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
2:17 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Johnston’s Polisena says he bulked up his campaign account to fend off the firefighters’ union

 It might not be Raimondo-like, but Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena buttressed one of the state’s 10-largest campaign accounts ($135,242) by adding clos

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On Politics
1:22 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

DaPonte and DaSilva go head to head in high-profile Senate race

The marquee race of the primary season in the state Senate contest between Senate Finance Chairman Daniel DaPonte, who faces a challenge from fellow Democrat, state Representative Roberto DaSilva. If you want a sense of the candidates and their stances, check out WPRI/WNAC-TV’s Newsmakers this weekend (including a special 6:30 pm Saturday broadcast on WNAC).

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On Politics
4:25 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Doherty and Cicilline trade punches on DNC’s costly Newport fundraiser

Brendan Doherty’s GOP congressional campaign says a high-priced Newport fundraiser for Congressman David Cicilline this weekend — highlighted in Politico — doesn’t pass the laugh test because of Cicilline’s messaging about fighting for the middle class.

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On Politics
2:35 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Democrats, Doherty spar on the Bush tax cuts

The state Democratic Party has sent out a series of news releases criticizing Republican congressional candidate Brendan Doherty over the Bush tax cuts. The GOP candidate’s camp responds by saying that Doherty favors even broader cuts.

Doherty campaign spokesman Ian Prior explains Doherty’s stance this way:

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On Politics
4:38 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Former candidate Coyne-McCoy launches her own political consulting shop

Longtime activist Kate Coyne-McCoy, who ran unsucessfully for the open CD2 seat in 2000, has opened her own political consulting firm, Campaign Fixer.

Coyne-McCoy writes that beyond serving local, state and federal candidates:

Campaign Fixer also provides strategic assistance and technical expertise to not for profit boards and organizations working to change the world through progressive action.  My last day at the Coalition for Accountability in Political Spending will be August 31, 2012.

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On Politics
3:42 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Raimondo moves toward 2014 with big 2Q; Taveras no slouch

Although state Treasurer Gina Raimondo predictably downplayed talk during a recent interview about a possible run for governor in 2014, her fundraising machine just keeps humming along.

The former venture capitalist raised an impressive $258,155 during the quarter that ended June 30, leaving her with a $857,903 war chest.

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On Politics
3:54 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Milton Friedman centennial celebration set tonight for Providence dive bar

In perhaps the oddest local ideological pairing since Grover Norquist did the Cuban Revolution, the late economist and conservative icon Milton Friedman will be remembered during an event this evening at Nick-a-Nee’s, the fabulous and slightly scraggly Jewelry District watering hole.

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On Politics
2:57 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

The beginning of the end of apathy about Rhode Island’s economy?

Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but we’re seeing a few attempts to bring some urgency to Rhode Island and its perennial economic struggles.

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On Politics
3:06 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

New guidelines encourage Providence Journal staff to use social media

As the Providence Journal continues to wrestle with the challenges facing old-line media, reporters at the statewide daily are being encouraged to increase their use of social media.

A recently issued five-page set of social media guidelines “demonstrates a lot of faith in the professionalism of the people who work here,” says reporter John Hill, president of the Providence Newspaper Guild. ”Basically, the policy is, ‘don’t be a jerk.’ “

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