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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Only about two months remain until the filing deadline to run for public office in Rhode Island this year, so a more active phase of campaign season is approaching. With that in mind, 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.

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Giovanni Feroce, the Republican candidate for RI governor, joins Political Roundtable to talk about the race and his campaign.

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GOP gubernatorial candidate Giovanni Feroce joins Bonus Q&A this week to talk about whether his plan to eliminate the personal income tax is realistic, and a host of other issues.

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A new study finds that Rhode Island’s film and TV tax credit is losing the state more than $1.8 million a year.

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Rhode Island State Rep. Jeremiah "Jay" O'Grady was stretching after a workout at MacColl YMCA in Lincoln last August and he was looking forward to seeing a concert with his wife when his life was suddenly turned upside down.

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Kent Willever, 74, retired last week as executive director of the Rhode Island Ethics Commission. The commission was created by voters frustrated with government scandals in the 1980s. But it was in a state of crisis by the time Willever took over in 2001.

Some observers saw that as a sign of the difficulty of policing ethics in Rhode Island. Willever said that’s partly why he posted in his office an iconic print of Don Quixote. It recalled the moment in the novel when the idealistic protagonist takes on an impossible task of using a spear to attack a windmill.

One need not suffer from triskaidekaphobia to question Rhode Island's budget outlook. But lawmakers are heading off on their spring break, and the weather shows some (brief) signs of improvement, so it will have to wait. Thanks, regardless, 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.

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Rhode Island state Rep. Shelby Maldonado (D-Central Falls) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her bill meant to aid people in the DACA program, the emerging race for governor, and the outlook for gun-related bills in the General Assembly.

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Rhode Island State Rep. Shelby Maldonado joins Bonus Q&A to talk about the intersection of politics and immigration, the clash between progressives and establishment Democrats, abortion rights, affordable housing and much more.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo's approval rating stands at 39 percent in the latest survey by Morning Consult, a Washington-based media and technology company.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung unveiled a proposal Wednesday to lower the sales tax in Rhode Island, reduce fees, and introduce a business concierge program.

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Republican candidate Giovanni Feroce said he will cut taxes sharply, try to make Rhode Island a right to work state, and instill a reliance on blockchain technology if he wins election as Rhode Island's next governor.

During a mid-day campaign event in front of a few dozen supporters at the Eleven Forty Nine restaurant in East Greenwich on Tuesday, Feroce spent almost 20 minutes praising the entrepreneurial spirit of George Washington before launching into his policy prescriptions. He said his focus will be on creating prosperity through education, employment and retirement.

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Almost three years after Rhode Island's two U.S. senators announced Mary McEloy's nomination to be a federal judge, President Trump has revived McElroy's stalled judicial nomination. The move that could clear a logjam on federal appointments in Rhode Island since Trump took office in January 2017.

To paraphrase a remark (mistakenly) attributed to Mark Twain, the coldest winter I ever spent was a spring in southern New England. But we roll with the punches, right? 

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Independent candidate for governor Joe Trillo joins Political Roundtable to discuss his campaign and President Trump's stance on Dreamers.

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