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.
Days until the runoff election for state treasurer: 11
Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 126
Comite: New frustrations surfaced Monday over the latest bid to breathe life into building the decades-old Comite River Diversion Canal project. http://bit.ly/2hlts6h
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. http://bit.ly/2hiBgWl
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. http://bit.ly/2hhkLd5
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. http://bit.ly/2hgrjJ8
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. http://bit.ly/2hifHp5
Insurance Marketplace: Open enrollment is underway, but hurdles include a shorter sign up period and fewer resources for help. http://bit.ly/2he3Jgg
Puerto Rico: After a trip there last week, Louisiana's top disaster response leaders give their assessment of the island's road to recovery. http://bit.ly/2zi9fFq
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. http://bit.ly/2hjbxNA
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. http://bit.ly/2hMzKc0
Higher ed: Southeastern Louisiana University will host state parole hearings on campus on Nov. 16. http://bit.ly/2hhzCVe
ICYMI: House Republicans delayed approval of the state's Medicaid managed care contract extensions, pending further review for savings. http://bit.ly/2A3BNPI
Happening this week
- C-SPAN will interview Secretary of State Tom Schedler on Washington Journal at about 8:20 a.m., live from the C-SPAN bus parked in front of the State Capitol. Details here about the state-of-the-art bus' stop in Baton Rouge this week.
- House Natural Resources and Environment committee meets at 10 a.m. in Room 4.