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Advocate file photo -- The Louisiana state Capitol building in Baton Rouge.

Today in The Rundown: Comite Diversion frustrations aired again; New redistricting effort underway; A candidate for an open state House seat claims he's being targeted for an old feud; Redistricting review underway; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.

Programming note: After our brief hiatus, due to scheduling conflicts, The Rundown is back in its twice-weekly schedule. We'll resume daily publication after the first of the year.

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Days until the runoff election for state treasurer: 11

Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 126

The News

Comite: New frustrations surfaced Monday over the latest bid to breathe life into building the decades-old Comite River Diversion Canal project.

Louisiana Legislature: A familiar candidate seeking an open state House seat is questioning whether a new effort targeting him is payback in a long-simmering feud linked to the 2016 U. S. Senate race.

Redistricting: A new grassroots movement has kicked off to highlight how Louisiana's legislative and congressional districts are drawn. A bipartisan summit will be held at LSU in January.

Health care: Children’s Hospital of New Orleans has begun a major revamp, with a new leader who started last week and a series of renovations that will virtually remake the hospital’s campus over the next few years.

K-12: When public school letter grades are released today, it will mark the end of a generous scoring system sparked mostly by the tougher academic standards known as Common Core.

Insurance Marketplace: Open enrollment is underway, but hurdles include a shorter sign up period and fewer resources for help.

Puerto Rico: After a trip there last week, Louisiana's top disaster response leaders give their assessment of the island's road to recovery.

Southern U: The recent firing of Vice Chancellor Brandon Dumas was handled properly, and his lawsuit against the school should be dismissed, an attorney for the university has argued.

Cassidy: U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy traveled with other members of the Energy & Natural Resources Committee to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to assess the hurricane damage there.

Higher ed: Southeastern Louisiana University will host state parole hearings on campus on Nov. 16.

ICYMI: House Republicans delayed approval of the state's Medicaid managed care contract extensions, pending further review for savings.

Happening this week



  • House Natural Resources and Environment committee meets at 10 a.m. in Room 4.

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