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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Matt Brown joins Political Roundtable to discuss his independent run for governor, some of his policy proposals, and the ongoing debate over gun violence.

Matt Brown

Independent candidate for governor Matt Brown joins Bonus Q&A to talk about his campaign and related topics, including Rhode Island's economy, whether he'd make a Republican victory more likely, the PawSox, and much more.

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Rhode Island's two U.S. senators have expressed reservations about President Trump’s choice to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, who faces scrutiny for her role in running a black site in Thailand after 9/11.

President Trump used a tweet over the weekend to fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

John Bender / RIPR

Across the nation, students walked out of their classes Wednesday, imploring lawmakers to take action on gun control. 

First The Storm, Now The Cleanup... Again

Mar 13, 2018
John Bender

The third winter storm this month knocked out power to tens of thousands of residents and businesses, closed schools and state offices, and dropped more than foot of snow in some parts of Rhode Island and the South Coast. Blizzard conditions were confirmed in some areas, including Newport.

This week offered further proof that Rhode Island politics is the gift that keeps giving, right? 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. Aaron Regunberg, a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the growing gubernatorial field, his primary challenge to Lt. Gov. Dan McKee, and the gun debate at the Statehouse.

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State Representative Aaron Regunberg joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of issues, including the Providence parking ticket controversy, his stance on the PawSox stadium, why he's running for lieutenant governor, and much more.

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The Rhode Island Republican Party has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission over a fundraising agreement between Gov. Gina Raimondo and the Providence Democratic City Committee.

Matt Brown

Former Rhode Island Secretary of State Matt Brown, who vanished from the local political scene after an ill-fated 2006 run for U.S. Senate, said Thursday he's planning an independent campaign for governor.

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Hundreds of people came to the Rhode Island Statehouse Tuesday to testify for and against a series of gun-related bills.

Judiciary committees in the Rhode Island General Assembly are slated to start hearing testimony on Tuesday on a series of gun-related proposals.

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A poll released Monday by WPRI-TV, Channel 12, shows Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and one of the Republicans seeking to challenge her, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, in a statistical dead heat.

March is here, along with a new activist movement influencing the gun debate in Rhode Island. 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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Gabriela Domenzain, director of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the outlook for the so-called Dreamers and whether gun proposals in RI are more about politics or policy.