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 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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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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