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UPDATED: Sun., May 31, 2020

Rep. Matt Shea to take over as campus pastor at Covenant Christian Church after failing to file for re-election

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.


UPDATED: Fri., May 15, 2020

Business owners, Rep. Matt Shea lead hundreds in demonstration against stay-home orders at Spokane City Hall

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.


UPDATED: Fri., May 15, 2020

Shea won’t run for re-election, leading to shuffle in area races

Embattled Spokane Valley Republican Matt Shea will not seek re-election to the legislative seat he has held for 12 years.


UPDATED: Thu., May 14, 2020

Shea billed $4,700 for olive oil poured on Capitol steps in response to Satanist demonstration

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 …


UPDATED: Sat., May 9, 2020

Washington residents threatened after naming open businesses, as protesters gather at Capitol to assail coronavirus closures

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 …


UPDATED: Fri., May 1, 2020

Hundreds protest stay-home order at courthouse, shout down politicians hoping to reopen economy

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.


UPDATED: Thu., April 23, 2020

Rep. Matt Shea, initiative promoter Tim Eyman join protest of governor’s COVID-19 response

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 …


UPDATED: Fri., April 17, 2020

Knezovich blasts Shea over plans to protest COVID-19 restrictions

“Shame on you,” the sheriff said, referring to the Spokane Valley lawmaker.


Far-right politicians denounce government’s COVID-19 response in Washington, Idaho

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” …


Shawn Vestal: Debate over sex ed brings out the worst in bill’s opponents

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?


‘Blood is required of every generation’: Video surfaces of Rep. Matt Shea speaking in 2013

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.


Spin Control: Liberty State rally had no chance of moving legislation

Proponents of the persistent mirage that is the 51st State of Liberty scheduled, and later wisely canceled, a rally on the Capitol steps Friday.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

Effort to remove Shea likely over after no Republicans sign House letter calling for expulsion

House members are being asked to sign a letter calling for their leaders to begin the process of expelling Spokane Valley Rep. Matt Shea.


House Democrats split on any action regarding Shea

House Democrats remain divided about what action, if any, to take regarding Republican Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, and allegations from independent investigators that some of his actions could be …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

A look at Rep. Matt Shea’s legal career: Recently laid off, he’s sued bad drivers and a state university

Shortly after the Washington state House released a report concluding Rep. Matt Shea has engaged in domestic terrorism, the Spokane Valley lawmaker was quietly laid off from the law firm …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

Amid unspecific threats, police presence boosted at Spokane City Council meetings

In response to unspecified threats, there has been an increased police presence at recent Spokane City Council meetings.


Shea’s absence, prohibition on questions raise concerns at Valley GOP meeting

Legislators and precinct committee officers from Washington’s 4th Legislative District applauded the productivity of a session update meeting held Saturday morning, but some Republican officials expressed concerns about the repeated …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 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 standoff 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. …