Advocate Photo by MARK BALLARD -- The Revenue Estimating Conference met in the State Capitol to reflect taxes and fees passed in the recent special session. The REC is made up of, from left to right, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne; House Speaker Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia; Senate President John Alario Jr., R-Westwego; Economist James Richardson, of Baton Rouge.

Today in The Rundown: A busy day at the Capitol with updates on the state budget coming (surprisingly positive!); Cassidy continues Obamacare fight, despite high-profile pushback; Gov. Edwards responds to recent Baton Rouge tragedies; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.

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Days until the Louisiana treasurer's election: 22

Days until the runoff in the treasurer's race, if needed: 57

Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 171

The News

Obamacare: Jimmy Kimmel and Bill Cassidy are in a fight over Cassidy's plan for replacing the federal health care law. Here's what's behind the feud:

Cassidy-Graham: State leaders say they have concerns about Cassidy's health care proposal:

LA Lege: Former state Sen. Elbert Guillory has been disciplined by the Louisiana Supreme Court

LA Gov: Gov. John Bel Edwards reflected on recent tragedies in Baton Rouge during monthly radio show:

Water woes: A new report on the groundwater commission and Baton Rouge's aquifer is coming:

State budget: Louisiana has a rare $100M surplus:

LSU: Here's what LSU's restrictions on Greek activities following a fraternity pledge's death mean in practice -- and the legal issues raised:

Water Campus: A look inside the Water Campus -- seen as valuable research tool for coastal erosion:

RGA: The Republican Governors Association has launched a new 'news' site that critics call propaganda. So far, mentions of Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards have been limited, but he could soon be in the group's cross hairs:

Happening this week


  • Gaming Control Board meets at 10 a.m. in Capitol Room 1.
  • State Bond Commission meets at 10 a.m. in Capitol Room A-B.
  • Joint Insurance and Senate Select Committee on Coastal Restoration and Flood Control meets at 11 a.m. in Capitol Room 5.
  • Cash Management Review Board meets upon adjournment of Revenue Estimating Conference in Capitol Room 4.
  • Revenue Estimating Conference meets upon adjournment of Bond Commission in Capitol Room 6.
  • The Louisiana Family Forum's 2017 Legislative Awards Gala is at 6 p.m. at The Church in Baton Rouge. (Ticket info)
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards and first lady Donna Edwards launch the No Kid Hungry Louisiana Launch at 8 a.m. at Wildwood Elementary Baton Rouge.


  • Appropriations meets Friday at 9 a.m. in Capitol Room 6.
  • Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget meets Friday at 9:30 a.m. in Capitol Room 5.
  • Restore Louisiana Task Force meets Friday at 9:30 a.m. in Capitol Abbeville, LA.
  • Dedicated Fund Review Subcommittee of Joint Budget meets Friday upon adjournment of Joint Budget in Capitol Room 6.

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