No 'shiny, new' buildings and legislative pet projects; state dollars this year reserved for roads and repairs _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --The State Capitol building is aglow at sunset in this view from Capitol Park near the Old Arsenal.

Today in The Rundown: Tension goes from bad to worse in the House; Gov. Edwards joins in calling for a resignation amid sexual harassment allegations; House Majority Whip Steve Scalise joined President Trump for a discussion on gun safety; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.

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Days until the special session must end: 6

Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 11

Days until the 2018 regular legislative session ends: 89

The News

Special session: Things went a little sideways in the House on Wednesday...

Harassment: Gov. John Bel Edwards has joined several lawmakers in calling for the resignation of Secretary of State Tom Schedler amid sexual harassment allegations.

Congress: U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise joined other members of Congress for a school safety discussion on Wednesday, during which President Donald Trump called for speedy and substantial changes to the nation's gun laws.

EWE: Gus Mijalis, a longtime friend and confidante of Edwin Edwards has died.

LSU: The latest on the university's effort to combat hazing on campus.

K-12: In the two weeks since a deadly Florida school shooting, students and teachers throughout the Baton Rouge area have been going through drills designed to help prepare them for how they would respond to a threat like a shooter on campus.

Marijuana: The consequences for getting caught smoking pot in Baton Rouge could soon become less drastic.

Happening this week


Senate convenes at 10 a.m., and the House comes in at 3 p.m.

  • Senate Judicary A meets at 9:30 a.m. in the Hainkel room.


House and Senate TBA.

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