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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Voters in Kent County are closely divided on President Donald Trump and his policies. That’s according to a new Brown University poll, out Wednesday.

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Two more candidates have joined the race to fill the state Senate seat vacated by former Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed.

Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee has joined the opposition to Invenergy's controversial energy plant proposal in Burrillville.

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Rhode Island’s junior senator, Sheldon Whitehouse, has compiled almost $2 million in his campaign account ahead of a re-election challenge next year.

There are lots of things cooking in the Biggest Little, even with lawmakers taking off for their spring break. 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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U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse joins Political Roundtable this week to talk about the U.S. Senate following the GOP move to go nuclear; a series of new polls; and his decision to release his taxes.

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse joins Bonus Q&A to talk about the U.S. Senate landscape for 2018, his lack of a position on the controversial Burrillville power plant proposal, campaign finance, and much more.

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With a looming change in the executive editor's post at The Providence Journal, the paper's publisher warned Thursday that layoffs may result if a new buyout offer doesn't attract enough participation.

Reporter John Hill, president of the Providence Newspaper Guild, said ProJo Publisher Janet Hasson shared the news during a staff meeting in which executive editor Dave Butler's departure was announced.

Hill said some well-known reporters could be among those taking the latest buyout. "I've been hearing a lot of interest from the [Guild] membership," he said.

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A new poll by Bryant University's Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership shows strong backing for Governor Gina Raimondo's proposal to offer two years of free college tuition to Rhode Islanders, and softer support for House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's move to phaseout the car tax over five years.

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Governor Gina Raimondo wants to offer Rhode Islanders two years of free tuition at CCRI, RIC, or URI. 

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Governor Gina Raimondo's approval rating has increased 10 points in the latest poll by a Washington, D.C., firm, although she still ranks among the lower tier of the nation's governors.

Morning Consult shows Raimondo with a 48 percent approval rating, while 45 percent of respondents disapprove of her. Six percent didn't offer a response, and the finding has a five percentage point margin of error.

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The state Board of Elections may consider issues Tuesday related to the recall of Providence City Councilor Kevin Jackson.

Jackson hopes to challenge part of the basis for the recall election in Ward 3 scheduled for May 2.

The Elections Board may also hear from two of the organizers of the recall.

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During a visit to Rhode Island last week, former NPR Moscow correspondent Corey Flintoff stopped by to talk about Russia, Vladimir Putin, and the US missile strike on Syria.

A new baseball season dawns, and the General Assembly gets ready to get down to the nitty gritty. 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.