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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Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian joins Political Roundtable to discuss the residency case featuring state Rep. John Carnevale; the presidential battle between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton; and the outlook for GOP legislative candidates.

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In a sharp reversal from a vote one day earlier, the Providence Board of Canvassers found Thursday that state Rep. John Carnevale, a four-term member of the House of Representatives, is not a registered voter in Providence.

The decision means that Carnevale can not pursue his re-election campaign, unless he makes a successful appeal of the board's rendering.

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The two-member Providence Board of Canvassers split on a partisan line Wednesday on whether to accept more information in considering whether state Rep. John Carnevale lives in his Providence district. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza responded with sharp criticism and said he'd instructed additional witnesses to attend a hearing slated for Thursday afternoon.

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WPRI-TV investigative reporter Tim White grew up hearing stories about the legendary 1975 Bonded Vault heist from his father, investigative reporter Jack White.

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State Democratic Chairman Joseph McNamara said Tuesday that embattled state Rep. John Carnevale should reconsider his decision to seek re-election.

"Representative Carnevale has been an embarrassment to the House of Representatives and the General Assembly," McNamara said in a telephone interview from Philadelphia, where he's attending the Democratic National Convention. "I as Democratic chair don't have the ability to mandate or pull him out of the race, but I would say this: I think it's time for him to reconsider his candidacy."

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Tony Simon is leaving his role as Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza's chief of staff at the end of August to launch a political consulting firm. He'll be succeeded by Nicole Pollock, who currently serves as the city's chief of policy and innovation.

Simon's pending exit marks the second high-profile departure from City Hall at the mid-point in Elorza's four-year term. Brett Smiley is leaving as the city's chief operating office to become Governor Gina Raimondo's chief of staff.

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Faced with Republican efforts to remove state Rep. John Carnevale's name from the fall ballot, the state Board of Elections on Monday called for the Providence Board of Canvassers to first resolve whether Carnevale can legally vote within his Providence district.

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Rhode Island Working Families, the newish progressive group, has made six legislative endorsements, as part of the group's aspiration to be "a major force" in September primaries for the General Assembly.

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In his first public remarks since returning from a Canadian vacation last week, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello called the most recent revelations about state Rep. John Carnevale "unacceptable," while saying it's up to voters to decide the fate of the embattled Providence lawmaker.

"As the news broke in the media about Representative Carnevale this past week, I frankly agree with the sentiments of the public who are tired of these types of stories," Mattiello said in a statement released by his campaign spokeswoman, Patti Doyle. "And I am too! This behavior is unacceptable."

Your humble correspondent is back on the beat. 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.

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Forty-one of Rhode Island's 113 part-time lawmakers, or about 36 percent, have a free pass to another term in the General Assembly.

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Sam Bell, state coordinator of the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the progressive push to win more legislative seats; more fallout in the residency case involving state Rep. John Carnevale; and this week's Republican National Convention.

Sam Bell, state coordinator of the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the possibility of a progressive challenger to Gina Raimondo in 2018; the fight in RI over abortion rights; using subsidies for economic development and much more.

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The FBI has seized about $810,000 in assets under the control of former state Rep. Ray Gallison, a Bristol Democrat, who stepped down in May as chairman of the House Finance Committee.

In an online posting earlier this week, the FBI revealed that it seized the assets under Gallison’s control. Some of the money was part of the estate of a friend of Gallison’s from Barrington who died in 2012. That individual, Ray Medley, had hired Gallison to handle the liquidation of his estate.

The state Ethics Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a moratorium on outside ethics complaints in the 90 days before a general election.

The moratorium is intended to discourage politically motivated complaints, although the commission reserves the right to launch its own investigations or complaints, commission spokesman Jason Gramitt said.

Common Cause of Rhode Island, Operation Clean Government, and the League of Women Voters supported the moratorium, Gramitt said.

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