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Timothy R. Ferguson

Carroll politicians carry conflict to Annapolis

An unusual political rift among Republicans in Carroll County has spilled over into the State House and is threatening to stall the reorganization of the local government approved by voters and impede the county's budget process.

Three times in the past few weeks, the county's three commissioners went to Annapolis to testify against bills proposed by Carroll's legislative delegation -- an extraordinary sign of disunity in Annapolis, where politicians from the same regions typically form a united front to secure their share of the state budget.

Bonds between local leaders and state officials are often strained, but "this goes beyond the usual," said Tony Roman, a...