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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Rival candidates for governor continued pressing attacks against Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo Wednesday amid fallout from a potentially costly legal case, while Raimondo's campaign pointed to economic improvements in the state during her time in office.

Just when you think the PawSox stadium might be down for the count this legislative session, a new proposal emerges on the scene. 

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Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor joins Political Roundtable to discuss Deepwater Wind's expansion plan, the latest PawSox proposal, and the state of the Ocean State economy.

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Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the state's incentive programs, whether enough is being done to help small businesses, the effectiveness of the Rhode Island Promise program and other issues.

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It remains unclear if the Pawtucket Red Sox will support the revised stadium plan unveiled this week by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

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With the House Finance Committee set to review a revised PawSox stadium plan on Thursday, debate continues about whether the project is good or bad for Rhode Island taxpayers.

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Former U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee has decided against pursuing the post he lost to U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse in 2006.

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Suicide remains a major concern for people who have served in the military. As we honor those who lost their lives in service to their country, we spoke with Kasim Yarn, the director of Veterans Affairs for the state of Rhode Island. Yarn is a former U.S. Navy lieutenant commander. 

It's Memorial Day weekend, a time to reflect on the sacrifices of others while also looking to summer pleasures. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can reach me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Sulina Mohanty, chairwoman of the Women's Caucus of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, joins Political Roundtable to discuss heightened political engagement by women, why more has not been heard about harassment at the Statehouse, and how the Women's Caucus will address the looming clash between some women candidates and the Democratic establishment.

Sulina Mohanty, chairwoman of the RI Democratic Party's Women's Caucus, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss activism, the caucus' efforts, the impact of President Trump in Rhode Island and much more.

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New York developer Jason Fane’s proposal for a 600-foot residential tower in Providence’s I-195 District has sparked sharp debate. Fane calls his concept an iconic structure that would bring fresh vitality to Rhode Island’s capital. But opponents say the scale of the project is too big, and that the I-195 District is the wrong location.

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Tax incentives approved Monday by the Rhode Island Commerce Corp. board -- including a previously announced agreement with submarine maker Electric Boat -- will create 2,000 jobs and about 1,000 more construction jobs, according to Gov. Gina Raimondo.

Campaign season continues to heat up, with the end-of-June filing deadline drawing ever closer. So 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.