Today in The Rundown: Jindal says he’ll show up for tonight’s GOP “undercard” debate; gubernatorial runoff prompts an onslaught of campaign ads; the candidates’ views on education strongly differ; and more.

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Days until the runoff: 24

Days until the Iowa caucuses: 96

Where in the world is Gov. Bobby Jindal? Gov. Jindal is in Colorado tonight for the third GOP debate, which will air on CNBC. Jindal is among four candidates who will take part in an early “undercard” debate.

The News

LA Gov: Louisiana residents should probably prepare for an onslaught of political ads hitting the airwaves in the gubernatorial runoff. [Note: Last evening after deadline, the pro-Edwards Louisiana Families First PAC also posted a new ad.]

Education: David Vitter and John Bel Edwards have radically different plans for the future of education in Louisiana.

Vitter: More details are emerging about the arrest of David Vitter’s private investigator who was arrested.

Jindal: Gov. Jindal says he’ll take part in CNBC’s early debate, after his campaign raised concerns about the national poll-based criteria to get on the main stage.

Coastal plans: It’s not clear what proposed sediment diversions off the Mississippi River could mean for the future of the fish industry here.

LSU: Interviews have been set with four finalists for LSU’s executive VP and provost opening.

Hospitals: BR General is moving its burn center from Mid City to Bluebonnet after closing its emergency room.


  • Sales Tax Streamlining and Modernization Commission meets at 10 a.m. at the Capitol.
  • Louisiana Board of Regents meets at 9 a.m. at the Claiborne Building.

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