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UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019, 11:11 p.m.

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich warns of homegrown extremism, announces he won’t seek re-election

After speaking for more than an hour about the dangers of homegrown extremism Tuesday evening, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich announced he will not seek re-election when his term ends …


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.


‘Second-worst’ label is not one Republicans often use against this newspaper

Republican Rob Chase might reconsider his description of The Spokesman-Review if he knew the context.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019, 7:59 p.m.

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, 11 p.m.

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: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019, 9:37 p.m.

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 …


With Shea under investigation, a look back at the only Washington House member ever expelled

As critics and supporters of Rep. Matt Shea await the findings of an independent investigation of the Spokane Valley Republican, they should know one thing: When voters send a person …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019, 11:17 a.m.

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 …


Editorial: Shea’s district needs a representative who gets results

Eastern Washington’s 4th District needs someone who can produce results, not just scandal.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019, 6:55 p.m.

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 …


Shawn Vestal: It’s up to Matt Shea’s voters to do the right thing – and they haven’t done it yet

If anything, the growing condemnation of Matt Shea by local officials, in response to the latest details about our region’s foremost conspiratorial, paranoid, gun-worshipping, anti-government zealot, will just fuel his …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 9:52 p.m.

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, 9:12 p.m.

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 …


Spokane City Council members, other leaders reportedly targeted by Rep. Matt Shea call for his resignation

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart, City Councilman Breean Beggs and Councilwoman Lori Kinnear issued a joint statement Sunday calling on the Spokane Valley lawmaker to resign, after reporting from …


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: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 11:09 a.m.

Rep. Matt Shea endorsed training children to fight in holy war

Leaked emails, first reported by The Guardian on Wednesday, as well as a video on Shea’s public Facebook page, reveal the Spokane Valley lawmaker has had close ties with a …


Independent team signed for Shea investigation

House signs contract with outside investigators to determine whether Rep. Matt Shea has promoted political violence.


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 9:03 p.m.

Matt Shea investigator could be hired this week

House administrators say they are close to hiring a private investigator to examine complaints about Rep. Matt Shea.


Tanner Rowe: Here’s why Rep. Shea gets re-elected by district voters

A question often asked is “How does Matt Shea keep getting elected?” If you’re not on Shea’s side of the political isle it’s simple to assume that it’s because the …


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, 12:42 p.m.

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 …


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 …


Spin Control: State Democrats’ talk doesn’t match actions in alarm raised about Matt Shea

State Democrats asking for donations over the controversy surrounding Rep. Matt Shea.


Tina Podlodowski: Washington GOP has many reasons to oust Shea

If they aren’t already, Washington state’s Republicans should be on daily conference calls discussing what to do about Matt Shea.


UPDATED: Sat., May 4, 2019, 7:57 a.m.

House Democrats call for investigation into Spokane Valley state Rep. Matt Shea

House Democrats call for investigation into Republican Rep. Matt Shea’s comments in online chat that called for violence against political opponents.


Gun rally shows off weaponry and flags

Equipped with a variety of armaments and dressed in tactical military gear, protestors displayed their appetite for guns, the constitution – and in some cases, flags.


UPDATED: Sat., April 27, 2019, 4:47 p.m.

House GOP to review Shea reports

The House Republican Caucus will review reports of Rep. Matt Shea’s participation in an online chat in which others discussed violence against political opponents. But it won’t happen until the …


Rep. Matt Shea was part of violent 2017 chat from the beginning

Portions of a 2017 chat log obtained by The Spokesman-Review contradict state Rep. Matt Shea’s claim that he was not a participant in the conversation when other far-right figures suggested …


UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019, 5:08 p.m.

Washington lawmakers aim to block release of buy-back records

The names and addresses of Washington residents who turned in their bump stocks as part of the state’s buy-back program should be exempted from release under the public records law, …


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 …