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Shawn Vestal: The only good laws are popular laws

If there’s anyone who understands the limits of gun control – who really gets how ineffective any and all gun laws are – it’s Rep. Matt Shea. Gun laws are …


Washington House gun registration bill not voted

OLYMPIA – Democrats abandoned a bill to require wider background checks for gun purchases late Tuesday, after disagreements over the proposals caused the House of Representatives to grind to a …


House backs revamping election laws

OLYMPIA – Some would-be voters would have more time to register online, and younger ones could preregister as early as age 16 under election law changes approved Thursday by the …


Bill plants the seed for hemp farming

OLYMPIA – The cannabis plant could provide Washington state with two new agricultural crops: one for smoking and one making rope and fabric. Different strains of the plant would be …


Gun check bill clears key House committee

OLYMPIA – A bill requiring almost all gun buyers in Washington to undergo a background check passed a key House panel Tuesday and will likely be part of a package …


What would Jesus do about gun control?

OLYMPIA – What would Jesus do about gun control? A debate between a Spokane Valley legislator and a Seattle minister essentially posed that question Wednesday in a packed hearing on …


Shea bill targets electoral voting

OLYMPIA – Changing the way the state casts its Electoral College votes for president would be fairer to Eastern Washington voters, a Spokane Valley legislator said Tuesday. A Democratic leader, …


Abortion notification bill will get hearing in Senate

OLYMPIA – A proposed law requiring parents to be notified of an abortion for any girl under 18 will get a hearing in a Senate committee this year, and possibly …


Shea gun charge dropped

State Rep. Matt Shea no longer faces a misdemeanor gun charge sparked when he pulled a gun during a road-rage dispute. Shea, R-Spokane Valley, was charged in 2011 for keeping …


Judge dismisses gun charge against Shea

State Rep. Matthew Shea no longer faces a misdemeanor gun charge sparked when he pulled a gun during a road rage dispute. Shea, R-Spokane Valley, was charged in 2011 for …


Clark: Friendship, hug are election night surprises

The Presidential Press Posse had just prowled into the Lair of Democrats in the Red Lion Hotel at the Park when a guy I barely know sidled up to me. …


Sullivan Road bridge failing, legislators told

The Spokane Valley City Council hosted a special meeting Friday to ask local state legislators to help secure funding to replace the Sullivan Road Bridge. The estimated cost to replace …


Democrats holding edge in Legislature

Democrats appear likely to hold on to both chambers of the Washington Legislature. Republicans had pushed to recapture the state Senate, where the Democrats currently have five more seats than …


Ad Watch: Mix-up in Shea mailer

State Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane, mailed a new ad to voters late last week that sharply criticizes media coverage of him and misrepresents his and his opponent’s positions on key …


Doug Clark: Amy Biviano vs. Matt Shea, the race that keeps on giving

The tipster called me midday Friday with two eye-popping political developments, namely that 4th District state legislative candidate Amy Biviano appeared topless in a 1995 Playboy magazine spread. Five words …


Legislative candidate Amy Biviano unfazed by Playboy pic

Amy Biviano, the Democratic challenger in a high-profile battle for a legislative seat representing Spokane Valley, is defending a 1995 topless photo shoot with Playboy magazine as a confidence-building experience …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2012, 5:48 p.m.

Legislative hopeful Amy Biviano posed topless in Playboy

Amy Biviano, the Democratic challenger in a high-profile battle for a legislative seat representing Spokane Valley, is defending a 1995 topless photo shoot with Playboy magazine as a confidence-building experience …


Solidly GOP district seeing spirited race between Matt Shea, Amy Biviano

To Republican state Rep. Matt Shea, Americans are on the verge of becoming slaves, and he has a plan to stop it. Among his proposals: The federal government should make …


Doug Clark: Stunt Shea pulled far from clean campaigning

Matt Shea – the Road Rage Republican running for re-election in Spokane Valley – has his knickers in a knot over his opponent’s supposedly dirty campaign tactics. Or in other …


Anti-Shea mailer features pointing gun

Democratic challenger Amy Biviano is turning incumbent Republican state Rep. Matt Shea’s road rage case into a campaign issue. But the mailer that began arriving in Spokane Valley mailboxes over …


GOP chief asks Shea to pull photo

It may have started as a joke, but the controversial photo of state Rep. Matt Shea standing on his Democratic challenger’s property has become a political hot potato for Republicans. …


Shea’s picture backed by GOP

The chairman of the Spokane County Republican Party is standing behind state Rep. Matt Shea’s decision to post a picture of himself on the Internet standing on his Democratic challenger’s …


Doug Clark: A lawmaker of a higher caliber

Nothing says “Welcome back from vacation, Doug” like a Road Rage Republican. So thanks to whoever gifted the newspaper with court documents about the firearms violations that were issued to …


Legislator pulled gun during road incident

A Spokane Valley legislator pulled a gun during a confrontation with another motorist last November in what police reports describe as a road rage incident. He was cited for two …


Matt Shea, Q&A on 15 topics

Did not respond to requests to complete The Spokesman-Review’s legislative candidate’s questionnaire.


Amy Biviano, Q&A on 15 topics

1. Why do you feel that you are the best candidate? My background as a CPA and a public school volunteer gives me the right blend of small business experience, …


Democrat quotes Knezovich’s praise

Republican Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has given a boost to the campaign of a Democrat running for state Legislature in Spokane Valley, a move that highlights division in the …


Matt Shea to seek third term in state House

Spokane Valley Republican Matt Shea will seek a third term in the state House of Representatives, not the open seat on the Spokane County Board of Commissioners. Shea had been …


Shea to seek third House term

Republican Matt Shea will seek re-election to the Legislature rather than running for an open county commission seat.


Daniele Modderman serves as House page

Daniele Modderman, a sophomore at The Oaks Classical Christian Academy in Spokane Valley, recently served as a page in the Washington House of Representatives. She was sponsored by Rep. Matt …