Today in The Rundown: Jindal drops presidential run and returns to Louisiana; gubernatorial candidates respond to Jindal’s news; Syria becomes an unexpected issue in the final days of the governor’s race; and more.

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Countdown…

Days until the runoff: 3

Days until gubernatorial inauguration: 54

Where in the world is Bobby Jindal? Jindal is in Baton Rouge and will meet with the press at the Governor’s Mansion this morning.

The News

Big story: After months of campaigning but failing to break through the crowded GOP presidential field, Gov. Bobby Jindal has suspended his campaign for president. http://bit.ly/1ltCJ8N

Jindal: WWL’s Danny Monteverde (formerly of The Advocate) caught up with Jindal at the airport when he returned to Louisiana. See the video here via Danny: http://bit.ly/1QLG5jl

Response: David Vitter and John Bel Edwards, the two men who face each other in a runoff Saturday to replace Jindal, both weighed in on the end of his presidential campaign. http://bit.ly/1HXntWu

Fall out: Political pundits speculate that Jindal’s news does no favors for Vitter’s struggling campaign. http://bit.ly/1HXou0D

Twitter: Speaking of pundits… Guess who just joined Twitter? Louisiana native, proud LSU grad and political commentator James Carville! http://bit.ly/1MlxYqB

LA Gov: Syrian refugees have become an unpredictably hot-button issue in the Louisiana governor’s race. http://bit.ly/1lttENh

Refugees: Catholic Charities says it has been inundated with calls with the heightened awareness of Syrian refugees in Louisiana. http://bit.ly/1HXobCZ

Democrats: Former Congressman Cleo Fields does have some role in Edwards’ campaign. http://bit.ly/1MR9pTZ

Tax Amnesty: Louisiana’s tax amnesty program is on hold til next month because some erroneous letters were sent by mistake. (Via AP) http://bit.ly/1HXoJIU

Administrative shuffle: The head of Louisiana’s Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is leaving at the end of December.http://bit.ly/1HXoSMB

Bollards: Another car has fallen victim to the Capitol bollards. http://bit.ly/1HXp8ep

Odd: A national animal rights group has filed a federal lawsuit against Dixie Landin’ LLC and its owner Sam Haynes Jr. over the future care and living conditions of resident chimpanzee, Candy.http://bit.ly/1HXpe5X

Landrieu: Former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has been named to the board of directors for CenturyLink. http://bit.ly/1HXpz8x

At The Capitol

  • Sales Tax Streamlining and Modernization Commission meets today at 9:30 a.m.
  • Interim Emergency Board meets Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
  • Gaming Control Board meets Thursday at 10 a.m.
  • State Bond Commission meets Thursday at 10 a.m.
  • Louisiana Statewide Transportation Plan Policy Committee meets Thursday at 1 p.m.

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