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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Political Roundtable
8:27 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Political Roundtable: Gorbea On Cianci's Mayoral Run, Voter ID Law & More

Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins the Political Roundtable this week, to discuss the Providence mayor's race and the newest candidate, Buddy Cianci; voter identification law; casino gambling in Rhode Island and Massachusetts; and high stakes testing in high schools.

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On Politics
8:25 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Who's Coming & Who's Going at the General Assembly

Here's my ongoing look at legislators who have decided to leave the General Assembly -- and the candidates trying to make their way into the 113-seat legislature. (You can email me tips and news releases at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org). As it stands, the General Assembly consists of 101 Democrats, 11 Republicans, and 1 independent. (UPDATE: A lot of stuff happening Wednesday, but I'll continue updating this list as time permits today and perhaps tomorrow).

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Politics
9:06 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Buddy Cianci Running Again For Providence Mayor

Buddy Cianci talks with reporters after announcing he's running for mayor of Providence
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

After claiming not to have his mind made up before taking to the airwaves for his afternoon talk show, 73-year-old Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr. revealed Wednesday he's staging an improbable comeback to become the next mayor of Providence.

Cianci is running as an independent -- the same approach he used during his 1990 return to power  -- in a close three-way race, after having first won office in 1974 as a Republican.

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On Politics
2:06 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Catherine Taylor Sounds Economic Message in Unveiling GOP Run for Lieutenant Governor

Taylor announcing her run for LG.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Catherine Taylor on Monday launched her Republican campaign for lieutenant governor by vowing to use the office as a bully pulpit for improving the state's economic climate.

Taylor is a former aide to the late senator John Chafee, and she stepped down last week as head of the state Division of Elderly Affairs. Speaking outside the Business Innovation Factory in Providence's Olneyville section, Taylor was joined by her family and other Republicans, including gubernatorial candidates Allan Fung and Ken Block, in formally launching her campaign.

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On Politics
11:22 am
Sat June 21, 2014

The General Assembly Passes Newport Casino Plan, Calls It A Wrap for 2014

Warwick Representative Joseph McNamara calls for the elimination of high-stakes testing as a graduation requirement.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

In a marathon session that stretched for almost 12 hours before ending shortly after 4 am, the General Assembly closed its 2014 session by approving a plan that could turn Newport Grand into a casino, imposing a three-year moratorium on the use of high-stakes tests as a graduation requirement,  and setting the stage for Governor Lincoln Chafee to sign a bill making calamari Rhode Island's official state appetizer.

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On Politics
1:58 am
Sat June 21, 2014

TGIF Will Return Next Week

TGIF is on hiatus and will return next week.

Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Political Roundtable: Smiley on Block vs. Fung; the Budget, 38 Studios & More

State Republican Chairman Mark Smiley joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the GOP gubernatorial primary between Allan Fung and Ken Block; the budget signed into law by Governor Lincoln Chafee; the outlook for electing more Republicans to the General Assembly; and the latest developments on 38 Studios.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Bonus Q+A: RI GOP's Smiley on the 2014 Outlook for Republicans

State Republican chairman Mark Smiley joins us on Bonus Q+A this week to discuss the GOP gubernatorial primary, the outlook for gaining more legislative seats and other issues.

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On Politics
10:56 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Newport Grand, NECAP, Teacher Evaluations Still Hanging in the General Assembly

Mattiello near the end of Thursday night's House session
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The terms for a possible Newport casino was among the issues still awaiting General Assembly action on what is expected to be the last day of its session Friday. The House ended its session Thursday night to allow more time for closed-door negotiations between legislative leaders.

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On Politics
10:19 am
Thu June 19, 2014

RI Democratic Party to Skip Endorsement in Primary for Governor

There won't be a Rhode Island Democratic Party in this year's hard-fought primary between Gina Raimondo, Angel Taveras, and Clay Pell.

In a note to Democratic state reps yesterday, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello writes, "In preparation for the Rhode Island Democratic Party's Endorsement Meeting on Sunday night, I wanted to inform you that the three major candidates for Governor have agreed to a 'no endorsement' from the party."

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