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John Maginnis
Independent Author and Journalist

John Maginnis, who has been writing about Louisiana politics since 1972, publishes the Louisiana Political Fax Weekly, a newsletter delivered by fax machine and e-mail. The independent journalist also writes a weekly syndicated column that appears in 20 daily and weekly newspapers around the state. Maginnis is the author of two books on Louisiana politics--The Last Hayride in 1984 and Cross to Bear in 1992--and he frequently comments on Louisiana politics for the national media. In 2000, the Baton Rouge native was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the LSU Manship School of Communications.

Current Topic


07/15 - Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces

Is the display of Civil War statues in public justified or do they belong only in museums?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


08/15 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference

What difference has a decade made?

Recent Topics


06/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson (Encore Presentation)

Who polices the police in Louisiana?


05/15 - Innovation Matters

What effect does diminishing Higher Ed funding have on Louisiana research programs?


04/15 - Back on Track: Louisiana Graduates

What help is available for Louisiana students who have dropped out of school?


03/15 - Cancer in Louisiana

Why is Louisiana’s cancer death rate so much higher than the rest of America?

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