The Rundown: Jan. 22, 2016

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Today in The Rundown: Gov. John Bel Edwards is in DC for meetings; . 

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Countdown…
Days until the Louisiana presidential primary: 43
Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session: 
52* (*Note: A special session is expected to be called Feb. 14.)

The News

JBE: Gov. John Bel Edwards met with the Louisiana congressional delegation in D.C. on Thursday — minus one member. http://bit.ly/1ZFnMgA

Budget crunch: Gov. John Bel Edwards’ proposal to redirect Gulf oil spill recovery money to rebalance the state budget appears to conflict with a legal settlement the state struck two years ago. http://bit.ly/1OAG1AT (via AP)

Eco Devo: When Bobby Jindal exited the governor’s office, he left behind a string of IOUs for his economic development deals, at least $155 million of which could come due during the next four years of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ term. http://bit.ly/1OADO8J (via AP)

GOP 2016: Donald Trump says a former Louisiana state lawmaker is to blame for his “Two Corinthians” gaffe. http://bit.ly/23hYg5I

New Orleans: New Orleans Democrats have formally denounced one of their own, saying that state Rep. Neil Abramson cost his party the House Speaker’s race. http://bit.ly/1ZFrbfx

LSU: A former LSU professor has filed a federal lawsuit against the school over her firing. http://bit.ly/20gKAWi

Southern University: The SU System is filling three chancellor posts. See the semi-finalists for SUSLA Chancellor and the applicants for SU Law Center chancellor. http://bit.ly/1OAERp4

Pensions: A state board refused Thursday to go along with the Legislative Auditor’s recommendation to change part of the pension formula to help shore up the teachers’ retirement system. http://bit.ly/1OAEkU7

Disaster funds: Through a National Disaster Resilience Competition, Louisiana has been awarded more than $92 million, part of which will help the community of Native Americans living in Isle de Jean Charles to relocate to safer ground. http://bit.ly/23hYxWh

Derrick Todd Lee: The convicted serial killer has died. http://bit.ly/23hYSs0

Mardi Gras: Here’s your guide to the upcoming parades. http://bit.ly/23hWDVQ

Happenings

Gov. John Bel Edwards continues his meetings in Washington ahead of DC Mardi Gras this weekend. On today’s schedule: Edwards speaks at the Louisiana Economic Development Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. (Eastern), and will meet with U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox at 3 p.m.

 

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