Controversial Washington lawmaker spreads views across West

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state lawmaker whose actions surrounding an armed standoff with federal agents were dubbed “domestic terrorism” in a recent report has for years been spreading his anti-government views to other Western states. Republican Rep. Matt Shea makes appearances across the West, spreading an anti-government, anti-abortion, pro-gun message. He delivers his views in person and in the right-wing media. He also co-founded the Coalition of Western States, a loose federation of politicians and anti-government and militia supporters from throughout the West. A December report into Shea’s activities said the coalition’s goal is to stop unconstitutional actions against United States citizens.