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UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 28, 2020

Documents from Shea investigation show detailed plans for action

Spokane Valley Rep. Matt Shea laid out detailed plans to prepare for dramatic “government escalation” at an Oregon stand-off and to protect the ability of a Priest River, Idaho, veteran …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Gun control bills move forward on party-line votes

With a series of shootings in Seattle filling local news reports, Democrats moved proposed restrictions on the size of magazines and training requirements for concealed pistol licenses moved out of …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 21, 2020

House Democrats may skip further actions against Shea

House Democrats may not take further action against Spokane Valley Rep. Matt Shea unless they get enough Republican support for expulsion, their leaders said Tuesday.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 17, 2020

State Rep. Matt Shea to gun rally in Olympia: Never back down

After a week in which he was officially removed from his committee assignments and moved to the back of the House floor, Rep. Matt Shea got a welcome more akin …


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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 10, 2020

Rep. Matt Shea wants to call witnesses to prove accusations false

Rep. Matt Shea says he wants to face accusers, call witnesses.


Calls for Shea resignation continue but House leaders don’t have backup plan

Legislative leaders and Gov. Jay Inslee repeated calls for Rep. Matt Shea to resign. But since he has said he won’t, their next step remains unclear.


House leaders unsure of next step involving Matt Shea

Next step in legislative action concerning Rep. Matt Shea uncertain, but expulsion creates a high hurdle.


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 …


Editorial: Rep. Matt Shea should resign

State Rep. Matt Shea will best serve his constituents by resigning immediately. He can no longer represent Eastern Washington effectively in Olympia. Voters knew about many of Shea’s radical extracurricular …


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: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Shawn Vestal: Scathing House report should mark rapid end of Matt Shea’s legislative career

There was a simple question hanging fire during the House-ordered investigation Rep. Matt Shea: Would there be a last straw? Turns out the answer is no. There’s no last straw. …


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 …


Shea calls investigation Marxist, Globalist tactic

The legislative investigation against him is political warfare being conducted by “Globalists, Marxists and Islamists” and is similar to efforts to impeach the president, Rep. Matt Shea said recently in …


House leaders get Shea report, but public release delayed

Top House members were briefed Wednesday on the investigation of Rep. Matt Shea, but release of the report to the public is not likely before next week.


Investigation into Matt Shea to arrive with lawmakers Monday, be released publicly within weeks

As Spokane Valley state Rep. Matt Shea continues to make national headlines for his controversial positions, an independent investigation into whether he promoted political violence is scheduled to arrive with …


Shawn Vestal: Rep. Matt Shea saw ex-WSU GOPer James Allsup not as a bigot but as an ally

James Allsup would be a natural fit on Matt Shea’s team – that circle of loose screws, online tough guys, racist ignoramuses, Islamaphobes and homophobes, violent fantasists, Trump cultists and …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019

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

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: 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 …


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

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

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 …