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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State Rep. Aaron Regunberg (D-Providence) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the House of Representatives, racial profiling, the Burrillville power plan proposal, and other issues.

Katherine Gregg, who was reassigned last month from her longtime beat at the Statehouse, has been named the Providence Journal's political reporter, covering major stories and the state's congressional delegation, RIPR has learned.

Gregg will work from the ProJo's downtown office on Fountain Street as part of the new assignment. She declined to comment when contacted by RIPR.

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Morning Consult's latest survey of the nation's governors shows that Gina Raimondo's approval/disapproval track has slipped slightly, to 38 percent/55 percent. The poll of registered voters has a six percentage point margin of error.

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Former Red Sox star Curt Schilling and three other former 38 Studios executives have reached a preliminary $2.5 million settlement with the State of Rhode Island over the failure of the video-game company in 2012.

Tuesday's (predictably) low-turnout primary (surprisingly) punched above its weight in offering a lot of grist for the political mill. So let's get right to it, after the obligatory reminder that your tips and comments are welcome, and that you can follow me through the week on the twitters.

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A recount by the state Board of Elections Friday morning showed that first-time candidate Marcia Ranglin-Vassell beat House Majority Leader John DeSimone by 21 votes, rather than her initial margin of 17.

The Elections Board attributed the change to the inclusion of provisional ballots. The final tally was 682-661.

Ranglin-Vassell surprised Rhode Island's political community by upsetting DeSimone, a 24-year incumbent, earlier this week.

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State Rep. Michael Chippendale (R-Foster) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Tuesday's primary results, the outlook for the state GOP, and the upset involving House Majority Leader John DeSimone.

State Rep. Mike Chippendale (R-Foster) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss 38 Studios, the impact of future tolls on fall elections, and a host of other legislative issues.

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In a surprising blow to Rhode Island's political status quo, first-time candidate Marcia Ranglin-Vassell defeated House Majority Leader John DeSimone during primary voting Tuesday.

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Rhode Islanders will go to the polls Tuesday to vote in a primary election. The general lack of high-profile races is expected to result in a low turnout of voters. 

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Edward Fitzpatrick, who has been The Providence Journal's political columnist since 2008, is leaving to become the director of media and public relations for Roger Williams University.

The change is effective October 5.

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Longtime North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi faces a challenge from fellow Democrat Kristen Catanzaro in Tuesday's primary election. The race is the hardest-fought mayoral contest in this week’s election.

On a recent afternoon, North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi showed off 19 acres of forested preservation land at Camp Meehan, near the town’s border with Smithfield. Sunlight gleamed nearby on the blue water of the Wenscott Reservoir, a scene so bucolic you’d never know that busy Mineral Spring Avenue is only about a mile away.

Happy Weekend and thanks for stopping by for my weekly column! As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

With an election coming up Tuesday, WPRI.com politics and economics reporter Ted Nesi joins RIPR's Scott MacKay and Ian Donnis to discuss the top legislative primaries in Providence and Cranston.

Voters will decide 26 General Assembly primaries next Tuesday. WPRI.com politics and economics reporter Ted Nesi joins RI Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis and political analyst Scott MacKay to break down the top races outside Providence.

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