NEWS AND EVENTS

Matt Shea's Annual Freedom Dinner

 2012 Election Night Victory Party

Dear Friends,

Cathy McMorris Rodgers has invited myself and my supporters to join her for the 2012 Election Night Victory Party on November 6th. It will be held at the Davenport Hotel’s Grand Pennington Ballroom. Doors will open at 6:30 to watch the results come in from around the nation.  At 8:00 p.m. the program will begin. 

I would be honored if you would join in support of myself and my family on this night. We look forward to seeing you there.

2012 Election Night Victory Party
November 6, 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Grand Pennington Ballroom, The Davenport Hotel
10 S. Post Street, Spokane, Washington

Please contact the Cathy for Congress campaign headquarters at 509.624.1199 if you plan to join us on Election Night.

 

See you there! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 5, 2012

Matt Shea

matt@voteshea.com

 

Victory in Truth

 Tomorrow is the last day to cast your ballot and to vote for the candidate who you believe will represent your values, will be faithful to the U.S. and Constitutions, and will get government out of the way of small business so we can get Washington working again.

I want to thank all of you for your support and diligent prayers. We know that God’s plan is far greater than we can even fathom, and we are blessed to have been able to walk in His will and under His blessing. We could not have done it without you. We have doorbelled 14,000 houses in the past 6 months, and enjoyed the opportunity to spread the message of freedom and limited government, not only in the 4th district, but throughout the state of Washington.

Standing for principle means becoming a target and throughout this campaign, we have had many unfortunate personal attacks from local officials, candidates, and media based on false accusations and intentional misrepresentation. For any last minute questions of friends and neighbors visit “Truth” page, visit www.voteshea.com/truth or simply click on the “Truth” button on my homepage.

 I wear this target as a badge of honor and I promise that whatever the schooled but uneducated liberal elitists from Seattle throw my way, I will keep steadfastly standing for the values that made America and Washington great.

For the past four years, I have been blessed and honored to serve as your 4th District State Representative, and I look forward to serving you again this coming January in Olympia.

 
Sincerely, 

 

 

 

 

Matt Shea

State Rep. (4th L.D. – R)

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2012
Contact: Matt Shea
matt@voteshea.com

 

NEWS RELEASE: STATE REPRESENTATIVE MATT SHEA RESPONDS TO REQUESTS FOR COMMENT

  

I am saddened by the release by a national media outlet of my opponent’s involvement in pornography. I strongly condemn the release of this information. Our campaign was aware of this information several months ago, and made a very determined decision to not use or disperse this information in any way, shape, or form. I specifically instructed the few members of my campaign team who knew of this situation to not disseminate this information, engage in negative, personal attack campaigning, even though my opponent had already done so. This type of negative campaigning is exactly what is wrong with politics today. While these revelations are indeed alarming, my heart goes out to Amy and her family. My wife Viktoriya and I will continue to pray for her.

 

 

 Matt Shea

 

 

 

 

Join us at Huntwood on Tuesday, October 23rd! 

 

Huntwood Custom Cabinets will be opening its doors in support of Rep. Matt Shea on Tuesday, October 23rd.

Please join us for a tour of the Huntwood facility at 6pm.
Hors d’oeuvres and evening program to follow.

Huntwood Custom Cabinets
23800 East Appleway Avenue, Liberty Lake, WA 99019
Tour at 6pm. Program begins at 6:30pm.

Suggested donation of $10 per guest

Please contact Tiffany for more information: tiffany@voteshea.com or 509-217-1853

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 9, 2012

Matt Shea

matt@voteshea.com

 

NEWS RELEASE: Bringing in the Harvest 

  

Friday, October 5th – The first weekend of October turned out to be a very busy weekend for the Shea family. Matt took a break from campaigning to help out in our community. Friday was a day spent in the vineyards at Trezzi Farm picking grapes. The grapes were then pressed to become wine.  

 

 Beautiful weather and great company made for a weekend where friends still lend a hand and help harvest a bountiful crop. 

 After the grapes were picked, pressed, and all of the equipment (and people) cleaned up, all enjoyed a lovely authentic Italian meal around the Trezzi’s table.

  

Saturday, October 6th – Joined by Jeff Holy and Mike Fagan, Matt kicked Saturday off early with the “Feather Me Pink” event raising awareness and money for the American Cancer Society at Angelina Salon’s annual event. 

