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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A number of thorny issues are maturing in time for the final weeks of the legislative session. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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State Rep. Blake Filippi (R-New Shoreham), the minority whip in the RI House of Representatives, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the cost of the car tax phaseout, whether marijuana should be legalized, whether the minimum wage should be raised, how Republicans will increase their legislative ranks, and a host of other legislative issues.

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In a 24-page decision released Thursday, Superior Court Presiding Justice Alice Gibney rejected Governor Gina Raimondo's request to release the grand jury records in the 38 Studios case, writing in part that "releasing documents based on mere public interest in grand jury proceedings would entirely defeat the purpose, and role, of the grand jury."

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The $73 million proposal for a new PawSox stadium in Pawtucket faces an uncertain path in the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

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A growing custom-printing company plans to open a new sales office in Providence, adding 40 employees over the next year.

The company, Vistaprint, will be eligible for about $2.2 million in state tax incentives over the next decade, if it creates a minimum of 125 jobs over the next three years. Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor said the incentives won’t be granted until the new jobs are created.

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The Pawtucket Red Sox are willing to contribute $45 million to the cost of a new $73 million stadium at the Apex site in Pawtucket, with the state and the City of Pawtucket paying an initial $38 million that would be paid back over 30 years through taxes and other revenue from the development.

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Governor Gina Raimondo said some cuts to human service programs are likely due to a nearly $100 million shortfall in state revenue.

"I don’t see how you get through this without some cuts to social services just because that’s so big [a part] of the budget," Raimondo said during a conversation with reporters Tuesday. "But we can’t balance this budget exclusively on the backs of the most vulnerable. We can find ways to tighten our belts, but we have to be humane about it."

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With strong praise for President Donald Trump and a repudiation of the importance placed by Rhode Islanders on climate change, two-term state Rep. Robert Nardolillo of Coventry announced Monday his campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.

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Two-term State Rep. Robert Nardolillo plans to announce his Republican challenge to U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Monday. 

Stormy times in DC, and no shortage of news at home, a.k.a. Crimetown. 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. Here we go.

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U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin joins Political Roundtable to discuss the firing of FBI director James Comey; the controversy involving former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn; and the charges against City Council President Luis Aponte.

U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin from Rhode Island's Second District joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of topics, including jobs and trade; why Democrats have lost so much political ground; whether Roe v. Wade may be overturned; and more.

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State lawmakers will have roughly $100 million less than expected to assemble Rhode Island's budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed is among those troubled by President Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey. Reed is calling for a special prosecutor to now take over the FBI’s probe of Russian interference in last year’s presidential election. 

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