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The Rundown: June 7, 2016

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Today in The Rundown: Legislature ends one session, begins another; errors corrected in second special; education funding lags; and more. 

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Countdown…
Second special session’s end: 16

The News 

Capital outlay: The drama over the final day of the regular session centered on capital outlay. (HB2). http://bit.ly/1U5jVJB

Gov. Edwards: Replay of Gov. Edwards’ post-session press availability. http://bit.ly/1U5jNts

Special session: It’s not just the budget. Other things that are going on in the special session. http://bit.ly/25J01ZZ

Higher Ed: Former LSU chancellor James Wharton says TOPS is a valuable investment for Louisiana. http://bit.ly/1U5j6k2

Common Core:  the Louisiana House and Senate education committees are scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to endorse proposed revisions in the Common Core academic standards. http://bit.ly/1U5kdQw

See all of our coverage of the Louisiana Legislature: http://bit.ly/AdvLALege

Today at the Capitol

House and Senate come in at 9:30 a.m.

  • At 10 a.m. Gov. John Bel Edwards addresses both chambers.
  • Ways and Means meets at 11 a.m. or upon adjournment of the House in Room 6.

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The Rundown: June 6, 2016

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Today in The Rundown: Lawmakers approve a budget ahead of schedule; Clock winds down on regular session as second special session gears up; a new campaign launches to raise awareness of women’s issues in the Capitol; Louisiana preps for medical marijuana; and more.

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Countdown…
The 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session ends: 6 p.m. Today
The second special session begins: 6:30 p.m. Today
Second special session’s end: 17

The News 

Budget crunch: Lawmakers approved a budget Sunday, leaving a light list of items to tackle in the final day of the regular session. http://bit.ly/1sZDkm9

Special session: The Legislature begins its second special session at 6:30 p.m. today. http://bit.ly/1tbdlZw

Higher ed: Louisiana voters will decide whether governing boards should set college tuition instead of the Legislature. http://bit.ly/1XvLiAN

Medical marijuana: Louisiana is gearing up to enter the marijuana business. http://bit.ly/1X6dwkS

No joke: Campaign seeks to promote women’s issues in the Legislature, after controversial stripper “joke amendment.” http://bit.ly/1Y1vZyd

ICYMI: Gov. Edwards was candid about friction between himself and AG Jeff Landry. http://bit.ly/1X6e1eF

See all of our coverage of the Louisiana Legislature: http://bit.ly/AdvLALege

Today at the Capitol

House and Senate come in at 9 a.m.

The regular session must end by 6 p.m.

The second special session begins at 6:30 p.m.

Gov. Edwards’ schedule

  • The governor will meet with reporters after the end of the regular session.

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The Rundown: June 1, 2016

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Today in The Rundown: Medicaid expansion enrollment kicks off; Budget advances — but with many questions; Juvenile justice bill heads to governor; toll roads could be ahead; and more.

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Countdown…
Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session ends: 5
Days until the second special session begins: 5
Second special session’s end: 22

The News 

Medicaid expansion: Louisiana is the first state in the country to use SNAP to help sign up its new Medicaid expansion population. http://bit.ly/1sJ0HjN

Budget crunch: Gov. Edwards says that the Senate version of the budget bill heading to the floor today is better than the House version but finances remain “a bit of a mess” ahead of the second special session. http://bit.ly/1TWFZHC

Texting & Driving: Penalties could grow for disobeying state laws that ban texting or posting to social media sites while driving and that restrict cell phone use for young drivers. http://bit.ly/1sKhPpg

Juvenile Justice: Inmates sentenced to life in prison as juveniles could get an opportunity to receive a parole hearings under a proposal the Legislature has approved. http://bit.ly/1WXSqEZ

Med Ed: Louisiana’s deep, persistent budget troubles are endangering the future of medical training programs. http://bit.ly/1ZbUhnF

Transportation: The head of the state Department of Transportation and Development says Louisiana should consider tolls as an option to finance major road projects. http://bit.ly/1sKhFhJ

Physical therapists: Patients would have direct access to physical therapists under a bill that is heading to the governor. http://bit.ly/1sKhNh4

See all of our coverage of the Louisiana Legislature: http://bit.ly/AdvLALege

Today at the Capitol

The Senate convenes at 10 a.m., and the House comes in at 1 p.m.

House Committees

  • Ways and Means meets at 9 a.m. in Room 6.
  • Education meets at 11 a.m. in Room 1.
  • House and Governmental Affairs meets at 12:30 p.m. in Room 2.

Senate Committes

  • Senate and Governmental Affairs meets at 8 a.m. in Room F.
  • Finance meets Upon Adjournment in Room A-B.

Gov. Edwards’ schedule

  • 9 a.m. State of the Coast Conference at Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
  • 10 a.m. Hurricane Preparedness and Public Safety Press Conference at the Port of New Orleans
  • 11 a.m. Medicaid Expansion Kick Off Event at University Medical Center in New Orleans.

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The Rundown: May 31, 2016

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Today in The Rundown: Senate Finance advances newest budget plan; Capital outlay bill also heading to Senate floor; TOPS changes loom; and more.

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Countdown…
Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session ends: 6
Days until the second special session begins: 6
Second special session’s end: 23

The News  Continue reading

Democratic Party backs Cedric Richmond in congressional race

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans

The Louisiana Democratic Party endorsed Saturday U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond’s reelection bid for Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District.

