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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Democratic victories in elections Tuesday are mostly a comment on President Trump. That’s according to a former chairman of the Rhode Island Democratic Party.

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Lt. Gov. Dan McKee emphasized themes of experience and aiding small business while announcing Tuesday that he'll seek re-election.

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is among 4 attorneys general calling on the Federal Communications Commission to reject the proposed merger of Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns WJAR-TV, Channel 10, and Tribune Media.

The heavy winds came, lots of Rhode Islanders lost power, and now we're trying to move on. So 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.

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Jeremy Licht, deputy chief of staff to Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, is leaving the administration to return to the private sector, RI Public Radio has learned.

Licht, the son of Superior Court Judge Richard Licht, joined Raimondo's office as senior counsel in 2016. He previously worked as general counsel for the Commerce Corporation, the state's economic development agency.

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Former Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice Robert G. Flanders Jr., a Republican, appears poised to launch his campaign for the seat held by Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, on November 16.

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Rhode Island State Rep. Edith Ajello (D-Providence) joins Political Roundtable to discuss the issue of sexual harassment at the Statehouse, and how an increasingly energized Women's Caucus in the RI Democratic Party will impact policy and legislation in 2018.

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State Rep. Edith Ajello (D-Providence) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the proposed PawSox stadium, the potential monetization of Providence's water supply, the outlook for a bill to strengthen abortion rights in Rhode Island, and more.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is hiring Jonathan Blair -- who guided Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy's re-election in 2014 -- as her campaign manager, Rhode Island Public Radio has learned from multiple sources.

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo said she stands behind the proposed deal for a new PawSox stadium in Pawtucket and disagrees with House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's view that the deal should be renegotiated.

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Eric Hyers, who managed Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo's 2014 campaign, and two earlier campaigns for U.S. Representative David Cicilline, is set to manage Democrat Chris Giunchigliani's attempt to become Nevada's next governor.

National Grid

National Grid reports only about 300 customers remain without power as of Friday night. The bulk of the remaining customers are in Providence County. 

According to the latest utility estimates, power should be restored around 12:15 a.m. Saturday. 

More Than 1,500 People Remain Without Power In RI

Despite what National Grid described as round-the-clock efforts, more than 1,500 customers are going into day five with no power, following Sunday’s storm with hurricane strength winds. 

The damage caused by the storm is some of the most disruptive in recent history, according to the utility's website

Indicted: Paul Manafort's RI & CT Connections

Oct 30, 2017
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Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for President Trump who was indicted on Monday, has ties to Rhode Island and Connecticut. Manafort was a campaign adviser to former Republican Governor Ed DiPrete and started his political career as a teenager in his hometown of New Britain, Connecticut.

The past week has featured a blur of campaign announcements, and Rhode Island’s 2018 campaign season is just getting started. So 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.

GateHouse Media Inc. snatched up another Southern New England newspaper this week with its purchase of the Newport Daily News. This adds to more than 100 publications in GateHouse's portfolio, including The Providence Journal, The Worcester Telegram & Gazette, The Fall River Herald and The New Bedford Standard Times.