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Shawn Vestal: Greater Idaho is a wonderful name for a bad idea

Lest you think we’re the only region with a tiny but incurable case of the crackpot secessionist bug, cast your eyes toward rural Oregon.


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.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019

Supporters of dividing Washington into two states make their pitch at Spokane Interstate Fair

Volunteers pitched the idea of dividing Washington politically along the Cascades among booths selling hot tubs, handmade crafts and wood stoves Friday afternoon, the first day of the Spokane Interstate …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019

Liberty state proponents push plan to secede from Washington at Moses Lake press conference

Proponents of a plan to split Washington into two states held their first news conference Tuesday evening in Moses Lake – an attempt, they said, to clear up misconceptions about …


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 …


Stravo Lukas: Time to get things straight

It’s time to realize a common, constructive vision and strive toward it, not toward constant bickering. Giving us living laboratories is a first step. Give us Liberty State.


Councilman Mike Fagan, Prosecutor Larry Haskell downplay attendance at Liberty State fundraiser

Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan pumped his fist while leading his audience in an enthusiastic chant Thursday evening, seemingly offering full-throated support to a conservative secessionist movement that would turn …


UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019

Liberty State supporters raise funds at event after tense ‘silent protest’ by ex-Matt Shea backers

A fundraising event for the proposed creation of a 51st state called Liberty started on a tense note Thursday evening as onetime loyalists of state Rep. Matt Shea held what …