Today in The Rundown: Three Louisiana governor candidates debate tonight; debates are becoming a campaign issue; Jindal wants on the main presidential debate; and much more.

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Days until the 2015 primary election day: 10

Days until the runoff (as needed): 38

Days until the Iowa caucuses: 110

Early voting is underway.

Where in the world is Gov. Bobby Jindal? Gov. Jindal is campaigning in Iowa this week. Today he is scheduled for a meet and greet at a Bettendorf restaurant and one at a private home in Dyersville.

The News

LA Gov: Gubernatorial debates are becoming a campaign issue

GOP 2016: Bobby Jindal’s campaign is trying to argue his way onto the Oct. 28 GOP debate stage.

Jindal budget: Cost of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s security detail has doubled in nearly eight years (via AP)

Medicaid: A judge has ruled that state attorneys must testify about what went into the decision to abruptly cancel a nearly $200 million Medicaid contract.

Common Core: BESE has endorsed a plan to allow Common Core test comparisons with 10 states and D.C.

Spanish Town: The Louisiana Capitol-adjacent neighborhood was rocked with a series of “small explosions.” Here’s the latest:

Coming up

  • Today: LPB and CABL host a debate among three candidates for governor — John Bel Edwards, Jay Dardenne and Scott Angelle — on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. You can follow along live with The Advocate.
  • Thursday: Those three gubernatorial candidates will be joined by David Vitter for a state-wide televised debate from the campus of Louisiana Tech University. You can follow along live with The Advocate.

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