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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The House Finance Committee on Tuesday began four days of hearings on the more than $11 million in community service grants being distributed by the state this year.

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State Representative Karen MacBeth (R-Cumberland), who vowed to be a voice for the concerns of everyday Rhode Islanders while running in Rhode Island's First Congressional District, has decided to end her campaign.

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The House Finance Committee plans this Tuesday to begin a series of hearings on community service grants.

Mid-May and the political kettle keeps bubbling. 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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Former state Republican chairman Giovanni Cicione joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the arrest of Providence city councilor Kevin Jackson; the outlook on de-politicizing legislative grants, and a move to strengthen the state Ethics Commission.

Lawyer, businessman and former state GOP chairman Giovanni Cicione joins Bonus Q&A to discuss whether Republicans will gain legislative seats this year; presidential politics; and Governor Gina Raimondo's approval rating.

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A new survey of the nation's governors has a troubling finding for Governor Gina Raimondo: her disapproval rating (53 percent) is 12 points higher than her 41 percent approval rating.

Morning Consult said it surveyed more than 66,000 voters in all 50 states from January until early May to develop its results. Five percent of respondents were undecided about Raimondo, and the survey has a margin of error of 5.7 percentage points.

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One week after the resignation of a key lawmaker, House and Senate leaders on Tuesday put their combined support behind a proposal to strengthen the state Ethics Commission and its oversight of the legislature.

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Governor Gina Raimondo said the General Assembly's process for providing almost $14 million in grants needs to be changed to increase transparency and accountability.

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Municipal officials called Monday for the General Assembly to allow cities and towns to pursue a step toward regionalization. Years of talk about regionalizing services have yielded little progress.

Municipal leaders are pressing for passage of a bill allowing the creation of regional districts for dispatching police and fire services. Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee, a former Cumberland mayor, said the statewide savings would be significant.

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A proposal by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello to strengthen the state Ethics Commission is due to be introduced Tuesday.

An enhanced ethics oversight has not always been a priority for Mattiello. The speaker’s office declined to provide details about Mattiello’s ethics proposal prior to its introduction. But Mattiello’s interest in the issue has heartened some longtime government watchdogs.

Just another quiet week in Rhode Island, right? 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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Congressman David Cicilline joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the fall of House Finance Chairman Ray Gallison; the level of accountability for community service grants; and what could be the looming November showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

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