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Matt Shea attends a Rand Paul rally, Aug. 26, 2015. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

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 to bad contemporary idea, supporters are selecting the symbols that will define this would-be 51st state.
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, left, and Derek Sandison, the director of the Washington Department of Agriculture, right, take part in a meeting in Spokane with Washington fruit and grain producers, state agriculture and trade officials, and representatives from Farmers for Free Trade, on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Chad Sokol / The Spokesman-Review)

Farm groups, fearing a trade war, voice concerns to McMorris Rodgers

UPDATED: Fri., May 4, 2018, 3:55 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Thursday she is concerned about the potential impact of President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs and his withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but encouraged by the influence of some of Trump’s pro-trade advisers and appointees.