The Democratic State Central Committee, meeting as a body for the second time this spring, voted to endorse Richmond’s re-election campaign on the strength of his service and his commitment to Democratic family values, according to a party release.

Richmond, who has been Louisiana’s sole Democratic congressman since 2010,  faces Baton Rouge Mayor President Kip Holden, a fellow Democrat who is finishing up his final term.

Baton Rouge Mayor President Kip Holden

Baton Rouge Mayor President Kip Holden

“In his tenure to date as our representative in Congress, Cedric has proven himself a capable leader and a true friend to the people of his district,” said New Orleans Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, who is chair of the state party.

The Baton Rouge end of the 2nd Congressional district has 98,963 registered voters, while Jefferson and Orleans parishes have 336,178 registered voters, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. Another 70,000 voters live in the parishes along the Mississippi River between the two.

Gov. John Bel Edwards reveals at LSU law graduation that he’s still paying off student loans

Screen shot of Gov. John Bel Edwards speaking at LSU Law Center graduation.

Screen shot of Gov. John Bel Edwards speaking at LSU Law Center graduation.

Governors. They’re just like us.

Gov. John Bel Edwards, giving the commencement speech at the LSU Law Center on Friday, revealed he’s still paying off his student loans from when he attended law school.

Edwards graduated from LSU Law Center in 1999 and he’s the fourth LSU law graduate to serve as governor.

“Like many of you, I was a student at LSU — a little non traditional — I had a wife and two kids, I had no income and I had insufficient savings,” he said in his remarks. “I was just telling (LSU President) King Alexander that I’m still paying on my loans to go to law school. You’re going to be doing that for awhile.”

Edwards, who had a law practice in his home town of Amite, went on to say that his support network of his wife and family was critical to his success, and asked the graduating class to give thanks to their own family and friends who support them.

In his speech, he spoke fondly of Cheney Joseph Jr., who was serving as an interim co-Dean of the Law School at the time of his death late last year. He said Joseph, a well-known legal scholar in Louisiana, set an example for all lawyers.

“What an incredible example he set for you and for me and for everyone about what it means – not to just be great lawyers, but more importantly what it means to be great citizens,” he said. “Because being a great lawyer isn’t just about winning cases and making money – those things are fun and important – but they are not necessarily the measures of greatness, and he exemplified that.”

He encouraged graduates to make a difference both in the legal profession and their community, as Joseph did.

MORE COVERAGE:

Well known attorney Cheney Joseph dies 

 

 

The Rundown: May 18, 2016

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Today in The Rundown: Resolution calls for restoration of trade with Cuba; Rep. Bryan Adams talks his decision to leave the Legislature; Bills on sanctuary cities and abortion get delayed a week; nursing home bill stalls amid intense pressure from the industry; and more.

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Countdown…
Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session ends: 19

The News  Continue reading

Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden expected to announce he’ll run for Congress Wednesday

Baton Rouge Mayor President Kip Holden has apparently made up his mind about whether to run for Congress. And all signs point to yes.

kipIn March, he said he was 90 percent sure he would run for Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The seat is currently held by Cedric Richmond, a Democrat who has held the seat since 2010.

Holden announced this week that he will hold a press conference on Wednesday at Crowne Plaza Hotel to make an announcement about the fall election.

Crowne Plaza has been the regular site of his press conferences to announce his re-election bids for mayor-president.

And last month, Holden filed his “statement of organization” with the Federal Election Commission indicating his intention to run for the District 2 office. He registered an email address: kip@kipholdenforcongress.com

Holden, a Democrat, is a term-limited mayor president who will end his 12 years as Baton Rouge’s top official at the conclusion of the year. He previously served as both a state senator and state representative.

Last year he ran for the state’s second-in-command office as Lt. Governor, and lost to Republican Billy Nungesser.

The 2nd District is a majority-black district that includes much of New Orleans and parts of Baton Rouge. It stretches northwest from New Orleans through Jefferson, St. James, St. John the Baptist, Iberville, West Baton Rouge, St. Charles, Assumption, Ascension and East Baton Rouge parishes.

MORE COVERAGE:

 

– In Lt. Governor race, Kip Holden is the “horse in the race” 

The Rundown: May 17, 2016

Louisiana Legislature Bobby Jindal The Advocate

Today in The Rundown: Capitol is evacuated for bomb threat; lawmakers still looking to avoid special session; Two House members prepare to step down; and more.

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Countdown…
Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session ends: 20

The News Continue reading

Gov. John Bel Edwards to host fundraiser for Foster Campbell

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will host a fundraiser later this month for Foster Campbell, a Democrat running for U.S. Senate.

According to an event invitation obtained by The Advocate, the event will take place at the Windsor Court Hotel on Gravier Street on May 31. Attendees will pay $1,000 to $5,400 per person.

Other hosts listed include former New Orleans Mayor Sidney Barthelemy; state House Speaker Pro Tempore Walt Leger; Orleans Parish Clerk of Court Arthur Morrell; and prominent lawyer John Cummings.

Campbell, who serves on the state Public Service Commission, faces Democrats Caroline Fayard, the Rev. Peter Williams and Josh Pellerin and several Republicans in the Nov. 8 election. Under Louisiana’s “jungle primary” system, all candidates — regardless of party — will appear on the same ballot. A runoff will take place between the top two candidates on Dec. 3 if no one gets more than 50 percent of the vote. The runoff can be between candidates of the same party if they come in first and second in November.

Edwards, a Democrat who took office Jan. 11, has urged the state’s Democrats to vote for Campbell.