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
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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On Politics
12:00 am
Sun October 28, 2012

ProJo backs Doherty; Clinton lends his name to Cicilline

The once firmly Republican editorial page of the Providence Journal is going in a different direction after backing a string of Democratic candidates, throwing its support to Brendan Doherty in the down-to-the-wire race with David Cicilline.

Doherty’s campaign, via a news release, offers this commentary:

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On Politics
12:22 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

ProJo set to move ahead with layoffs in November

Providence Journal managers have closed the door on cost-saving talks with the Providence Newspaper Guild and plan to move ahead with layoffs in the first week of November, according to Guild president John Hill.

Hill says a ”very bad” October revenue report made management unwilling to offer a guarantee of no layoffs in 2013. Management plans to eliminate enough positions to cut spending by $1.2 million.

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On Politics
12:18 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

TGIF: 12 things to know about RI politics + media

Batten down the hatches for Sandy and get ready for another version of my Friday column. Thanks for reading, and feel free to send me tips, comments, and the like: idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let’s get to it:

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On Politics
12:00 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Fox campaign files Board of Elections complaint over mystery ad

House Speaker Gordon Fox’s campaign says it has filed a complaint today with the state Board of Elections today over the radio spot placed by Conneticut resident Harvey Adelberg. Fox’s campaign also says the spot is linked with Fox’s opponent, Mark Binder.

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On Politics
5:22 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Raimondo annointed a “brave thinker” by The Atlantic

The Atlantic has the latest media outbreak of Raimondomania:

Once upon a time, politicians across the land found a magical formula for achieving popularity. They kept public employees’ pay low, enabling low tax rates (hooray!); to make up for the low pay, they promised fat pensions down the road (huzzah!). The pensions were funded by gimmicks and wishful thinking. But that would be a problem for future politicians to reckon with.

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On Politics
4:18 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Lawyer for Fox’s campaign calls on WPRO to pull mystery ad

A law firm representing House Speaker Gordon Fox’s re-election campaign has written to WPRO general manager Barbara Haynes, asking that the radio station stop playing a “Fox in the Henhouse” mystery ad whose sponsor remains unknown.

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On Politics
2:10 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Langevin thinks Congress will avoid hurtling over the fiscal cliff

Congressman Jim Langevin doesn’t think Washinton’s prevailing hyper-partisanship will keep Congress from reaching a deal to avoid budget sequestration.

During a taping of RIPR’s Political Roundtable (set to air Friday at 5:40 and 7:40 am), Langevin predicts that President Obama will win re-election. He went on to say.

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On Politics
2:26 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Mysterious group using radio spot to urge votes against Speaker Fox

A group calling itself Concerned Rhode Islanders Against Gordon Fox is using a radio commercial to urge voters not to support Fox in the November 6 election.

UPDATE: WPRO tells RIPR the ad was placed by an agency from Woodbridge, Connecticut. The contact for the agency, Harvey Adelberg, didn’t return a call seeking comment; he is a URI grad and formerly worked for WPRO.

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