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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In a significant breakthrough on an issue that has consumed attention in Rhode Island for years, the House Finance Committee is expected to vote Thursday in favor of legislation that could create a new PawSox stadium in Pawtucket.

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Two rivals of GOP gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung, Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and Republican Patricia Morgan, filed complaints Monday against Fung with the state Board of Elections about questions surrounding Fung's campaign headquarters in Cranston. The non-partisan good government group Common Cause of Rhode Island also filed a complaint against Fung.

The complaints by the rival campaigns ask the Elections Board to probe the issue, which includes how Fung wound up for not paying rent to developer Carpionato Group for his Chapel View campaign office in 2016.

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On a 66 to 7 vote, the Rhode Island House of Representatives passed a $9.55 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 and that spells out for the first time how the state will divide revenue from the introduction of sports betting at two locations.

The Rhode Island House budget vote is monkeying with our column-writing schedule, so this week's TGIF is a bit abbreviated. But we're still checking the pulse of Ocean State politics and appreciate your stopping by. Your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Rhode Island state Sen. Louis DiPalma (D-Middletown) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss Medicaid spending, the PawSox stadium debate, incentives, the potential legalization of marijuana and other issues.

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Rhode Island state Sen. Louis DiPalma (D-Middletown) joins Political Roundtable to discuss fallout from recent issues at the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the House version of the state budget, and the intensifying race for governor.

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Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Patricia Morgan is criticizing GOP rival Allan Fung after WPRI-TV reported that Fung's campaign wound up not paying developer Carpionato Group rent for its campaign headquarters at Chapel View in 2016.

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An insurance industry group says a car parts bill passed Tuesday by the Rhode Island House Corporations Committee will make the state an outlier and raise costs for consumers. But the sponsor of the measure, state Rep. Ken Marshall (D-Bristol), contends the legislation makes sense and will protect consumers.

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With a potentially costly legal dispute settled between the state of Rhode Island and a group of nursing homes, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said Tuesday that he remains concerned about management issues in the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

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An advocate for nursing homes is warning of dire effects from the budget passed late Friday by the House Finance Committee.

Virginia Burke, president of the Rhode Island Health Care Association, said the budget includes an 8.5 percent cut for nursing homes, the equivalent of about $30 million.

"To take 8.5 percent away from their revenues, that's going to be devastating," Burke told RIPR. "There will be places that have to close. The places that can keep their doors open will have massive layoffs, they won't be able to pay their vendors."

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After little discussion during a 40-minute hearing, the House Finance Committee approved Friday a $9.55 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 that restores money for human service programs, kills a proposed 25 cent per pack hike in the cigarette tax and gives voters the chance in November to direct $250 million to school construction.

Just another quiet week in the Biggest Little. 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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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo outlined a series of steps Friday in responding to a potentially costly legal mistake by a former lawyer for the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

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Rhode Island GOP gubernatorial candidate Patricia Morgan, the Republican leader in the RI House, joins Political Roundtable to discuss fallout from a potentially costly mistake at the Exeutive Office of Health and Human Services, the race for governor, and the outlook on the PawSox.

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Rhode Island GOP candidate for governor Patricia Morgan, the Republican leader in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss a range of issues, including taxes, incentives, state spending and school construction.

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