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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State Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) said Tuesday that Governor Gina Raimondo is not being forthcoming enough about her truck toll plan, although a Raimondo spokeswoman reiterated that preliminary locations for truck tolls will be identified at a later date.

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Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is renewing a push for tougher penalties that he calls a better deterrent for the harm caused by drunk drivers.

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The Political Roundtable crew wishes a Merry Christmas to all our listeners. Ted Nesi from WPRI.com fills in for Scott MacKay this week, and Pablo Rodriguez is our guest, as we discuss stories that flew under the radar in 2015 and offer our predictions for RI politics in the New Year.

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Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed recently sat down in her State House office, for the final installment in our series of year-end interviews with top state officials.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello sat down in his State House office last week to discuss his priorities for 2016 and his year as speaker.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said he supports the basic premise of Governor Raimondo’s plan to pay for bridge improvements through truck tolls, during his wide-ranging end-of-year interview with Rhode Island Public Radio.

The governor’s infrastructure plan died in the 2015 legislative session when it did not get a vote in the House.

There's just one week until Christmas, so I want to wish a very happy holiday season to my readers, and offer my thanks for stopping by in 2015. (Program note: TGIF is taking next week off and will return December 31.) As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Michael Stenhouse, CEO of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity, joins Political Roundtable to discuss Governor Gina Raimondo's performance on the economy; the governor's truck-toll proposal; and the latest developments involving the House Oversight Committee and 38 Studios.

Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity CEO Michael Stenhouse joins Bonus Q+A to discuss unions, citizen activism, how his center is funded, efforts to improve public education and more.

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In the second installment of our year-end interview with Governor Gina Raimondo, she talks about her next budget proposal, the financial outlook in Providence, her attempt to cut Medicaid spending, whether new steps are needed to fight corruption, and more.

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Former House Finance chairman Steve Costantino said through his lawyer Wednesday that he's willing to return to Rhode Island to answer questions about the state's ill-fated investment in the video game company 38 Studios.

"Mr. Costantino is aware of the intent of the committee you chair to have him appear for testimony on January 14, 2016," lawyer Marc DeSisto writes in a letter to Oversight Chairwoman Karen MacBeth. "I have been authorized by Mr. Costantino to advise you that he is willing to appear and testify before your committee without the need to utilize a subpoena."

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Gina Raimondo has had a busy year since taking office as Rhode Island’s first female governor last January. The Democrat campaigned on a theme of improving the state’s economy, and that remains a central issue.

Raimondo recently sat down in her State House office to discuss  her first year with Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis.

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. We're headed toward the pre-holiday slowdown, although the political hot stove league continues to simmer. As usual, your tips and thoughts are welcome, and you can follow me on the twitters throughout the week. Here we go.

State Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor joins Political Roundtable to talk about Wexford Science & Technology's proposal for the I-195 District; Rhode Island's attempt to attract General Electric from Connecticut; and Gov. Raimondo's first-year record on economic development.

State Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor joins the Bonus Q+A segment this week to discuss the effectiveness of the Raimondo administration's incentive program; whether the state can play a role in reviving the Superman Building; attempts to attract a Cambridge Innovation Center office, and much more.

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In a decision released Wednesday, the state Supreme Court declined to delay an arbitration case involving the Providence firefighters’ union.

The City of Providence had asked the Supreme Court to delay the arbitration process slated to start next Wednesday, December 16.

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