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See the list: House committee assignments, chairmanships revealed

After weeks of speculation, the state House website was updated Thursday afternoon to reflect Republican House Speaker Taylor Barras’ committee assignments.

Here are some of the key committees, including the money committees and committees involving education, health and welfare and criminal laws (To view others, see the House website):  Continue reading

The Rundown: Jan. 28, 2016

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Today in The Rundown: Gov. John Bel Edwards visits the Lake Charles area;  the AG’s office resumes control over defending state’s abortion lawsuits; the LSU Board considering a Pistol Pete statue; and more.

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Countdown…
Days until the Louisiana presidential primary: 37
Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session: 46* (*Note: A special session is expected to be called Feb. 14.)

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The Rundown: Jan. 27, 2016

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Today in The Rundown: Gov. John Bel Edwards reveals priority for 2017 session; a judge strikes down Louisiana’s anti-abortion admitting privileges law; and more.

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

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The Rundown: Jan. 26, 2016

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Today in The Rundown: Gov. John Bel Edwards addresses corrections group today; LSU and other colleges are revealing what budget cuts would mean on campuses; an artist has set up in the Capitol to work on a unique piece; and more. 

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Countdown…
Days until the Louisiana presidential primary: 39
Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session: 48* (*Note: A special session is expected to be called Feb. 14.)

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Steve Scalise meets with anti-abortion activist sued by Planned Parenthood over undercover videos

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(Via @SteveScalise on Instagram)

U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, met the anti-abortion activist who Planned Parenthood is suing over a series of covert videos he released last year.

Scalise, a Republican from Jefferson, represents Louisiana’s 1st Congressional district.

A photo of him, Family Research Council head Tony Perkins and anti-abortion activist David Daleiden was posted to Scalise’s official Instagram account and Facebook page Friday with the caption: “It was great to meet David Daleiden at ProLifeCon, the man who spent years working undercover to expose Planned Parenthood.”

Daleiden’s videos, which included senior-level Planned Parenthood officials who were filmed without their knowledge, alleged that the organization was illegally selling fetal tissue from abortions to researchers for profit.

Planned Parenthood has denied any wrongdoing and claims that the videos were heavily edited. Last week, the abortion provider filed a lawsuit against Daleiden alleging criminal misconduct, including trespassing and fraud.

Daleiden is in Washington, D.C., this week for the national March for Life. Scalise’s social media accounts have featured several anti-abortion messages over the past two days.

On Thursday, Scalise and other members of the Louisiana Congressional delegation met with the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards, a Democrat. Scalise hasn’t mentioned that meeting on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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.)

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Donald Trump blames former Louisiana state Rep., longtime Bobby Jindal ally for ‘Two Corinthians’ gaffe

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump drew a few snickers this week when he made a reference to “Two Corinthians” in the Bible, instead of the more commonly stated “Second Corinthians.” But now the reality TV star says that former Louisiana state Rep. Tony Perkins is to blame for the gaffe.

Trump told CNN’s Don Lemon that Perkins, who serves as president of the Family Research Council and splits his time between Washington and Louisiana, gave him  notes on what to say when he spoke to evangelical Liberty University in Virginia.

“Tony Perkins wrote that out for me — he actually wrote out ‘2,’ he wrote out the number ‘2’ Corinthians,” Trump told CNN. “I took exactly what Tony said, and I said, ‘Well Tony has to know better than anybody.'”

Perkins, one of the founders of the Louisiana Family Forum, earned his master’s from LSU. In 2013, former Gov. Bobby Jindal, who dropped his own run for the GOP presidential nomination in November, appointed Perkins to the Louisiana Law Enforcement Commission.

Perkins unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate in Louisiana in 2002 and reportedly considered another run in 2014 or possibly this fall.

Gov. John Bel Edwards meets with Louisiana delegation in DC — minus one member

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat who was sworn into office last week,  met with the state’s congressional delegation in Washington on Thursday — minus one noteworthy member.

U.S. Sen. David Vitter, the state’s senior senator, didn’t attend the meeting, which took place in House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s Capitol office.

Edwards beat Vitter in a blistering campaign battle last fall.

Edwards’ spokesman said Vitter was invited to attend the meeting with the other members of the delegation, but he deferred to Vitter’s office regarding the reason for Vitter’s absence. Vitter’s spokeswoman hasn’t responded to The Advocate’s request for additional information.

Vitter has a year left on his senate term but has said that he will not seek re-election this fall.

Edwards tweeted a photo of himself meeting with U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Republican who attended Edwards’ inauguration last week (Vitter did not), and all six of the state’s U.S. Representatives. He then tweeted to Scalise, thanking him for “bringing the delegation together.”

“The Governor and the members of the Congressional delegation had a productive meeting where they discussed a number of priorities for the state, including transportation and Medicaid expansion,” Edwards’ spokesman Richard Carbo said of the meeting. “It was an opportunity to open the lines of communication between his administration and our federal leaders, and he hopes this is the start of an conversation about how to move Louisiana forward.”

Edwards is in Washington, D.C., this week for meetings with officials and the annual Washington Mardi Gras festivities.

Gov. John Bel Edwards in DC for Mardi Gras, events

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is in Washington, D.C., through the end of the week for meetings with federal officials and festivities related to the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians’ annual Mardi Gras celebration in the nation’s capital.

This morning, Edwards was scheduled to speak to the Committee of 100, a business leaders group, and attend the Mardi Gras King’s lunch.

Edwards is scheduled this afternoon to meet with federal Medicaid director Vikki Wachino and Assistant Health and Human Services Secretary Karen DeSalvo.

He also is slated to meet with U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy and the Louisiana House Delegation in House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s Capitol office.

On Friday, Edwards will speak to the Louisiana Economic Development luncheon and meet with U.S. Department of Transportation.

U.S. Sen. David Vitter, who Edwards beat in a Nov. 21 runoff, is this year’s D.C. Mardi Gras captain. The formal ball will be Saturday night.

 

The Rundown: Jan. 21, 2016

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Today in The Rundown: Gov. John Bel Edwards is in DC for meetings; the budget outlook isn’t great; Bobby Jindal has jury duty; and more. 

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Countdown…
Days until the Louisiana presidential primary: 44
Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session: 53* (*Note: A special session is expected to be called Feb. 14.)

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