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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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.

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Rhode Island Senate President Dominick Ruggerio joins Political Roundtable to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's move to legalize sports betting -- an expected windfall for many states -- and the controversy over the Fane tower proposal in Providence.

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Rhode Island Senate President Dominick Ruggerio joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss the fate of the PawSox stadium plan, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza's proposed monetization of the Providence water supply, the line item veto, and much more.

A poll commissioned by U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's campaign shows Whitehouse with a 58-point lead over potential rival Lincoln Chafee among likely primary voters, according to a polling memo obtained by Rhode Island Public Radio.

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Robert Flanders, one of two Republicans running for the chance to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, is criticizing Whitehouse for backing a law blamed by some for making it more difficult to go after the opioid industry.

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Democrat Matt Brown hopes a rippling circle of support will enable him to defeat Gov. Gina Raimondo in Rhode Island's Democratic primary.

Brown, who has previously signaled his intention to run to the left of Raimondo, said the idea is to get steadily more people involved with his insurgent campaign. He said he expects about 150 supporters to attend a launch event at 6 p.m. Monday at the Southside Cultural Center in Providence.

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In a decision released Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court has given the okay for states to legalize sports betting -- a move that Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo expects to add $23.5 million in new revenue for the budget year starting July 1.

The May Revenue Estimating Conference is in the books, signaling the beginning of the end of the legislative session, and all the excitement that comes with that. 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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