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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Following the announcement that the Pawtucket Red Sox would not pursue a new stadium on a parcel of downtown Providence land, Pawtucket’s mayor Donald Grebien joins our Political Roundtable. He talks about sagging numbers at McCoy Stadium, economic development in the city, and the Pope’s U.S. visit.

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During a closed session on June 9, 2010, the board of Rhode Island's Economic Development Corporation received a briefing on what then-Governor Don Carcieri suggested was a "fairly significant transaction" that had presented itself to the EDC.

Democratic operative Peter Baptista is taking a job doing government sales with SAS, the global software and analytics company, RIPR has learned.

Baptista led Rhode Island Democrats' coordinated campaign last year, when the party completely shut out Republicans in races for state and federal offices for the first time in decades.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and Local 799, the International Association of Firefighters, are locked in an increasingly bitter dispute about cutting overtime spending in the Fire Department, the latest in a string of conflicts between the union and city leaders. 

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State General Treasurer Seth Magaziner is making deputy treasurer/chief legal counsel Jeff Padwa his chief of staff following the departure of Andrew Roos earlier this month.

Padwa, formerly city solicitor in Providence, has been active in Democratic politics and co-chaired President Obama's Rhode Island campaign in 2008. He joined Treasury when Magaziner took office in January.

The state Ethics Commission unanimously voted Tuesday to investigate a revolving door complaint filed by the state Republican Party against former state Rep. Donald Lally.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza considers Victory Place -- offered in April as an alternative ballpark site for the PawSox -- a potential home for the Triple A team, even though Lifespan acquired it earlier this month.

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Plans by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to build a casino in Taunton, Massachusetts, will not affect Twin River's quest to create a so-called "convenience casino" in Tiverton, a Twin River spokeswoman said Monday,

"It has no bearing on our plans in Tiverton," spokesman Patti Doyle said.

The Mashpee Wampanoags are staging a noon Monday news conference at Taunton City Hall to discuss their plans.

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The Pawtucket Red Sox officially pronounced dead Saturday night their quest to build a ballpark on part of the former I-195 land in Providence, an effort that went onto life support in recent weeks due a variety of hurdles.

In a statement, PawSox Chairman Larry Lucchino said the team was suspending its pursuit of the I-195 parcels and "will cease its public campaign for the I-195 riverfront site."

Happy Friday, and thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. 

Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein declined Friday to order the release of a fraction of the documents considered peripheral to the state’s lawsuit over 38 Studios. The documents most central to the lawsuit are expected to be made public next week.

Banking giant Wells Fargo objected to the release of about 8 percent of the documents it produced in discovery during the lawsuit over 38 Studios. Silverstein indicated he agreed with the company’s argument that releasing the material could help Wells Fargo’s competitors.

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Governor Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her efforts to improve RI's economy; whether she'll support keeping the PawSox in Pawtucket; and the controversy about her administration hiring former state Rep. Donald Lally four months after he left office.

Governor Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss the failure of the once-heralded startup Nabsys; challenges at the state Department of Transportation; the outlook for her toll proposal; the new state unemployment numbers; and much more.

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At a time when a US nuclear agreement with Iran remains the subject of sharp debate, a two-year-old law calling for Rhode Island to divest from companies doing business with Iran has failed to result in the divestment of any money.

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The state Republican Party said Wednesday it has filed a state Ethics Commission complaint against former state Rep. Donald Lally, whose hiring by the Raimondo administration in July -- four months after he left the legislature -- is sparking debate about whether it violated the state's revolving door law.

The complaint was announced in a statement by RI GOP chairman Brandon Bell.