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
12:12 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Campaign Between Raimondo and Fung Turns Red Hot

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With just under four weeks until Election Day, sparks are flying between the campaigns of Democrat Gina Raimondo and Republican Allan Fung as the candidates wage an all-out fight to become Rhode Island's next governor.

In the latest of a series of skirmishes, the pro-Raimondo American LeadHERship PAC started by Kate Coyne-McCoy is set to start airing Thursday a commercial criticizing Fung, in part as a tax-raising pol.

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On Politics
5:40 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Elorza Raised $198K in 28 Days; Cianci Has $301K On Hand

Providence Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza's campaign raised $198,084 from 684 contributors during the most recent filing period and has a balance of $161,695.

In a statement, Elorza said, “The outpouring of support for my campaign has been overwhelming. I am honored to have such strong support from people across our city and beyond who believe in our vision for taking Providence in a new direction and are committed to winning this election.”

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On Politics
3:41 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Elorza Touts Neighborhood Plan; Cianci Talks Up Waterfront Development

Cianci discusses his vision for the Providence waterfront.
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The two front runners in the race for mayor of Providence swept out to different corners of the city Tuesday in their quest for votes.

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On Politics
4:44 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

TGIF: 10 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

With just over a month until Election Day, the post-primary lull is rapidly fading into the past. So thanks for stopping by, feel to send your tips and thoughts my way at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go:

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Political Roundtable
2:41 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Elorza on Competing Against "The Buddy Show" & Much More

Providence Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss his campaign with rival Buddy Cianci; Providence's economy; the minimum wage; how to win the South Side, and much more.

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On Politics
1:20 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Cianci and Elorza Spar on Public Safety Plans

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Buddy Cianci and Jorge Elorza each claimed on Friday that they'd do a better job in reducing crime and improving public safety in Providence.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Political Roundtable: Elorza's Campaign, Crime in Providence, & Democrats' Ad Money

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Providence Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign for City Hall; concerns about public safety in Providence; Republican criticism of state Democratic Party spending on an ad featuring Gina Raimondo; and the flap over Raimondo's support of reproductive rights.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Elorza on Competing Against "The Buddy Show" & Much More

Providence Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss his campaign with rival Buddy Cianci; Providence's economy; the minimum wage; how to win the South Side, and much more.

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Politics
9:40 am
Thu October 2, 2014

GOP Files Complaint Over Raimondo Television Ad

The Rhode Island Republican Party has taken its complaint over a campaign commercial for gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo to the state Board of Elections.  Democrats insist they’re not doing anything wrong.

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Politics
4:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Attorney General Peter Kilmartin

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Democratic Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is seeking a second term as the state’s chief law enforcement officer. As part of our election coverage, Rhody Votes ‘14, Kilmartin sat down to talk about open records, strengthening gun laws and legalizing marijuana.

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