James Dawson

James Dawson

James Dawson covers politics and a bit of everything else for Boise State Public Radio. Outside of public meetings, you can find him fly fishing, making cool things out of leather or watching the Seattle Mariners' latest rebuilding season.

Former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger speaking with his attorney, Jon Cox

Two Idaho Republicans sent a judge letters of support for convicted rapist

By: - September 16, 2022

This story is from Boise State Public Radio, published Sept. 16. The original version is located at this link.  Two Republican state lawmakers sent letters of support for one of their former colleagues convicted of raping a teenage legislative intern prior to his sentencing late last month. Reps. Vito Barbieri (R-Dalton Gardens) and Mike Kingsley (R-Lewiston) wrote letters […]

Citizens Alliance of Idaho website front page

Behind the Citizens Alliance of Idaho PAC: a handful of people, mostly not from Idaho

By: - May 9, 2022

One of the most well-funded political action committees in Idaho seems poised to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on state legislative races with less than two weeks to go before the primary. But the group’s claims of nonpartisanship run counter to who’s funding it. Citizens Alliance of Idaho formed last August, according to incorporation […]

Edited version of a flier doxxing people associated with Idaho child protection case

Idaho extremists target judges, prosecutors, health workers in doxxing campaigns

By: and - April 15, 2022

Boise residents on Saturday found bookmark-sized fliers in their neighborhoods. A large black box at the top read, “POLITICAL PROSECUTION.” Below it were photos, home addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of two people: 4th District Magistrate Judge Annie McDevitt and Ada County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Whitney Welsh. The flier claimed that McDevitt and Welsh […]

Ammon Bundy at Kleiner Park

Ammon Bundy pays himself thousands in campaign cash

By: - March 25, 2022

This story was first published by Boise State Public Radio. Ammon Bundy, the anti-government activist running as an independent candidate to be Idaho’s next governor, has paid thousands of dollars in campaign donations to a company he owns. According to campaign finance records, Bundy’s campaign has paid $13,500 in $1,500 monthly installments since June 1, […]