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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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.

Ann-Marie Fink, who oversees Rhode Island's almost $8 billion pension fund as the state's chief investment officer, is leaving Treasury for a private sector job, RIPR has learned.

Fink was hired during Governor Raimondo's tenure as state treasurer, starting on the job in January 2013. Fink succeeded Kenneth Goodreau, who left for a private sector job with TIG Advisors after four years as the state's top investment officer.

Fink did not respond to a request for comment Monday.

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The state Senate passed early Saturday an $8.9 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, and sleepy lawmakers pushed their final session of 2016 past sunrise before calling it quits.

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State Rep. Joseph Trillo (R-Warwick), the dean of House Republicans, has decided against seeking re-election in the face of a possibly tough Democratic challenge from political newcomer Evan Shanley.

Trillo is a sometimes bombastic lawmaker who chairs Donald Trump's Rhode Island campaign. He was first elected as a rep in 2000 and currently serves as minority whip of the 13-member House GOP caucus.

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Voters will decide this November whether to restore state Ethics Commission oversight of state lawmakers. This comes after the House and Senate voted unanimously Thursday to put the question to voters.

After a seven-year impasse, momentum for strengthening the Ethics Commission picked up after former House Finance chairman Ray Gallison resigned in April. He remains part of an ongoing and unspecified law enforcement probe.

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State Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the budget passed by the RI House, questions about Rep. John Carnevale's residency, and how to prevent mass shootings like the one in Orlando, Florida.

State Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) was among the 13 reps who voted against the new state budget Wednesday night. Morgan stopped by our studio to talk about the spending plan, the GOP legislative outlook for fall elections, and much more.

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