Today in The Rundown: The tale of "The Opera" remembered; an update on medical marijuana; the latest on the state budget and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.
Days until the start of the legislative session: 59
Days until election day: 246
What Happened at The Opera: http://bit.ly/2HVyHWN
Race: As the nation reckons with the racist history of blackface and people in politics who engaged in it, the since-ended Louisiana House "Opera" illustrates how some politicians who embraced it here during the same time period have escaped the same sort of backlash over the years. http://bit.ly/2HVyHWN
Politics: Political power couple James Carville and Mary Matalin say it's OK to disagree, even over Trump http://bit.ly/2I6i2Qi
2020: Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has pretty much ruled out a run for president next year. http://bit.ly/2GbY1pP
LALege: As Louisiana agencies slashed spending on services over the last decade, state legislative offices managed to sock away hefty surpluses, quietly amassing $85 million in the bank without mentioning the money in their annual budget hearings. http://bit.ly/2HZcdV7
Medical marijuana: A New Orleans company is suing the Louisiana agriculture department for how it is handling the testing of medical marijuana, arguing the agency improperly rejected its bid to become the state’s independent testing lab. http://bit.ly/2DadPFL
Arkansas is moving to switch out its statues in the US Capitol to honor Daisy Bates of Little Rock 9 and Johnny Cash: https://t.co/49CnGprIHHReminder: Louisiana still honors Huey Long and Justice ED White, Confed soldier who voted for segregation in Plessy. #lalege #lagov— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) February 7, 2019
Had a few questions about this after #SOTU: There are no members of the Louisiana National Guard stationed at the border now, and the state hasn't received any requests. The small team previously there on security mission left several months ago. #lalege #lagov— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) February 6, 2019
Last night, @staceyabrams gave the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union Address. On 2/21, she'll be in New Orleans to headline a fundraiser for the re-election campaign of La. state senator Karen Carter Peterson. $100/person @TeamKCP #lalege— Tyler Bridges (@tegbridges) February 6, 2019
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