Click here to visit Feather Me Pink’s Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Shea’s Recommendations – General Election 2012

Key Contested State Races

STATEWIDE RACES

 

Supreme Court Pos. 9 – Richard Sanders – www.friendsofjustice.com

 U.S. Senator – Michael Baumgartner (R) – www.votebaumgartner.com

 State Treasurer – Sharon Hanek (R) – www.sharonhanek.com

 State Auditor – James Watkins (R) – www.watkinsforauditor.com

 Commissioner of Public Lands – Clint Didier (R) – www.clintdidier.org One of the most important positions, thePLC is in charge of managing millions of acres of public land.  Clint grasps the anti-property rights agenda and his experience as a farmer makes him the right man for the job.

 

SPOKANE COUNTY RACES

 3rd Legislative District

State Senator – Nancy McLaughlin (R) www.nancy4senate.com  Nancy is a longtime, stalwart Christian Conservative who would help lead the charge to encourage job growth in Spokane.

State Representative Pos. 1 – Tim Benn (R) – www.votetimbenn.com  Tim is an experienced uncompromising fighter for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom.  His decisions will be guided by Christian principles and tempered by his knowledge of the State Constitution.

State Representative Pos. 2 – Dave White (R) – www.votedavewhite.com  Dave is a longtime 3rd District resident who understands the economic issues of the 3rd District from a worker’s perspective and is willing to make the hard decisions to bring our state budget back under control.

 

6th Legislative District

State Representative Pos. 2 – Jeff Holy (R) – www.votejeffholy.com  Jeff is by far and away the most qualified experienced candidate in this race.  He was the only candidate to earn the endorsement of Human Life PAC for his staunch pro-life stand and the only candidate in the race to earn a perfect 5-Star rating from We Believe We Vote for his conservative worldview. 

 

7th Legislative District

State Representative Pos. 2 – Joel Kretz (R) – www.joelkretz.com  Joel is a battle hardened conservative who is also Deputy Leader of the House Republican Caucus.  Joel is tied with yours truly as the most “Conservative Legislator Lifetime” according to the Washington Conservative Union.

 

 

Ballot Issues – General Elections 2012

 

Initiative Measure No. 1185 (Requiring to 2/3rds Vote Raise Taxes) – Vote YES  

Yes, once again we must vote on this.  Democrats have sued voters for approving this requirement and are looking at any way to repeal it.  Why?  It forces, government to live within its means just like all of us.  Instead of just raising taxes as a solution, government should make the hard decisions to cut spending by addressing all of the fraud, waste, and inefficiency in the system.

 

Initiative Measure No. 1240 (Creating Charter Schools) – Vote NO

This recommendation may come as a surprise to some of you as I am a strong supporter of education choice.  I do support the concept of charter schools because central to the success of charter schools is the removal of unfunded mandates, de-centralization of control, holding bad teachers accountable, and holding students to high standards.  However, I think all public schools should have the option to become charter schools.  The current bill does not allow that and will likely lead to massive lawsuits.

 

Referendum Measure No. 74 (Re-Defining Marriage) – Vote REJECT

Same-sex couples already have the same rights benefits and privileges as married couples.  This bill also eviscerates the long standing, well recognized, fundamental right of conscientious objection (the right not to participate in an activity based on sincerely held religious beliefs).  It would force small business owners like florists, bakers, photographers, hotel owners and the like to participate in same-sex wedding ceremonies against their willWatch at the 4 minute mark here. No one should have to choose between their conscience and their livelihood.  That is simply un-American.

 

Initiative Measure No. 502 (Legalizing Marijuana) – Vote NO

Regardless of your views on marijuana, this measure is a massive tax increase that would also massively increase the size and scope of government.  A better solution is to legalize non-THCcommercial hemp creating a new industry in Washington manufacturing sisal twine for our hops fields and vineyards (instead of importing) and legalize marijuana in nebulized form only (like an inhaler) to be prescribed by doctors and issued by pharmacies just like every other narcotic. 

 

Engrossed Senate Joint Resolution No. 8221 (Reducing the Debt Limit) – Vote APPROVE

This is a constitutional amendment which would reduce the state debt limit in phases.  This would in turn reduce the total state debt.  What a great idea. 

 

Senate Joint Resolution No. 8223 (Allowing University Investment) Vote APPROVE

This is a constitutional amendment that would allow public universities like WSU and UW to invest public funds as authorized by the legislature in private companies or stock.  It allows more flexibility with funds and could very well end up helping alleviate higher tuition rates to some extent, all without having to raise taxes.

