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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Countdown…
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. http://bit.ly/1Q8MaXw
Here’s the transcript of Obama’s remarks: http://bit.ly/1J6LSPq And the replay video: http://bit.ly/1Pe1zQV

Traffic: Obama learned about Baton Rouge’s traffic problems. http://bit.ly/1n3NcsE

Edwards: Some Republicans are criticizing the new governor’s action on food stamps. http://bit.ly/1Ov3e5r (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. http://bit.ly/1Ov3rFJ

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. http://bit.ly/1J6M6WS

Sad things: C.B. Forgotson’s wife has penned a blog post about her husband’s suicide and depression. http://bit.ly/1J6MC7i

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. http://bit.ly/1J6MiFs

Grace: Reading into Edwards’ executive order on Medicaid expansion. http://bit.ly/1J6MVPt

Happenings

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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