Ian Donnis

Political Reporter

Ian Donnis has been the political reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio since 2009. The Washington Post has called him one of Rhode Island’s best political reporters. Besides reporting, Ian tweets 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, is an occasional guest on RI-PBS' A Lively Experiment, and has been a political debate panelist for each of Rhode Island's three commercial television stations. Ian previously worked for the Providence Phoenix, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and The Associated Press. His reporting has been recognized by the AP, the New England Press Association, the Rhode Island Press Association, and Rhode Island for Community & Justice.

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On Politics
3:25 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Wake up to Brendan Doherty in his own words on RIPR

Republican CD1 candidate Brendan Doherty joined us for a taping this morning of RIPR’s Political Roundtable (airing Friday at 5:40 and 7:40 am) and

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On Politics
1:31 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Carcieri breaks silence on 38 Studios, in interview with WPRI’s Tim White

Former Governor Don Carcieri offers his first interview on the demise of 38 Studios, with Channel 12′s Tim White. Ted Nesi has more:

Carcieri sat down with WPRI 12′s Tim White on Thursday morning for an exclusive one-on-one interview – his first since last spring’s dramatic implosion of Curt Schilling’s video game company, which received a $75 million loan guarantee from Rhode Island taxpayers on Carcieri’s watch.

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On Politics
12:34 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Ted Widmer has two brand new gigs — one with Hillary Clinton

Kudos + congrats to friend of the blog Ted Widmer, who is taking on two new roles (via the BDH):

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On Politics
6:38 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Doherty raps Cicilline, seizes on the trust issue

 Brendan Doherty this morning used a lookout on the East Bay Bike Path in Riverside — with a nice view of downtown Providence — to argue that Congressman David Cicilline doesn’t deserve the trust of voters.

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On Politics
4:45 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Doherty on the air with his first commercial: “Those guys [in DC] don’t know what tough is”

Republican congressional candidate Brendan Doherty launched his air war today, using an introductory-style commercial to tout himself as a tough crime-fighter who can bring common sense to Washington.

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On Politics
2:50 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Clay Pell to wed former Olympic skater Kwan

As the Washington Post reports, Clay Pell, grandson of the late and esteemed former RI senator Claiborne Pell, is engaged to Olympic skating great Michelle Kwan:

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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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