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 summer meeting of the National Governors Association formally gets under way Thursday in Providence.

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Remember Rhode Island’s disastrous deal with former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling? The state invested $75 million of taxpayer dollars in Schilling’s video game company 38 Studios and lost it all before a lawsuit clawed back most of the money. It was one of the worst financial decisions in Rhode Island history. Yet the company that served as the state’s financial adviser on the deal has continued doing business throughout the state.

A new fiscal year dawns, along with a series of fresh storylines. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. (Note: TGIF is taking a summer break, so yes, this week's column is way shorter than usual; TGIF is taking next week off and will return July 14).

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Rhode Island lawmakers hope to wrap up their Statehouse business and adjourn Friday, at least until the fall. Before they do that, a slew of bills remain on the table. 

Georgia Hollister Isman, state director of the Rhode Island Working Families Party, is the guest on Bonus Q&A this week. She discussed a range of topics, including future plans for the labor-backed advocacy group, what it's like advocating at the General Assembly & more.

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Georgia Hollister Isman, state director for the Rhode Island Working Families Party, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the labor-backed progressive advocacy group; the debate over requiring paid sick leave; and the re-surfacing of the PawSox' stadium proposal.

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Senate Finance Chairman William Conley (D-East Providence) said Tuesday that a newly introduced PawSox stadium bill reduces potential liability for taxpayers by using state aid to Pawtucket as a backstop for borrowing, if the envisioned stadium produces less revenue than expected.

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The Senate Finance Committee will vote Tuesday on the $9.2 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July first.

The House approved the spending plan on a 64-to-11 party line vote last Thursday.

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Warwick Republican Joe Trillo is staging a public event Tuesday, which he describes as a forum to discuss Rhode Island’s future.

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With support from Governor Gina Raimondo and legislative leaders, the PawSox' proposal for a new stadium in Pawtucket is on track for a fall hearings in the General Assembly.

Raimondo announced Monday she's putting her support behind a revised deal for the baseball stadium.

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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