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
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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On Politics
2:25 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Casey ruled eligible to run by US Office of Special Counsel

Stephen Casey, the Woonsocket firefighter who defeated state Representative Jon Brien in a Democratic primary last month, has been ruled eligible to run by the US Office of Special Counsel. The ruling comes after Brien argued the Hatch Act precluded Casey from being a candidate.

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On Politics
2:14 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Fox critic Dickinson set to endorse Binder in District 4 race

State Representative Spencer Dickinson (D-South Kingstown), who wrote a well-publicized letter condemning House Speaker Gordon Fox’s leadership style, is slated on Wedneday to endorse Fox’s opponent, Mark Binder, according to Binder’s campaign.

Dickinson is set to back Binder during a Wednesday appearance at Laurelmead and also stump with him at the Jewish Community Center, Binder’s campaign says.

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On Politics
1:42 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Doherty hits Cicilline on campaign contributors; Cicilline camp cites “a new low”

With less than two weeks until Election Day, Republican Brendan Doherty’s campaign is criticizing Democratic Congressman David Cicilline for having accepted what it says is about $12,000 in campaign contributions from people connected to strip bars and other adult entertainment businesses. Cicilline’s campaign calls the criticism “a new low” and a distraction from the bread-and-butter issues facing struggling Rhode Islanders.

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On Politics
1:41 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Speaker Fox says he’ll defer to the General Assembly on the possibility of defaulting on the 38 Stud

House Speaker Gordon Fox – one of the most powerful people in state government – wants to defer to “the entire General Assembly” on whether the state should consider defaulting on the moral obligation bonds for 38 Studios.

The move comes after Fox, during a taping of a televised debate last Friday, said considering defaulting on the bonds is “an option.”

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On Politics
12:54 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Cicilline commercial responds to Doherty’s line of attack

A new spot by David Cicilline hits back against a recent attack by the National Republican Congressional Committee and similar messages from Brendan Doherty’s campaign, like this:

Meanwhile, Doherty and Cicilline will square off at 7 tonight in a one-hour debate cosponsored by ABC6, RI Public Radio and the League of Women Voters. It will be simulcast on RIPR.

On Politics
10:14 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Fox critic Dickinson set to endorse Binder in District 4 race

State Representative Spencer Dickinson (D-South Kingstown), who wrote a well-publicized letter condemning House Speaker Gordon Fox’s leadership style, is slated on Wedneday to endorse Fox’s opponent, Mark Binder, according to Binder’s campaign.

Dickinson is set to back Binder during a Wednesday appearance at Laurelmead and also stump with him at the Jewish Community Center, Binder’s campaign says.

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On Politics
2:18 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

ProJo-Guild talks continuing; outlook on averting layoffs unclear

Providence Journal management and the Providence Newspaper Guild are expected to conclude talks aimed at averting layoffs by the end of the month, although the outlook remains unclear, says Guild president John Hill.

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On Politics
12:22 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Fox says considering default on 38 Studio bonds is “an option”

Governor Lincoln Chafee has said he won’t even consider defaulting on the bonds for 38 Studios, and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo says the state should honor the bonds.

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