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
5:15 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Mattiello: Cianci's Effect on RI's Image is For Voters to Decide

Mattiello at the rostrum during the 2014 House session.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says he considers Buddy Cianci "a great guy," but the speaker isn't taking sides in the debate about whether Cianci's latest comeback attempt is good or bad for Rhode Island's reputation.

"I'll leave that to the citizens of the City of Providence to make that determination," Mattiello said during a Statehouse interview Tuesday afternoon.

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On Politics
5:02 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

TGIF: 10 Things to Know Mostly About Buddy Cianci

Just another nice quiet week here in the Biggest Little, right? Thanks for stopping by and welcome back to my Friday column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome via idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me all week long on the twitters. Let's get to it.

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Political Roundtable
8:53 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Democratic Secretary Of State Candidate Gorbea On Her Run For Secretary Of State & More

Candidate for Secretary of State, Democrat Nellie Gorbea joins us on Bonus Q+A this week to discuss the race for that office, and how she differs from current secretary Ralph Mollis, and how she would approach the job.  And ways of improving the election process in Rhode Island.

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Political Roundtable
8:27 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Political Roundtable: Gorbea On Cianci's Mayoral Run, Voter ID Law & More

Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins the Political Roundtable this week, to discuss the Providence mayor's race and the newest candidate, Buddy Cianci; voter identification law; casino gambling in Rhode Island and Massachusetts; and high stakes testing in high schools.

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On Politics
8:25 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Who's Coming & Who's Going at the General Assembly

Here's my ongoing look at legislators who have decided to leave the General Assembly -- and the candidates trying to make their way into the 113-seat legislature. (You can email me tips and news releases at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org). As it stands, the General Assembly consists of 101 Democrats, 11 Republicans, and 1 independent. (UPDATE: A lot of stuff happening Wednesday, but I'll continue updating this list as time permits today and perhaps tomorrow).

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Politics
9:06 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Buddy Cianci Running Again For Providence Mayor

Buddy Cianci talks with reporters after announcing he's running for mayor of Providence
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

After claiming not to have his mind made up before taking to the airwaves for his afternoon talk show, 73-year-old Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr. revealed Wednesday he's staging an improbable comeback to become the next mayor of Providence.

Cianci is running as an independent -- the same approach he used during his 1990 return to power  -- in a close three-way race, after having first won office in 1974 as a Republican.

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On Politics
2:06 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Catherine Taylor Sounds Economic Message in Unveiling GOP Run for Lieutenant Governor

Taylor announcing her run for LG.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Catherine Taylor on Monday launched her Republican campaign for lieutenant governor by vowing to use the office as a bully pulpit for improving the state's economic climate.

Taylor is a former aide to the late senator John Chafee, and she stepped down last week as head of the state Division of Elderly Affairs. Speaking outside the Business Innovation Factory in Providence's Olneyville section, Taylor was joined by her family and other Republicans, including gubernatorial candidates Allan Fung and Ken Block, in formally launching her campaign.

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On Politics
11:22 am
Sat June 21, 2014

The General Assembly Passes Newport Casino Plan, Calls It A Wrap for 2014

Warwick Representative Joseph McNamara calls for the elimination of high-stakes testing as a graduation requirement.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

In a marathon session that stretched for almost 12 hours before ending shortly after 4 am, the General Assembly closed its 2014 session by approving a plan that could turn Newport Grand into a casino, imposing a three-year moratorium on the use of high-stakes tests as a graduation requirement,  and setting the stage for Governor Lincoln Chafee to sign a bill making calamari Rhode Island's official state appetizer.

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On Politics
1:58 am
Sat June 21, 2014

TGIF Will Return Next Week

TGIF is on hiatus and will return next week.

Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Political Roundtable: Smiley on Block vs. Fung; the Budget, 38 Studios & More

State Republican Chairman Mark Smiley joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the GOP gubernatorial primary between Allan Fung and Ken Block; the budget signed into law by Governor Lincoln Chafee; the outlook for electing more Republicans to the General Assembly; and the latest developments on 38 Studios.

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