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Maryland lawmakers to start 90-day session with conflicting messages on bipartisanship

Maryland lawmakers to start 90-day session with conflicting messages on bipartisanship

As Maryland’s 188 lawmakers prepare to head into their 90-day session Wednesday, political party leaders gave them conflicting messages about bipartisanship.

Standing outside a closed-door lunch Tuesday at the State House complex, Republican leaders said they would avoid the partisan bickering of the nation’s capital and find common ground with Democrats — though they’d be on the lookout for Democratic ideas that might go too far.

“Everybody says the same thing: We’re not like D.C.,” said Sen. J.B. Jennings, the Senate’s minority leader, who represents parts of Baltimore and Harford counties. “Most of us really do get along. Republican, Democrat, we don’t care about the party....

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