Today in The Rundown: Gov. Edwards plans rare televised address on the budget; Donald Trump stumps in Baton Rouge; Edwards wants to end SAVE; and more.

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Days until the special session: 3

Days until the Louisiana presidential primary: 23

Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session: 32

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LA Lege: The state budget outlook is worse than everyone thought.

Budget crunch: Gov. John Bel Edwards will hold a live televised speech on the budget situation. Republicans have asked for a chance to respond, which will likely be given by State Treasurer John Kennedy.

SAVE: Gov. Edwards wants the state Legislature to kill the dubious Jindal-backed SAVE Act:

Jindal: Former Gov. Bobby Jindal got 63 votes in the New Hampshire primary this week.

JBE: Gov. Edwards says critics of his tax-increasing proposals should let it all out and then work together to reach a solution.

LA 04: State Rep. Mike Johnson, the Bossier City Republican known for sponsoring a controversial “religious freedom” bill last session, is running for Congress.

GOP 2016: Donald Trump will hold a campaign rally in Baton Rouge tonight. Follow along via TheAdvocate.comfor all the highlights.


  • Gov. John Bel Edwards will have a live speech on the budget that will air on television and radio stations across the state at 6:30 p.m. Republicans are planning a response.
  • GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a rally at the Baton Rouge River Center at 7 p.m.

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