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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.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 2, 2017, 5:36 p.m.

Spokane Valley Rep. Matt Shea elected GOP caucus leader in Washington House

House Republicans elect Matt Shea their caucus chairman.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 5:10 p.m.

Town hall meeting in Spokane Valley touched on guns, growth and immigration

Rep. Matt Shea makes a rare hometown appearance, answers questions at Fourth Legislative District town hall in Spokane Valley


Thousands of abortion foes rally on steps of the Washington Capitol, saying Donald Trump’s election gives them hope

OLYMPIA – Thousands of abortion foes who filled the steps of the Washington Capitol Monday were urged to action by lawmakers who have proposals against the controversial but legal procedure. …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

House proposal would require assault rifle owners obtain annual licenses, complete gun safety course

Semi-automatic assault weapon licenses proposed in House of Representatives.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 18, 2017, 11:21 a.m.

State Rep. Matt Shea wants to repeal gun sale background checks approved by Washington voters

Spokane Valley legislator Rep. Matt Shea says he’ll introduce a bill to repeal a voter-approved law that requires background checks on most private gun sales.


Huckleberries: You love New York, but does New York love you?

You may love New York. But New York may not love you. Emily Walton found that out when she smiled at a stranger while crossing a New York City street …


Spokane Valley City Council to vote on Matt Shea’s plan to split Washington, create state of Liberty east of Cascades

Spokane Valley Councilman Ed Pace asked that state Rep. Matt Shea’s recent bill proposing the formation of a separate state in Eastern Washington be added to the advance agenda at …


Early ideas on guns, abortion, unions for the 2017 Legislature

Some lawmakers were busy in the off month drafting proposals for the 2017 session.


State Rep. Matt Shea: Split the state so Eastern Washington isn’t ignored

Splitting Eastern Washington off makes sense because its people are ignored, Rep. Matt Shea says.


Matt Shea, Bob McCaslin propose creating new state called “Liberty” in Eastern Washington

A proposal to make Eastern Washington its own state – named Liberty – has a long legislative history, but rarely gets beyond the talking phase.


Valley council cleared

The Washington State Auditor’s Office has issued a detailed report clearing the Spokane Valley City Council – specifically Councilmen Ed Pace and Sam Wood, and Deputy Mayor Arne Woodard and …


Incumbents, Republican Mike Volz preferred by voters in state legislative contests

Incumbents on both sides of the aisle appeared headed for additional terms in Olympia as ballots were counted Tuesday. Republican Mike Volz was poised to earn the House seat vacated …


Matt Shea vs. Scott Stucker: Not much campaigning by either candidate in 4th District race

When the popular Spokane County sheriff, a Republican, called on the local GOP to censure state Rep. Matt Shea, it seemed like an opening was created for a serious challenge …


Shawn Vestal: Republicans, it’s time to defend Ozzie Knezovich against Matt Shea’s ‘slimes and slanders’

Shawn Vestal says it’s past time for Republican politcians and party leaders to publicly defend Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich from Rep. Matt Shea’s “slimes and slanders.”


Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says local GOP leaders reluctant to censure Rep. Matt Shea, fear far-right reprisals from the legislator

Spokane-area Republicans in elected offices appear unwilling to criticize state Rep. Matt Shea for his attacks on the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, who has called on party …


Ozzie Knezovich blasts Matt Shea podcast that links sheriff’s office to triple murder

A state legislator’s claim that a fiery triple homicide north of Spokane is connected to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office drew a furious rebuke and threat of politicial payback by …


Shawn Vestal: Anti-Muslim lobby hungry for falsehood

ACT for America – an anti-Muslim group with chapters around the country fermenting sour, ignorant racism – claims that it is leading a fight against Islamic terrorism. Its chief weapon? …


Matt Shea takes surprise positions at debate team fundraiser

Republican State Rep. Matt Shea made a shocking, impassioned call for free college tuition Monday evening.


Rep. Matt Shea’s trips to Bundy protests didn’t break ethics rules, board rules

A state board dismissed an ethics complaint against State Rep. Matt Shea for traveling to two protests against federal land policies.


GOP lawmakers were asked to stay away from Oregon refuge occupation

Rep. Matt Shea led a group of GOP lawmakers who wanted to negotiate with the protesters at the Oregon wildlife refuge. Local officials told them to stay away.


Police body camera rules approved by state House would limit release of footage

House approves restrictions on the release of video from police body cameras, but they aren’t enough for critics who worry about misuse by the government.