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 budget awaits Senate approval, and the General Assembly could end its 2018 session in the week ahead. 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. (This week's column is abbreviated due to some other commitments; cry me a river, right?)

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House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) joins Political Roundtable to discuss the legislative budget; the debate over a high-profile gun bill; and why she's considering a run for governor next year.

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House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) joins Bonus Q+A to discuss a range of issues, including the debate over paid sick days; the change she made this week on the House Oversight Committee; legislative pay; the attitude of lawmakers toward citizens; and much more.

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In a relatively brisk five-hour session, the House of Representatives approved on a party-line vote a $9.2 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

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The Rhode Island House will settle in this Thursday for a lengthy session to decide the state budget for the next fiscal year. The budget debate could run multiple days.

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The House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote Wednesday on a bill that would require anyone under a restraining order to surrender his or her firearms. 

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President Donald Trump has lost some of his support in Kent County since the election last November. That’s one of the findings in a new poll from Brown University’s Taubman Center.

It may not yet be time to cue The Final Countdown, but we're getting there with House Finance signing off on a new state budget. 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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House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi of Warwick joins Political Roundtable to discuss the new state budget, the controversy involving Frank Montanaro Jr., director of the Joint Committee on Legislative Services; and debate over mandating paid sick leaves to workers.

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House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of legislative issues, including the pace of General Assembly activity, the outlook for issues ranging from the PawSox' proposed stadium to a measure to strengthen abortion rights, and much more.

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The House Finance Committee approved early Friday a $9.2 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. The budget begins a phaseout of the car tax while also launching a new program to offer free college tuition to students at the Community College of Rhode Island.

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The House Finance Committee is expected to vote Thursday on a new budget for the fiscal year beginning July first. The legislature usually makes a series of changes to the spending plan submitted by Gov. Gina Raimondo.

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The lawyer for a disgraced former legislator is calling for a three-year prison sentence, that’s slightly less than the high end of federal sentencing guidelines for the case.

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The executive editor of The Providence Journal, Alan Rosenberg, said the newspaper is trying to raise its digital game while renewing its coverage of cities and towns outside Providence.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said Tuesday the House has substantial agreement with the Senate and the governor’s office on most issues. Through his spokesman, Mattiello said final details continue to be addressed ahead of the vote.

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