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Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks at a press conference at the State Capitol Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, on the state’s plan for spending $1.2 billion in flood-relief funding recently approved by Congress. He's flanked by Restore Louisiana Task Force co-chairs Jimmy Durbin, left, and Jacqui Vines, center. A meeting of the task force scheduled for earlier in the day in Livingston was cancelled because of a winter weather advisory

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY TRAVIS SPRADLING

Welcome to the relaunch of The Rundown, a daily dose of the biggest news and headlines surrounding Louisiana politics.

Today we kick off a special session to close a $304 million budget gap and see if they can get out of here before interfering with Mardi Gras!

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What we know:

The Legislature will come in at 6:30 p.m. Gov. John Bel Edwards will address lawmakers at around 7 p.m.

Here is how you can catch up:

- Some legislators say that the state is spending too much: http://bit.ly/2l5n1nL

- The latest in the state treasurer's race. http://bit.ly/2kYiLns

- Edwards is asking for President Trump to grant the state a federal disaster declaration after the tornadoes. http://bit.ly/2lthurW

- There is a lot of history that goes into the latest budget deficit. http://bit.ly/2lGlL89

- White state lawmakers may be trying to shore up the state's finances, there may also be a personal issue to deal with. Two senators have prepared competing resolutions to either expel or suspend state Sen. Troy Brown, who has pleaded no contest to domestic battery, during the special session http://bit.ly/2l9Kiok

And finally.... If you've given up on legislative stuff: Here is all you need to know about Mardi Gras parades... http://bit.ly/2l5hi1k


Editor's notes:

- Be sure to follow The Advocate's Capitol News team for full coverage -- @MarkBallardCNB, @elizabethcrisp, @WillSentell, @TylerBridges.

- Bookmark The Advocate's state legislature page here to see all of the special session coverage in one place.

Follow Elizabeth Crisp on Twitter, @elizabethcrisp.