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
1:22 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Five reasons why Jon Brien thinks his write-in campaign will be different

WOONSOCKET – State Representative Jon Brien, upset by Democrat Stephen Casey in the September 11 primary, was unable to provide an answer this morning when asked to cite the last successful write-in candidate for

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On Politics
2:25 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Diossa eyeing a mayoral run in Central Falls

As Charles Moreau yields the mayor’s office in Central Falls  in advance of a plea deal with federal prosecutors, city councilor James Diossa is seriously considering a run for mayor, sources tell RIPR.

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On Politics
1:28 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Cicilline calls Cranston ban on gender-specific dances “crazy”

Congressman David Cicilline is siding with the vox populi critical of Cranston’s ban on such gender-specific events as father-daughter dances.

“I think that’s crazy,” Cicilline said during a taping of Rhode Island Public Radio’s Political Roundtable. (The segment will air Friday at 5:40 and 7:40 am.)

Asked by guest panelist Tim White about his reaction to the Cranston ban, Cicilline said,

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On Politics
12:31 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Jon Brien set for a statewide run in 2014?

State Representative Jon Brien, the outspoken conservative Woonsocket Democrat who suffered a surprise loss in last week’s primary, has previously told me of his des

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On Politics
5:34 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Grand opening of TIAA-CREF Providence office set for Wednesday

TIAA-CREF, the financial services firm selected as the state vendor for Rhode Island’s new defined contribution plan (following last year’s pension overhaul), is set for a grand opening in Providence tomorrow.

Details:

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On Politics
3:39 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Langevin campaign calls Riley “negative”; releases statement

Congressman Jim Langevin’s campaign manager, Seth Klaiman, has released a statement in response to an ad blitz criticizing Langevin’s record by GOP opponent Michael Riley. The response takes a page from David Cicilline’s campaign, linking Riley with congressional Republicans.

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On Politics
2:42 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

The Globe looks at the Phoenix’s challenge in a changing media landscape

The Boston Globe has a thorough look at the challenge facing the Boston Phoenix as it moves this week to a new format, scrapping the traditional alternative newsweekly template while adding a big helping of lifestyle content.

Phoenix owner and publisher Stephen Mindich, 69, tells the Globe the rejiggered Phoenix in Boston “is right for the time.”

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On Politics
1:45 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Unsurprising: Cicilline set for more, not fewer, TV debates

Congressional incumbents tend to limit their appearances in debates. The thinking can be boiled down to: why give your opponent more, not fewer, opportunities to duke it out?

But David Cicilline, a good talker, is drawing attention to his intention to meet Republican Brendan Doherty in a series of televised debates:

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On Politics
12:48 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Riley launches sharp broadcast attack against Langevin

Michael Riley, the GOP candidate in the Second Congressional District, isn’t wasting time in going after Democrat Jim Langevin. Riley’s campaign says it has launched a six-figure buy on TV and radio, including the TV commercial above.

Here’s some of the commentary from Riley’s news release:

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On Politics
3:52 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

San Bento leads — by one vote! — in recount; hearing Wednesday

A recount today by the state Board of Elections shows a one-vote lead by state Representative William San Bento over challenger Carlos Tobon, according to board chief Robert Kando.

San Bento, who has held office since first winning election in 1992, had a three-vote lead in an earlier count.

A hearing requested by Tobon before the votes are certified is set for 10 am Wednesday, Kando says.

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