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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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo's campaign has released a copy of a fundraising agreement reached last month between her campaign and the Providence Democratic City Committee.

A sadly familiar story dominates the news once again.  Meanwhile, the political beat remains busy in the Biggest Little. As usual your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Rhode Island state Senator Nicholas Kettle (R-Coventry) was arrested Friday afternoon on charges of video voyeurism and extortion.

Kettle, 27, has served in the Senate since first winning election in 2010.

Asked about the allegations underlying the voyeurism charge, State Police Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Philbin said, “Basically, he transmitted pornographic pictures of his girlfriend without her permission electronically.”

State Senator Dawn Euer (D-Newport) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of legislative issues, including the progressive movement, the PawSox stadium debate, abortion rights, redevelopment in Newport, and much more.

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Rhode Islanders need more education to get better jobs. 

That was one of the main findings of a recent report by the Economic Progress Institute, a think tank that works to improve the well-being of low and moderate-income Rhode Islanders. The institute’s executive director, Rachel Flum, sat down to discuss the report and related topics.

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Two top state lawmakers are introducing a bill Wednesday to rename T.F. Green Airport as Rhode Island International Airport, a move meant to bolster the airport's recognition.

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Lillian Calderon, the woman who was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last month, was released to her husband Tuesday and returned to Rhode Island.

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The Rhode Island Republican Party has filed an ethics complaint over a fundraising agreement between Governor Gina Raimondo and the Providence Democratic City Committee.

There was a lot going down in Providence this week, so that's a good place to start 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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Mike Goodman, executive director of the Public Policy Center at UMass-Dartmouth, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the evolution of New Bedford, the economic outlook for southeastern Massachusetts, and the impact of provincialism in the region.

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Mike Goodman, director of the Public Policy Center at UMass-Dartmouth, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the popularity of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, the outlook for expanding wind power in New Bedford, why RI students lag their peers in the Bay State, and much more.

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Common Cause of Rhode Island executive director John Marion said a fundraising agreement between Governor Gina Raimondo and the Providence Democratic City Committee does not appear to violate any laws or ethics guidelines.

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New Bedford's mayor is a former federal prosecutor whose grandfather was a fisherman. As part of our series One Square Mile: New Bedford, Rhode Island Public Radio takes a tour with Mayor Jon Mitchell for a look at the city he'd led for half a decade.

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The head of the Providence NAACP said he’s saddened and disgusted by the distribution of racist flyers featuring his image. A number of the flyers were found in Providence and Pawtucket over the weekend.

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