John James Maginnis

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John James Maginnis, 66, of New Orleans, and publisher of LaPolitics Weekly and, which appears in this newspaper, died May 25, 2014. Born in Baton Rouge on May 17, 1948, Maginnis took an interest in politics and journalism at a very early age. As a young man, after school would let out at Sacred Heart, he would fold up editions of The States-Times and deliver them on his bike. While at Catholic High School, he started his first regular column in the school newspaper, The Bear Facts, and later served as editor of The Daily Revelle at Louisiana State University. John served in the U.S. Navy after college, spending time in the Philippines during the Vietnam War. Upon returning to his beloved Louisiana, he turned to what he did best and landed a reporter’s position with The Catholic Commentator Soon after he struck out as an independent journalist and publisher,
writing three books including “Cross to Bear”, “The Last Hayride”, and “The Politics of Reform.” He became one of the most recognizable names in Bayou State politics and found publishing successes in the 1970s and 1980s with Gris Gris magazine, Baton Rouge Enterprise, and later, Louisiana Political Review. The latter gave way to The Fax Weekly in 1993, which underwent a name change to LaPolitics Weekly not long after. In recent years, John had expanded the political newsletter and its website by adding new staff, developing media partnerships and broadening its editorial scope. Known for having sources in every nook and cranny  of state government, John was not only trusted but also sought out by Louisiana’s political influencers. His syndicated opinion column appeared in 21 newspapers around the state and he was a regular guest on programs like Informed Sources and The Jim Engster Show. He was also featured speaker for civic groups and organizations across the Gulf Coast. In 2000, John was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the LSU Manship School of Mass Communications. When  complimented on his work, John was fond of saying, “I owe it to the material.” Those who knew him best, however, knew better. A memorial service will be held for John at a later date  
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