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
4:08 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

There are few places better than Rhode Island in the summer -- and that's doubly true for political junkies thanks to our very busy election season. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column, and feel free to share your tips and thoughts via idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. You can also follow me all week long on the twitters. Let's get to it.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Political Roundtable: Fecteau on Why He's Running Against David Cicilline

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Matt Fecteau, the Democratic primary challenger to Congressman David Cicilline, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign; the departure of Lorne Adrain from the Providence mayoral race; this week's Republican gubernatorial debate at RIPR; and how to reduce violent crime in Rhode Island.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Fecteau on Jobs, Campaign Finance, Veterans & Running for Congress

First Congressional District candidate Matt Fecteau joins Bonus Q+A to discuss his Democratic primary run against Congressman David Cicilline and related issues.

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On Politics
5:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Elorza Plan Targets Doubling Providence Exports in Five Years

A plan set for release Thursday morning by Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza targets a goal of doubling exports through the Port of Providence over five years -- a move, he says, that could add between 1,500 and 1,600 jobs.

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On Politics
4:10 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Cianci Says He Expected A Two-Man Fight When He Entered the Mayoral Race

Cianci at a Federal Hill event in April.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Buddy Cianci says he anticipated when he jumped into the Providence mayoral race last month that it would ultimately become a two-man fight.

"I always anticipated a two-man race when I made the decision to come into the field," Cianci, who is running as an independent, tells RIPR.

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On Politics
1:29 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

In Move To Build Support Beyond East Side, Smiley Unveils Hull's Endorsement

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

In a move to strengthen support beyond his East Side base, Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley unveiled an endorsement Wednesday by state Representative Ray Hull (D-Providence), a 28-year Providence police officer who lives in the same ward as rival candidate Michael Solomon and was formerly a driver for Buddy Cianci.

During a news conference at his home in the city's Mount Pleasant section, Hull said he decided to back Smiley over the two other leading Democrats, Solomon and Jorge Elorza, because of the East Sider's public safety plan.

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On Politics
4:14 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Taveras, Raimondo Scrap Over Wall Street Influence

Angel Taveras' Democratic gubernatorial campaign used a statement released Monday to press its central line of attack against his main rival, Gina Raimondo, charging she's closely aligned with Wall Street interests. Raimondo's campaign responded by disputing the message and expressing disappointment "in the increasingly personal and negative nature of the mayor's campaign."

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On Politics
4:13 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

TGIF: 10 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Welcome back to my weekly column, and thanks for stopping by. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me all week long on the twitters. Here we go.

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Politics
11:56 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Despite Objections, Hearing Into Possible 38 Studios' Lobbying Violations Moves Ahead

A lawyer for Michael Corso, who was involved in talks to bring 38 Studios from Massachusetts to Rhode Island, on Friday challenged the legal basis for a hearing into whether Corso violated state lobbying laws.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Political Roundtable: de Ramel on Lobbyists, Newport Grand & The Race for Governor

Democratic secretary of state candidate Guillaume de Ramel joins Political Roundtable to discuss his campaign; disclosure shortcomings involving lobbyists; the Democratic race for governor; and other issues.

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