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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The leader of Rhode Island's Republican Party, Brandon Bell, on the intensifying race for governor, President Trump's move to take the U.S. out of the nuclear agreement with Iran, and the outlook for increasing GOP ranks in the General Assembly.

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Rhode Island Republican Chairman Brandon Bell joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of issues, including how local Republican candidates will be affected by President Trump, how the state's approach to economic growth should be different, and why his state Election Board complaint against Speaker Mattiello isn't over.

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A Rhode Island lawmaker believes the state economic development agency should have to win legislative approval to pass out grants or loans of more than $5 million.

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Ward 2 Providence City Councilor Sam Zurier used his weekly note to constituents to announce he won't be seeking re-election this year.

Zurier, who was first elected in 2010, said he based his decision on an assessment of "the current state of the city, the work I believe City Hall needs to carry out, and my own skills and limitations."

It might be spring, it might feel like summer, but the signals of an intensifying election season are increasingly evident. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. 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 House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello joins Political Roundtable to discuss the state Board of Election's resolution of a campaign finance complaint stemming from his 2016 campaign, and Mayor Jorge Elorza's proposal to sell or lease Providence's water supply.

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RI House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello stopped by our studio to discuss a range of issues, including the PawSox, guns, abortion, state incentives, his political future, and more.

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The Pawtucket Red Sox are getting closer to an agreement on language for a revised Pawtucket stadium proposal that could be heard by a Rhode Island General Assembly committee later this month, a team consultant said Thursday.

PawSox consultant Guy Dufault said the progress follows ongoing talks between the team, the city of Pawtucket, and staffers in the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

"[Pawtucket] Mayor [Don] Grebien has said to me he felt they were making substantial progress," Dufault said.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, a Republican candidate for governor, wants to limit state lawmakers to five two-year terms, create an office of inspector general, and institute the use of photo IDs for food benefits and add work requirements for able-bodied people receiving welfare.

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A plan unveiled Tuesday by Rhode Island GOP gubernatorial candidate Patricia Morgan would scrap truck tolls, reduce taxes, add three Quonset-style business parks, and create an office of inspector general to help pay for some of the lost revenue.

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The debate about the lease or sale of Providence's water supply is heating up, with significant potential consequences for Rhode Island's capital city and ratepayers in other communities.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo raised $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2018, giving her a huge financial advantage over opponents as she seeks re-election.

Raimondo's campaign said she received 990 contributions "from every corner of the state, totaling more than $528,000 in the quarter."

The Democratic governor's campaign said that "both the number of Rhode Island contributions and the amount of money that Rhode Islanders contributed to Raimondo’s campaign in the quarter far exceeded Rhode Island contributions to any other candidate."

Just another ho-hum week in Rhode Island politics, right? The news emerged fast and furious Wednesday, in a likely harbinger of a lot more drama in the months to come. 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 Governor Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her re-election campaign and the campaign finance violation involving House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the state budget, problems with the UHIP IT system, the controversial Fane tower proposed in Providence, and much more.

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