Ian Donnis

Political Reporter

Ian Donnis has been the political reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio since 2009. The Washington Post has called him one of Rhode Island’s best political reporters. Besides reporting, Ian tweets 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, is an occasional guest on RI-PBS' A Lively Experiment, and has been a political debate panelist for each of Rhode Island's three commercial television stations.

Ian previously worked for the Providence Phoenix, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and The Associated Press. His reporting has been recognized by the AP, the New England Press Association, the Rhode Island Press Association, and Rhode Island for Community & Justice.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, Governor Gina Raimondo's Republican rival from 2014, expressed concern Wednesday about the governor's proposal to give Rhode Islanders two years of free tuition at state institutions of higher learning.

On a day when Raimondo staged a rally at Cranston East High School in support of her plan, Fung responded with a statement.

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With her term as governor half-way over, Gina Raimondo used her latest State of the State address to assert she's steering Rhode Island in the right direction and to tout a series of initiatives that could bolster her support among middle-class voters.

New lawmakers are settling in, and Governor Raimondo is getting ready to unveil her latest budget. So the political year is starting in earnest, paving the way for the 2018 campaign season. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

State GOP Chairman Brandon Bell joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss the incoming Trump administration, fake news, the Republican outlook in RI, and much more.

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State GOP Chairman Brandon Bell joins Political Roundtable to discuss allegations of unverified ties between Donald Trump and Russia; changes in administering the state's human service-IT project; and the ethics case involving City Council President Luis Aponte.

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More than 20 Democratic state lawmakers expressed support Thursday for a four-part plan -- dubbed the "Fair Shot Agenda" -- that they say will expand economic opportunities for middle-class Rhode Islanders.

State Rep. Gregg Amore (D-East Providence) introduced the proposal as a response to President-elect Donald Trump's win in November and "decades of economic policy that has continually tilted the scales toward the wealthy and large corporations."

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Members of Rhode Island's congressional delegation say unverified claims alleging collusion between the Russian government and the campaign of President-elect Donald Trump need to be scrutinized.

"Like all Americans, Senator Reed finds these allegations extremely disturbing," said Chip Unruh, spokesman for US Senator Jack Reed. "He will wait for facts before jumping to conclusions. But this is yet another example of why an independent select committee is needed to quickly and carefully examine the evidence and ensure the American people get the truth."

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The state Ethics Commission is moving ahead with an ethics complaint against Providence City Council President Luis Aponte.

The commission on Tuesday found probable cause for the complaint to go to an administrative trial. A settlement is also a possibility.

Welcome to my first TGIF column of 2017, and thanks for stopping by. As usual your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

State Rep. Chris Blazejewski joins Bonus Q&A to discuss House-Senate relations, education funding, whether undocumented immigrants should get driver's licenses, and other issues.

RIPR

Rhode Island Public Radio has made a $1.5 million deal to acquire the radio station at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. The purchase will double the potential reach of the station, but it will also push WUMD, a student and community radio station, onto the Internet.


RI House of Representatives

Matt Jerzyk, a familiar presence at the Statehouse, started in a new role Wednesday as chief legal counsel for House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi, RIPR has learned.

Jerzyk came to Smith Hill as deputy legal counsel for Speaker Nicholas Mattiello in November 2014, with a salary of $99,072. He is also the part-time city solicitor for Central Falls.

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Rhode Island Public Radio has inked a deal to acquire the radio station of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. The purchase will increase the potential audience for the only public radio station based in Rhode Island.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello doubled down Tuesday on his pledge to begin a phaseout in 2017 of the state's unpopular car tax. 

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