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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On an 8-to-1 vote, the Rhode Island Senate's Finance Committee approved legislation that would use public financing to help build a new PawSox stadium in downtown Pawtucket, although the proposal's outlook in the House remains far from certain.

The vote, with Sen. Nicholas Kettle (R-Coventry) voting in opposition, took place after supporters and opponents aired familiar arguments for a bit more than an hour.

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A state Senate Committee will consider the fate of the PawSox Tuesday, with a hearing on two bills related to the proposed PawSox stadium in Pawtucket. The hearing had to be postponed last week due to winter weather.

One bill would authorize the state to enter leasing and finacing agreements related to a new ballpark. The other would allow redevelopment agencies to finance the building of projects for residential, recreational, commercial and other uses.

Rhode Island emerged largely unscathed from the initial phase of our first big weather-related test of the new year, so bully for us, hardy New Englanders and cringing weather weenies alike. Thanks for stopping by for my column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters.

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Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian joins Political Roundtable to discuss his political future, the outlook on keeping the PawSox in Rhode Island, and how his community may be affected by fiscal trends at the state and national level.

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Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian joins Bonus Q&A to talk about his view of President Trump, Governor Raimondo; how the impact of 38 Studios is still impacting Rhode Island, and much more.

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A.T. Wall is retiring next month as the director of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. Wall started working as a corrections officer in 1976. As he prepares to step down after more than a decade at the helm of the state prison system, he took a few minutes to speak with Rhode Island Public Radio.

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With the fate of the Pawtucket Red Sox looming over the start of the General Assembly's 2018 session, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said stronger public support is the key to winning his backing for the team's $83 million stadium proposal.

Think Thursday's Storm Was A Blizzard? Think Again.

Jan 2, 2018
John Bender

Temperatures dropped low enough  Sunday to break a long-standing record. It was 3 degrees below zero on Sunday, which broke a 106-year-old record of 1 below zero set in 1912, according to the National Weather Service.

M. Charles Bakst

Thomas Morgan, a longtime former Providence Journal reporter who was beloved by his colleagues and widely appreciated by readers, has died at age 75.

Former colleagues said Morgan was found at his apartment on Solar Street in Providence on Friday.

On Twitter, former ProJo investigative reporter Mike Stanton remembered Morgan as "one of the most gifted writers, raconteurs, humorists and connoisseurs I had the pleasure of working with."

We're on the cusp of an exciting new year in Rhode Island, with lots of political intrigue and big elections up for grabs. 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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Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner joins Political Roundtable to discuss why he supports the PawSox stadium deal. Plus, the push to overhaul the state's crumbling school buildings and the challenge of overcoming the 38 Studios hangover.

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Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner joins Bonus Q&A to discuss recent developments involving the state pension fund, whether eliminating the state car tax is affordable, the lessons offered by voters' rejection of the Greenhouse Compact in 1984, and much more.

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When Rhode Island lawmakers begin a new session next Tuesday, they'll face a big decision about the future of the PawSox. 

Who needs holiday presents when Rhode Island politics is the gift that keeps on giving? 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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RI House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan, a GOP candidate for governor, joins Political Roundtable to discuss her campaign, the Republican tax plan, and whether the value of the PawSox justifies public borrowing.