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The Louisiana State Capitol stands tall under blue skies, November 2, 2019, in downtown Baton Rouge, La.

Today in The Rundown:  Happy New Year and welcome back to your weekly guide to Louisiana politics news! In today's edition: Inauguration is less than a week away; top state executives announce new plans for the new year; Trump plans to attend game in New Orleans; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics. 

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The Countdown…

Days until inauguration: 4

Days until the 2020 regular session begins: 60

Days until the regular session must end: 140

The News

POTUS: After confidential briefings, Louisiana Republicans are standing by President Donald Trump's actions in the Iran conflict.

Education: Superintendent John White is leaving the state K-12 system after eight years.

Baton Rouge: It's official that Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broom will run for re-election.

LSU: President Donald Trump will attend the national championship game in New Orleans next week.

LAGOP: Elections for Louisiana Republicans' governing body are on hold as the party objects to a 1980s-era law that would have it dramatically rework its central committee districts and force some current members to run against one another. (via AP)

ICYMI: Steve Gleason will formally receive his Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol next week.

ICYMI: The U.S. Supreme Court is set to take up Louisiana's abortion admitting privileges law in March.

Environment: U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond — the only Democrat in Louisiana’s congressional delegation — is getting involved in the battle over a LaPlace chemical plant.

Jeff Parish: Outgoing Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni, rocked by a sexting scandal during his time in office, is weighing his next options.

Hard Rock: The developers behind the Hard Rock Hotel have put off a request to demolish three nearby buildings as they continue altering plans to take down the partially collapsed, 18-story structure looming over Canal Street.

Health: Louisiana Health Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee is leaving for other opportunities.

Coming up...

At the Capitol

  • On Monday, the House and Senate convene at 10 a.m. for their organizational session of the new term.
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards' inauguration takes place at noon on Monday on the Capitol steps (or inside if it rains).


  • Louisiana Sales and Use Tax Commission for Remote Sellers meets at 10 a.m. in the LaSalle Building.
  • Louisiana Commission on Justice System Funding meets at 1 p.m. in Capitol Room 6.

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Elizabeth Crisp is The Advocate’s Washington, D.C. correspondent and author of The Rundown.

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