Louisiana State Capitol (file)

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Today in The Rundown: Louisiana legislators look into sexual harassment policies; U.S. Sen. John Kennedy voices concerns about 5th Circuit nominee; Flood insurance deadline nears; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.

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Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 102

The News

Harassment: At least two reviews are underway on sexual harassment policies in Louisiana state government, following a recent outpouring of allegations nationally and one high-profile investigation in the Edwards administration. http://bit.ly/2ndTXN4 (To submit tips on this, see below for additional information below Tweet Beat section.)

JBE: Here's how Gov. Edwards responded when asked about the recent spate of misconduct news that has rocked industries from Hollywood to Washington: http://bit.ly/2Aox6Ej

Federal courts: U.S. Sen. John Kennedy praised some of 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Kyle Duncan’s legal credentials Wednesday but questioned Duncan’s Louisiana ties and took shots at the White House’s handling of the nomination. http://bit.ly/2AJ1F7N

Congress: Former members of the Louisiana delegation John Breaux, Billy Tauzin and Rodney Alexander will next week come together to reflect on how to make government effective. http://bit.ly/2zz621b

Criminal justice: Gov. Edwards and Sen. Kennedy butted heads this week over the state's efforts to pare back its prison population. While Edwards spoke on Capitol Hill and met with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, Kennedy criticized the state prison system. http://bit.ly/2AIQRqy

Flood recovery: The deadline to file for added flood insurance dollars will be here Dec. 31. Here's what homeowners should know: http://bit.ly/2AHOxjo

Medical marijuana: The top-scoring candidate for Southern University's medical marijuana business, a company whose bid was ultimately rejected, has sued Southern for public records related to the selection process. http://bit.ly/2AIg6Jw

Ethics: A panel has been quietly reviewing the state's ethics laws, but despite Louisiana's most recent "F" rating in a national review, the main objective isn't to develop more stringent recommendations. http://bit.ly/2AJ8qa0

Politicos: Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, retired Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand and Advocate political columnist James Gill are among the incoming inductees into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame. http://bit.ly/2AJvoOc

Baton Rouge: The Government Street "road diet" and repaving project finally has a start date. http://bit.ly/2AIfZO4

Happening this week


  • TOPS Task Force meets at 9:30 a.m. in the John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room. (Watch online: http://bit.ly/LAHainkel)
  • Gov. Edwards: LA 42 Widening Project Groundbreaking at Istrouma Baptist Church's Ascension Campus in Prairieville.


  • Subcommittee 1 of the Felony Class Task Force meets at 10 a.m. in Room 6.
  • Subcommittee 2 of the Felony Class Task Force meets at 10 a.m. in Room 4.
  • Subcommittee 3 of the Felony Class Task Force meets at 10 a.m. in Room 3.
  • Felony Class System Task Force meets at noon in Room 6.

Tweet beat

Send tips:

Have information about possible sexual harassment or misconduct in Louisiana state government? I want to hear and tell your story. Contact Elizabeth by phone at 225.388.0236 or by email at ecrisp@theadvocate.com. Information will be kept off the record until you agree otherwise.

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Mail to:

Elizabeth Crisp, Advocate Capitol Bureau

PO Box 44485

Baton Rouge, LA 70804

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