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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


12/14 - Decoding Common Core (Encore Presentation)

What do Louisiana educators, parents and students think about Common Core?

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!


01/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson

Who is policing the police in Louisiana?

Recent Topics


11/14 - Destination: Graduation

How is Louisiana addressing its dropout problem?


10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

What should Louisiana’s Congressional priorities be?


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

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