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Scenes from the final day: Therein lies the rub

Linda Chesnut of Olympia offers massages in the hallway between the House and Senate on the final day of the special session (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)
Linda Chesnut of Olympia offers massages in the hallway between the House and Senate on the final day of the special session (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

OLYMPIA -- Linda Chesnut thought there might be a bit of tension in the Capitol Building Wednesday and decided she should try to do something about it.

So the licensed masseuse from Body Matrix Massage set up a special chair in the hallway between the Senate and the House of Representatives and offered massages for a donation of $2 a minute. She had takers before she had the chair fully set.

"They're running late and I think a lot of people can use a stress break," she said.

After a while, staff from General Administration told her she'd have to leave because she didn't have a permit. Too bad, because if she'd been allowed to stay, and the state taken say, a 10 percent cut, they might've taken care of that pesky budget shortfall.




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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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