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Spin Control: Competition to be the 51st star in the American flag

For a brief moment, it seemed like U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib had something in common with state Rep. Matt Shea.


Sue Lani Madsen: 51st state movement rooted in history and differences, not fantasy

Spokane Interstate fairgoers visiting the Liberty state booth would be surprised to hear themselves described as paranoid extremists seeking a fantasyland. Top topics include tax increases, income tax proposals, property …


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: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

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: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018

‘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 …


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.