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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In a Superior Court filing, Governor Gina Raimondo's office responds to Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s arguments that the grand jury documents in the 38 Studios case should remain confidential.


Debate over gun-related legislation will return to the Statehouse later Tuesday.


The mayor of Providence, Jorge Elorza, will be part of a meeting in Washington Tuesday with U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions. 

Tax Day is behind us, and the final stretch of the legislative session is looming. 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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Steven Frias, Rhode Island's GOP National Committeeman, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the car tax debate; Care New England's envisioned merger; and the latest poll findings from Brown University.

RI GOP National Committeeman Steven Frias joins Bonus Q&A to talk about his future, how RI Republicans can be more competitive, whether RI should legalize marijuana, and more.


Update II: Jack Khorey, who spent close to a half-century on Fountain Street as a reporter and editor, is also taking the buyout. He has most recently served as city editor.

Update: John Kostrzewa, the Providence Journal's assistant managing editor for business, commerce and consumer issues, is taking the latest buyout offered by GateHouse Media, management, RIPR has learned.

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Voters in Kent County are closely divided on President Donald Trump and his policies. That’s according to a new Brown University poll, out Wednesday.

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Two more candidates have joined the race to fill the state Senate seat vacated by former Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed.

Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee has joined the opposition to Invenergy's controversial energy plant proposal in Burrillville.

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Rhode Island’s junior senator, Sheldon Whitehouse, has compiled almost $2 million in his campaign account ahead of a re-election challenge next year.

There are lots of things cooking in the Biggest Little, even with lawmakers taking off for their spring break. 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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U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse joins Political Roundtable this week to talk about the U.S. Senate following the GOP move to go nuclear; a series of new polls; and his decision to release his taxes.

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse joins Bonus Q&A to talk about the U.S. Senate landscape for 2018, his lack of a position on the controversial Burrillville power plant proposal, campaign finance, and much more.