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
11:30 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Zaccaria defends Carcieri on 38 Studios; thinks ex-gov will speak to range of media

Some members of the local fourth estate think former Governor Don Carcieri will seek a sympathetic audience — a talk radio host, for example — when he breaks his silence on the state’s disastrous involvement with 38 Studios.

But state Republican chairman Mark Zaccaria believes Carcieri will make himself available to a range of media.

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On Politics
4:25 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Text of Chafee’s speech from the Democratic National Convention

Here’s the prepared text of Governor Chafee’s speech – written by the governor himself, his staff says — from last night at the Democratic National Convention:

Good evening, and thank you for having me here to celebrate with all of you.

As the nation’s only independent Governor, I am here tonight to join with my Democratic friends, on the eve of an election critical to the future of our children and their country.

As a former Republican, I represent a group of Americans who all too often have no one to speak for them.

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On Politics
3:25 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Doherty to side with critics of new toll on Sakonnet River bridge

Republican CD1 candidate Brendan Doherty is getting a jump start before next Tuesday’s Democratic primary skirmish between David Cicilline and Anthony Gemma. He’s holding a news conference tomorrow to latch onto a populist issue:

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On Politics
11:25 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Keith Stokes has a fancy new title, at McAuliffe’s Mayforth Group

Keith Stokes, who lost his job at the state Economic Development Corporation in the aftermath of the meltdown at 38 Studios, started a new gig yesterday: president of strategic economic planning & development at the Mayforth Group.

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On Politics
1:25 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Why Chafee got a prime-time slot tonight at the DNC

When news broke last week that Governor Lincoln Chafee would speak at the Democratic National Convention, it no doubt caused some head-scratching here in Rhode Island; Chafee’s approval ratings have been poor, and the governor, while sometimes praised for his candor, isn’t exactly the smoothest of public speakers.

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On Politics
11:25 am
Tue September 4, 2012

GOP governors’ association unloads on Chafee, other Obama allies

With Lincoln Chafee set to hit the DNC stage this evening, the Republican Governors Association isn’t wasting any time in criticizing governors aligned with President Obama.

Here’s part of a mailing sent by the association:

Reporters –

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On Politics
3:18 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Who’s the next mayor of Providence? 16 names to consider

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo could be headed for a seismic clash in the 2014 Democratic primary for governor. If that happens, who will be in the hunt to suceeed Taveras at City Hall?

To stand a shot, candidates will need to build a strong East Side base while develping crosstown support. Being a solid fundraiser is important, although not necessarily decisive, considering how Taveras was outspent by Steven Costantino in 2010.

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On Politics
3:15 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

See you in a few weeks, dear readers

I’m taking a few weeks off to get married and absorb the shock of no longer being a single man (just kidding, honey).

Scott will keep the blog rolling, and I’ll be back in time for the closing phase of primaries for CD1 and the General Assembly.

On Politics
1:26 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

RI Labor History Society to honor URI’s Molloy

URI professor Scott Molloy, one of the state’s most articulate and knowledgeable voices on labor history, is getting some props:

University of Rhode Island Professor Scott Molloy will be honored by the Rhode Island Labor History Society during its 25th annual awards banquet, Aug. 23.

The event, “A Celebration of Labor Day in Rhode Island,” will be held at the Roger Williams Park Casino in Providence. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Donation is $25 for individuals or $250 for a table of 10.

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