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 calendar keeps zipping along, with August coming up fast. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments are welcome and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Following a series of talks between House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, the month-long Rhode Island budget impasse may come to a conclusion next week.

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Former Warwick state Rep. Joe Trillo, a prospective GOP candidate for governor, joined Political Roundtable this week to discuss his political future; the hot mic remarks made this week by U.S. Sen. Jack Reed; and the outlook on Obamacare in Washington, D.C.

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Former Warwick state Rep. Joe Trillo, a potential GOP gubernatorial candidate next year, joined Bonus Q&A this week to discuss a range of issues, including his support for Donald Trump; immigration; and why Republicans struggle to build their ranks in the General Assembly.

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Governor Gina Raimondo ramped up attention on Rhode Island's month-old budget impasse by meeting Thursday with more than 24 city and town leaders.

Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio held a brief meeting Tuesday at the Statehouse. But they reported no progress in solving the almost-month long impasse over the state budget.

U.S. Jack Reed expressed sharp concern about President Donald Trump in an unintentionally recorded conversation Tuesday.

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Officials with the PawSox toured a site in Worcester and met city officials there last Friday.

The I-195 District Commission is expected to take an initial vote Tuesday on a proposed residential skyscraper. The project has been scaled back from an initial plan with three towers.

RI Public Radio recently reported that more than $228 million in potential development was on hold due to the state budget impasse.

That story was based on information received from the state Department of Revenue about the state historic tax credit program. Revenue then got in touch with RIPR to clarify the information it presented.

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.

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