John Maginnis

Foster Campbell, the Louisiana Public Service Commissioner for District 5, weighs in on the state legislature's recent passage of Senate Bill 469. The passage of the bill rejects a lawsuit filed against 97 oil and gas companies by a New Orleans levee board and retroactively kills litigation claiming that the oil and gas companies environmentally damaged Louisiana's wetlands. Commissioner Campbell, by the way, makes it very clear to Jim and to our listeners that he is not a happy camper about the legislature's decision.

Jeremy Alford, successor to John Maginnis and now publisher of La. Politics, talks with Jim and spends the remainder of todays show remembering their friend and journalistic colleague John Maginnis, who passed away Sunday May 25, 2014.


Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon talks about the start of this years Hurricane Season which begins June 1st. Donelon warns that although the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is predicting a possible six hurricanes this season, all it takes is one to devastate communities along coastal waters. Donelon also talks about steps one can take to prepare for possible hurricane landfall (i.e.: making an inventory of one's personal possessions), and the importance of Flood Insurance.

Also, famed and legendary Louisiana Political Consultant Gus Weill talks with Jim about the passing of John Maginnis; a loss that not only affects Louisiana Journalism, but the state of Louisiana as a whole.


It was just a couple of months ago that John Maginnis appeared on WRKF’s “The Jim Engster Show,” talking about Governor Bobby Jindal’s presidential aspirations.

“Outside Louisiana, there’s no serious talk about Jindal being a serious contender,” Maginnis told Engster and WRKF’s listeners. “But I think he’s still a viable vice-presidential contender, a running mate.”

Longtime political reporter John Maginnis passed away unexpectedly Sunday, at the age of 66. 

John Maginnis, Louisiana political writer and co-publisher of LaPolitics.com, joins Jim to discuss the issues surrounding Governor Bobby Jindal's supposed presidential bid for 2016 and Senator David Vitter's announced run for governor of Louisiana. Also, young adult fiction author Laurie Halse Anderson talks with Jim about her new novel The Impossible Knife of Memory.


"LAPolitics.com" publisher and columnist John Maginnis and Jim discuss local and national political matters, including Tuesday election results from around the country.

Author Andrew Salomon talks about his book, "Far From The Tree"

Jason Andreason, with the Baton Rouge Art Gallery, discusses the annual benefit fundraiser"Kinetics", this Friday night


A visit with veteran Capitol correspondent and publisher of "LAPolitics.com" John Maginnis.

Write-journalist Leo Honeycutt and local businessman Eric Lane talk with Jim about former Major Leaguer Matt Batts, who died recently here in Baton Rouge at the age of 91.

Kim Ritchie Spencer, who contributed to the book, "The Thinking Mom's Revolution", about being the parent of an autistic child.


Jim visits with longtime capitol watcher and publisher of LAPolitics.com, John Maginnis. They discuss Governor Jindal's tax reform proposal, which would eliminate income taxes while raising sales and other taxes.

From LSU's Hilltop Arboretum, Dr. Jeff Keuhny and Peggy Coates talk about the Annual Symposium & Edible Garden Tour, happening tomorrow.

Keisha Thomas and Erica Green discuss the Annual MLK Day of Service, coming Monday in Baton Rouge.