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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More boisterous times in state and national politics. 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.

State Sen. Louis DiPalma (D-Middletown) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a host of legislative issues, including Governor Raimondo's college tuition proposal; Speaker Mattiello's car tax priority; the use of state subsidies, and much more.

Alisha Pina, a member of The Providence Journal's Statehouse bureau, a long-serving staffer, and the only reporter of color on the ProJo's staff, is leaving the newspaper.

Pina is working her last day for the statewide daily on Friday.

On Twitter, Pina said she is becoming spokeswoman for the state Department of Human Services.

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Clay Pell, who ran for governor as a Democrat in 2014, announced Wednesday that his marriage with former Olympic ice skater Michelle Kwan is ending.

In a statement, Pell said, "It is with deep regret that I share that Michelle and my marriage is coming to an end. This is a sad and difficult turn of events for our family. I love Michelle, and wish her the very best as her life takes her in a new direction. I want to thank friends and family who have given wisdom and support, and I ask for privacy during this challenging time."

Pell and Kwan got married in 2013.

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Robert G. Flanders Jr., who crafted an independent profile as a justice on the Rhode Island Supreme Court, is forming an exploratory committee to help him consider a GOP run next year against Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.

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Gov. Gina Raimondo’s campaign organization says it’s donating to charity contributions from a man convicted of running a Ponzi scheme.

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In one of his first moves as the new president of the state Senate, Dominick Ruggerio has removed Sen. Daniel DaPonte (D-East Providence) as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, replacing him with another East Providence senator, Billy Conley.

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A high-level aide to Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has resigned after less than a year on the job.

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Three Democrats have announced campaigns for the state Senate being vacated by former Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed.

Just another quiet week in Rhode Island politics, right? Lots to chew on here, 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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U.S. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed announced Friday their opposition to Neil Gorsuch's U.S. Supreme Court nomination.

The move comes after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats announced their opposition to Gorsuch earlier this week.

Whitehouse shared many of his concerns about Gorsuch during a recent meeting in Providence.

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Jim Vincent, president of the Providence NAACP, joins Roundtable this week to discuss the transition in state Senate leadership, the impact that body cams might make on police-community relations, and Governor Raimondo's push for some good government measures.

Providence NAACP President Jim Vincent joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the state of race relations in America and much more, including marijuana legalization and how local cities and towns are faring in diversifying their workforce.

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Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio, the longest serving member of the Senate, won election Thursday as the new president of the chamber, succeeding Teresa Paiva Weed.

As first reported Tuesday by RI Public Radio, Ruggerio was poised to move quickly into the top position in the Senate, joined by Senate Judiciary Chairman Michael McCaffrey as Warwick as the new majority leader.

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