Lindsey Graham, Bill Cassidy, Ron Johnson, Dean Heller

From left, Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., hold a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, to unveil legislation to reform health care. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ORG XMIT: DCAH124

Andrew Harnik

Today in The Rundown: U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy continues to pursue health care reform, though the clock is ticking and the outlook isn't great; House Speaker expresses optimism that a budget deal will happen; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.

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Days until the Louisiana treasurer's election: 30

Days until the runoff in the treasurer's race, if needed: 65

Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 180

The News

LaLege: Louisiana House speaker hopes to have tax plan by January:

Health Care: Cassidy, Graham unveil Obamacare replacement bill.

PSC: Forum is mostly about party unity.

New Orleans: U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond was apparently involved in the drama that has embroiled the New Orleans coroner's election.

Scalise: New Orleans area restaurants have been sending food to U.S. Majority Whip Steve Scalise as he's recovering from wounds sustained in a mass shooting this summer.

Business: Louisiana ranked the worst in the U.S. Chamber's survey of business views of state lawsuit climates.

Happening this week


  • Louisiana Board of Ethics meets at 2:30 p.m. in the Griffon Room of the Lasalle Building in Baton Rouge. (Agenda)
  • Campaign finance reports for the Oct. 14 election are due.
  • Governor's schedule: Gov. John Bel Edwards meets with business leaders and local officials in Shreveport.


  • Louisiana Felony Class System Task Force meets at 10 a.m. Room 1.
  • Louisiana Board of Ethics meets at 9 a.m. in the LaBelle Room of the LaSalle Building in Baton Rouge. (Agenda)

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