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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With the new General Assembly session set to start in just under two weeks, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello sat down to discuss some of the top issues facing the legislature.

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Rhode Island lawmakers return to the State House on January 3. In advance of the new session, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed looks back at 2016 and ahead to 2017.

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Daniel Beardsley is retiring this month after almost three decades at the helm of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns. The league advocates for the municipalities at the Statehouse. Beardsley said the top problems they face today are about the same as they were 30 years ago.

Beardsley will be succeeded as head of the League of Cities and Towns by Deputy State Budget Officer Brian Daniels.

The ice box of winter is here, and the holidays aren't far behind. 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.

Governor Gina Raimondo plans to announce Monday a jobs agreement with the multinational pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson.

RIPR reported the news first via Twitter. An announcement is set for 10 am Monday at the Providence Public Library.

"We're still working through the details with the company through the weekend, so I can't say anything more about it," Raimondo told RIPR during a State House interview Friday afternoon.

State Rep. Aaron Regunberg joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the anti-Trump movement in RI, Providence's fiscal challenges, the proposed expansion of the Achievement First charter school, and more.

State Rep. Aaron Regunberg joins Political Roundtable to discuss local steps to resist the Trump administration; forward motion in the I-195 District; and the outlook for a stronger House progressive caucus.

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The health-tech firm Virgin Pulse plans to expand its Rhode Island operation with almost 300 additional jobs over the next five years, Governor Gina Raimondo and company officials.

It's starting to feel like winter, but the political beat continues to run hot. 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 Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick), the new minority leader in the Rhode Island House, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss charter schools and what's next for the House GOP caucus under her leadership.

State Rep. Patricia Morgan, the new GOP leader in the Rhode Island House, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of legislative issues.

A New York developer is scaling back his proposal for a three-tower development in the I-195 District.

Jason Fane wants state officials to move quickly to support a single 43-story residential tower in the district.

Fane said he hopes to develop two additional towers in future phases, depending on the level of market demand.

In a statement, Fane says the single tower would catalyze other new uses in the 195 District.

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Governor Gina Raimondo took part a ceremonial groundbreaking Wednesday to mark the start of the first development utilizing the state's Rebuild RI tax credit.

The Commons at Providence Station will create 169 apartments on 2.85 acres of vacant land near the Providence train station. The project is utilizing a $5.6 million Rebuild RI tax credit and a 15-year tax stabilization agreement with the City of Providence.

Raimondo hailed the development as a sign of positive momentum in the state, aided by the award of 15 Rebuild RI tax credits.

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Michigan was the scene of the tightest race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, with Clinton losing by less than 11,000 votes. It was a state that had been considered part of the Democrats’ firewall, until it fell to Trump. The head of Clinton’s Michigan campaign, Stephen Neuman, was previously chief of staff for Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo. Neuman stopped by our studio to talk about his experience in Michigan.