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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A good government group is questioning Rhode Island’s process for picking magistrates. Those are members of the court system who perform some judicial functions, although they don’t preside over trials. Three politically connected individuals were appointed this month.

Democrat Dawn Euer, a progressive lawyer, cruised to victory in special election for the Rhode Island Senate seat formerly held by Teresa Paiva Weed.


Frank J. Montanaro Sr., a former president of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO and Rhode Island's Democratic National Committeeman, died Tuesday.


In Newport and Jamestown, voters head to the polls Tuesday to pick a new state senator for District 13. The seat used to be held by former Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed.

We'll skip the opening quip this week, because, this week. 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.

Rhode Island State Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D-South Kingstown) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a wide range of legislative issues, including the PawSox, state spending, the return to Rhode Island of Gordon Fox, and much more.

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State Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D-South Kingstown), a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss fallout from the weekend violence in Charlottesville, the impact of a bigger progressive caucus in the House, and the merits of a proposed hike for electricity customers in the state.

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Cliff Wood recently took over as the head of the Providence Foundation. Wood previously served as director of the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy. He stopped by our studio earlier this week to talk about the future of Kennedy Plaza.

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Some Rhode Island Republicans describe President Donald Trump's controversial remarks about weekend violence in Charlottesville as a communications lapse, while Democrats said Trump made a false equivalency between hate groups and their opponents.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, generally considered the most popular governor in the U.S., is slated to headline an August 28 fundraiser for the Rhode Island Republican Party.

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Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty is expected to introduce a resolution Tuesday evening in support of the city's attempt to recruit the Pawtucket Red Sox from Rhode Island. 

Blink a few times and fall will be here before we know it -- right? -- so enjoy summer while you can. Meanwhile, 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 Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Political Roundtable to discuss the debate about voter fraud, the question of whether enough is being done to retain the PawSox, and the policing of enforcement with the state's open records law.

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Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of issues related to voting, good government and politics.

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The Rhode Island Commission on Judicial Tenure and Discipline is calling for the removal of District Court Judge Rafael Ovalles after finding that he committed 41 violations of judicial canons.