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The Journal Star asked members of the 2017 Legislature and some of their closest observers to describe this year's session in one word — with no profanity. Here are their answers:

"Exhilarating" — Sen. Joni Albrecht of Thurston

"Fast" — Sen. Roy Baker of Lincoln

"Unyielding" — Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue

"Intense" — Sen. Kate Bolz of Lincoln

"Interesting" — Sen. Bruce Bostelman of Brainard

"Intense" — Sen. Lydia Brasch of Bancroft

"Incomplete!" — Sen. Tom Brewer of Gordon

"Surprising" — Sen. Tom Briese of Albion

"Horrendous" — Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha

"Intense" — Sen. Robert Clements of Elmwood

"Brutal" — Sen. Joni Craighead of Omaha

"Polarized" — Sen. Sue Crawford of Bellevue

"Frustrating" — Sen. Laura Ebke of Crete

"Taxing" — Sen. Steve Erdman of Bayard

"Intriguing" — Lt. Gov. Mike Foley of Lincoln

"Disappointing" — Sen. Curt Friesen of Henderson

"Enlightening" — Sen. Suzanne Geist of Lincoln

"Democracy" — Sen. Mike Groene of North Plattte

"Incomplete" — Sen. Steve Halloran of Hastings

"Surprising" — Sen. Matt Hansen of Lincoln

"YOLO!" — Sen. Burke Harr of Omaha

"Engaging" — Sen. Mike Hilgers of Lincoln

"Unimaginative" — Sen. Robert Hilkemann of Omaha

"Basic" — Sen. Sara Howard of Omaha

"Interesting" — Sen. Dan Hughes of Venango

"Disappointing" — Sen. Rick Kolowski of Omaha

"Perplexing" — Sen. Mark Kolterman of Seward

"Contentious" — Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha

"Misinformed" — Sen. John Kuehn of Heartwell

"Overdue" — Sen. Tyson Larson of O'Neill

"Taxing" — Sen. Brett Lindstrom of Omaha

"Honored" — Sen. Lou Ann Linehan of Elkhorn

"Controlled spending" — Sen. John Lowe of Kearney

"Controversial" — Sen. John McCollister of Omaha

"Educational" — Sen. Mike McDonnell of Omaha

"33" — Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln

"Phase One" — Sen. John Murante of Gretna

"Hugger-muggery" — Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln

"Eye-opening" — Sen. Dan Quick of Grand Island

"Family Feud" — Walt Radcliffe, longtime Capitol lobbyist

"Challenging" — Sen. Merv Riepe of Omaha

"Disappointing" — Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion

"Painful" — Sen. John Stinner of Gering

"Comenzando" — Sen. Tony Vargas of Omaha

"Frozen" — Sen. Lynne Walz of Fremont

"The people spoke" — Sen. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse

"INTERESTING" — Sen. Justin Wayne of Omaha

"Contentious" — Sen. Matt Williams of Gothenburg

"Consequential" — Sen. Anna Wishart of Lincoln

"Over" — Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus

"Finished" — Speaker Jim Scheer of Norfolk

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Assistant city editor

Zach Pluhacek is an assistant city editor.

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