Today in The Rundown: Gov. John Bel Edwards heads to DC for Mardi Gras; Donald Trump names a new Louisiana campaign team; and more.

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Countdown…
Days until the Louisiana presidential primary: 45
Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session: 54* (*Note: A special session is expected to be called Feb. 14.)

The News

Budget crunch: Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration has offered up several options for closing the budget gap, including tax increases. http://bit.ly/1KpJDBK

Traffic: Regardless of who told President Obama about Baton Rouge’s I-10 problems, real relief is still years away. http://bit.ly/1T4KxLa

GOP 2016: Donald Trump has named a new Louisiana team, and this time around it doesn’t include Jay Batt. http://bit.ly/1S21s06

Numbers: Louisiana has the lowest real cost of smoking — but that could change. http://bit.ly/1WrEznt

Monuments: A $200,000 Lamborghini was torched outside a firm that had been hired to remove New Orleans’ Confederate monuments. http://bit.ly/1V8wHWH

Happenings

9 a.m.: Gov. John Bel Edwards will welcome Washington Mardi Gras queens to the Governor’s Mansion. This evening head heads out to DC for Mardi Gras festivities and meetings with officials this week.

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