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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.

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The Countdown…

Days until the start of the legislative session: 59

Days until election day: 246

The News

What Happened at The Opera:

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.

Politics: Political power couple James Carville and Mary Matalin say it's OK to disagree, even over Trump

2020: Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has pretty much ruled out a run for president next year.

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.

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.

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