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 latest survey by the Washington tech firm Morning Consult shows Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo with a 44 percent approval rating -- up from 39 percent in April -- although a greater percentage of respondents (46 percent) still disapprove of Raimondo's job performance.

Ten percent of respondents did not have an opinion of Raimondo's job performance. The finding has a three percentage point margin of error.

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Providence City Council President David Salvatore is calling on the web site GoLocalProv.com to return about $67,500 in ad revenue to the city, due to what Salvatore described as a questionable deal arranged before he became council president.

In a statement released by the council, Salvatore said the past advertising arrangement with GoLocalProv was uncovered through an audit.

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Six years have passed since the bankruptcy of the video game company 38 Studios. But two of the firms sued by Rhode Island over 38 Studio’s demise continue to perform lucrative work for a quasi-public state agency.

Time always seems to speed up in summer, right? It'll be August before we know it, then September, and the political milestones of November and January won't be far behind. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column, Your tips and comments remain welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. (Program note: I'm taking some time off, so TGIF will return later this month.) Here we go.

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John Marion, executive director of the good government group Common Cause of Rhode Island, joins Political Roundtable to discuss an SEC probe with a Rhode Island link, the recent General Assembly session, and fallout from recent endorsement controveries.

Common Cause of RI head John Marion joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court, how to make RI elections more competitive, what he's watching on campaign finance issues, and much more.

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has imposed a $100,000 fine on a California investment company for violating pay to play rules meant to prevent political contributions from influencing investment decisions. An executive with the company, Oaktree Capital Management, made a $1,000 contribution to Gina Raimondo when she was running for governor in 2014, but it was refunded a few weeks later.

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Rhode Island state Sen. Gayle Goldin (D-Providence) joins Political Roundtable to discuss the endorsement controversy engulfing the RI Democratic Party, and the outlook on a bill she co-sponsored to strengthen abortion rights in the state.

Rhode Island Sen. Gayle Goldin (D-Providence) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss sexism at the Statehouse, how controversy over RI Democratic endorsements will affect party unity, the outlook on the PawSox, and much more.

Moira Walsh

After a backlash that attracted national attenion, the Rhode Island Democratic Party has rescinded endorsements for two primary candidates, including one for a former Republican who supported Donald Trump in 2016.

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Fallout from Democratic endorsements -- including one for a former Republican who supported President Donald Trump in 2016 -- continued swirling Tuesday, as some prominent Democrats voiced their support for incumbent Rep. Moira Walsh.

Steve Ahlquist

Rhode Island progressives are expressing outrage about some of the candidates endorsed in legislative elections, including a man who supported President Donald Trump in 2016 and is now running a primary challenge to state Representative Moira Walsh (D-Providence).

Summer is here, the General Assembly has adjourned and the political news keeps coming fast and furious. 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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Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Political Roundtable to discuss the condition of political participation in the state, the attempted comeback by former state Rep. John Carnevale, and the big news coming this week from the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of issues related to her job, including voting, why early voting legislation didn't move forward, her political future, and more.