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Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks about then-Hurricane Harvey on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017.

Advocate Staff Photo by PATRICK DENNIS

Welcome back to The Rundown! After a post-legislative summer hiatus and Labor Day holiday, The Rundown is gearing back up (bi-weekly for the time being) to bring you all the political news you need. Be sure to sign up to get The Rundown in your inbox by filling out the form here.

Today in The Rundown: TOPS task force holds first meeting; Louisiana hopes flood lessons will help Harvey recovery; Trump names charities that will receive hurricane donations; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.

Countdown…

Days until the Louisiana treasurer's election: 37

Days until the runoff in the treasurer's race, if needed: 72

Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 186

The News

Congress: The U.S. House has quickly advanced a Harvey relief package, but it doesn't address concerns raised about Louisiana's flood recovery. http://bit.ly/2wJGGgn

Read: More about the governor's letter on the SBA loan issue, plus a PDF of it. http://bit.ly/2xOY4QX

TOPS: The task force studying the popular Taylor Opportunity Program for Students held its first meeting Wednesday. http://bit.ly/2wJYLLa

Irma: Just how rare is it for a Category 5 storm to hit the mainland U.S.? http://bit.ly/2wJSbV2

Tourism: Al Scramuzza has been named this year's Seafood Champion. http://bit.ly/2wJLxhR

High school: Louisiana students rank 43rd in the nation on the ACT. http://bit.ly/2wJvwrX

Harvey: President Trump has identified the 12 charities that will benefit from his $1M donation to hurricane recovery efforts. http://bit.ly/2eMr86Z

LaLege: A state lawmaker has admitted to using thousands in campaign cash to satisfy his gambling addition. Via AP: http://bit.ly/2eM6KmB

Troopergate: Two Louisiana State Police troopers received only minor discipline for taking an unauthorized "side trip" last year to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon while en route to a law enforcement conference in California. http://bit.ly/2wJRnQ4

Angola: A second ex-Louisiana State Penitentiary guard has pleaded guilty to federal charges in the brutal beating of a shackled inmate. http://bit.ly/2wJx6KC

LSU: Student Government leaders have worked out a deal so that game attendees who enter near the student section will no longer be subject to mandatory pat-downs. Via: LSU Now: http://bit.ly/2wJwiW6

Happening this week

Today

  • Ethics Review Committee on Campaign Finance of the Board of Ethics meets at 2 p.m. in State Capitol Room F.
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards meets with the Rotary Club of Houma at noon at the Quality Inn in Houma.
  • 1:30 p.m. Edwards holds a closed-press business round-table discussion on the budget.

Friday

  • LSU Board of Supervisors meets at 10 a.m. (Agenda

Tweet beat

Gov. John Bel Edwards held a unified command group meeting on Wednesday evening on hurricane preparations, as multiple storms continue to churn in the Atlantic and Gulf.

Wednesday night's meeting included a briefing with the provider of Louisiana's evacuation buses, according to Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson.

President Donald Trump is looking to revive U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy's Obamacare replacement plan. (Background: Here's how that proposal was received the last go-round: http://bit.ly/2wJJv1b)

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