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The Rundown: Feb. 5, 2016

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Today in The Rundown: A new report raises questions over school vouchers; Edwards ends Common Core lawsuit; a Democrat gets into the Senate race; and more.

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Countdown…
Days until the Louisiana presidential primary: 29
Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session: 38* (*Note: A special session is expected to be called Feb. 14.)

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Louisiana delegation responds to Obama’s oil tax proposal

Members of Louisiana’s Congressional delegation are responding to President Barack Obama’s plan to call for a $10-per-barrel tax hike on oil to fund new transportation upgrades.

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The Rundown: Feb. 4, 2016

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Today in The Rundown: Gov. Edwards stands by unions; LSU students speak out about race; lawmakers seek transportation funding; and more.

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Countdown…
Days until the Louisiana presidential primary: 30
Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session: 39* (*Note: A special session is expected to be called Feb. 14.)

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Bobby Jindal not ready to endorse in GOP presidential primary

The Republican presidential race is tightening, but former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal apparently isn’t ready to endorse a candidate yet.

A source close to Jindal told The Advocate that Jindal definitely won’t endorse before the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, and it’s unclear when or if he will beyond that.

Jindal, who suspended his own presidential campaign in November, spent $1.4 million on his unsuccessful run for the GOP nomination. An independent group supporting him spent another $4.4 million.

A recent analysis from National Journal found that Jindal among the most frequent travelers to Iowa, which held its caucuses this week. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz won that state’s Republican contest, followed by Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

Several others who have dropped their campaigns have endorsed other candidates.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who bowed out before Jindal, has endorsed Cruz. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is backing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.  Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and former New York Gov. George Pataki have come out in support of Rubio.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky reportedly has said he doesn’t plan to endorse in the primary, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee haven’t endorsed anyone yet.

Jindal, when he left the race, declined to endorse a GOP presidential candidate but said he would support whomever wins before adding that he doesn’t believe that the nominee will be Trump, who he frequently criticized on the campaign trail.

Candidates still left in the running for the GOP presidential nomination include Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, Ohio Gov. Jim Kasich and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore.

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser endorses Rob Maness for U.S. Senate

Candidates are still jumping into this fall’s U.S. Senate race, but Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser has already named his pick.

Nungesser, a Republican who was elected in November after serving two terms as president of the Plaquemines Parish Commission, has endorsed retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness.

Maness, a Republican, unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate in 2014 against Bill Cassidy and Mary Landrieu.

“Colonel Rob Maness supported and endorsed me in my campaign for Lt. Governor and I support and endorse him for the United States Senate. His conservative policies and strong values will serve us well in Washington. I’ve come to know him as an honest and admirable community leader who has the skills necessary to give Louisiana strong representation at the federal level,” Nungesser said in a news release from the Maness campaign.

Other Republicans who have entered the race include U.S. Reps. Charles Boustany and John Fleming and State Treasurer John Kennedy.

After unsuccessfully running for governor last fall, Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter announced he wouldn’t seek re-election, opening up the seat.

The election is scheduled for Nov. 8, with a Dec. 3 runoff if needed.

Former Congressman Cleo Fields hosting phone bank for Hillary Clinton campaign

Some Louisiana voters will be getting calls from former Congressman Cleo Fields this week.

Fields, who spent four years in the U.S. House and more than a decade in the state Senate, is hosting a phone bank for the Clinton campaign Thursday. According to a news release from the campaign, Fields will be discussing Clinton’s voting rights platform and volunteers will be promoting early voting. Early voting runs Feb. 20-27 for Louisiana’s March 5 presidential primary.

Fields has been a bit of a controversial political figure since he was caught on tape in 1997 accepting nearly $20,000 from former Gov. Edwin Edwards ahead of Edwards’ 2000 bribery conviction. Fields was never charged and has never explained why he took the cash from Edwards and stuffed it in his pockets.

The campaign for Clinton’s Democratic rival in the presidential race, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, has been holding daily phone banks out of its Metairie office.

The Rundown: Feb. 3, 2016

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Today in The Rundown: Gov. Edwards meets with farmers and teachers; South Louisiana leaders want a say in the budget; how Jindal’s time in Iowa stacked up against other candidates; and more.

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Countdown…
Days until the Louisiana presidential primary: 31
Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session: 40* (*Note: A special session is expected to be called Feb. 14.)

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Analysis: Bobby Jindal spent considerable time in Iowa, didn’t make it to caucuses

Republican presidential candidates spent a combined 652 days in Iowa between November 2014 and this week’s caucuses. Bobby Jindal, while serving as Louisiana governor, was one of the most frequent visitors among them, according to at least one tally.

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Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during a meet and greet with local residents, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Denison, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

National Journal tracked all the candidates’ trips to Iowa and found Jindal, having spent at least 70 days there during that period, came in only behind U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (86 days) and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (71).

The conventional wisdom is that winning Iowa requires a lot of retail politicking. Jindal’s campaign had hoped a strong showing in the caucuses there would catapult his candidacy, so it held dozens of events throughout the state.

Jindal ended his campaign in November after failing to gain traction in the crowded race. Huckabee and Santorum took just 2 percent and 1 percent, respectively, on caucus night.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, the winner in Iowa Monday night, spent 48 days in the Hawkeye State during that period.

See the full an analysis from National Journal, including the Democratic candidates.

Report: ‘DC Madam’ attorney wants records released

The attorney for the famed “D.C. Madam,” Deborah Jeane Palfrey, says her records should be released because they could impact the presidential election.

The Washington Post reports that attorney Montgomery Blair Sibley is challenging restraining orders that have blocked him from releasing information about Palfrey’s former clients. U.S. Sen. David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, is the only politician to have publicly been linked to the escort ring, after his phone number was found among Palfrey’s records in 2007. Palfrey committed suicide in 2008.

Sibley, citing the restraining orders, isn’t revealing specific information about the records he wants released, but according to WTOP they include “815 names and 40 escort agency records.”

In November, Vitter unsuccessfully ran for governor against Democrat John Bel Edwards. The prostitution scandal was repeatedly used as an attack against Vitter, with Palfrey’s records used in a blistering political ad in the campaign’s final days.

The Rundown: Feb. 2, 2016

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Today in The Rundown: Audit reveals problems in Veterans Affairs; Edwards’ administration defends budget talk; Wednesday deadline approaches for presidential primary registration; and more. 

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Countdown…
Days until the Louisiana presidential primary: 32
Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session: 41* (*Note: A special session is expected to be called Feb. 14.)

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