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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Open government advocates expressed frustration Tuesday about what they called diminished access to information and records under the administration of Governor Gina Raimondo. The governor's chief of staff, Stephen Neuman, responded by vowing the state will do better and by issuing a memo calling on state agencies to prioritize disclosure in difficult cases "whenever possible."

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While stopping short of announcing a re-election campaign, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung is trumpeting his record, as the city's longtime Democratic Chairman, Michael Sepe, plans to formally launch his mayoral run on November 1 at 39 West Restaurant.

"I am extremely proud of my accomplishments as mayor of Cranston," Fung said in a statement to RIPR. "We brought millions of dollars of economic development to Cranston, particularly in Chapel View and Garden City, as well as growth in manufacturing at TACO, Yushin America and Cadence Inc."

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Members of Governor Gina Raimondo’s staff are set to meet with representatives of five open government groups Tuesday afternoon at the State House to discuss recent criticism about a lack of government transparency.

Raimondo’s chief of staff, Stephen Neuman, is slated to lead the 4:30 pm meeting, according to spokeswoman Marie Aberger. The governor's legal counsel, Claire Richards, and communications director, Joy Fox, and/or Aberger are also expected to attend the meeting in Neuman's office.

Happy mid-October and thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome via email, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go

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After a bruising week, former governor Lincoln Chafee has no intention of getting out of the presidential race. Chafee has attracted critical attention following a nationally televised debate on CNN.

Chafee’s spokeswoman, Debbie Rich, said he plans to continue in the presidential race and has not considered dropping out.

Following the CNN debate, Rich says Chafee is motivated to bring what she calls a more peaceful approach to foreign policy challenges.

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Congressman David Cicilline joins Political Roundtable to discuss efforts to reduce gun violence; fallout from Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate; and the GOP search for a new House speaker.

Congressman David Cicilline takes part in Bonus Q&A this week to discuss a wide range of issues, including the conflict in Syria, whether there should be an outside investigation of 38 Studios, when he last spoke with Gordon Fox, Wall Street regulation and more.

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The state Department of Transportation will be required to immediately take comprehensive steps to correct years of federal Clean Water Act violations involving more than 200 bodies of water, under a consent agreement filed Thursday morning in U.S. District Court.


The Providence Journal has hired the former editor-in-chief of Digital First Media as its new executive editor, the paper reported Wednesday.


Governor Gina Raimondo spoke in Washington, D.C., Tuesday as part of a conference highlighting powerful women. Raimondo attracted attention for the pension overhaul she spearheaded as state treasurer in 2011.

UPDATE: Former three-term state rep. Amy Rice, a Democrat, said she is considering running for the state Senate seat vacated this week by Christopher Ottiano. Rice, a lawyer who was defeated by Republican Daniel Reilly in 2010, said her career and family will be the top factors in her consideration of whether to pursue the Senate seat. Rice worked in the Chafee administration as a legal counsel and policy official.


The leaves are falling, and fight over truck tolls remains hot and heavy. So thanks for stopping by for my weekend roundup. As always, your tips and feedback are welcome via my email and you can follow me all week long on the twitters. Here we go.

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State Representative Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) joins Political Roundtable this week, along with guest panelist Tim White from WPRI-TV, to discuss the outlook on Governor Gina Raimondo's truck toll plan; new findings about the state Department of Children, Youth and Families; and ongoing problems in Coventry's fire districts.

State Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick), deputy minority leader in the House, stopped by our studio to talk about a variety of issues facing the state.

Courtesy of Chris Torres

Rhode Island Working Families, the new progressive/labor advocacy group, has hired Chris Torres, an experienced organizer with past Ocean State experience, as its state director. Torres is slated to formally start his new job November 15.