 


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 28, 2012

Matt Shea

matt@voteshea.com 

 

Rep. Shea Earns New Endorsements Leading Up to the General Election 

 

September 20, 2012 – The Washington State Farm Bureau PAC has endorsed Representative Matt Shea for 4th District Representative.  Active at the local, state, and national levels, the Farm Bureau is a voluntary, grassroots advocacy organization representing the social and economic interests of farm and ranch families.  Click here for a link to 2012 General Election Endorsements

 

September 22, 2012 - The Ponderosa Republican Women have officially endorsed Rep. Shea. Ponderosa Republican Women, founded in 1995, is a group of women (and men) with various backgrounds, who believe in government based on conservative principles, and they support candidates who align with the same values. PRW recognize the importance of conservative minded candidates who understand and respect the Constitution, our Founding Fathers, and the rule of just law.

 

 

 

 

 

September 21, 2012

Matt Shea

matt@voteshea.com

 

A SPECIAL THANKS TO SHERIFF KNEZOVICH

I want to thank Sheriff Knezovich for his openness in evaluating the training presented by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The law enforcement training program developed by Sheriff Knezovich, while drawing nationwide attention and participants, has had a positive fiscal impact instead of being a burden on taxpayers. 

Last year I was invited to, and attended, a training seminar hosted by Sheriff Knezovich. The seminar was presented by the extremely liberal Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).  I wanted to see for myself whether rumors I had heard about the SPLC were true. I observed that they demonized several well respected conservative organizations by name and one local grassroots leader in particular. This was in addition to designating organizations, like the well-known Family Research Council, as a “hate group” (Click here for article). Needless to say I was appalled.  

After several discussions with Sheriff Knezovich, it was clear to me that he had no knowledge of the SPLC’s radical leftwing agenda.  In addition, I want to thank him personally for taking the extraordinary step of stating publically that he will never again sponsor an event with the SPLC or similar groups.  Likewise, I have committed to Sheriff Knezovich that I will voice any concerns I may have about an organization prior to the event and provide him with information to allow for a more balanced decision.

Thank you Sheriff Knezovich for your diplomatic approach to the SPLC situation, and I look forward to working with you again in the future for the benefit of all whom we serve.

Sincerely,

Matt Shea

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 20, 2012

Matt Shea

matt@voteshea.com

 

PRESS RELEASE: Worker’s Compensation Rates Stay the Same, Shea Idea Key Component of Reform

 

 Rep. Shea hails Worker’s Compensation Advisory Committee decision to not change rates as a victory for small businesses.

 

On September 17th, the Workers Compensation Advisory Committee, Director Judy Schurke announced that L&I is proposing a zero premium rate change for the 2013 worker compensation rates. This is a huge victory for small business. One of the main reasons for keeping rates at current levels is the 2011 Worker’s Compensation reform package including expanding the use of Healthcare Provider Networks and Rep. Shea’s idea of structured settlements broke which broke the stalemate and allowed the first major reform in over 2 decades. (Click here for the full Spokesman Review Article)

 

Shea is committed to introducing and approving legislation to get Washington’s fiscal house in order.  His next priority is getting his amendment to the State Constitution (HJR 4225) passed out of the house which would require the legislature to pass a balanced budget.

 

In an article published in the Spokesman Review titled “2011 WA Lege: Counting winners and loosers,” Shea is recognized as having “the best-timed, if not the best, idea of the session.” regarding workers comp changes. (Click here for the full Spokesman Review article)

 

In 2009, Shea was recognized as the most effective legislator of his class earning the “Rookie of the Year Award” from the Everett Herald.  “The key issue in this election is getting government out of the way of small business so we can get Washington working again” said Shea. “I am proud to be part of implementing that solution.

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 20, 2012

Matt Shea

matt@voteshea.com

  

PRESS RELEASE: Focusing On The Issues – Focusing On The Truth

 

There they go again…over the weekend Representative Matt Shea’s opponent, a former Democrat County Party Chair who moved here from Seattle, sent out a hit-piece about an incident that happened 10 months ago. The hit-piece is categorically untrue.  What can you do to help?

 

1. Please pray for Matt’s opponent.
2. Know the truth. See the attached statements that unequivocally refute the hit-piece and spread this information to your friends and neighbors.
3. Endorse Matt, help him doorbell, put a sign up, and donate by going to his website – Click here to visit the website.

 

This is Spokane Valley, not Seattle, and we are Americans that should be working together to solve the great crisis facing our nation. That means we as Washingtonians should be working together to get government out of the way of small businesses so we can get Washington working again.

