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FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011, 9:44 A.M.

Special Session Day 4: We got nothing

OLYMPIA -- There is nothing to preview for today's activity in the special session. That's because there's nothing happening. Nothing, as in zero, nil, null, nada, zilch, zip, zippo, goose egg, bupkis...we could go on, but you probably get the point.

The Senate recessed Thursday afternoon until Tuesday. The House has been in recess since Wednesday. Their loss, because it's actually a nice day here in the capital, with a strange round yellow thing that seems to be moving slowly through the sky, although it hurts your eyes when you look at it for more than a half second.

The days on the 30-day calendar continue to drop off whether they are here or not, so pretty soon people may start asking whether they'll be able to get everything done in the time left. Wouldn't want to be the legislator who first broaches the subject of another special session to the governor.

Speaking of Gov. Chris Gregoire, she'll either sign or veto the medical marijuana legislation around 2:30 this afternoon. (For more on medical marijuana, click here.) She's down in Centralia in the morning, signing a bill that eases a power plant off of coal over the next decade.

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden is the Olympia bureau chief, covering the Legislature and state government. He also is a political columnist and blogger for Spin Control.

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