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
1:53 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Cicilline exults in primary victory, quickly shifts attack to congressional Republicans

David Cicilline is 10 years older and carries the wear-and-tear of much more political mileage than when he emerged in a four-way 2002 Democratic primary as the new sensation of Providence politics. Yet Cicilline – battered by harsh headlines since not long after taking his congressional seat in January 2011 — seemed just as affirmed by his decisive victory tonight over businessman Anthony Gemma (62 to 31 percent, in unofficial results).

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On Politics
5:00 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Doherty to unveil “his top 10 list” of Cicilline’s “most serious lies”

UPDATE: Hyers responds; says Doherty resorting to “vicious and personal attacks”

Here’s the entire response from Cicilline campaign manager Eric Hyers to the Doherty news release outlined below:

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On Politics
3:03 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Brendan Doherty’s challenge — separating himself in voters’ minds from the national GOP

 As he tries to land a seat in Congress, Brendan Doherty needs to convince voters he’s a Republican in the moderate mold of John Chafee, Ron Machtley, and Claudine Schneider  – not such conservatives as John Boehner, Paul Ryan, and Eric Cantor.

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On Politics
5:00 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Where the CD1 campaigns are on primary night

Here’s a look at where the CD1 campaigns will be Tuesday night:

David Cicilline:

U.S. Congressman David Cicilline will join supporters for a primary night watch party at Blaze Restaurant, 776 Hope Street in Providence. Doors will open at 8:00 PM. 

Brendan Doherty:

Watch the reporting of the official Primary Results with Brendan Doherty 

7:30pm – 10:00pm

Le Foyer

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On Politics
4:00 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

What to watch for in Tuesday’s primary

A few things to watch for tomorrow:

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On Politics
3:00 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Winners + losers of the 38 Studios bankruptcy filing

Last Friday marked the three-month anniversary of the bankruptcy filing of 38 Studios. That makes it a good time to assess how some of the main players in that debacle are faring:

WINNERS

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On Politics
1:03 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

ProJo faces cuts: a sad day for journalism in Rhode Island

Here’s an unfortunate irony: on the same day that hundreds of people are discussing how to revive Rhode Island’s economy, the Ocean State’s statewide newspaper is facing further cuts.

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On Politics
3:30 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Chafee says a Pisaturo win over McCaffrey would “send a broad, broad message”

Governor Chafee tells the Washington Blade something that’s pretty clear back here in Rhode Island: the matchup between Senate Judiciary chair Michael McCaffrey and Democratic primary challenger Laura Pisaturo is a big one for the same-sex marriage issue. Yet he adds some interesting commentary:

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On Politics
3:20 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Former 38 Studios staff release video game, “Fart Cat!”

You can’t make this stuff up.

Summer Camp Studios, co-founded by Rich Gallup (formerly of 38 Studios), has released a video game that centers on farting felines.

PockerGamer reports:

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On Politics
11:30 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Zaccaria defends Carcieri on 38 Studios; thinks ex-gov will speak to range of media

Some members of the local fourth estate think former Governor Don Carcieri will seek a sympathetic audience — a talk radio host, for example — when he breaks his silence on the state’s disastrous involvement with 38 Studios.

But state Republican chairman Mark Zaccaria believes Carcieri will make himself available to a range of media.

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