Today in The Rundown: Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards’ campaign staffers earn big win bonuses; Medicaid expansion coming soon; Edwards continues to outline transition team; and more .
Days until gubernatorial inauguration and swearing in of other state-wide officials: 5
Days until the Louisiana presidential primary: 59
Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session: 68* (*Note: A special session is expected the week of Feb. 14 but cannot formally be called until Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards takes office.)
Medicaid: Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards gave more insight into his plan for expanding Medicaid through the federal Affordable Care Act. http://bit.ly/1OM6sRc
Cabinet: Gov.-Elect John Bel Edwards almost filled out his cabinet Wednesday, naming the heads of two of state government’s largest agencies. http://bit.ly/1OM6Sqx
Campaign finance: Edwards’ campaign strongly out-raised Republican rival David Vitter in the final weeks of the election. Campaign finance records show Edwards’ political team earned generous “win bonuses” in the end. http://bit.ly/1n3bJxI
BESE: Edwards also ID’d three people who he plans to appoint to the state’s top school board. http://bit.ly/1RqpPnQ
Corrections: Edwards’ appointee to run the state prison system is the only cabinet-level holdover from the Jindal administration and one of the few secretaries that served out Gov. Bobby Jindal’s entire term. http://bit.ly/1RqpPnQ
Guns: Three of Louisiana’s most prominent gun show promoters say President Barack Obama’s latest efforts to tighten gun control laws will have little impact in Louisiana. http://bit.ly/1OM8K2D
TV regulations: Inside the standoff between Cox Communications, Baton Rouge NBC affiliate WVLA. http://bit.ly/1RqqN3n
Speaker’s Race: She hasn’t been sworn into office yet, but a newly-elected state Representative is facing a recall petition from fellow Republicans because she might back a Democrat for House Speaker. http://bit.ly/1Rqm6qo
The Year in Politics: Here are five must-watch videos from Louisiana politics in 2015. http://bit.ly/1Rqml4P
Jindal: Gov. Bobby Jindal racked up nine appearances on the Sunday talk show circuit in 2015. http://bit.ly/1OM4eRJ (If you missed it earlier this week, The Advocate recently sat down with Jindal to look back on his term and how he sees his legacy. http://bit.ly/1RqmGoc)
- Louisiana State Board of Election Supervisors meets at the Capitol at 9 a.m. today.
- Louisiana Board of Regents meets at the Claiborne Building today. Committee meetings begin at 10:15 a.m. See the agendas here.
- Louisiana State Civil Service Commission meets at the Claiborne Building at 9 a.m. today.