Today in The Rundown: The state House returns after Monday's impasse; Congressman Steve Scalise gives his opinion on state government; another bad ranking for Louisiana; and everything else you need ot know in Louisiana politics today.
Days until the special session must end: 7
Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 12
Days until the 2018 regular legislative session ends: 90
Special session: U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise offers his thoughts on the State Legislature's special session and gridlock in the Capitol in Baton Rouge. Plus more updates on a rare off-day for lawmakers. http://bit.ly/2CNsYue
Dead last? The latest U.S. News and World Reports "Best States" ranking is out and it's not great news for Louisiana. But the Edwards adminsitration says not so fast... http://bit.ly/2sZPxwq
Eco Devo: Gov. John Bel Edwards addressed a state-wide economic development summit in Baton Rouge on Tuesday. http://bit.ly/2CpVqXt
Congress: Roll Call has ranked all of the members of Congress based on their wealth. See how Louisiana's delegation stacks up: http://bit.ly/2FdvEqF
Wildlife: AG Jeff Landry isn't recommending prosecution of two former Wildlife and Fisheries workers who were accused of keeping state-owned equipment for personal use that was bought with oil spill recovery money. http://bit.ly/2oAbiNO
ICYMI: A deep dive into insanity pleas in Louisiana. http://bit.ly/2HPaxcF
City Hall: Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome hasn't given up hope of passing an infrastructure tax, and she and New Orleans Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell hope to work together for regional goals. http://bit.ly/2HPZb87
Jefferson Parish: Sheriff Joe Lopinto has accused John Fortunato of flouting campaign finance rules by turning a recent food giveaway into a political rally at a Kenner charter school. http://bit.ly/2F8hAyl
Happening this week
House convenes at 10 a.m., and the Senate comes in at 7:30 p.m.
Gov. John Bel Edwards addresses the Baton Rouge Rotary Club at noon at Drusilla Place in Baton Rouge.
House and Senate times TBA.
- Senate Judiciary A meets at 9:30 a.m. in the John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.
Rep. Kenny Harvard on special session: "We have a big problem. We don't have enough guts to cut. And we don't have enough guts to raise taxes."#lalege— Will Sentell (@WillSentell) February 27, 2018
We as legislators may agree to disagree but after spending so much time together we become like family...maybe a little dysfunctional haha but what family is not. It warms my heart to see so many travel to my part of the woods to pay their respects for mother. ❤️— Malinda B White (@mbwhite67) February 27, 2018
Inbox: White House has formally sent to the Senate David C. Joseph's nomination to Louisiana's Western District US Attny post. Had announced intent to nominate earlier this month. Background: https://t.co/3lobX1N4sX— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) February 27, 2018
In studio now as panelist Filming tomorrow nights episode of @LPBpublicsquare “Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana.” The TV show airs statewide on Louisiana Public Broadcasting & online at https://t.co/SAsOfqP2xX#lalege pic.twitter.com/TW0rNK4AdW— Sharon Hewitt (@sharonhewitt) February 28, 2018