James Dawson

Reporter

James Dawson serves as a reporter for Boise State Public Radio's award-winning news department. 

Most recently, he covered state politics and government for Delaware Public Media since the station first began broadcasting in 2012 as the country's newest NPR affiliate. Those reports spanned two governors, three sessions of the Delaware General Assembly, and three consequential elections. His work has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered and NPR's newscast division. 

An Idaho native from north of the time zone bridge, James previously served as the public affairs reporter and interim news director for the commercial radio network Inland Northwest Broadcasting. His reporting experience included state and local government, arts and culture, crime, and agriculture.

He's a proud University of Idaho graduate with a bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media. When he's not in the office, you can find James fly fishing, buffing up on his photography or watching the Seattle Mariners' latest rebuilding season.

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A bill banning transgender women from competing on sports teams that align with their gender identity is headed to the full Idaho House after a party line vote. The House State Affairs Committee approved the measure Thursday morning.

 

 

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Idaho Democratic lawmakers are accusing Republicans of holding back their efforts to solve the state’s property tax crunch.

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LGBTQ groups came out in force to oppose a bill that would ban transgender women in Idaho from competing on sports teams that align with their gender identity.

 

 

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A pair of constitutional amendments are moving forward at the Idaho capitol.

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Idaho lawmakers weren’t idle on President’s Day. The legislature was in full motion as it took up banning the practice of preferential hiring, among other subjects.

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A proposal to tweak Idaho’s ballot initiative law is being redrafted after questions were raised about how it would apply to cities across the state.

 

Idahoans, far and away, support President Donald Trump, at least when it comes to voting with their wallets.

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Transgender Idahoans would no longer be able to change the gender marker on their birth certificate to align with their gender identity under a new bill introduced Thursday. That proposal flies in the face of a federal court order from 2018.

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A bill that would freeze property taxes statewide is headed to the House floor after hours of public hearings.

 

 

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All of Idaho’s public school standards will stay in place for another year after the Senate Education Committee unanimously adopted them Wednesday.

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A new bill introduced in the Idaho House would ban transgender women athletes from participating in sports that align with their gender identity and could add significant complications for state colleges and universities.

 

 

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City and county officials from across Idaho pleaded with state lawmakers Tuesday to not freeze their ability to raise property taxes for one year.

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected Idaho’s request to rehear a case that would force it to be the first state to pay for sex reassignment surgery through a court order.

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Idaho could become the latest state to outlaw conversion therapy for minors under a new bill introduced Monday morning.

 

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A bipartisan group of Idaho lawmakers is hoping to eliminate property tax exemptions on buildings or land owned by a public entity that’s then leased to a private business or person.

 

 

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Paulette Jordan, the 2018 Idaho Democratic gubernatorial candidate, has made it official: she’s entering a growing field of politicians trying to topple the state’s junior senator, Jim Risch, 76 (R).

 


   

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A bill that effectively cuts the governor out of the process of filling a vacant legislative seat is headed to the Idaho House.

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Republican leaders are trying to head off any potential consolidation of legislative districts next year by changing the Idaho Constitution.

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Common Core, a set of public school standards adopted by several states across the country, is one step closer to no longer being a reality in Idaho.

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Standards outlining how Idaho colleges prepare new teachers for the classroom took a blow Tuesday after the House Education Committee voted to cut them entirely.

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Idaho House lawmakers signed off on a bill Monday that would dedicate more money from the state’s sales tax to pay for infrastructure projects.

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Any legal, adult United States resident would be able to carry a concealed weapon in Idaho cities under a new bill that was introduced Monday.

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Idaho transportation officials say bridges are aging faster than they’re able to repair them due to a lack of funding.

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As tens of thousands of people have signed up under Idaho’s Medicaid expansion, the state is still waiting on federal approval of several waivers to implement things like work requirements.

 

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House lawmakers have signed off on a bill that would limit entities like school districts from running a failed bond levy within the same year.

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