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A Spokane resident stood in the rain Wednesday with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle strapped to his shoulder as a parade of President Donald Trump supporters rolled along Broadway Avenue waving flags, honking and yelling support for each other.
Even though he isn't on the ballot, state Rep. Matt Shea has a presence in the 2020 election. And not just in Spokane, where his decision not to run caused a series of changes in the candidate filings.
While Matt Shea isn’t running for re-election, his influence can still be felt throughout Spokane Valley’s 4th Legislative District.
Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho is suing a group of anti-abortion protesters who lead frequent religious services outside the health care provider’s Spokane clinic, alleging the noisy demonstrations have interfered with treatment and intimidated patients and staff.
The FBI is investigating state Rep. Matt Shea regarding his role during several armed standoffs with federal agents over the past several years.
At a rally in Coeur d’Alene that featured many prominent figures in the far-right “patriot” movement, outgoing Washington state Rep. Matt Shea vowed to continue pushing for the creation of a 51st state called Liberty, separate from Seattle and the rest of Western Washington.
Spokane County’s 4th Legislative District is a reliably Republican stronghold that typically does not draw a crowd of aspiring candidates. But as with so many other things, 2020 has proved atypical.
When the Legislature is in session, Olympia is often the state’s primary location for people to peaceably assemble – mostly – for redress of grievances. Even with the honorable lawmakers at home, the nationwide demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers brings out the local protesters.
The lawmaker was introduced to the congregation Sunday by outgoing pastor, the Rev. Ken Peters, who will leave to start a new church in Tennessee.
A few hundred people led by right-wing business owners and religious leaders, along with Rep. Matt Shea, protested against stay-home orders at Spokane City Hall Friday afternoon.
Embattled Spokane Valley Republican Matt Shea will not seek re-election to the legislative seat he has held for 12 years.
Spokane Valley Rep. Matt Shea is being billed $4,700 for the cleanup of olive oil he poured on the steps of the domed Legislative Building in early March, part of a Christian group’s response to an earlier demonstration by Satanists who had marched around the building.
After State Rep. Matt Shea (R-Spokane Valley) poured olive oil on the steps of the state Capitol March 6, 2020, the Department of Enterprise Services billed Shea $4700 for cleaning up the oil, which was probably poured out during a religious ceremony. The department oversees the campus in Olympia. Shea was leading a group of supporters in a counter demonstration to that of a Satanic church earlier that same day. There is no video of Shea pouring out the oil, but authorities say he did it and should pay for the cleanup. Read the story here.
Two Facebook pages during the past week posted names, emails and phone numbers of state residents who had complained to the state about businesses allegedly violating Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order. Some of the complainants say the Facebook posts have generated threats of violence and harassment against them.
Hundreds of protesters led by far-right religious leaders and state Rep. Matt Shea converged Friday afternoon on the Spokane County Courthouse, calling for the economy to reopen.
Spokane police did not arrest or attempt to disperse any of the protesters, whom the police department described as “peaceful and friendly.” Officers did recommend charges against a 52-year-old woman who allegedly threw eggs at protesters’ vehicles from the window of a fourth-floor apartment.
“Shame on you,” the sheriff said, referring to the Spokane Valley lawmaker.
The economic shutdowns and social distancing measures ordered by governors of both parties have drawn heated reactions from far-right officials across the Inland Northwest, including members of the so-called “patriot” movement spearheaded by Spokane Valley Rep. Matt Shea.
As the sun sets on another sex-ed freakout in Olympia, a question lingers: Just how malevolent do opponents of sex ed believe teachers are?
A recently surfaced video shows the embattled Spokane Valley lawmaker speaking at a gathering in Stevens County in 2013. “Arm yourselves. Arm your families. Arm the church,” he said.