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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U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch faced questioning in the Senate Judiciary Committee this Tuesday about whether he supports political contributions by unidentified donors.

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Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio is expected to quickly succeed Teresa Paiva Weed as president of the state Senate, with Paiva Weed heading off to become president of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island, RIPR has learned.

Winter will fade away one of these days, right? In the meanwhile, we can celebrate St. Patrick's Day and St. Joseph's Day while continuing to plumb the depths of Rhode Island politics. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Robert Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island teachers union, joins Political Roundtable this week

National Education Association RI executive director Robert Walsh joins Bonus Q&A to discuss public education and charter schools, the challenges facing national Democrats, and much more.

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The Republican Governors Association on Thursday criticized Democratic Governor Gina Raimondo for the use of state funds to pay for a Facebook ad promoting the governor's jobs record.

The state Commerce Corporation spent $50 to publicize a recent New York Times story about Raimondo’s approach to economic development.

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Scores of high school students joined Governor Gina Raimondo in urging support Wednesday for the governor's proposal for two years of free college tuition. But a bipartisan cross-section of the House Finance Committee reacted coolly to the concept, and the fate of the proposal remains unclear.

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The House Finance Committee is set to hear testimony on Governor Gina Raimondo's free college tuition plan Wednesday.

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U.S. Sen. Jack Reed stopped by our studio recently to discuss the early months of the Trump administration, including the impact of judicial nominees, the outlook for the GOP healthcare plan, and the next step in examining Russian influence in the US presidential election last year.

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With six councilors absent, the Providence City Council on Monday voted, 9-0, to schedule a May 2 recall election of Ward 3 Councilor Kevin Jackson.

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U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha is among the Obama-era federal prosecutors who stepped down Friday following a request from the Trump administration.

Lots of sharp elbows and ill feeling in Rhode Island this week. We'll delve deeper, so thanks for stopping by. As usual your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Mike Stenhouse, heads the local conservative think tank the Center for Freedom and Prosperity. This morning, he joins our political team to talk about some of Rhode Island’s current issues. Together they discuss the state’s car tax, the Governor’s plan for free college tuition, and efforts to cross party lines in these partisan times.

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This week, Mike Stenhouse from the conservative leaning think-tank the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity joins us. 

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This week, Mike Stenhouse from the conservative-leaning think tank, the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity joins us. Stenhouse and our panelists discuss potential changes to Rhode Island’s healthcare landscape under President Trump, the continuing saga of 38 Studios, and drinking at the Statehouse.

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