 

Matt Shea is a proven conservative Christian leader whose voting record and qualifications speak for themselves: Small Business Owner; Constitutional Attorney; 10 Year Army Combat Veteran; 100% Voting Record for Small Business; 5 Star Rating From We Believe We Vote for Stance on Life, Marriage, and Family;  Consistently Endorsed by the Washington Association of Police and Sheriffs (WACOPS); A+ Rating from the NRA and endorsed by Gun Owners of America; Rated “Outstanding…One of CAPR’s Top Ten Washington State Representatives;” and Ranked the most conservative State Representative Lifetime (Washington Conservative Union). However, Matt doesn’t just stand on principle. He is one of the most effective legislators in Olympia.  He was recognized in 2009 as the Rookie Legislator of the Year by the Everett Herald and after the ranking budget member, Matt Shea has passed more amendments and bills than any other Republican in the last four years earning him the nickname “Mr. Amendment.”  That is proven, effective, principled leadership.

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: We Believe We Vote Gives Matt Shea a Perfect Five Star Rating 

August 6, 2012

Saturday, July 14 – We Believe We Vote (WBWV) is a nonpartisan organization that interviews candidates to determine their consistency with Biblical values, constitutional principles, and personal responsibility.

WBWV’s recommendations are regarded as a clear indicator of which candidates truly stand on principle and the five star rating is the highest rating given. Matt Shea is honored to receive their five star rating and stated that WBWV’s interview was “the most thorough comprehensive interview I have done as a candidate.” He went on to say that “WBWV’s voter guide establishes unequivocally where I stand on the issues that matter to the 4th Legislative District. When they can’t beat you on the issues they result to disparaging the person.” As a result of the WBWV rating, Shea fully expects the regular bevy of personal attacks in response to his principled conservative stand.

“I am sending you our 2012 Primary Voter Recommendations because you are listed as one of our top picks …Matt is the incumbent and has served the district honorably as a man of integrity and committed to all groups he has been a part of. Strong, bold leader who has introduced legislation that aligns with WBWV standards…Has experience and education that has prepared him for this office.” – We Believe We Vote
The “We Believe – We Vote” Coalition has thoroughly evaluated most Spokane County candidates in contested races by means of interviews, surveys, and published materials. Click here to view the PDF of the WBWV Voter Recommendation. Click here to view the Candidate Evaluations.

Matt Shea Receives Support From And Washington Businesses And Constituents
Shea has enthusiastic support of the constituents from the 4th District.

“Rep. Matt Shea is one of those rare people who is everything a leader must be. He listens intently to his constituents and understands that the encroaching power of government must be stopped. The extreme, rigid agenda of the Democratic caucus in Olympia must be defanged and defunded for economic freedom to thrive. Freedom must always be defended, reclaimed, and expanded as a basic governing principle. Matt Shea GETS IT. I am proud we have a Representative who loves and protects freedom.” – David A Drahman (Constituent, 4th District)

Thursday, July 19 – The Association of Washington Business has given their endorsement to Shea.

“We want to thank you for your support of those issues important to maintaining and creating jobs and strengthening our economy.”- The Association of Washington Business
Tuesday, July 10 – The Washington Restaurant Association, the leading business association representing the state’s hospitality industry has endorsed Representative Matt Shea for 4th District State Representative.

“Thank you for your commitment of time and effort to campaign for and serve in the Washington State Legislature.”-Washington Restaurant Association PAC
GOAL: Gun Owners Action League Of Washington Endorsement
Sunday, July 15- An independent political action committee, Gun Owners League of Washington has given Rep. Shea their endorsement for his outstanding support of the Second Amendment.

“The Gun Owners Action League of Washington (GOAL of WA) is pleased to announce our endorsement of you for election to the state House of Representatives.”
Rep. Shea is honored by the overwhelming support from these endorsements in the fight for freedom and standing up for the Constitution. He will continue to fight for these rights and welcomes further support from constituents of the 4th District and Washington State.

 

 

July 16, 2012

Representative Matt Shea is honored to earn the support of law enforcement. Matt recognizes public safety as one of his top priorities and was the prime sponsor in 2010 of HB 2717 to stop the practice of allowing field trips for the criminally insane in the wake of the Phillip Paul escape from the Spokane County Fair. The bill passed with broad bi-partisan support and was eventually signed into law by Gov. Gregoire.

July 5, 2012 – “We appreciate your support of public safety and law enforcement officers.” – WACOPS Washington Council of Police & Sheriffs

Defending the right to keep and bear arms, Matt earned the endorsement of the NRA (National Rifle Association). Matt is widely known for his staunch unwavering support of the Second Amendment and last year co-sponsored HB 1016 along with 14 Democrats to allow the use of firearm noise suppressors in Washington State. The bill passed with broad bi-partisan support and was eventually signed into law by Gov. Gregoire.

