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
4:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Taveras boosts Fox in home stretch; Binder hammers away on 38 Studios

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is lending another boost to House Speaker Gordon Fox in the closing stretch before Election Day. The popular mayor, who used to share a Dorrance Street law office with Fox, sent this email this morning:

Dear Providence Friends and Neighbors:

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On Politics
5:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Moderate Party founder Ken Block is backing Brendan Doherty + President Obama

How many Ken Block-style voters are out there?

That’s a big question, since Block says he plans to split his ticket on Tuesday, voting for President Obama and Republican CD1 candidate Brendan Doherty. If Doherty is going to prevail as Rhode Island’s great GOP hope, he needs tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders to do the same thing.

Block explained his stance during a taping of RIPR’s Bonus Q+A, which will air Friday at 6:40 and 8:40 am:

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On Politics
3:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Chafee announces lawsuit over 38 Studios against Schilling, Stokes, others

Governor Lincoln Chafee used a video message today (above) to announce litigation by the state over the failure of 38 Studios. The defendants named in the state’s action include Curt Schilling and former EDC director Keith Stokes. 

Here’s the transcription of Chafee’s comments, as provided by the Economic Development Corporation:

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On Politics
2:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

With CD1 a dead heat, top RI Dems to rally around Cicilline at press event

Rhode Island’s most prominent Democrats, including both of its US senators and the very popular Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo, are set today to offer some belated support to Congressman David Cicilline as he finds himself in a dead heat with Republican challenger Brendan Doherty.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Cicilline commercial hits back at NRCC attack ad; Doherty rallies supporters

This new spot from David Cicilline’s re-election campaign characterizes as old news attacks from the NRCC about the Democrat’s past criminal-defense work.

Doherty’s camp, meanwhile, is offering this message to supporters:

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On Politics
4:00 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Jack Reed endorses Diossa in Central Falls’ mayoral race

James Diossa has landed the endorsement of RI’s senior senator, Jack Reed.

Via news release:  

“I am supporting James because I know that he is the right leader to turn Central Falls around and lead it to a bright new future,” Senator Reed stated.  “I have walked the streets of Central Falls with him and I trust that he will be a strong advocate for the people of his city.”

Reed said that, “this coming Tuesday is a critical election and I hope you will stand with James Diossa, a candidate who truly embodies the city’s motto of ‘a bright future.’”

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On Politics
3:00 am
Wed October 31, 2012

On the stump with Speaker Gordon Fox and Mark Binder

Depending on what happens with the the race next Tuesday between House Speaker Gordon Fox and independent challenger Mark Binder, the election could be a mere ripple — if Fox defeats Binder handily. Yet if Binder comes somewhat close to beating Fox, or stages an upset, the impact on Statehouse politics will be more dramatic.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Fox campaign says Binder failed to report TV ad expenses

House Speaker Gordon Fox’s campaign filed a complaint today with the state Board of Elections, asserting that independent challenger Mark Binder violated a campaign finance statute by failing to report in a filing this week $2000 in television advertising expenses.

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On Politics
11:18 am
Tue October 30, 2012

CD1 race remains wide open – Cicilline leads by 1 point in new Channel 12 poll

The sharply fought First Congressional District race will likely be won through the ground game on Election Day since a new Channel 12 poll shows the contest remains very much up for grabs.

The poll by veteran pollster Joseph Fleming shows Democrat David Cicilline with a one-point lead over Republican challenger Brendan Doherty. The margin of error, meanwhile, is just under six percentage points.

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On Politics
11:00 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Dem spokesman rips Doherty campaign; Doherty camp fires back

On the same day that the National Republican Congressional Committee put out another attack ad targeting long-ago criminal-defense work by David Cicilline, Brendan Doherty’s campaign offers an upbeat spot with the candidate and his wife.

First, the NRCC commercial:

Now, the Doherty campaign spot:

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