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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So much for summer doldrums. The political beat keeps running hot and heavy in the Biggest Little. 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 House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello joins Political Roundtable to discuss the potential end to the state budget impasse; the next step on the PawSox' proposed stadium; and whether the House will override Governor Raimondo's veto of an evergreen contract measure.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello joins Bonus Q&A to discuss possible ways to avoid future budget stalemates, 38 Studios, the PawSox, the paid sick leave bill, and much more.

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The Rhode Island budget stalemate that flared on June 30 may be approaching an end.

Senate President Dominick Ruggerio now supports bringing back senators to vote on the budget as soon as next week, according to spokesman Peter Capineri. "The president is going to start talking to members today to find out when they’re available," Capineri said via email Wednesday. "I do not believe any decision will be made today."

It appears the Senate would vote on the House version of the budget.

Euer Campaign

Lawyer-activist Dawn Euer won a decisive victory Tuesday in the four-way Democratic primary for the Rhode Island Senate seat formerly held by Teresa Paiva Weed.

Euer, who was part of the organization that led to the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2013, attributed her win to grassroots support.

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Frontier Airlines is adding more connections for its flights to and from T.F. Green Airport.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio held an initial meeting Tuesday evening on the state budget impasse and said they plan to continue talking.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio plan to sit down Tuesday, away from the Statehouse, to discuss the state budget impasse.

House spokesman Larry Berman confirmed the meeting.

It remains unclear if the get-together will produce an end to the stalemate.

The dispute erupted when the Senate added a last-minute amendment to the state budget late last month. Lawmakers wound up leaving the Statehouse without approving the spending plan for the fiscal year that began July first.

So much for July being a slow news month. We've got the budget impasse, governors from around the U.S., and even the Sox cutting ties with Pedro Sandoval. So thanks for welcoming back your humble correspondent. As usual, you're welcome to share your tips and comments, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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The two headliners for the highlight of the summer meeting of the National Governors Association -- Vice President Mike Pence and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau -- attracted contrasting responses Friday.

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Rhode Island Sen. Josh Miller of Cranston is the guest on Bonus Q&A this week. He discusses a range of issues, including the possibility of a fall legislative session, the outlook for several controversial bills, and more.


Rhode Island Senator Josh Miller joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the budget impasse and bills left in limbo at the General Assembly, plus the future of healthcare.  

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More than 30 governors from across the US are gathering in Providence for the summer meeting of the National Governors Association. An epidemic of opioid abuse in the states is one of the top problems facing the elected officials.


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.