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UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 13, 2020

Stripped of party support, Rep. Matt Shea arrives in Olympia amid calls for his resignation

Shea started the 2020 legislative session on a defiant note Monday, continuing to refuse bipartisan calls for his resignation even as he was stripped of his committee assignments and relegated …


Idaho power struggle leads to big role for obscure employee

A power struggle between the Idaho House and Senate has had ramifications for a relatively unknown state employee who’s long toiled in an agency most people didn’t know existed.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 12, 2020

Spin Control: How to keep tabs on lawmakers, legislative issues from miles away

The Legislature begins its 2020 session Monday, and while the lawmakers will spend most of the next two months some 300 miles away, there are ways a person with a …


Guaido blocked from legislature as Venezuelan conflict deepens

Venezuelan security forces have blocked opposition leader Juan Guaido from attending a special session of Congress where rivals tried to install a substitute leader.


Idaho lawmakers talk taxes, ballot initiatives and hemp

Idaho Gov. Brad Little said Friday he’s already sent a message about making the state’s ballot initiative process tougher by vetoing a bill last year, but fellow Republican and House …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 24, 2019

Spokane Valley mayor comes to Shea’s defense after report on anti-government plotting

Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins has continued to defend state Rep. Matt Shea after an investigation found the lawmaker engaged in domestic terrorism, even as other Republicans have called on …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 23, 2019

McMorris Rodgers says GOP leaders were right to oust Shea from caucus; other officials split on whether he should resign

“I have repeatedly condemned extremism, no matter its source, and have made clear the violence it inspires has no place here in Eastern Washington,” the congresswoman said in a statement.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 20, 2019

Former state Rep. Leonard Christian announces run against Matt Shea after damning investigation report

Former state Rep. Leonard Christian, a Republican, announced Friday he intends to challenge state Rep. Matt Shea in the 2020 election, a day after House GOP leaders expelled Shea from …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 20, 2019

Rep. Matt Shea expelled from GOP caucus after investigation finds he engaged in domestic terrorism

The findings of the four-month investigation are detailed in a 108-page report that was delivered to rank-and-file members of the House on Thursday. Leaders of both parties called for Shea’s …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

Nurse practitioner Lori Feagan running as Democrat against state Rep. Matt Shea

Feagan, 61, announced her candidacy on Monday, just days before the expected release of an investigative report detailing Shea’s interactions with far-right activists and determining, officially, whether the six-term GOP …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Suit to force treasurer from Statehouse office can continue

A lawsuit brought by Idaho legislative leaders seeking to force the treasurer out of her first-floor office in the Statehouse can move forward, a judge ruled Friday.


Commission named every 10 years to redraw Washington’s congressional, legislative boundaries

A bipartisan commission draws Washington’s congressional and legislative boundaries.


Voters can make laws when legislators won’t

Voters have options to take the law into their own hands when the Legislature won’t.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019

Rep. Matt Shea loses more support from corporate donors

Boeing, Allstate, the timber company Weyerhaeuser and the Washington Health Care Association have joined the list of corporate donors saying they will no longer contribute to Shea’s re-election campaigns, the …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019

Former ally links Rep. Matt Shea to document describing creation of theocratic ‘redoubt’ territory

The eight-page document, titled “Restoration,” details how Christian “patriots” should quash resistance, establish an interim government, decentralize services, restrict immigration based on ethnicity and amend the Constitution to “acknowledge that …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019

51st state supporters reserve booth at Spokane County Interstate Fair, draw scrutiny

Shea’s former legislative aide, Rene’ Holaday, said in a Wednesday episode of her “Liberty State Radio” podcast that volunteers have begun collecting petition signatures and handing out flyers at fairs …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019

Spokane Mayor David Condon, police Chief Craig Meidl say state Rep. Matt Shea is unfit for office

Spokane’s police chief and mayor have declared state Rep. Matt Shea unfit for office after leaked emails revealed the Spokane Valley lawmaker sought to conduct surveillance on local progressive leaders …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019

Spokane Police Guild joins calls for Rep. Matt Shea’s resignation over gathering of ‘intelligence’ on City Council members

The demands follow reporting by The Spokesman-Review that revealed the Spokane Valley lawmaker collected “intelligence” on local progressive leaders, including Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart, Councilwoman Lori Kinnear and …


More from the Matt Shea files: GPS trackers, a ‘provisional government’ and a hunt for moles

Already, state Rep. Matt Shea and some of his closest supporters have made physical preparations for a holy war, one that would help them establish their long-envisioned 51st state, their …


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019

Rent control in Spokane is idea gaining ground

Rent control has gained ground in New York, but less so in Spokane, where homelessness and rental scarcity are problems that lawmakers are now seeking to alleviate with different approaches.


100 Years Ago in Spokane: Manito outgrows ‘portable’ school

A growing number of school-age children prompted Manito residents to seek a permanent replacement of the “portable” school at 21st Avenue and Hatch Street.


Whistleblower who leaked Rep. Matt Shea’s chat logs accuses lawmaker of Christian domination agenda

The man who leaked private messages involving state Rep. Matt Shea wrote a lengthy Facebook post on Wednesday, publicly acknowledging his own role in the chat and accusing the Spokane …


Washington hunting, angling fee increase fails; WDFW faces $7 million deficit

A bill that would have increased hunting and angling fees for the first time since 2011 was not approved by the Washington Legislature.


Rep. Matt Shea links to white nationalist website, defends running background checks on political opponents

Fuming after a new round of headlines about his interactions with far-right activists, state Rep. Matt Shea directed his 4,600 Facebook followers to an obscure Australian website that traffics in …


UPDATED: Mon., April 22, 2019

Democrats call on GOP to oust Rep. Matt Shea after report says he backed surveillance on left-wing protestors

Washington Democrats called for state Rep. Matt Shea to be expelled from the GOP caucus on Monday after a news report revealed he took part in a private group chat …


EWU restructuring programs, cutting positions to fix $3.6 million shortfall

Facing a projected $3.6 million budget shortfall, Eastern Washington University is working to cut costs by restructuring colleges and academic departments – a process that will affect jobs. EWU President …


School safety center proposal clears second vote

A bill establishing a network of regional school safety centers and a threat assessment program has cleared its second floor vote in the Washington Legislature, with lawmakers citing recent mass …


Proposed eviction-law reforms clear second floor vote

A package of tenant protections including extended eviction-notice times has cleared its second floor vote in the Legislature.


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019

Idaho Legislature wraps up session that ends with acrimony

The Idaho Legislature has wrapped up business amid acrimony between the House and Senate. The two chambers adjourned for the year Thursday, but not before the Senate killed legislation that …


UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019

Bump stock owners can turn in devices for $150 check from state under new bill

Washington owners of bump stocks can turn them in to the Washington State Patrol for $150 on four days in March.