binding arbitration legislation sponsored by state Representative Anastasia Williams (D-Providence) is slated for a House Labor Committee hearing Tuesday (following the House session, or about 4:30/5 p.m.) in Room 201. A vote is not expected to take place following the hearing.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Political Roundtable: Metts says new efforts needed to re-integrate offenders

State Senator Harold Metts
Credit Ian Donnis

State Senator Harold Metts (D-Providence) joins the Roundtable this week as we discuss same-sex marriage, efforts to better re-integrate offenders once they leave prison, and new appointees to the state Board of Education.

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