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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CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 1: CICILLINE AND LYNCH

A Republican veteran from Newport is challenging Congressman David Cicilline as Cicilline seeks election Tuesday to his third term in Congress.

Cicilline first won election in the First Congressional District in 2010, after serving two terms as mayor of Providence. Republican challenger Cormick Lynch is a Marine combat veteran of the Iraq war. He points to high unemployment in Rhode Island as a sign that the state’s Democratic congressional delegation isn’t getting the job done.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung and Democratic rival Gina Raimondo sharpened their tone toward one another during their final televised debate Thursday.

Raimondo criticized Fung for being too timid in raising the funding level of one of Cranston’s municipal pensions – from 16 to about 20 percent, she said.  Raimondo accused Fung of not making the city’s full payments into the pension system.

Ted Nesi from WPRI.com joins Scott MacKay, Maureen Moakley, and yours truly as we discuss the top two battles on Election Day: the races for governor and mayor of Providence.

Our panel of RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay, URI political science professor Maureen Moakley, WPRI.com politics/economics reporter Ted Nesi, and yours truly talk about the state's four down-ballot races and the back and forth over convening a constitutional convention.

Catherine Welch / RIPR

The three candidates for mayor of Providence took part in a spirited debate last night at Rhode Island College.  The candidates mostly rehashed their stances while tossing sharp remarks at one another.

With a boisterous audience, it didn’t take long for things to get heated between independent Buddy Cianci, Democrat Jorge Elorza, and Republican Daniel Harrop. Cianci took aim at Harrop for contributing to Elorza’s campaign and saying he might vote for the Democrat.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

At age 73, Buddy Cianci’s passion for campaigning still burns bright. He’s the longest serving mayor in Providence history. But scandals have twice forced Cianci from City Hall, first in 1984 and then again in 2002. Yet Cianci keeps coming back, and no one underestimates him in his battle with Democrat Jorge Elorza.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Democratic candidate Jorge Elorza is the main obstacle keeping Buddy Cianci from regaining control of City Hall in Providence. The contrast between the two men is sharp: Cianci is a legendary political figure and twice-convicted felon. Elorza is a first-time candidate and a former Providence Housing Court judge.

Catherine Welch / RIPR

A week after issuing a poll showing an 11-point lead for Democrat Gina Raimondo, Brown University's Taubman Center is out with a new poll showing a statistical dead heat between Raimondo and Republican Allan Fung.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is slated to return to Rhode Island to campaign Tuesday with Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung.  First Lady Michelle Obama is expected here later in the week.

Christie stumped for Fung in Johnston earlier this month, and pledged to return. Plans call for Christie to visit some Federal Hill merchants this afternoon and to tour businesses in Cranston. An advisory says reporters will be able to speak with Christie, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, only at the second event.

Just 11 days until Election Day and the news is flowing fast and furious. Thanks for stopping by and, as always, feel free to follow me on the twitters or to drop a tip or comment at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Here we go.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

In a speech emphasizing efforts to rebuild the middle class, Hillary Clinton on Friday touted Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo as a proven job-creator who has the toughness and flexibility to move Rhode Island forward.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her campaign, the impact of outside money, the outlook on solving the pension dispute, and the race for mayor in Providence.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q&A to discuss her campaign and a range of other issues, including the economy, manufacturing, the state Ethics Commission & more.

A new Brown University poll finds Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo with 41.6 percent of the support, compared with 30.5 percent for Republican Allan Fung, and Democrat Jorge Elorza with 47.6 percent of the backing, compared with 37.2 percent for independent Buddy Cianci.

Catherine Welch / RIPR

Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza said he’ll make it a priority to reduce the bite of the car tax if he wins the race for City Hall.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo joined Elorza at a Silver Lake car lot today Wednesday to talk about the issue. Elorza said it’s important to raise Providence’s car tax exemption of a thousand dollars since the tax hits low-income residents the hardest.

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