Today in The Rundown: Early voting is underway in Louisiana in the statewide and legislative races, and turnout has been brisk in the first few days. Early voting runs through Saturday and Election Day is a week later.
Go to GeauxVote.com to get voter details, including polling locations.
Check out The Advocate's guide to what's on the ballot in the Baton Rouge area.
Check out Nola.com's guide to what's on the ballot in the New Orleans area.
In today's edition of The Rundown, get the latest updates on elections and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics right now.
Days until primary election: 9
Days until runoff: 44
Days until inauguration: 112
Governor's race: With Election Day less than two weeks away, Gov. John Bel Edwards says he's confident he's getting a second term. http://bit.ly/2o1pUJO
LAGov Trump: After publicly staying on the sidelines for much of the Louisiana governor's race, President Donald Trump tweeted out his support for the Republican candidates without picking between the two and bashed Edwards, who has sought to stay on friendly terms with the Republican president. http://bit.ly/2peSWFY
LAGov Republicans: Edwards' chief rivals in the election, businessman Eddie Rispone and U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, are trading barbs as they jockey for the chance to face Edwards in a runoff. http://bit.ly/2oJcEJG
LAGov Abraham: U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins joined Abraham on the campaign trail this week. http://bit.ly/2pyRtuu
LAGov Issues: Public safety has emerged as a key issue in the governor's race. http://bit.ly/2pyCNeR
Impeachment: Louisiana could have a potentially dynamic role as House Democrats continue an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump with these key players in the Congressional delegation. http://bit.ly/2nzlgSU
Treasury: The U.S. Treasury Department will expand efforts to pay out the nearly $26 billion in matured, unclaimed savings bonds that haven’t been claimed, after U.S. Sen. John Kennedy pressed the federal agency on the issue. http://bit.ly/2nHk7Jn
Transportation: Two government agencies are launching a survey of travel habits by Baton Rouge area motorists. http://bit.ly/2pz8c0J
Climate change: New Orleans' 2019 Climate Change Equity Report urges city agencies, nonprofits and individuals to work to reduce pollution and lower energy costs. http://bit.ly/2n5072Q
Jobs: The surprise closure of Bayou Steel Group in LaPlace this week has officials dealing with the fallout from the steel mill's sudden shuttering questioning whether it was designed to duck the company's obligations to its workers. http://bit.ly/2o4VsP1
Environment: A federal fund aimed at restoring Lake Pontchartrain is getting a boost that could help officials study the environmental impact of opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway. http://bit.ly/2o4WM4r
UNO: An anonymous $2 million gift will fund undergraduate scholarships at the University of New Orleans. http://bit.ly/2n6IwYt
Odd: A Florida woman who freed herself from a camel by biting its testicles at a Louisiana truck stop last month, making national headlines (and punchlines, including on SNL), talked to The Advocate about the ordeal. http://bit.ly/2n6EjnG
At the Capitol
- House Study Committee on Public Private Partnership Financing meets today at 10 a.m. in Room 5.
- 9 a.m. Signing memorandum of Understanding among several state agencies at Fibrebond Corporation in Minden.
- 10:30 a.m. Groundbreaking ceremony for the Center of Medical Education site at LSU Health Shreveport.
- 1 p.m. Shreveport public transportation system announcement at the SporTran administrative facility in Shreveport.
JBE cocktail reception fundraiser invitation that I tweeted before was apparently a draft. Here is updated version that others received. Note: Chris Young, former Beer League lobbyist and... https://t.co/ZsujL8w2ED, is no longer listed on host committee. #lalege #lagov pic.twitter.com/JGbKA0titd— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) October 1, 2019
.@GeauxScalise sent a fundraising email this morning featuring Dancing With The Stars' @seanspicer. "Team up with Sean Spicer and Steve Scalise to save Trump's agenda:" https://t.co/EoAtUVUzDd pic.twitter.com/uL9WQNikJZ— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) September 29, 2019
.@nytimes story on Biden camp's attempts to keep Giuliani off major news programs includes detail that @RepRichmond was offered to shows as a surrogate for Biden but they declined to have him on: https://t.co/bIM0ol2TGm pic.twitter.com/Rl5TvHYFGz— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) September 30, 2019
As we continue our look back at @lpborg's past #lagov debates, we've reached one of the most famous (or infamous) - the 1991 run-off debate between #EdwinEdwards & David Duke. Watch it here: https://t.co/RrCauhTCus #lagovdebate pic.twitter.com/Hx1uALcHEo— LDMA (@LDMArchive) September 30, 2019
This is also Election Day in Louisiana for statewide and #lalege races. Gives voters more time to head to the polls before tailgating revs up.But I suspect the game will be on at more than a few election night parties... #lsu #lagov https://t.co/LLvRb0RJIf— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) September 30, 2019
.@BobbyJindal, who the Republican candidates have sought to distance themselves from as @JohnBelforLA keeps bringing him up, just RT'd @DonaldJTrumpJr & @EricTrump's tweets about the Louisiana governor race. #lalege #lagov pic.twitter.com/eQhhWKbufE— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) September 29, 2019
Inbox: @JohnBelforLA will have election night party at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge.Four years ago, primary night party was at The Lyceum downtown BR.Runoff victory party was at @hotelmonteleone in 2015. #lalege #lagov— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) October 2, 2019
.@RepRichmond, co-chair of @JoeBiden's campaign, is heading to South Carolina to campaign for Biden this weekend. Richmond's scheduled to take part in Biden's S.C. hq opening Friday and will be the featured guest at Charleston County Democratic Party’s Blue Jamboree Saturday.— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) October 2, 2019
I haven't seen anything to suggest this event was a "rally for (@JohnBelforLA)" as the @lagop claims . It's clearly a @realCleoFields event. The signage is obvious, and JBE wasn't featured on the promo materials. https://t.co/Rhdazm9xrH #lalege #lagov https://t.co/d87CLDoHlq pic.twitter.com/2LMkw5Ot0W— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) October 2, 2019
I love @PARLouisiana description of our state constitution: 'A lengthy throng of regulatory minutia.' And description of proposed amendments: 'Arcane.' That's got to be Robert Travis Scott at work! #lalege #lagov https://t.co/jctGzWvRzy— Greg Hilburn (@GregHilburn1) October 2, 2019
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