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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Governor Gina Raimondo said some cuts to human service programs are likely due to a nearly $100 million shortfall in state revenue.

"I don’t see how you get through this without some cuts to social services just because that’s so big [a part] of the budget," Raimondo said during a conversation with reporters Tuesday. "But we can’t balance this budget exclusively on the backs of the most vulnerable. We can find ways to tighten our belts, but we have to be humane about it."

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With strong praise for President Donald Trump and a repudiation of the importance placed by Rhode Islanders on climate change, two-term state Rep. Robert Nardolillo of Coventry announced Monday his campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.

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Two-term State Rep. Robert Nardolillo plans to announce his Republican challenge to U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Monday. 

Stormy times in DC, and no shortage of news at home, a.k.a. Crimetown. 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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U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin joins Political Roundtable to discuss the firing of FBI director James Comey; the controversy involving former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn; and the charges against City Council President Luis Aponte.

U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin from Rhode Island's Second District joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of topics, including jobs and trade; why Democrats have lost so much political ground; whether Roe v. Wade may be overturned; and more.

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State lawmakers will have roughly $100 million less than expected to assemble Rhode Island's budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed is among those troubled by President Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey. Reed is calling for a special prosecutor to now take over the FBI’s probe of Russian interference in last year’s presidential election. 

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A new study finds that the PawSox’ preferred site for a new stadium will offer the most economic benefits over a 30-year period.

The report finds that the Apex site in Pawtucket will generate about $93 million in economic activity over three decades. That’s about $20 million more than another potential location known as the Tidewater site.

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Providence City Council President Luis Aponte pleaded not guilty after being arraigned Wednesday on four charges related to his campaign finances.

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Karen Lee Ziner is among five newsroom employees who took a recent buyout at The Providence Journal. 

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A lawsuit over the upkeep of the Superman Building in downtown Providence has been settled ahead of a trial slated to start Monday. The building’s owner was seeking millions of dollars for what he called faulty maintenance.

May is here, bringing sunshine (in theory) and a sharper read on state revenue. 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.

Governor Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q&A to talk about her relationship with legislative leaders, the outlook on keeping the PawSox in Rhode Island, her move as state treasurer to raise the stake in pension funds and more.

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Governor Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable to discuss the outlook for her college tuition plan; Speaker Mattiello's commitment to phasing out the car tax; and the recall of Providence City Councilor Kevin Jackson.