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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


05/16 - Louisiana Veterans Coming Home

What challenges do our returning veterans face?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

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!


06/16 - Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces (encore)

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

Recent Topics


04/16 - Opiates & the Bayou State

How is Louisiana tackling this serious addiction epidemic?


03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?


01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?

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