State Roundup, November 23, 2016

HOOLAHAN HONORED: A section of Southwestern Boulevard in Halethorpe was dedicated Tuesday to the memory of Sen. John Coolahan, who grew up there and represented the area in both the House of Delegates and State Senate. He served as a district court judge and died in 2012. “If he felt that something needed to be said, he said it,” said Sen. Ed Kasemeyer, who helped arrange the dedication. Coolahan’s nickname was the Lion of Halethorpe for his roar on the Senate floor.

FEDS ASKED TO SPEED POLICE TALKS: John Fritze of the Sun reports that six Democrats in Maryland’s congressional delegation called on the Obama administration and Baltimore City officials to speed up their negotiations on overhauling police practices in the city, citing “growing concern from the community” about the pace of the talks. In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Baltimore officials that was made public on Tuesday, the lawmakers questioned what they described as a delay in the effort to address the widespread civil rights violations by city police alleged by the U.S. Department of Justice.