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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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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Politics
3:54 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

About 44 Percent of Registered Voters Took Part in RI's Election

Fewer than half of eligible Rhode Island voters participated in Tuesday’s statewide election, and the state's next secretary of state says she's going to try to increase that percentage.

The latest tally by the state Board of Elections shows that 44 percent percent of registered voters cast a ballot on Tuesday. Secretary of State-elect Nellie Gorbea says she’s not satisfied with that kind of turnout and wants to get more people involved in state government.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Political Roundtable: Elorza On Post-Election Providence, Raimondo's Win & More

Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Providence Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza joins Political Roundtable to discuss his victory in this week's election and what it means for Rhode Island's capital city; the win for governor by Democrat Gina Raimondo over Republican Allan Fung; the continued electoral success of Rhode Island Democrats; and the defeat at the polls for a constitutional convention.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Elorza On Taxes, Schools, Development, the Deficit & More

Providence Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza joins Bonus Q+A to talk about a host of issues facing the city, including taxes, schools, the structural deficit, relations with the City Council, and developing the former I-195 land.

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On Politics
5:02 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Some General Assembly Races To Keep an Eye On

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Beyond the marquee races for governor and mayor of Providence, Republicans are trying to increase their paltry ranks in the General Assembly -- with just 6 of 75 state reps, and 5 of 38 senators -- and Democrats, naturally, are pushing back.

Here's a look at a dozen top contests being decided on Election Day:

-- Former GOP Rep Dan Reilly is trying to stage a comeback by overcoming Linda Finn (D-Middletown).

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On Politics
6:03 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

TGIF: 18 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

It's almost all over but the crying. After years of run-up, Rhode Island's 2014 election is at hand. So thanks for stopping by, and feel free to drop me a line (idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org) and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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