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Mon., Feb. 21, 2011, 1:27 p.m.

Presidents Day or Congress’s Week

Happy Presidents Day, which should take on extra special meaning considering the wishes come from the only state named for a president.

Most government offices are closed, which seems a bit odd concerning the day honors the 44 people who have been at the top of the nation's government. And the banks are closed, also odd because they handle those green rectangular strips of paper that have so many presidents engraved on them.

But more curious is that Congress, which is a completely separate branch of government, takes time off.

And not just one day, like so many of the rest of us, but a whole week.

Although state offices are closed, the Legislature is in session today. Committees are feeling the pressure to get bills passed along to keep them from dying.

Random trivia question: What's the only U.S. city that carries the full name of a president?  

Click to see answer inside the blog

George, Washington. Probably best known to Spokane residents as that town you pass on I-90 just before reaching the Columbia River Gorge.

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981. He is currently the political reporter and state government reporter in the newspaper's Olympia bureau office.

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