Today in The Rundown: Gov. John Bel Edwards addresses corrections group today; LSU and other colleges are revealing what budget cuts would mean on campuses; an artist has set up in the Capitol to work on a unique piece; and more.

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Days until the Louisiana presidential primary: 39

Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session: 48* (*Note: A special session is expected to be called Feb. 14.)

The News

Budget crunch: LSU and other higher education institutions have revealed what impact the threat of budget cuts could have on campuses.

Efficiencies: State agencies are no longer required to use HotelPlanner to book reservations for travel.

DC Mardi Gras: Some Louisiana politicians and others who traveled to Washington for the annual Mardi Gras festivities there got stuck in the snow.

LSU: The state Legislature and former Gov. Bobby Jindal have all pushed for a statue of Pete Maravich to be erected on LSU’s campus but there hasn’t been any movement on the effort as of late.

Special report: The Advocate explores higher education in Louisiana.,

Planned Parenthood: A Houston grand jury investigating undercover footage of Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing Monday by the abortion provider and instead indicted anti-abortion activists involved in making the videos that provoked outrage among Republican leaders nationwide.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise met with the indicted anti-abortion activist in DC last week.

Capitol art: The State Capitol is serving as the backdrop for a performance art piece.

Transportation: Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden and Gov. John Bel Edwards chatted with the U.S. Department of Transportation secretary about Louisiana’s transportation woes while in DC last week.


  • Gov. John Bel Edwards will deliver remarks at the 2016 American Corrections Association Winter Conference in New Orleans today at noon. U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch will also attend the event.
  • State Rep. Valarie Hodges will address the Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge’s monthly luncheon at Café Américain at noon.
  • Joint Highway Priority Construction Committee meets at 9 a.m. at Bossier City Civic Center and at 2:30 p.m. at Pineville City Hall.
  • Louisiana Tax Commission meets at 10 a.m. in Capitol Committee Room A-B. (Louisiana Tax Commission Appeal Hearings take place upon adjournment.)

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