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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Nothing like a long afternoon-into-night at the Rhode Island Statehouse to add a dash of September excitement, right? We've got it all covered, 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 Gov. Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable to discuss the PawSox' proposed Pawtucket stadium; her administration's plans for a promotional blitz about her 1,000 days in office; and a bill to expand disability pensions for firefighters.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q&A to discuss UHIP, the I-195 District, her DACA initiative, and much more.

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The biggest union at The Providence Journal plans to stage a protest outside the newspaper’s Fountain Street office at noon Thursday.

A group of 37 U.S. senators is calling for greater scrutiny of credit agency Equifax after a major data breach. The senators want to know if Equifax executives engaged in insider trading after the discovery of the breach, which exposed the personal financial data of 143 million Americans. Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island is a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Speaking by phone from his Washington office, he said Equifax no longer deserves Americans’ trust.

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Meeting during a rare September session, the General Assembly on Tuesday passed bills to require paid sick days for workers, expand disability pension opportunities for firefighters, and to remove guns from domestic abusers facing a final protective order.

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced Monday new efforts to aid some of the estimated 1,200 "Dreamers" in the Ocean State who could face deportation.

Mid-September is here and with it a burst of General Assembly activity. So thanks for stopping by for the return of my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and your can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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RI Senate Finance Committee Chairman William Conley (D-East Providence) joins Political Roundtable to discuss the PawSox' proposed Pawtucket stadium, the loss of jobs at Benny's and Alexion, and the outlook for an override of Governor Raimondo's veto on the continuing contracts bill.

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Rhode Island Senate Finance Chairman William Conley joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the state budget outlook, magistrates, East Providence politics and more.

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Supporters of a proposed $83 million ballpark for the Pawtucket Red Sox offered four hours of endorsements Thursday night before opponents got a chance to weigh in.

Rhode Island Senate Finance Chairman William Conley (D-East Providence) said public opinion is important, but will not ultimately determine the fate of the PawSox' proposed stadium in Pawtucket.

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Rhode Island’s Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to confirm a number of judicial appointments Wednesday. The nominees all have connections at the Statehouse.

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U.S. Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island is among a bipartisan group calling for a federal probe of the credit agency Equifax.

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When he won election two years ago, Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia was just 23 years old. Now, voters must decide if they want Correia to stay. 

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