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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Sam Bell, state coordinator of the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the possibility of a progressive challenger to Gina Raimondo in 2018; the fight in RI over abortion rights; using subsidies for economic development and much more.

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The FBI has seized about $810,000 in assets under the control of former state Rep. Ray Gallison, a Bristol Democrat, who stepped down in May as chairman of the House Finance Committee.

In an online posting earlier this week, the FBI revealed that it seized the assets under Gallison’s control. Some of the money was part of the estate of a friend of Gallison’s from Barrington who died in 2012. That individual, Ray Medley, had hired Gallison to handle the liquidation of his estate.

The state Ethics Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a moratorium on outside ethics complaints in the 90 days before a general election.

The moratorium is intended to discourage politically motivated complaints, although the commission reserves the right to launch its own investigations or complaints, commission spokesman Jason Gramitt said.

Common Cause of Rhode Island, Operation Clean Government, and the League of Women Voters supported the moratorium, Gramitt said.

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In the first six months of the year, Governor Gina Raimondo left town more than a dozen times. Here's a look at what the governor has been up to.

What a heartrending week in America. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments and tips are always welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Rhode Island officials, citizens, faith groups and more have been reacting today to the violence in Dallas. 

Many Tweeted their reactions, posted on Facebook, or sent statements to our newsroom. We've collected many of them in this Storify below (scroll down).

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State Republican Chairman Brandon Bell joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the FBI report on Hillary Clinton, the latest Donald Trump controversy, and the outlook for increasing GOP ranks in the General Assembly.

State Republican Chairman Brandon Bell joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the RI GOP's plans for 2018, his upcoming trip to the Republican National Convention, and the Republican legislative fight against House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

Supporters of Linda Finn, a former state rep seeking a comeback this fall, are crying foul after the state Democratic Party endorsed rival Democrat James Cawley in the race for the District 72 seat.

State Democratic Chairman Joseph McNamara, a rep from Warwick, could not be reached for comment.

Party spokeswoman Ann Gooding offered this explanation for why Cawley got the Democratic endorsement instead of a former rep: "Cawley asked for that endorsement, Finn did not."

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Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea said the state's newly signed lobbying law will enable the state to pursue cases of unregistered lobbying.

Governor Gina Raimondo signed the lobbying bill into law Wednesday morning. That came a little more than a year after Gorbea's office dropped unregistered lobbying cases against two figures linked to 38 Studios, Michael Corso and Thomas Zaccagnino, due to flaws in the state's lobbying law.

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Rank-and-file state lawmakers will get $15,429 over the 12 months ending in June 2017. That’s a $15 hike from the amount for the legislative session that ended last month.

Happy Fourth of July weekend, and 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.

Senate Finance Chairman Daniel DaPonte (D-East Providence) joined Bonus Q&A this week to discuss the end of the legislative session, public debt, the future of Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, property taxes, and much more.

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State Senator Daniel DaPonte (D-East Providence), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, joins Political Roundtable to discuss local fallout from the Brexit vote; why more people don't run for the General Assembly; and cross-chamber disagreements at the end of session.

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About one-third of 113 General Assembly seats may go uncontested in fall elections.

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