u 2010 Washington General Election

State Representative Pos. 2, Legislative District 4 (Spokane Valley)

Last updated: Nov. 12, 5:37 p.m. Election results

CandidateVotesPct
Matt Shea (R) 40,643 100%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

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One of the three candidates to replace Bob McCaslin in the state Senate was arrested early Monday in Las Vegas after being found asleep in his car and allegedly carrying a concealed weapon. Roy Murry, 26, said Thursday he disputes much of what Las Vegas Metropolitan Police say happened when was found fast asleep shortly after 2 a.m. behind the wheel of a car. He’ll fight the charge if one is filed, and said his arrest “amounted basically to entrapment.” Read more

Call for ‘flash mob’ thwarts meeting on Senate seat

As the number of contenders to replace longtime Spokane Valley state Sen. Bob McCaslin grows, efforts to get the seat filled quickly were derailed Thursday. Saturday’s meeting to nominate possible replacements was postponed after a group supporting a leading contender, state Rep. Matt Shea, called for a demonstration outside the gathering to make sure county commissioners heed the will of the people. Read more

McCaslin replacement slowed by call for ‘flash mob’

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Washington has hefty agenda, but financial concerns top list

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E. Washington gets several GOP leadership spots

OLYMPIA — Members of the Eastern Washington legislative delegation were chosen for several Republican leadership spots today.Rep. Joel Kretz of Wauconda, whose 7th District stretches from Okanogan County to northwestern Spokane, was reappointed to the No. 2 spot, deputy leader of the House GOP caucus…. Read more

Vacationing voters give candidates a tough job

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McCaslin discounts retirement rumor

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Shea went with Didier to meet Palin

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McKenna fighting health overhaul

OLYMPIA – Washington’s Republican attorney general will join other states in a lawsuit against the federal health care reform plan, a move its Democratic governor denounced as “not representing the people of this state.” Attorney General Rob McKenna said Monday afternoon he questions the constitutionality of the health care reform package passed Sunday by Congress and soon to be signed by President Barack Obama. His was a rare discordant voice as other state officials praised the legislation as good for Washington and its troubled budget. Read more

Bill would curb patient trips

Dangerous mental health patients would be barred from leaving state hospitals for most excursions without specific court orders under a bill the Legislature is considering. The bill, prompted by the escape last fall of an Eastern State Hospital patient, Phillip Paul, during a field trip to the Spokane County fair, got strong support Monday from legislators and a representative of the mental health community during a hearing in the House Human Services Committee. Read more

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Bills would limit furloughs of criminally insane, add ‘guilty but mentally ill verdict’

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Bills invoke states’ rights

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States trying to block the feds, but the effort may be null and void

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OLYMPIA – The time has come for people who believe in states’ rights to move from protest to political action, a Spokane Valley legislator told a crowd on the steps of the Capitol on Thursday. Rep. Matt Shea, a first-term Republican, told a crowd estimated at between 200 and 300 they need to rein in a federal government that’s becoming too powerful and too intrusive. Read more

Olympia protesters call for reins on federal power

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States’ Righters: Say no to federal health care, energy rules

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