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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.


WSP finds no death threat to Rep. Matt Shea, closes investigation

The Washington State Patrol has closed an investigation into a death threat reported by state Rep. Matt Shea. The patrol said the call didn’t rise to the level of a …


Transgender bathroom rule draws dueling protests in Olympia

A rule on use of public restrooms drew dueling protests to the Washington Capitol.


Shawn Vestal: Seim brothers have found a cause, but little effect, in the refuge standoff

The Seim brothers in Ephrata, far-right-wing “patriots” who mostly have needled local officials over petty matters, have found a meatier cause to preen over in the continuing occupation of a …


Washington State Patrol investigates threats against Rep. Matt Shea

Valley legislator reports threats to patrol.


Spokane County sheriff questions Matt Shea’s trip to Oregon armed protest

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says he “can’t fathom” why Rep. Matt Shea would attend an armed protest at a wildlife refuge in Oregon over the weekend.


Shawn Vestal: Shea plays his part – backing the doofuses – in Oregon standoff

Of course he did. Our very own Bundy, Matt Shea, met last week with the armed doofuses at the Oregon bird preserve. So did North Idaho’s Heather Scott and Sage …


State Rep. Matt Shea made ‘fact-finding’ trip to Oregon standoff

Rep. Matt Shea was among legislators who made a trip over the weekend to the eastern Oregon wildlife refuge that is currently occupied by armed protesters who want some federal …


Council salute to Muslim group draws protest

The Spokane City Council stepped squarely into the middle of a national debate over Muslims in America, approving a salutation to local Muslims that recognizes their contributions to the community. …


Washington lawmakers push to revamp state financial system

Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase this week invited an unlikely duo to speak together on two pieces of legislation addressing the state’s financial system. Chase said he endorsed both bills, …


GOP Sen. Rand Paul gives Spokane his presidential pitch

Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul told a packed room of Spokane supporters on Wednesday he believes the GOP could capture Washington’s electoral votes in 2016, if they supported a candidate …


Planned Parenthood protest draws hundreds

At a rally Saturday morning outside Planned Parenthood in north Spokane, state Rep. Matt Shea called the group “an evil organization” committing acts on par with Nazi Germany. “I am …


State Supreme Court stands firm in dispute with Legislature over education funding

OLYMPIA – Enough already with promises to fix the state’s schools, the state Supreme Court told the Legislature on Thursday. Until the Legislature establishes a concrete plan, it’ll cost the …


Rally centers on veteran, potential weapons confiscation in Priest River

A group of about 100 people in Priest River, Idaho, lined up outside a U.S. Navy veteran’s house Thursday to protest claims that federal officials plan to confiscate the man’s …


Legislature sends transportation bill to Inslee

OLYMPIA – A $16 billion transportation tax and fee bill with an 11.9-cent gasoline tax increase hit some roadblocks early Wednesday but eventually passed the House and Senate and was …


Amended child support bill passes Washington Legislature

OLYMPIA – Obeying federal requirements to make state law conform to an international treaty on child support is forcing a special session in Idaho. But on Friday, legislation that allows …


Spin Control: China flag at Capitol stirs flap

OLYMPIA – Hey, did you hear about how some true patriots tore down the Chinese flag that was flying over the Washington Capitol last weekend because the pinko governor was …


House passes ban on therapies that try to change sexual orientation

OLYMPIA – The House moved to ban therapy that some believe can change homosexual orientation and others contend is dangerous and ineffective. It passed a revised version of a Senate …