Today in The Rundown: The “Voice of the Tigers” will be the voice of inauguration; Anti-abortion groups sound alarms over the incoming head of DHH; Ted Cruz is heading to Baton Rouge; and more.

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Days until gubernatorial inauguration and swearing in of other state-wide officials: 3
Days until the Louisiana presidential primary: 57
Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session: 66* (*Note: A special session is expected to be called Feb. 14, but cannot be formally set until Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards takes office.)

The News

Inauguration: Jim Hawthorne, the “Voice of the Tigers,” will serve as the master of ceremonies for Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards’ inauguration.

GOP 2016: Ted Cruz is coming to Baton Rouge on Monday. Meanwhile… Donald Trump has tapped New Orleans businessman and former City Council member Jay Batt to chair his Louisiana leadership team.

DHH: Anti-abortion groups have taken aim at Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards’ incoming head of the Department of Health and Hospitals.

Big Charity: The state is reevaluating what to do with the old Charity Hospital in New Orleans.

Colleges: Two more Louisiana universities are banning “hoverboards,” after LSU announced its ban.

Gill: Advocate columnist James Gil remembers blogger and watchdog C.B. Forgotson.

Look back: File photos, video show the rush of water, public spectacle of opening Bonnet Carré Spillway.

City Hall: Former Public Works director David Guillory says he won’t run for Baton Rouge mayor.


  • Baton Rouge Region Task Force on Health Services Delivery and Financing meets today at the Capitol at 9 a.m.
  • Louisiana Statewide Healthcare Delivery System Study Committee meets today at 11 a.m.

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