In this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, smiles as he sits at his desk on the House floor in Olympia, Wash. It has been just shy of 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Washington state law barring members of the Communist Party from working for the state is unconstitutional. Evidently, that is not enough time to remove it from the books. Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, D-Burien, first introduced a measure to repeal the anachronistic law last year, saying that it would be a quiet end to a moot statute originating from a dark period in our nation’s history. Shea opposes the measure. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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