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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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Political Roundtable: Mattiello on the PawSox Proposal, Tiverton Gambling and RI's Next Budget

Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the Pawtucket Red Sox' request for $120 million in state lease payments over 30 years; Twin River's proposal to establish a casino in Tiverton; and some of the major changes he foresees for Governor Gina Raimondo's budget proposal.

You can hear more of our conversation with Speaker Mattiello on Bonus Q+A.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Bonus Q&A: Mattiello on Medicaid, Ethics, Legalizing Pot & More,

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello joins Bonus Q+A to discuss the PawSox' proposal for a Providence stadium; state efforts to curb Medicaid spending; the state of ethics reform at the Statehouse; and much more.

You can hear more of our conversation with Speaker Mattiello on Political Roundtable.

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On Politics
12:58 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Speaker Mattiello Wants to Eliminate the "Taylor Swift Tax"

The House, led by Mattiello, has yet to put its imprint on Raimondo's proposed budget.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello wants to eliminate the "Taylor Swift tax"  -- Governor Gina Raimondo's proposed statewide property tax on vacation homes worth more than $1 million.

"I'm hoping that the revenues are there to eliminate that," Mattiello said during a taping Thursday of Rhode Island Public Radio's Political Roundtable. "You could look to see that eliminated. I agree with the public sentiment that you don't open the door to a new tax, because it's just going to expand in the future, so that's something that I'm really looking to eliminate."

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On Politics
2:28 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Governor For A Day Khatima Bulmer Embraces "Girl Power"

Khatima, right, during her visit with Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea.
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An 11-year-old Newport girl, Khatima Bulmer, got VIP access to the corridors of power at the Statehouse as the state’s governor for a day on Wednesday.

Bulmer got the distinction by winning an essay contest organized by the Ocean State’s first female governor, Gina Raimondo.

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On Politics
1:05 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Magaziner Calls for Greater Disclosure on Corporation Campaign Contributions

State Treasurer Seth Magaziner is calling on federal regulators to require all publicly traded corporation to disclose their political contributions.

Magaziner makes the request in a letter written with four other state treasurers to the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

In their letter, the treasures say far too many companies can hide their political contributions from public view. They say the SEC needs to adopt a comprehensive approach to bring more sunlight to corporate campaign contributions.

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