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A car drives north on North Fourth Street before turning west on Spanish Town Road, with the State Capitol in the background during a brisk Thanksgiving night, Thursday, November 23, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

Today in The Rundown: Updates in the state's response to sexual harassment allegations; A look into voter issues; Congress works toward CHIP renewal; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.

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Countdown…

Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 111

The News

Harassment: Gov. John Bel Edwards has created a new task force to look into sexual harassment and discrimination in state government, after a top aide resigned amid allegations. http://bit.ly/2Ae58eV

Elections: An advisory panel to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights heard recommendations for Louisiana's elections laws on Wednesday. http://bit.ly/2B6Kyx7

Voting: Louisiana is looking for new voting machines and a new way to vote. http://bit.ly/2jnKL4o

Congress: Despite widespread bipartisan support for the Children's Health Insurance Program, lawmakers on Capitol Hill remain uncertain just when and how the lapsed program might get a renewal. http://bit.ly/2jnfnmD

Environment: Groups are demanding that builders of the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline turn over project records, including internal company communications, arguing that they are subject to release under Louisiana's public records law. http://bit.ly/2jl4uSm

Richmond: The scandal that engulfed ex-U.S. Rep. John Conyers presented U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond with one of his biggest challenges as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. http://bit.ly/2jnKkag

LSU: Male LSU faculty earn substantially more than female faculty members of the same rank, according to the early findings of a new study. http://bit.ly/2Azagco

Hospitals: Rep. Ralph Abraham wants any deal renegotiating management of north Louisiana's safety-net hospitals to include promises LSU will maintain its medical school in the region. http://bit.ly/2jnxPeQ

Medicaid: Louisiana's Medicaid program is spending at a slower pace than expected this budget year and could leave the state with a surplus in six months if expenditures remain on their current path. http://bit.ly/2jnJ4E4

Conflicts: A national investigation from the Center for Public Integrity and the Associated Press into state Capitols raises questions about conflicts of interests: http://bit.ly/2B6pGWJ

Happening this week

Today

  • Advisory Council on Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Bienville Building in Baton Rouge.

On Gov. Edwards schedule today: 

  • 8:30 a.m. Louisiana Tech facility ribbon cutting at Bossier Parish Community College.
  • 9:30 a.m. Dedication of combat wounded parking spaces at Bossier Parish Community College.
  • 10 a.m. Parkway High School Visit in Bossier City.

Friday

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