Today in The Rundown: Gov. Bobby Jindal goes after Rand Paul, a Common Core compromise moves forward, Republicans setting up potential for Medicaid expansion after Jindal leaves office, and much more.

Welcome to The Rundown, your guide to what’s happening in the Louisiana Legislature and go-to source for news about Louisiana politics and Gov. Bobby Jindal, brought to you by The Advocate.

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Countdown…

Days until session ends: 14

Days until the 2015 primary election day: 148

Days until the runoff (as needed): 176

The News

GOP 2016: Louisiana Democrats are calling for an investigation into Gov. Bobby Jindal’s use of the governor’s office to take aim at Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s campaign for president. http://bit.ly/1cjTOwF

Common Core: In a drastic change from previous debates, the Louisiana House has overwhelmingly passed the key bill in a compromise aimed at reducing arguments over Common Core. http://bit.ly/1LJEF3R

Cigarette tax: Health care advocates continue to push for an even higher cigarette tax hike than has been proposed. http://bit.ly/1LJIyFY

Medicaid: The prospects of Medicaid expansion next year, after a new governor takes office, continue to grow. http://bit.ly/1LJHvpE

ICYMI: A USA Today analysis of 230 college athletics programs found LSU is one of just seven programs to operate with 100 percent self-generated funds. http://bit.ly/1FZoiSC

LSU: “Voice of the Tigers” Jim Hawthorne was recognized in the Capitol. http://bit.ly/1LJH52x

Medical marijuana: An effort to allow the use of medical marijuana in Louisiana cleared a big hurdle Wednesday. http://bit.ly/1LJHUbu

BR City Court: Lawmakers are advancing legislation that plan that could create a majority-black Baton Rouge City Court. http://bit.ly/1LJI8iL

Littering: Efforts to increase fines for littering have strong backing at the Capitol. http://bit.ly/1LJIRke

Revenge porn: Legislation targeting “revenge porn” — the sharing of nude images without the subject’s consent — is close to passage. http://bit.ly/1LJIjuD

Veterans: Louisiana colleges and universities could soon be able to earn a new designation for making their campuses more friendly to military veterans. http://bit.ly/1LJJ2vR

Calendar

House and Senate come in at 9 a.m.

House Order of the Day: http://bit.ly/LAHouseOrder

Senate Daily Digest: http://bit.ly/LASenateDigest

Watch the House online: http://bit.ly/LAHouseChamber

Watch the Senate online: http://bit.ly/LASenateChamber

House Committees (all after adjournment)

  • Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development
  • Judiciary
  • Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs
  • Education
  • Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Local and Municipal Affairs
  • Natural Resources

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