Today in The Rundown: Edwards blasts Jindal as the state’s “most irresponsible governor” ever; the Senate gears up for its end of the budget work; another Democrat launches a Senate bid; and more.

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Days until the end of the special session: 9
Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session: 14

Days until Louisiana’s presidential primary: 5

The News

Budget crunch: The budget action has made it to the Senate.

JBE: Gov. Edwards expressed cautious optimism about the special session on Friday.

Jindal: Speaking to a teachers group Saturday, Edwards referred to his predecessor, Bobby Jindal, as “the most irresponsible governor who has ever governed Louisiana.”

LA Sen: Democrat Foster Campbell is running for the U.S. Senate seat that is being vacated by David Vitter.

Kennedy: State Treasurer John Kennedy has questions contracts, but the Jindal administration previously raised questions about one of Kennedy’s own.

Public defenders: Louisiana’s at a crossroads when it comes to providing the poor with access to public defenders in criminal cases

Monuments: After the firms reported threats, New Orleans took removed from its website a list of companies who have shown interest in removing Confederate monuments that are set to be taken down.

Today at the Capitol

House Committees

  • Appropriations meets at 1:15 p.m. in Room 5
  • Ways and Means meets at 1:30 p.m. in Room 6

Senate Committees

  • Finance meets at 1:30 p.m. in Room A-B
  • Revenue and Fiscal Affairs meets at 1:30 p.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room

Edwards’ schedule

Gov. John Bel Edwards is scheduled to speak at the 2016 Louisiana Transportation Conference at 9:15 a.m. in the Baton Rouge River Center and the Louisiana AFL-CIO Annual Convention at 10 a.m. at the Hilton Baton Rouge.

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