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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Hillary Clinton plans to campaign in Rhode Island for Gina Raimondo on October 24, according to Politico.

There was no immediate comment on the report from Raimondo's campaign Thursday night.

Hillary Clinton won Rhode Island's 2008 presidential primary, handily beating Barack Obama, and former president Bill Clinton campaigned here earlier this year for Democratic treasurer candidate Seth Magaziner.

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Former state police superintendent Brendan Doherty, who ran as a Republican against First District Congressman David Cicilline in 2012, is endorsing Democrat Gina Raimondo for governor.

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The Providence Phoenix, Rhode Island's alternative news and arts weekly, is ceasing publication after distributing its last issue Thursday, October 16.

The end of the line for the 36-year-old weekly was announced by Stephen Mindich, owner and publisher of the Phoenix Media/Communications Group, coming about 18 months after the Boston Phoenix went out of business.

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Providence mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci is walking back an earlier assertion that he won’t take campaign contributions from city employees. Rival candidate Jorge Elorza is calling on Cianci to return about $18,000 in donations from city employees.

This is Cianci speaking during a September 17 debate, sounding unequivocal. While criticizing the amount of openness at City Hall, he rejected the idea of accepting city employees’ campaign contributions.

"There’s been no transparency and by the way, I haven’t taken a dime from any city worker nor do I intend to."

Providence mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci held a news conference Thursday morning at Neutaconkanut Hill to unveil endorsements from 24 past and current elected officials.

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On a brilliantly sunny recent day at Oakland Beach in Warwick, waves from Narragansett Bay splash against sea rocks, a few sailboats bob in the distance, and scores of people enjoy the chance to be outside.

But the head of Save The Bay, Jonathan Stone, is thinking about a very different kind of situation at Oakland Beach from the summer of 2013. "This beach was closed for half the summer last year," Stone says, "and it wasn’t closed from pollution from Providence. It was closed because of local pollution, a significant source of which is cesspools."

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On a 4-0 vote in a closed executive session, the state Board of Elections ruled Wednesday that the Rhode Island Democratic Party didn't violate election law by spending about $90,000 from the party's federal funds for a campaign commercial that emphasizes gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo.

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With just under four weeks until Election Day, sparks are flying between the campaigns of Democrat Gina Raimondo and Republican Allan Fung as the candidates wage an all-out fight to become Rhode Island's next governor.

In the latest of a series of skirmishes, the pro-Raimondo American LeadHERship PAC started by Kate Coyne-McCoy is set to start airing Thursday a commercial criticizing Fung, in part as a tax-raising pol.

Providence Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza's campaign raised $198,084 from 684 contributors during the most recent filing period and has a balance of $161,695.

In a statement, Elorza said, “The outpouring of support for my campaign has been overwhelming. I am honored to have such strong support from people across our city and beyond who believe in our vision for taking Providence in a new direction and are committed to winning this election.”

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The two front runners in the race for mayor of Providence swept out to different corners of the city Tuesday in their quest for votes.

With just over a month until Election Day, the post-primary lull is rapidly fading into the past. So thanks for stopping by, feel to send your tips and thoughts my way at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go:

Providence Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss his campaign with rival Buddy Cianci; Providence's economy; the minimum wage; how to win the South Side, and much more.

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Buddy Cianci and Jorge Elorza each claimed on Friday that they'd do a better job in reducing crime and improving public safety in Providence.

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Providence Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign for City Hall; concerns about public safety in Providence; Republican criticism of state Democratic Party spending on an ad featuring Gina Raimondo; and the flap over Raimondo's support of reproductive rights.

Providence Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss his campaign with rival Buddy Cianci; Providence's economy; the minimum wage; how to win the South Side, and much more.

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