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Building bipartisanship in Annapolis proves tricky

Building bipartisanship in Annapolis proves tricky

Gov. Larry Hogan spent much of his annual address to the General Assembly calling for cooperation and bipartisanship, but lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say that is unlikely to happen.

Aside from the philosophical divide that splits Republicans and Democrats, a pattern of slights — small and large — has fostered an attitude of mistrust in Annapolis.

Overcoming that, politicians and experts say, would be a monumental feat of leadership for the Republican governor and the Democrats who preside over the legislature.

"There's been no love lost between the parties. There's a lot of distrust on both sides," said Donald Norris, a longtime observer of...