Today in The Rundown: How Obama spent his 17 hours in Baton Rouge; Republicans criticize Gov. John Bel Edwards take on food stamps; Critics say charter schools are taking money from others; and more.

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Days until the Louisiana presidential primary: 50
Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session: 59* (*Note: A special session is expected to be called Feb. 14,)

The News

Obama: President Barack Obama made his first official visit to Baton Rouge this week.
Here’s the transcript of Obama’s remarks: And the replay video:

Traffic: Obama learned about Baton Rouge’s traffic problems.

Edwards: Some Republicans are criticizing the new governor’s action on food stamps. (via AP)

Education: Critics say financially strapped school districts in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and elsewhere are being hurt by the increasing funds that are being moved from districts to charter schools.

Campaign finance: Some retired State Police troopers are raising questions about donations that were made to campaigns last year, including that of Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Sad things: C.B. Forgotson’s wife has penned a blog post about her husband’s suicide and depression.

Execution: A March execution date has been set for River Parishes serial killer Daniel Blank, but it may not happen because the state does not have the drugs to conduct lethal injections.

Grace: Reading into Edwards’ executive order on Medicaid expansion.


Gov. John Bel Edwards has three public speaking engagements today:

  • 12 p.m. Fit for a King Summit in New Orleans
  • 1 p.m. LSBA Meeting in New Orleans
  • 8 p.m. 100 Black Men Gala in Baton Rouge

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