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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About one-third of 113 General Assembly seats may go uncontested in fall elections.

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The emergence of a second Republican candidate for the Cranston House seat held by Speaker Nicholas Mattiello is exposing a conflict within the state GOP.

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Four of the 12 Republican state reps in the House of Representatives are not seeking re-election, raising further questions about the GOP's ability to increase its Smith Hill representation.

Community activist Lisa Scorpio has joined the Democratic primary field running against state Rep. John Carnevale (D-Providence).

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The State Police have launched an investigation into a state representative who faces questions about whether he lives in his district. 

The General Assembly session is over, the budget is signed, yet politics never takes a holiday. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and your can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Governor Gina Raimondo on Friday signed the $8.9 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, calling it a "terrific" plan that will position Rhode Island for economic growth.

During a Statehouse signing ceremony, the governor applauded the General Assembly, particularly House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, for including the vast majority of her initiatives in the spending plan. She acknowledged Rhode Island still has a significant need for more jobs.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello joins Bonus Q&A to talk about the all-night session that ended the General Assembly year for 2016, and a host of other legislative issues, including grants, whether Democratic dominance is good for Rhode Island, and much more.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello joins Political Roundtable to discuss the criticism coming from rival candidate, Republican Steven Frias; the residency complaint against state Rep. John Carnevale; and why the House backed an effort to make it easier to purchase handguns.

Cranston Republican Steven Frias hopes to ride a wave of dissatisfaction with Rhode Island's status quo to unseat House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, often referred to the most powerful elected official in the state.

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Governor Gina Raimondo took questions from reporters Wednesday, during the latest in a series of occasional lunches with the media at the state Department of Administration cafeteria. Here's a look at the highlights:

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On a 2-0 margin, the Providence Board of Canvassers voted Tuesday to hold another hearing to examine whether state Rep. John Carnevale resides at his listed address in Providence.

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Governor Gina Raimondo's chief of staff, Stephen Neuman, and her communications director, Joy Fox, are leaving the governor's office.

Neuman will work his last day Friday. He's joining Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign as a senior adviser in Michigan.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says the all-night session that closed out the legislative session will not happen again on his watch. Lawmakers concluded their 2016 session after sunrise on Saturday.

The Providence Board of Canvassers will hold a hearing Tuesday, to consider whether state Rep. John Carnevale lives in his district.

Following an undercover report last week by WPRI-TV, state Republican chairman Brandon Bell filed a complaint against Carnevale.

Bell’s complaint asks the Canvassers Board to consider whether Carnevale really lives at his listed address in Providence. Carnevale maintains he does live at the Providence location.

WPRI’s undercover report found Carnevale a frequent presence at a property he owns outside his district in Johnston.

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