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UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 10:46 p.m.

Matt Shea, Bob McCaslin sweep Democratic hopefuls in Spokane Valley’s 4th Legislative District

Republican state Reps. Matt Shea and Bob McCaslin have fended off Democratic challengers in Eastern Washington’s 4th Legislative District.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018, 8:17 p.m.

Avista, BNSF join list of donors seeking refunds from Shea campaign

Avista Corp. and the BNSF Railway Co. on Friday joined the list of organizations requesting refunds from state Rep. Matt Shea’s re-election campaign. Both companies this year donated $2,000 to …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018, 11:18 a.m.

AT&T, Washington Realtors seek Shea campaign refunds over ‘Biblical Basis for War’ manifesto

Two more organizations demanded money back from state Rep. Matt Shea’s re-election campaign on Thursday, while others denounced his rhetoric and said they would not support him in future elections. …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 6:09 p.m.

At least one of Rep. Matt Shea’s campaign donors wants money back

The political arm of the Northwest Credit Union Association, which represents 180 credit unions in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, gave $1,000 to Shea’s campaign this year but recently asked the …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 31, 2018, 11:43 a.m.

Rep. Matt Shea takes credit, criticism for document titled ‘Biblical Basis for War’

Washington state Rep. Matt Shea acknowledged Wednesday he had distributed a four-page manifesto titled “Biblical Basis for War,” which describes the Christian god as a “warrior,” details the composition and …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018, 10:34 p.m.

Spokane Valley Reps. Matt Shea and Bob McCaslin debate Democratic challengers Ted Cummings and Mary May

Candidates for the two House positions representing the 4th Legislative District shared vastly different views on health care, organized labor, immigration and other issues during a pair of debates Tuesday …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 12, 2018, 6:58 p.m.

Matt Shea to join Ammon Bundy at far-right gathering in Whitefish, Montana

The “New Code of the West” conference will be a reunion of sorts for the Spokane Valley state legislator and public-lands opponent Ammon Bundy, both of whom rail against what …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 8, 2018, 1:10 p.m.

Matt Shea’s challenger for 4th District House seat Ted Cummings offers different version of Democrat

Ted Cummings admits he didn’t pay much attention to state Rep. Matt Shea until early this year, when he noticed the Spokane Valley legislator had introduced a bill that aimed …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 9:50 p.m.

Task force looks at public records versus private information

Task force grapples with protecting private information from constituents as it reviews public records law.


Spin Control: Rep. Shea should keep his seat on the Public Records task force

Calling reporters “dirty, godless, hateful” shouldn’t disqualify Matt Shea from serving on a legislative task force on the Public Records Act.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 11:36 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Legislators continue to miss the point of public records and transparency

When it comes to the Washington Legislature, and what we can expect in terms of its willingness to abide by the Public Records Act, it won’t be Matt Shea’s whackjobbery …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 9:58 a.m.

Inslee says Shea shouldn’t be on task force; GOP leader says he’ll stay

Gov. Jay Inslee calls for Rep. Matt Shea to step down from the legislative Public Records Act task force, but the House’s top Republican says that’s not Inslee’s decision to …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 10:19 a.m.

State Rep. Matt Shea calls journalists ‘dirty, godless, hateful.’ GOP leader says he remains qualified for task force.

Rep. Matt Shea will push for more openness in legislative records despite his criticism of the news media, House GOP leader says.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

Gun rights enthusiasts joined by Shea, Fagan at Franklin Park rally

Armed gun enthusiasts and local politicians gathered at Franklin Park Saturday to advocate for their second amendment rights


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018, 11:39 a.m.

Red Pill Expo brings leading contrarians to Spokane

An event that falls somewhere between the 2016 Oregon standoff and the movie “Matrix” kicks off Thursday at the Spokane Convention Center with the premier of a movie honoring slain …


Spin Control: Enough credit and blame to go around on McCleary

With the McCleary case over, Democrats and Republicans differ on who gets credit or blame.


Shawn Vestal: The state of Liberty may not have a shot, but it’s heady fiction

As the concept of an Eastern Washington “Liberty State” – a far-right fantasyland of God, guns and free-cattle-grazing envisioned by Spokane Valley conservatives – evolves from a bad 100-year-old idea …


Spokane Valley council members fear amendment from Rep. Matt Shea could imperil Barker Road bridge project

An amendment put forth by Rep. Matt Shea for the Washington State Senate 2017-19 transportation budget could potentially put the Spokane Valley’s Barker Road grade separation project in jeopardy.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018, 9:06 p.m.

Bump stock ban passes House

House passes bump stock ban, sends it back to the Senate.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 10:01 a.m.

Proposal renaming Appleway Trail in honor of former Sen. Bob McCaslin takes Valley council members by surprise

A proposed bill renaming Appleway Trail “Senator Bob McCaslin Trail” was presented at a Spokane Valley City Council meeting Tuesday – much to the surprise of a few council members.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 11:44 a.m.

Spokane County commissioners in stalemate over selection of third member

A rift in the Spokane County Republican Party has resulted in a stalemate between two county commissioners who are running out of time to choose a new colleague.


Shawn Vestal: In the silo of the true believers, where a fact is whatever you say it is

If you’re fearful about what might arise from an unstable, trigger-happy North Korea – to say nothing of how the current administration might handle it – you’re not alone.


UPDATED: Tue., May 30, 2017, 10:32 p.m.

Vestal: Rep. Matt Shea makes a desperate and silly attempt to shield himself from defamation lawsuit

Just curious: What kinds of defamation and libel laws will we have here once we’ve created the new God-honoring, gun-loving, Eastern Washington state of Liberty?


UPDATED: Fri., May 26, 2017, 10 p.m.

Judge rules that defamation lawsuit against Rep. Matt Shea can continue

A Spokane County judge refused Rep. Matt Shea’s request to have a defamation lawsuit against him dismissed on the grounds that he can’t be sued while the legislature is in …


UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 10:54 p.m.

New Washington laws legalize industrial hemp, require inspections for marijuana edibles

Gov. Jay Inslee signs laws on marijuana edibles, lock boxes and industrial hemp.


UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 7:36 a.m.

Spokane area could get $125 million or more for transportation projects

Roads, bridges and transit projects around Spokane County would get about $125 million from state taxpayers over the next two years under similar transportation budgets making their way through the …


UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017, 1:06 p.m.

Racist posting draws political ire and distracts from Spokane Valley community event

A racist Facebook post cast a shadow over the Recreation Against Racism event held Sunday at the HUB Sports Center in Spokane Valley.


UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 10:39 p.m.

Sheriff’s deputy sues Rep. Matt Shea for defamation

A Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy is suing State Rep. Matt Shea for defamation after Shea claimed on a podcast that the deputy provided the gun used in a triple murder.


Assault weapon owners in Washington won’t need licenses

With time running out on many proposed changes to Washington gun laws, a proposal to license some semi-automatic weapons died in a House committee, but a revised version of the …


A 51st state, called Liberty, would have political clout and an ag-based economy

Even though sponsors admit the idea to create a 51st state called “Liberty” doesn’t have a chance, it’s an interesting exercise to see what such a state would look like.