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
2:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Doherty calls out Cicilline over some of his past legal clients

Brendan Doherty, a former superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police, charges that Congressman David Cicilline, a former criminal-defense lawyer, is being hypocritical by questioning Doherty’s commitment to protecting women.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

High approval ratings are hardly a guarantee of electoral victory

A Channel 12 poll this week reaffirmed the status of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo as the most popular elected officials of the moment. Their high marks seem to be a reflection of how voters think Raimondo and Taveras are facing tough issues head-on.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Where to watch the Obama-Romney debate in RI

Here’s a rundown on some of tonight’s debate-watch events for the first match between Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat Barack Obama:

CCRI is hosting a debate watch:

In partnership with the American Democracy Project at Rhode Island College, CCRI’s DebateWatch will bring citizens from across Rhode Island and neighboring states to campus for the televised presidential debate, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Vincent A. Cullen Field House on the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick. The schedule is as follows:

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On Politics
2:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

The mythology of “Rhode Island’s most popular politician”

Another outburst of Raimondomania flared when state Treasurer Gina Raimondo was a guest last week on Greater Boston, a Hub-centric public affairs show on WGBH-TV. Getting the attention of Bostonians is no small accomplishment.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Doherty campaign estimates 308K take for Q3; 506K cash on hand

Republican congressional candidate Brendan Doherty had a strong fundraising quarter, raising about $308,000 in Q3, according to an estimate provided by campaign manager Ian Prior. The estimate for Doherty’s cash on hand is $506,000.

Numbers for Q3 weren’t avaiable yet from Democrat David Cicilline’s campaign. Cicilline pulled in more than $300,000 in Q2.

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On Politics
1:29 pm
Sat September 29, 2012

The 11 top families of Rhode Island politics

When Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009, it marked the first time in about 20 years that a Bush or Clinton didn’t occupy the White House. Obama’s rival in this year’s presidential race, Mitt Romney, is another member of the political dynasty club.

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On Politics
4:46 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Remembering John Silber, an outsized personality in Boston academia

Former Boston University president John R. Silber, who died yesterday at age 86, will mostly be remembered for making BU a significantly more dynamic and better unversity than when he arrived in the early 1970s. But he also made BU a great place to be a student journalist.

Silber was a newsmaker — brash, unapologetic, scary smart, and controversial.

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On Politics
4:39 am
Fri September 28, 2012

West Warwick’s Tencher at the center of white-hot US Senate fight in Indiana

After years of building his political credentials, West Warwick native Paul Tencher is at the center of one of the nation’s closest, hardest-fought US Senate races — the Indiana fight between Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican Richard Mourdock.

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On Politics
2:50 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Who is David Vogel, and why is he running against Cicilline and Doherty?

Providence lawyer David Vogel, the independent candidate in the First Congressional District, has mostly gained attention for attracting 8 percent of the vote in a recent Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee poll.

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On Politics
2:01 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Speaker Fox calls Brien’s Hatch Act complaint baseless

The General Assembly has long been populated with public employees — police officers, firefighters, and teachers — so the Hatch Act complaint described by state Representative Jon Brien has no small significance.

Larry Berman, the spokesman for House Speaker Gordon Fox, says the House leadership believes Stephen Casey is on solid ground in rebutting Brien’s complaint.

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