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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State Rep. Ken Mendonca (R-Portsmouth) joins Political Roundtable to discuss a new wrinkle in the PawSox debate, the crowded GOP field for governor of Rhode Island, and President Trump's job performance.

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In a victory for the progressive flank of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, Joe DeLorezno, the party's embattled second vice chairman, has disaffiliated as a Democrat, and Central Falls Mayor James Diossa was appointed to succeed him.

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The chairman of the Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee said the committee will no longer consider the PawSox' quest for a new stadium in Pawtucket unless the team provides details about its profits and revenues.

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The Women's Caucus of the Rhode Island Democratic Party said Wednesday it has the 60 votes needed from state committee members to convene an emergency party meeting seeking the ouster of Second Vice Chairman Joe DeLorenzo.

Businessman and former state senator Giovanni Feroce said he feels compelled to join a crowded Republican field for governor, mostly because the other candidates are not discussing how Rhode Island will be changed over the next quarter-century by the sweeping effects of technology.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung used his campaign announcement Tuesday to describe himself as the answer for Rhode Islanders who are unhappy with Democratic Governor Gina Raimondo and her job performance.

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Rhode Island State Rep. Aaron Regunberg (D-Providence) announced Tuesday his campaign for lieutenant governor, saying that he'll use his background as a community organizer to bring the voices of more people into state government and to fight for a variety of progressive causes.

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A longtime community activist is running to be Providence's next mayor. 

Joseph DeLorenzo, second vice chairman of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, apologized Tuesday after sparking a firestorm by disparaging progressives as "left-wing whack jobs" and questioning a state rep's allegation of sexual harassment.

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Rhode Island House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan has announced her Republican run for governor, setting the stage for an expected three-way GOP primary in September 2018 between the West Warwick state lawmaker, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, and former Rep Joseph Trillo of Warwick.

It's not every week when a big national story has dramatic consequences in Rhode Island, but that's precisely what happened this time around with the Weinstein Effect. 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 Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee joins Political Roundtable to discuss allegations of sexual harassment at the State House, divisions among Democrats in the U.S. and Rhode Island, and his political plans for 2018.

Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee joins Bonus Q&A to talk about his record and other issues related to his job.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello broke his silence Friday about embattled Democratic Party official Joe DeLorenzo, saying that DeLorenzo should apologize for critical remarks about progressives and for questioning Rep. Teresa Tanzi's account of experiencing sexual harassment.

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Rhode Island State Police and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's office say they are reviewing claims of sexual harassment by state Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D-South Kingstown).

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