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La. journalist John Maginnis dead at 66

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - John Maginnis, a publisher, author and journalist who chronicled Louisiana politics for over 40 years, has died at age 66.

His Sunday morning death at his home in New Orleans was confirmed by Jeremy Alford, who worked with Maginnis on LaPolitcs.com a news and opinion website. The cause of death was not released.

In the 1970s, Maginnis published the Baton Rouge-based Gris Gris magazine.

More recently his website and political newsletter were widely followed; and his syndicated column appeared in newspapers around the state.

Maginnis was the author of two books on key campaigns of four-term former Gov. Edwin Edwards: "The Last Hayride," chronicled the 1983 governor's race. "Cross to Bear," was about Edwards' 1991 race against former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

Governor Jindal issued the following statement on the passing of John Maginnis:

“Supriya and I were saddened to hear the news of John's passing.

For decades, John captured our unique style of politics, and in turn, his work helped shaped the debate of where Louisiana should be going in the future. It's safe to say he is the historian on Louisiana politics.

In no uncertain terms, his work has truly impacted Louisiana culture and politics. Indeed, reading his books and weekly columns should be a rite of passage for anyone who works in Louisiana politics. But even more, if you just love Louisiana, and want to know about our history, John's work is a must read.

John was a fixture around the Capitol, always trying to get to the bottom of an issue. He had an incredible gift that enabled him to uncover stories and narratives that no one was talking about, but would ultimately drive the debate.

His work is prolific, but John could capture the essence of Louisiana politics in a single sentence.

I'm saddened that I will not get to read John's future accounts of Louisiana politics, but I know that I can always pick up a copy of "The Last Hayride" or "Cross to Bear" and take in his fantastic work.

John will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.”

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