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 House version of Gov. Gina Raimondo's proposal for the state budget is expected to emerge later this week. The main question is how lawmakers will wipe out a $134 million deficit.

Rhode Island's next big election season is slowly emerging even as summer beckons. 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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Former RI Governor Lincoln Chafee joins Political Roundtable to discuss his political future, former FBI Director James Comey's testimony to Congress, and the proposed phase out of the car tax.

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Former Governor Lincoln Chafee takes part in Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of issues, including Governor Raimondo's approach to economic development; 38 Studios; the PawSox' stadium proposal; marijuana; and more.

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Governor Gina Raimondo said Thursday she will appeal a Superior Court decision denying access to grand jury documents in the 38 Studios case.

The court’s presiding justice, Alice Gibney, ruled last month against releasing the grand jury materials. In her decision, Gibney wrote that providing access to the grand jury records would defeat the purpose and role of the grand jury.

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Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien is still holding out hope that lawmakers will consider a proposal for a new PawSox stadium before the summer recess.

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Former Warwick state Rep. Joe Trillo said he's continuing to seriously consider a run for governor next year.

“Riding both sides of the fence for political gain is not what Rhode Island needs," Trillo said in a statement Wednesday. "I was the only Rhode Island elected official, including Republicans, to support Donald Trump in July of 2015, when he was one of sixteen Republican candidates for President of the United States. Taxpayers deserve a governor who is willing to stand up for his beliefs and walk the talk.”

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's proposal to eliminate the car tax over six years attracted mostly positive reviews during an initial House Finance Committee hearing Tuesday night. 

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A bill to eliminate the car tax is scheduled for its first hearing in the House Finance Committee Tuesday. Lawmakers will likely hear arguments for and against the proposal, but they are not expected to vote.

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The state Board of Elections is slated to review Monday the criteria it will use in hiring the board's next executive director.

The board fired after its last director, Robert Kando, last August following a series of controversies. The agency has had an acting head in place since then.

June is here, Speaker Mattiello's long-awaited car tax plan has arrived, and the end of the legislative session is coming into view. 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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State Police released Friday some additional documents from their investigation into 38 Studios. But the documents do not appear to shed fresh light on the scandal that has dogged state government in recent years.

State Police said they recently discovered a previously unreleased interview with a key lawmaker involved in the investigation of 38 Studios. The interview is with former House Finance Chairman Steven Costantino, who helped sponsor the bill used to later direct funding to the video game company.

Tony Pires, director of administration for the City of Pawtucket, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the outlook on the PawSox and the sustainability of House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's proposal to eliminate the car tax over six years.

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Tony Pires, director of administration for the City of Pawtucket, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the city's attempt to retain the PawSox, public safety, budget issues and more.

Rhode Island’s economic development agency is looking for ideas on how to create a so-called innovation campus. Voters last year approved $20 million in borrowing to establish the campus.

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