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 calendar flips from summer to fall, and we move ever closer to the November election. 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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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable to discuss the general election campaign, the negative advertising during the primary, and more.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of issues, including public education in the state, the PawSox, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's loss of some supporters, and more.

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A new poll commissioned by WPRI-TV and Roger William University shows that Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, has opened a seven-point lead over her Republican rival, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.

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A handful of state representatives have said they will no longer support Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, but a potential successor to Mattiello said Wednesday that he still backs the speaker and expects him to maintain his hold next year on the top position in the House of Representatives.

In an unusual development, state Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (D-Jamestown) used a news release to announce that Mattiello has lost her vote.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung and other campaigns condemned Tuesday the use of a noose to display a Fung campaign side in Chepachet.

Now that we political junkies have spent a year or so obsessing about the Rhode Island primary, there's just a bit more than seven weeks until Rhode Island's general election on November 6. 

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, Rhode Island's Republican gubernatorial nominee, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the outcome of the state's primary election on Wednesday and his general election fight with Democrat Gina Raimondo.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, the GOP nominee for Rhode Island governor, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss his campaign against Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and a range of related topics.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo dealt her detractors a blow by scoring an unexpectedly big win in a primary election Wednesday, cruising past Democratic challenger Matt Brown by almost 24 points, according to unofficial results, while Cranston Mayor Allan Fung notched a decisive 16-point win over his closest GOP rival, Patricia Morgan.

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Rhode Island's 2018 primary is almost here. Some voters have tuned in recently, and many not at all. Political junkies, on the other hand, have been anticipating this election for a long time.

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Rhode Island candidates stepped up their final push for voters' support ahead of the Wednesday primary with a combination of high-profile endorsemens and retail politics.

In the race for lieutenant governor between incumbent Democrat Dan McKee and progressive challenger Aaron Regunberg, Regunberg received an endorsement from 2016 presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. from Vermont Bernie Sanders.

Rhode Island's primary election is almost here, and there's a lot on the line -- and a hurricane may land around mid-week, potentially suppressing turnout. 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.

Rhode Island Public Radio presents a special primary debate in Rhode Island’s Democratic race for governor. The candidates are former Secretary of State Matt Brown and former state Representative Spencer Dickinson. Governor Gina Raimondo declined to participate. 

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With less than a week until the primary election, accusations are flying in the Democratic race for governor. Matt Brown, the top primary opponent to Governor Gina Raimondo, is running a progressive challenge to Raimondo from the left.

Rhode Island’s economy has improved since Gina Raimondo took office as governor in 2015. Unemployment is down to a level not seen since 2000, and the state has more jobs than at any time in its history.

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