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Shawn Vestal: GOP needs to rid itself of Matt Shea

Guardian report suggesting Rep. Matt Shea supported surveillance of protestors should be enough for the GOP to push Spokane Valley legislator out of its ranks.


UPDATED: Mon., April 22, 2019, 10:53 p.m.

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 …


Spin Control: Recent proposal to ban abortion is a ‘hero’ bill

Bills introduced late in the session are sometimes “hero” bills. And that’s not really a compliment.


51st state supporters rally in Olympia

Supporters of a new state for Eastern Washington stage another rally at the Capitol, but no vote is expected on their resolution.


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:55 a.m.

Could hemp be Washington’s next cash crop? Lawmakers eye new system amid CBD boom, marijuana expansion

Both chambers of the Washington Legislature have passed laws that would create a state system for licensing hemp production. The long-outlawed cousin of marijuana hasn’t taken off in the Evergreen …


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019, 9:15 p.m.

Washington state House votes for permanent daylight saving time

Not happy about losing an hour’s sleep to daylight saving time? Legislature is trying to do away with the semi-annual clock change.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 8:55 p.m.

Gun rights, 51st state are linked, Shea tells rally

Rep. Matt Shea links gun rights, a new state in Eastern Washington at a Capitol rally.


The week that was: Ferguson sidesteps question on running for governor; state of Liberty gets another try

Spokane group has breakfast with Attorney General Bob Ferguson, asks if he’d like to be Gov. Bob Ferguson.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 10:13 p.m.

Rep. Matt Shea urges crowd to resist gun restrictions with firearms ‘behind every blade of grass’

Rep. Matt Shea calls for a gun behind every blade of grass and people willing to fight gun control.


Spin Control: What’s in store for 2019? Maybe this. Maybe not.

With 2019 stretching before us, Spin Control makes some predictions.


Attorney for state Rep. Matt Shea counters PDC complaints over surplus funds

Attorney for Rep. Matt Shea rebuts PDC complaints over his surplus campaign fund.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 10:52 p.m.

‘Pure fiction’: Spokane Valley City Council is not voting on 51st state idea

A longtime columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer apologized Tuesday for a story that falsely claimed the Spokane Valley City Council was planning to vote on a resolution in support of …


Shea donations from surplus campaign money prompt complaint

State Rep. Matt Shea’s donations to certain charities from his surplus campaign fund generate a complaint to the state Public Disclosure Commission from a Democratic political watchdog.


Shawn Vestal: Shea finds questioners in Poland more to his liking

Good news, everyone: Matt Shea has found a couple of interviewers he apparently doesn’t consider too dirty, godless or hateful to answer.


Kretz, Maycumber named to House GOP leader posts

Reps. Joel Kretz, Jacqueline Maycumber named to leadership posts by House Republicans.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 10:46 p.m.

Matt Shea, Bob McCaslin sweep Democratic hopefuls in Spokane Valley’s 4th Legislative District

Republican state Reps. Matt Shea and Bob McCaslin have fended off Democratic challengers in Eastern Washington’s 4th Legislative District.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018, 8:17 p.m.

Avista, BNSF join list of donors seeking refunds from Shea campaign

Avista Corp. and the BNSF Railway Co. on Friday joined the list of organizations requesting refunds from state Rep. Matt Shea’s re-election campaign. Both companies this year donated $2,000 to …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018, 11:18 a.m.

AT&T, Washington Realtors seek Shea campaign refunds over ‘Biblical Basis for War’ manifesto

Two more organizations demanded money back from state Rep. Matt Shea’s re-election campaign on Thursday, while others denounced his rhetoric and said they would not support him in future elections. …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 6:09 p.m.

At least one of Rep. Matt Shea’s campaign donors wants money back

The political arm of the Northwest Credit Union Association, which represents 180 credit unions in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, gave $1,000 to Shea’s campaign this year but recently asked the …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 31, 2018, 11:43 a.m.

Rep. Matt Shea takes credit, criticism for document titled ‘Biblical Basis for War’

Washington state Rep. Matt Shea acknowledged Wednesday he had distributed a four-page manifesto titled “Biblical Basis for War,” which describes the Christian god as a “warrior,” details the composition and …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018, 10:34 p.m.

Spokane Valley Reps. Matt Shea and Bob McCaslin debate Democratic challengers Ted Cummings and Mary May

Candidates for the two House positions representing the 4th Legislative District shared vastly different views on health care, organized labor, immigration and other issues during a pair of debates Tuesday …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 12, 2018, 6:58 p.m.

Matt Shea to join Ammon Bundy at far-right gathering in Whitefish, Montana

The “New Code of the West” conference will be a reunion of sorts for the Spokane Valley state legislator and public-lands opponent Ammon Bundy, both of whom rail against what …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 8, 2018, 1:10 p.m.

Matt Shea’s challenger for 4th District House seat Ted Cummings offers different version of Democrat

Ted Cummings admits he didn’t pay much attention to state Rep. Matt Shea until early this year, when he noticed the Spokane Valley legislator had introduced a bill that aimed …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 9:50 p.m.

Task force looks at public records versus private information

Task force grapples with protecting private information from constituents as it reviews public records law.


Spin Control: Rep. Shea should keep his seat on the Public Records task force

Calling reporters “dirty, godless, hateful” shouldn’t disqualify Matt Shea from serving on a legislative task force on the Public Records Act.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 11:36 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Legislators continue to miss the point of public records and transparency

When it comes to the Washington Legislature, and what we can expect in terms of its willingness to abide by the Public Records Act, it won’t be Matt Shea’s whackjobbery …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 9:58 a.m.

Inslee says Shea shouldn’t be on task force; GOP leader says he’ll stay

Gov. Jay Inslee calls for Rep. Matt Shea to step down from the legislative Public Records Act task force, but the House’s top Republican says that’s not Inslee’s decision to …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 10:19 a.m.

State Rep. Matt Shea calls journalists ‘dirty, godless, hateful.’ GOP leader says he remains qualified for task force.

Rep. Matt Shea will push for more openness in legislative records despite his criticism of the news media, House GOP leader says.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

Gun rights enthusiasts joined by Shea, Fagan at Franklin Park rally

Armed gun enthusiasts and local politicians gathered at Franklin Park Saturday to advocate for their second amendment rights


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018, 11:39 a.m.

Red Pill Expo brings leading contrarians to Spokane

An event that falls somewhere between the 2016 Oregon standoff and the movie “Matrix” kicks off Thursday at the Spokane Convention Center with the premier of a movie honoring slain …