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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Rhode Island Senate Finance Chairman William Conley joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the state budget outlook, magistrates, East Providence politics and more.

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Supporters of a proposed $83 million ballpark for the Pawtucket Red Sox offered four hours of endorsements Thursday night before opponents got a chance to weigh in.

Rhode Island Senate Finance Chairman William Conley (D-East Providence) said public opinion is important, but will not ultimately determine the fate of the PawSox' proposed stadium in Pawtucket.

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Rhode Island’s Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to confirm a number of judicial appointments Wednesday. The nominees all have connections at the Statehouse.

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U.S. Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island is among a bipartisan group calling for a federal probe of the credit agency Equifax.

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When he won election two years ago, Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia was just 23 years old. Now, voters must decide if they want Correia to stay. 

With the flip of the calendar to September, the lull of late summer will soon give way to a burst of political activity: a special legislative session, an intensifying PawSox debate, and the march to the 2018 campaign season. So thanks for stopping by. Your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. (A quick program note: I'm taking some time off next week, so TGIF will return on September 15). Here we go.

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Robert A. Walsh Jr., executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island teachers' union, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the 2018 gubernatorial race, the proposed PawSox stadium in Pawtucket, and problems with the pension fund for Our Lady of Fatima Hospital employees.

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Robert A. Walsh Jr., executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island teachers union, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of subjects, including the upcoming special legislative session, school building needs in Rhode Island, the state of the labor movement, and much more.

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Rhode Island Senate President Dominick Ruggerio hopes the PawSox' proposal for a new Pawtucket stadium will get a General Assembly vote in November.

We're edging ever closer to a lively election year, as seen by the events of the past week. 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.

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State Rep. Michael Chippendale (R-Foster) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Rhode Island's 2018 gubernatorial race, progressive Dawn Euer's Senate victory in Newport, and President Trump's focus on criticizing the media.

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Rhode Island State Rep. Mike Chippendale joins Bonus Q&A to discuss his stance on the proposed PawSox stadium; debate over the cost of electricity; why he voted against the state budget; how President Trump is faring in western Rhode Island, and more.

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A day after telling Tiverton Republicans that he's running for governor, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said that he'll make a formal announcement later this year and that the governor's office is the only option he's considering for his future.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung told a group of Tiverton Republicans Wednesday evening that he's running for governor in 2018.

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