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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Providence
9:28 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Providence Mayor-Elect Elorza To Host Series Of Community Forums

Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza has already begun laying out his transition team, and will begin a series of community forums in the city.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The mayor-elect of Providence, Jorge Elorza, has scheduled a series of forums to hear from city residents.

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On Politics
4:15 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Rhode Island's crop of newly elected officials are starting to staff up as we move toward the Thanksgiving lull later this month. Thanks for stopping by. As always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (org) and to follow me on the twitters. Let's get to it.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Political Roundtable: Hodgson on His AG Run, Budget Outlook, HealthSourceRI & More

Credit Ian Donnis

State Senator Dawson Hodgson (R-North Kingstown), the Republican candidate for attorney general in last week's election, joins Political Roundtable to talk about what went wrong; the outlook on the state budget; the transitions for the state's new elected officials; and more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Hodgson on Rebuilding the Rhode Island Republican Party

Republican Dawson Hodgson, who lost last week's race for attorney general to Democratic incumbent Peter Kilmartin, joins Bonus Q&A to talk about his campaign and efforts to rebuild the GOP.

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On Politics
1:51 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Raimondo Announces Transition Team Members

Governor-elect Gina Raimondo has formed her 13-member transition team. Here's the rundown, with bios presented in a statement from the governor-elect's transition director, Joy Fox:

Senator Dennis Algiere, Senate Minority Leader in the Rhode Island General Assembly, and Senior Vice President for the Washington Trust Company in Westerly

Deborah Brayton, former Chief of Staff to Providence Mayor David Cicilline, former Legislative Director for Senator Lincoln Chafee and former executive director of Amos House

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On Politics
12:24 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Hassett Vying with Aponte for Providence City Council Presidency

Hassett gets sworn in following an incident when he was struck by a hit and run driver in 2010.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo

Ward 12 Councilor Terrence "Terry" Hassett is pursuing an effort to become the next president of the Providence City Council, raising questions about whether Ward 10 Councilor Luis Aponte will have the votes to gain the council's top position in January.

Hassett declined to identify how many of his 14 council colleagues are supporting him, although he said he has a "healthy" amount of backing in what he called a fluid situation.

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Providence
9:15 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Providence City Councilor To Pay $50K In Fines To Board Of Elections

A councilor who hopes to be the next president of the Providence City Council says he will pay off nearly 50-thousand dollars in fines owed to the state Board of Elections.

Ward 10 Councilman Luis Aponte has represented Washington Park and parts of South Providence since first winning election in 1998. During that time, Aponte has racked up nearly 50-thousand dollars in Board of Election fines for not filing campaign fundraising reports. Aponte said it’s time for him to deal with the issue.

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On Politics
9:41 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Tony Simon, Brett Smiley & Grace Diaz Join Elorza's Administration

Tony Simon, deputy district director for US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, has signed on to serve as chief of staff for Providence Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza, RIPR has learned.

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On Politics
10:55 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Capellan, Lapides & Ranglin Named to Co-Chair Elorza's Transition

Providence Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza is rolling out his transition team.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Victor Capellan, Sally Lapides, and Lisa Ranglin have been named as co-chairs of the transition team for Providence Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza. Marisa O'Gara, who managed Elorza's campaign, will be spokeswoman for the transition.

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On Politics
5:22 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

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

It's a new phase in Rhode Island politics, with the election this week of Gina Raimondo as governor, and Jorge Elorza as mayor of Providence. Democrats had a big sweep, while Republicans had to settle for modest gains in the RI House of Representatives. So thanks for stopping by, and feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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