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 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.

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State Senate President Dominick Ruggerio joins Political Roundtable to discuss the future of the PawSox; competing priorities for state spending; and the outlook on Governor Gina Raimondo's college tuition proposal.

Senate President Dominick Ruggerio joins Bonus Q&A to discuss his priorities as Senate president; the I-195 District; marijuana legalization; 38 Studios; good government proposals; and much more.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez plans to use an appearance in Rhode Island Thursday to tout Governor Gina Raimondo's free college tuition plan as a smart investment in the state's future.

More boisterous times in state and national politics. 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.

State Sen. Louis DiPalma (D-Middletown) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a host of legislative issues, including Governor Raimondo's college tuition proposal; Speaker Mattiello's car tax priority; the use of state subsidies, and much more.

Alisha Pina, a member of The Providence Journal's Statehouse bureau, a long-serving staffer, and the only reporter of color on the ProJo's staff, is leaving the newspaper.

Pina is working her last day for the statewide daily on Friday.

On Twitter, Pina said she is becoming spokeswoman for the state Department of Human Services.

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Clay Pell, who ran for governor as a Democrat in 2014, announced Wednesday that his marriage with former Olympic ice skater Michelle Kwan is ending.

In a statement, Pell said, "It is with deep regret that I share that Michelle and my marriage is coming to an end. This is a sad and difficult turn of events for our family. I love Michelle, and wish her the very best as her life takes her in a new direction. I want to thank friends and family who have given wisdom and support, and I ask for privacy during this challenging time."

Pell and Kwan got married in 2013.

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Robert G. Flanders Jr., who crafted an independent profile as a justice on the Rhode Island Supreme Court, is forming an exploratory committee to help him consider a GOP run next year against Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.

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Gov. Gina Raimondo’s campaign organization says it’s donating to charity contributions from a man convicted of running a Ponzi scheme.

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In one of his first moves as the new president of the state Senate, Dominick Ruggerio has removed Sen. Daniel DaPonte (D-East Providence) as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, replacing him with another East Providence senator, Billy Conley.

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A high-level aide to Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has resigned after less than a year on the job.

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Three Democrats have announced campaigns for the state Senate being vacated by former Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed.

Just another quiet week in Rhode Island politics, right? Lots to chew on here, 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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