Today in The Rundown: Bobby Jindal cancels an out-of-state appearance; Legislature kills equal pay talk; Southern University narrows its search for a new leader; and more.

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Days until session ends: 13

Days until the 2015 primary election day: 147

Days until the runoff (as needed): 175

Where in the world is Gov. Bobby Jindal? He is apparently not in New Hampshire. Per WUMR, Jindal was supposed to be there today as a guest on the Belknap County Republican Committee’s annual cruise of Lake Winnipesaukee, but he recently cancelled.http://bit.ly/1Hz7vk4

The News

GOP 2016: Five likely GOP presidential candidates grabbed double-digits in the latest Quinnipiac University National poll released today. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal isn’t one of them.http://bit.ly/1GHSPmI

K-12: Without debate, the Louisiana House approved legislation Thursday that would increase state aid for public schools by nearly $85 million. The vote was 100-0. http://bit.ly/1GHSZKE

Equal pay: The legislative drive for equal pay protection in Louisiana law died Thursday at the hands of a business-friendly House committee. http://bit.ly/1GHT8xQ

PSC: Though some commissioners are open to limits on their campaign contributions, the chief regulator of the state’s utility companies called a report alleging improper influence inaccurate and dubbed its consumer-group authors “left wing militants.”http://bit.ly/1GHTdSh

Roads: A tax hike that would raise $7.5 billion over 10 years for roads and bridges failed Thursday morning in the Louisiana House.http://bit.ly/1GHThBn

Capitol Press Corps: Ed Anderson, a political reporter who was a fixture at the state Capitol and covered six governors, died Thursday. He was 67. http://bit.ly/1GHTpRp

Jindal administration: Paul Rainwater was feted with a retirement party at the Governor’s Mansion this week. http://bit.ly/1GHTzIm

Southern university: A search committee has picked three finalists for the SU System president and chancellor job.http://bit.ly/1FcKq5j


Senate Finance is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m.

In floor action, the House and Senate are done for the week.

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