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Tanner Rowe: Here’s why Rep. Shea gets re-elected by district voters

A question often asked is “How does Matt Shea keep getting elected?” If you’re not on Shea’s side of the political isle it’s simple to assume that it’s because the …


Councilman Mike Fagan, Prosecutor Larry Haskell downplay attendance at Liberty State fundraiser

Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan pumped his fist while leading his audience in an enthusiastic chant Thursday evening, seemingly offering full-throated support to a conservative secessionist movement that would turn …


UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019, 12:42 p.m.

Liberty State supporters raise funds at event after tense ‘silent protest’ by ex-Matt Shea backers

A fundraising event for the proposed creation of a 51st state called Liberty started on a tense note Thursday evening as onetime loyalists of state Rep. Matt Shea held what …


Whistleblower who leaked Rep. Matt Shea’s chat logs accuses lawmaker of Christian domination agenda

The man who leaked private messages involving state Rep. Matt Shea wrote a lengthy Facebook post on Wednesday, publicly acknowledging his own role in the chat and accusing the Spokane …


Spin Control: State Democrats’ talk doesn’t match actions in alarm raised about Matt Shea

State Democrats asking for donations over the controversy surrounding Rep. Matt Shea.


Tina Podlodowski: Washington GOP has many reasons to oust Shea

If they aren’t already, Washington state’s Republicans should be on daily conference calls discussing what to do about Matt Shea.


UPDATED: Sat., May 4, 2019, 7:57 a.m.

House Democrats call for investigation into Spokane Valley state Rep. Matt Shea

House Democrats call for investigation into Republican Rep. Matt Shea’s comments in online chat that called for violence against political opponents.


Gun rally shows off weaponry and flags

Equipped with a variety of armaments and dressed in tactical military gear, protestors displayed their appetite for guns, the constitution – and in some cases, flags.


UPDATED: Sat., April 27, 2019, 4:47 p.m.

House GOP to review Shea reports

The House Republican Caucus will review reports of Rep. Matt Shea’s participation in an online chat in which others discussed violence against political opponents. But it won’t happen until the …


Rep. Matt Shea was part of violent 2017 chat from the beginning

Portions of a 2017 chat log obtained by The Spokesman-Review contradict state Rep. Matt Shea’s claim that he was not a participant in the conversation when other far-right figures suggested …


UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019, 5:08 p.m.

Washington lawmakers aim to block release of buy-back records

The names and addresses of Washington residents who turned in their bump stocks as part of the state’s buy-back program should be exempted from release under the public records law, …


Rep. Matt Shea links to white nationalist website, defends running background checks on political opponents

Fuming after a new round of headlines about his interactions with far-right activists, state Rep. Matt Shea directed his 4,600 Facebook followers to an obscure Australian website that traffics in …


Shawn Vestal: GOP needs to rid itself of Matt Shea

Guardian report suggesting Rep. Matt Shea supported surveillance of protestors should be enough for the GOP to push Spokane Valley legislator out of its ranks.


UPDATED: Mon., April 22, 2019, 10:53 p.m.

Democrats call on GOP to oust Rep. Matt Shea after report says he backed surveillance on left-wing protestors

Washington Democrats called for state Rep. Matt Shea to be expelled from the GOP caucus on Monday after a news report revealed he took part in a private group chat …


Spin Control: Recent proposal to ban abortion is a ‘hero’ bill

Bills introduced late in the session are sometimes “hero” bills. And that’s not really a compliment.


51st state supporters rally in Olympia

Supporters of a new state for Eastern Washington stage another rally at the Capitol, but no vote is expected on their resolution.


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:55 a.m.

Could hemp be Washington’s next cash crop? Lawmakers eye new system amid CBD boom, marijuana expansion

Both chambers of the Washington Legislature have passed laws that would create a state system for licensing hemp production. The long-outlawed cousin of marijuana hasn’t taken off in the Evergreen …


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019, 9:15 p.m.

Washington state House votes for permanent daylight saving time

Not happy about losing an hour’s sleep to daylight saving time? Legislature is trying to do away with the semi-annual clock change.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 8:55 p.m.

Gun rights, 51st state are linked, Shea tells rally

Rep. Matt Shea links gun rights, a new state in Eastern Washington at a Capitol rally.


The week that was: Ferguson sidesteps question on running for governor; state of Liberty gets another try

Spokane group has breakfast with Attorney General Bob Ferguson, asks if he’d like to be Gov. Bob Ferguson.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 10:13 p.m.

Rep. Matt Shea urges crowd to resist gun restrictions with firearms ‘behind every blade of grass’

Rep. Matt Shea calls for a gun behind every blade of grass and people willing to fight gun control.


Spin Control: What’s in store for 2019? Maybe this. Maybe not.

With 2019 stretching before us, Spin Control makes some predictions.


Attorney for state Rep. Matt Shea counters PDC complaints over surplus funds

Attorney for Rep. Matt Shea rebuts PDC complaints over his surplus campaign fund.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 10:52 p.m.

‘Pure fiction’: Spokane Valley City Council is not voting on 51st state idea

A longtime columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer apologized Tuesday for a story that falsely claimed the Spokane Valley City Council was planning to vote on a resolution in support of …


Shea donations from surplus campaign money prompt complaint

State Rep. Matt Shea’s donations to certain charities from his surplus campaign fund generate a complaint to the state Public Disclosure Commission from a Democratic political watchdog.


Shawn Vestal: Shea finds questioners in Poland more to his liking

Good news, everyone: Matt Shea has found a couple of interviewers he apparently doesn’t consider too dirty, godless or hateful to answer.


Kretz, Maycumber named to House GOP leader posts

Reps. Joel Kretz, Jacqueline Maycumber named to leadership posts by House Republicans.


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. …