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Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal joined The Spokesman-Review in 1999. He currently is a columnist for the City Desk.
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Shawn Vestal: At long last, a great race in the 5th District

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 9:59 p.m.

In almost every way, the hotly contested race between Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and challenger Lisa Brown has been a more positive, more passionate and less cynical electoral exercise than our current moment would give us the right to expect.

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Shawn Vestal: Dirty-tricks mailer is the season’s deepest plunge into the muck

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018, 9:05 p.m.

Glen Morgan, a conservative gadfly from Olympia who paints himself as a transparency activist, has produced a series of incredibly dishonest mailers intended to trick Democrats into writing in other candidates – an effort to drain away liberal votes to benefit Republican candidates.

SUNDAY, OCT. 21, 2018

Shawn Vestal: Gianforte comments just a drop in Trump’s dizzying flood of misinformation

In Montana, the president’s stream of rhetoric was the manipulative, conspiratorial story of “the caravan,” and what it reveals about the Trump movement. His caravan tale – and the manner in which it was peddled to those prepared to believe it by distortion in right-wing echo chambers – drew on every tool in the propagandists’ playbook, from racist dog-whistling to conspiratorial insinuations to the demonization of political opponents to whispers, winks and nods.

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Shawn Vestal: McMorris Rodgers’ vow against Social Security and Medicare cuts rings hollow

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers protests too much about claims she would vote for Social Security and Medicare cuts. Not only is it utterly credible to believe she might vote for such cuts – which would certainly be, like last year’s failed Trumpcare effort, swaddled in claims that the cuts are not cuts – but she’s already voted to do so. More than once.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 23, 2018