Ian Donnis

Political Reporter

Ian Donnis has been the political reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio since 2009. The Washington Post has repeatedly named him as one of Rhode Island’s best political reporters. In addition to other tasks, Ian tweets frequently 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, and remains an occasional guest on RI-PBS' A Lively Experiment. Ian previously worked for the Providence Phoenix, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and The Associated Press. His reporting has been recognized by the Associated Press, the New England Press Association, the Rhode Island Press Association, and Rhode Island for Community & Justice.

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On Politics
1:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Whitehouse part of Senate’s new “liberal lion’s den”

Politico assesses the emerging peer group of Rhode Island’s junior senator:

The Senate is about to become a liberal lion’s den.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Eight polling places set for December 11 mayoral election in Central Falls

Pointing to some well-publicized snafus during last week’s election, Central Falls mayoral candidate James Diossa is encouraging the state Board of Elections to go with the current eight polling places in the December 11 mayoral election, rather than cutting the number to two.

Diossa, in a news release, says the CF Board of Canvassers has proposed cutting the number of polling places:

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On Politics
3:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Who are the future female candidates of Rhode Island politics?

Can Rhode Island women replicate New Hampshire’s success in having an all-female congressional delegation and a woman governor, to boot?

That’s part of challenge thrown down on Facebook by former Providence Journal political columnist M. Charles Bakst:

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On Politics
12:00 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Why Cicilline won big + campaign winners + losers

Brown University political science professor Wendy Schiller joined Scott, Maureen, and myself for this week’s RIPR Political Roundtable. Our topics included David Cicilline’s larger than expected victory on Tuesday, and some of of Rhode Island’s winners and losers from Election Day. You can hear Political Roundtable here.

On Politics
4:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

TGIF: 14 things to know about RI politics + media

After a long, strange trip, Election 2012 is in the books. It’s been a long week, so sit back and relax with my latest edition of TGIF. Your comments are welcome, as always, at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.

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On Politics
1:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Chafee announces step toward “integrated approach” on economic development

Governor Lincoln Chafee, perhaps responding to the clamor about the need for more short-term steps on boosting hte economy, has issued this news release:

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On Politics
5:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

State Police detail arrest of outgoing state Rep Leo Medina

State Representative Leo Medina (D-Providence), who lost a September primary race to former Rep Joseph Almeida, is back in the news (via this news release):

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On Politics
4:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Speculation centers on Ucci as next House whip; House Dems caucus Friday

Don’t be surprised if Representative Stephen Ucci of Johnston gets the nod as House whip, succeeding J. Patrick O’Neill (who resigned from that post in October), when House Democrats have a 6:30 caucus tomorrow at the Asian Palace restaurant on North Main Street.

House Speaker Gordon Fox is expected to easily win backing for another two-year term at his leadership post. 

On Politics
3:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Photographers Grosch, Freidah, Perez among ProJo layoffs

Three of the Providence Journal’s best photographers — Connie Grosch, John Freidah and Ruben W. Perez — are among the layoffs at the ProJo, RIPR has learned.

The newspaper says 23 people have lost their jobs.

Grosch is well known for her coverage of the Statehouse. She’s been a mainstay of the Smith Hill media for many years, offering insight into the human quality of politics through her photography.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

State motion to dismiss unions’ pension legal challenge on tap for December

Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter is slated to consider next month a motion by the state to dismiss the challenge filed by a series of unions against Rhode Island’s landmark 2011 pension overhaul.

A hearing on the matter is scheduled for December 7. It is not known how long Taft-Carter will take to make her decision on the motion.

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