June 20, 2012 – “Your strong support of the Second Amendment and working knowledge of the issues surrounding this most important debate are greatly appreciated and have earned you an ‘A+’ rating.” – National Rifle Association of America (PVF)

Matt is a recognized leader in the state defending private property rights earning special recognition from CAPR (Citizens Alliance for Property Rights) for his work to pass a bi-partisan budget proviso establishing a first right of repurchase for owners of property acquired through eminent domain and then later sold as surplus.

July 12, 2012 – CAPR has endorsed and rated Matt Shea as “OUTSTANDING.”

“Matt is one of CAPR’s Top Ten Washington State Representatives (Showing Truly outstanding performance in office).”

June 12, 2012 – NFIB (National Federation of Independent Businesses) has endorsed Matt Shea for his strong pro-business stance and recognized him as a “Guardian of Small Business.”

“Your 100 percent voting record in favor of small business during your recent term of office shows you understand the importance of small business to our state’s economy and your willingness to fight to protect our free enterprise system. We appreciate your hard work in Olympia and are proud to stand with you in this election, just as you have stood with us fighting for small business in the Legislature.” – NFIB

Shea has also earned the endorsements from the Spokane Home Builders Association, the Rental Housing Association PAC, Washington Retail Association, and the Washington Multi-Family Housing Association. Matt is honored to have these endorsements clearly showing his principled stand on the issues that matter most to those in the 4th Legislative District and reaffirming his outstanding record of protecting small businesses from the ever encroaching arm of government.

DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE
May 30, 2012. Contact:  Matt Shea. matt@voteshea.com

Hate CrimeAs most of you already know, I am the State Representative for the 4th Legislative District, an ardent supporter of Israel, and a committed Christian.  However, some of you may not be aware of the support my campaign has received within the Messianic Jewish community.

Sometime between 10:30 p.m. May 29, 2012, Tuesday night, and 6:00 a.m. May 30, 2012, Wednesday morning four campaign signs were vandalized in the north Spokane Valley area.  The signs were spray painted with violent, threatening, hateful, sexually explicit, anti-Semitic, and anti-Christian words and symbols.  This is clearly an attempt to threaten, harass, and intimidate me and my family.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident and I have also notified members of the Messianic Jewish community.

This hate crime follows on the heels of my involvement in the R-74 campaign to stop the blatantly unconstitutional SB 6239 and my outspoken criticism of current Democrat leadership in Olympia and their continued inability to pass a truly sustainable balanced budget after wasting half the session on homosexual marriage.  It appears I was targeted by members of the violent and radical progressive movement for my conservative consistent stand for limited constitutional government and my religious beliefs.

To the person or persons who sought to silence my voice through intolerance and intimidation, let me be perfectly clear: I am not moved.  I will not bow to what appears to be a threat on my life with the skull & cross bones, concertina wire, and cross-out symbol depicted on one sign.  And as a combat veteran of the Iraq war and so soon after Memorial Day, I think it is important to speak directly to those on the radical left who would seek to divide us and this country: YOU WILL NOT dishonor the memories of our fallen heroes with your hate or intimidate me into submission.  We can disagree on reigning in spending in state government and same-sex marriage but the outright physical attack on those who disagree with you is un-American.

Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident.

Over the past few months many Conservative Christians and Messianic Jews throughout Washington, including sitting legislators and their family members have also been the targets of intimidation and harassment including assaults, threatening emails, midnight phone calls, and even the total destruction of a car: http://www.dailyrecordnews.com/news/political-leader-s-car-vandalized/article_ad4d690a-7390-11e1-930c-001871e3ce6c.html.

I condemn in the strongest possible terms this bigoted intolerance and the anti-Semitic and anti-Christian words and symbols used.  Jews and Christians were horrifically persecuted under the Nazi regime and heroes like Martin Niemoller and Dietrich Bonhoeffer would be horrified to see similar overtones emerging here in Spokane Valley.  Religious persecution in any form is hostile to the founding principles of America.

As the elected Representative of all residents of Spokane Valley, the 4th Legislative District, and those of all faiths, I call on community, civic, and political leaders of all persuasions, including my opponent and the Spokane County Democrat Party, to join me in publically and immediately condemning this hate crime and calling for those responsible to be held to account.

In Freedom,

Matt Shea

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