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
2:49 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Clay Pell for Governor in 2014?

Clay Pell, a grandson of the late US Senator Claiborne Pell, is looking at a possible Democratic run for governor in 2014, according to local Democrats.

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Local Features
11:53 am
Tue October 15, 2013

One Square Mile: American Cuisine and Seasonal Soup at Bristol's Persimmon

Persimmon chef and owner Champe Speidel.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

With just 37 seats, Persimmon isn’t one of the largest restaurants in Bristol, but it’s won accolades far and wide for its creative cuisine.

Persimmon is nestled on State Street in downtown Bristol.

We took a visit there as part of our One Square Mile series. The sound of an industrial blower can be heard in the background of Persimmon’s kitchen.

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On Politics
5:28 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

TGIF: 14 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

Contrary to popular belief, TGIF was not MIA last week due to the presence of a Friday afternoon post-season Red Sox game. Regardless, we're back this week, and Rhode Island keeps on giving, so let's get going. (Gratuitous reminder: you can follow me on Twitter.)

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On Politics
1:25 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Unionization Vote Set for State-Subsidized Child Care Workers

The state Labor Relations Board has slated an election for later this month so state-subsidized child care workers can vote on whether they want to join a union. The law allowing the workers to unionize was passed this year by the General Assembly.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Political Roundtable: Cromwell on Judicial Selection; the New Brown Poll + More

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Political consultant Cara Cromwell, who has worked for politicians as varied as Bruce Sundlun and John Loughlin, joins us on Political Roundtable this week to discuss Richard Licht's pursuit of a Superior Court judgeship; Frank Caprio's proposal to restore pension COLAs; Lisa Baldelli-Hunt big primary win in Woonsocket; and the new Brown University poll.

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RI News
4:47 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Exeter Town Council President Recalls Effort Unjustified

The president of the Exeter Town Council says an effort to recall her and three other councilors is unjustified. Some gun owners were upset when four councilors tried getting the attorney general’s office to take responsibility for issuing concealed carry permits.

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On Politics
9:41 am
Thu October 10, 2013

ProJo Parent A.H. Belo Selling Its Paper in Riverside, California

A.H. Belo, the Dallas-based owner of the Providence Journal, is selling the Press-Enterprise in Riverside, California, to Freedom Communications for $27.25 million dollars.

Via news release, A.H. Belo CEO Jim Moroney says:

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Politics
9:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Brown Poll Shows Raimondo Leading Potential Governor's Race Among

A new Brown University poll shows state Treasurer Gina Raimondo leading Providence Mayor Angel Taveras among likely Democratic primary voters.  Raimondo and Taveras are expected to square off in a gubernatorial primary next September.

Brown pollsters talked with 433 likely Democratic primary voters. In a two-way matchup, 42 percent of respondents say they’d vote for Raimondo, just under 34 percent prefer Taveras, and 24 percent were undecided. That poll has a margin of error of four and a half percentage points.

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Local Features
5:34 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

One Square Mile: Bristol's Marine Industry Mixes Tradition And Innovation

Boats in the water at Bristol Marine, a full-service repair and boarding operation.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The Bristol boat building industry has its roots in the late 19th Century, when the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company built boats for the Navy and yachts that successfully defended the America’s Cup. A lot has changed since then, but maritime industries still form an important part of Bristol’s economy. The work being done by Bristol’s current generation of maritime companies ranges from the traditional to the cutting edge.

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On Politics
10:46 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Brown Poll Shows Raimondo Leading Taveras Among Likely Democratic Voters

With 11 months until Rhode Island's Democratic gubernatorial primary next September, a new Brown University poll shows state Treasurer Gina Raimondo with an eight percentage point lead over Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.

The survey of 433 likely Democratic primary voters has a 4.5 percentage point margin of error, and it shows Raimondo with 42 percent of the support, Taveras with 33.6 percent, while 24.4 percent of respondents remain undecided.

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