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
5:00 am
Sun October 14, 2012

Can Rhode Island elect some blue-collar people to Congress?

Former Rhode Island congressman Edward Beard gets a shout-out in today’s New York Times as an example of something quite rare: a one-time blue-collar worker who won election to Congress.

Nicholas Carnes, a professor of public policy at Duke University, uses his op-ed piece to argue that we really don’t get to choose whether we’re governed by the rich:

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On Politics
5:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

TGIF: 14 things about Rhode Island politics + media

It’s time for the second rendition of my new Friday column. Thanks for reading, and as always, feel free to send me tips or thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

ProJo seeks to cut 1.2M in costs; layoffs possible

After a series of buyouts extending to the time before the Dallas-based Belo Corporation bought the Providence Jounal in 1997, layoffs remain possible as the newspaper looks to cut $1.2 million in expenses.

The targeted figure for cuts — the rough equivalent of 16 employees in advertising, circulation, and the newsroom — was identified in a Facebook post by reporter Linda Borg.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Independent candidate Abel Collins rejects possible spoiler roll in CD2

Abel Collins, the independent candidate vying with Democrat Jim Langevin and Republican Michael Riley in the second congressional district, says it’s unlikely he could tip the race tow

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On Politics
4:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

With Ayn Rand film to screen in Lincoln, Paul Ryan’s ardor has cooled

The Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity is helping to present a screening tomorrow at Lincoln Cinema World of Atlas Shrugged Part 2, a film inspired by the work of Ayn Rand.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Politico: GOP group launches “Cicilline secrets” campaign

Politico reports today that the National Republican Congressional Committee is supporting a new attack effort in support of Brendan Doherty’s campaign against David Cicilline:

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On Politics
5:00 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Five takeaways from the new Brown University poll

We offered highlights this morning from the new Brown poll. Here’s some additional analysis:

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On Politics
4:00 am
Wed October 10, 2012

More than a quarter of voters in the Goldin-Butke race didn’t vote for Speaker Gordon Fox

More than one-quarter of voters taking part in the September 11 state Senate Democratic primary election between Gayle Goldin and Maryellen Butke skipped the chance to vote for House Speaker Gordon Fox, according to an RIPR analysis.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Taveras tops new Brown U poll with 65 percent approval; Cicilline with slight edge over Doherty

Highlights from a just-released Brown University poll:

– Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is the most popular elected official in Rhode Island, with an impressive 65.6 percent approval rating, up from 59.8 percent in February.

– State Treasurer Gina Raimondo placed second with a 58.7 percent approval rating, up from 57.7 percent earlier this year. (Statewide findings are based on results from 496 registered voters; the margin of error is 4.4 percentage points.)

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On Politics
6:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

In down economy, RI’s net gambling revenue grows by almost 23M over last year

No matter that casinos are on the horizon in Massachusetts, and Foxwoods is facing an uncertain future. The Rhode Island Lottery’s latest contribution to the state general fund is $377.7 million, almost $23 million more than the previous year, according to a legislative news release:

Video lottery accounted for $320.8 million or 84% of total gross profit.

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