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Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. certainly has a way with words, often using folksy turns of phrase and historical references to get his points across.

He also has a sense of humor, which was on full display last week when he poked fun at himself while commenting on last month’s bitter stalemate between the House and Senate. The session ended with the General Assembly adjourning without passing a pair of key revenue bills.

Mr. Miller, Prince George’s Democrat, caught much of the blame from Gov. Martin O’Malley and House Speaker Michael E. Busch who accused him of stalling budget negotiations in an effort to force House passage of a gambling expansion bill.

The longtime Senate president has denied the charge but was at least in the mood to laugh last week while reflecting on the meltdown that led to this week’s special session.

“It was a dynamite session,” Mr. Miller said. “It was so dynamite, it exploded.”

While announcing details of the upcoming session, Mr. Miller was flanked by four members of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. He mentioned that a fifth member - Sen. James N. Robey, Howard Democrat - was supposed to attend but was suffering from kidney stones.

“After last session, I’m surprised more of us wouldn’t have that,” he said.

And to close out his stand-up routine, Mr. Miller expressed disappointment over how the special session will likely lead to passage of a House-proposed set of income-tax increases rather than a larger set of hikes the Senate had preferred.

“Some days you’re the bear and some days the bear eats you,” Mr. Miller said. “And I got bit.”

He’s here all week, folks! Or at least until Wednesday, when the special session is expected to end.

• David Sherfinski and David Hill contributed to this report.