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
5:16 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

WPRI-ProJo Poll Shows Magaziner Leading Caprio By 12 Points

In the race for state treasurer, first-time candidate Seth Magaziner is leading former treasurer Frank Caprio, 43 percent to 31 percent, with 24 percent of voters undecided, according to a new WPRI-TV/Providence Journal poll.

The survey measures 503 likely Democratic primary voters.

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On Politics
12:14 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

National Realtors Group Makes $75K Expenditure for State Senate Candidate Chris Wall

The National Association of Realtors Fund, a Chicago-based organization, has made a $75,000 independent expenditure in support of East Side real estate agent Chris Wall's primary challenge to state Senator Gayle Goldin (D-Providence).

The Realtors Fund's spending in support of Wall is more than twice the amount that Goldin ($14,814) and Wall ($18,943) had on hand in their most recent campaign finance filings.

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Politics
4:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Seth Magaziner on Why He's Running for Treasurer

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Seth Magaziner is one of two Democrats running for state treasurer. On Monday, we heard from former treasurer Frank Caprio, who’s trying to regain his old job. At age 31, Magaziner might be a first-time candidate, but he’s no stranger to politics; his father, Ira Magaziner, was a top aide in the Clinton White House, and Bill Clinton is coming to campaign for Magaziner later this month.

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On Politics
4:27 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Public, Private Unions Form Coalition to Back Taveras for Governor

Paul Reed (center) with Taveras last year.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

A new coalition of public and private unions, banding together under the name Working Families for Angel, on Monday announced their support for Angel Taveras' gubernatorial campaign.

Working Families for Angel says it plans to communicate with more than 16,000 union households through door-knocking, electronic communications and other means.

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Politics
4:04 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

RI GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Trade Barbs

GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Block held a press conference at a Cranston diner.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Republican gubernatorial candidates Ken Block and Allan Fung traded barbs Monday about which of them is the best choice for governor.  It happened at new conference Block held near Cranston City Hall.

Block held his press conference inside a Cranston diner, about a block from City Hall, as a reminder of how Fung taped a jobs-related campaign ad in an Ohio diner. He criticized Fung for raising taxes early in his administration, and Block also rapped Fung for his oversight of Cranston’s police department.

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Politics
4:00 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Frank Caprio on Why He's Running for Treasurer

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Former state treasuer Frank Caprio is trying to win back his old job. After losing a race for governor in 2010, Caprio is one of two Democrats running in the September 9 primary to succeed outgoing Treasurer Gina Raimondo, who is running for governor. And as he told Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis, Caprio insists he will be a more transparent treasurer than Raimondo. The two talked as part of our Rhody Votes coverage of the 2014 election.

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On Politics
4:57 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

There's already hint of fall in the air as the political calendar inexorably moves toward Rhode Island's September 9 primary. So thanks for stopping by for my Friday column, and, as always, feel free to send your tips and thoughts my way, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Political Roundtable: Cormick Lynch on Fung, Palumbo & Running for Congress

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Republican First Congressional District candidate Cormick Lynch, a 29-year-old Newport resident, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign, along with more revelations about state contracts won by Representative Peter Palumbo; GOP gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung's Ohio-based campaign commercial; and secretary of state candidate Guillaume de Ramel's lack of detail about why he hired then-Speaker Gordon Fox for legal work in 2011.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Cormick Lynch on Iraq, Obamacare, Campaign Finance & More

First Congressional District Republican candidate Cormick Lynch joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss his campaign and a host of other issues, including Iraq, Obamacare, campaign finances + more.

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On Politics
4:12 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Fung Campaign Defends Message, Declines Comment On Ohio Setting for RI Jobs Ad

Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung's gubernatorial campaign is defending the message of a campaign commercial that touts Fung as a job-creator, even though the 30-second commercial depicts Fung in an Ohio diner.

The spot -- titled "Open for Business" -- describes Fung's biography and say he helped create 1000 jobs in Cranston. It began airing earlier this month.

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