IND Monthly’s Lecture Series brings respected veteran independent journalist John Maginnis to Lafayette to preview the upcoming legislative session, Louisiana’s fall U.S. Senate race and Gov. Jindal’s national ambitions, among other hot topics dominating the state’s political landscape. Maginnis is the keynote speaker at a luncheon lecture slated for Wednesday, March 20, at noon at the Hilton Lafayette.
With his own brand of wit and wisdom, Maginnis has covered the events and players in Louisiana politics since 1972. He launched LaPolitics Weekly via fax (and later online) in 1993 and writes a syndicated column that appears in 16 daily and weekly newspapers around the state. Maginnis has authored two books, The Last Hayride in 1984 and Cross to Bear in 1992, and is a frequent source for national media. He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Manship School of Communications at LSU and is currently working on a website called Howtogetelected.com to encourage first-time candidates to run for office.
“Politics in Louisiana is never boring, but with a tax reform agenda in the upcoming legislative session, the Senate race next fall and our governor’s presence on the national stage, 2013 could be a banner year for the headlines,” says IND Publisher Cherry Fisher May. “There is no more respected opinion on these matters than John Maginnis, and we are delighted to host him, just as the political season heats up.”
IberiaBank and The Picard Group are presenting and supporting sponsors, respectively. Tickets are $40 per person and $350 for a reserved table for eight.
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