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 PawSox stadium proposal passed last week by the Rhode Island Senate is expected to undergo some changes when the plan gets introduced at the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

Courtesy of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

Both of Rhode Island’s U.S. senators voted Monday for an agreement to end the federal government shutdown.

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo is defending her proposal to add sports betting as a new source of state revenue, pending a decision at the U.S. Supreme Court. 

It was a busy week in Rhode Island politics, so let's take some time to look back and ahead. 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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Rhode Island House Republican Whip Blake Filippi of Block Island joins Political Roundtable 

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Rhode Island House Minority Whip Blake Filippi (R-Block Island) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of legislative issues.

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A $9.37 billion budget unveiled Thursday by Gov. Gina Raimondo closes a $260 million deficit for the current and next fiscal year

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo used her latest State of the State address to paint an upbeat picture of the Ocean State.

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Due to uncertainty about whether the proposed PawSox stadium will get a vote in the House of Representatives, the leadership of the Rhode Island Construction Building Trades Council has suggested that its members avoid House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's first-of-the-season fundraiser on Wednesday.

Next week looms as a big table-setter for Rhody politics in 2018, with lots of storylines to follow. 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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A new dispute between the leadership of the Rhode Island House and the state Senate became public Friday, with Senate President Dominick Ruggerio accusing House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello of obstructing the Senate’s operations.

The Senate leadership said it's considering taking the issue to court.

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Rhode Island House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick) joins Political Roundtable to discuss the outlook in the House for the PawSox stadium proposal, and how the state might find the money to close its latest budget deficits.

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Rhode Island House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi joins Bonus Q&A to discuss his political future, possible steps to improve the state's business climate, the outlook for a bill to legalize abortion rights in Rhode Island, Gov. Raimondo's approval rating, and more.

If you missed the live show or the broadcast on Friday, the radio broadcast is archived below.  You can also watch the full video of the event at the Providence College Facebook page

Lynch & Pine

William Lynch, a longtime former chairman of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, is considering running for the District 8 state Senate left vacant by the resignation Tuesday of James E. Doyle II, Rhode Island Public Radio has learned.

Doyle, a Democrat first elected in 2004, said he was stepping down due to a personal struggle with alcohol.

Matthew Fecteau, who came close to defeating Doyle in 2016, has already announced a campaign for the Pawtucket-based Senate seat.