Today in The Rundown: The head of Veterans Affairs as resigned amid a probe into the state agency; the Republican Governors Association is getting into the Louisiana governor’s race; Steve Scalise’s hopes of becoming the House Majority Leader might be dunzo for now; and more.

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Countdown…
Days until the 2015 primary election day: 15
Days until the runoff (as needed):43
Days until the Iowa caucuses:
117

Where in the world is Gov. Bobby Jindal? Jindal is campaigning in Iowa this week.

The News

Vets Affairs: The head of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs has resigned amid a probe into the agency. http://bit.ly/1R1H2lg

Governor’s race: The RGA is leaping into the governor’s race with an ad targeting John Bel Edwards. This comes just a week after RGA spokesman said the group had no plans to get involved until the runoff election. http://bit.ly/1Pk7eJt

Civil service: Louisiana’s looking for a new Civil Service director. http://bit.ly/1PkeRQ2

Jindal: Gov. Bobby Jindal defended his controversial tax plan in an op-ed published by Forbes. http://bit.ly/1Pk3uI0

Congress: Steve Scalise’s bid for House Majority Leader is probably dead for now. http://bit.ly/1OnTRIS

Abortion: From the AP: All four of the major candidates for governor oppose abortion. http://apne.ws/1PkeViM

ICYMI: Here are The Advocate’s recent profiles on each of the four major candidates, plus the other lower-tier candidates in the race: Scott Angelle (http://bit.ly/1MX62cs); Jay Dardenne (http://bit.ly/1gSkO8G); John Bel Edwards (http://bit.ly/1LvRVxw); David Vitter (http://bit.ly/1MX5HGE); and others (http://bit.ly/1LvSck7).

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