Respected political journalist John Maginnis shared with the crowd gathered at the Hilton Lafayette his insights into the current legislative session, Louisiana’s fall 2014 U.S. Senate race and Gov. Jindal’s national ambitions. Maginnis, who has covered the events and players in Louisiana politics since 1972, spoke this year as part of IND Monthly’s Lecture Series. IberiaBank and The Picard Group were presenting and supporting sponsors, respectively. Maginnis 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. He has authored two books, The Last Hayride in 1984 and Cross to Bear in 1992. Maginnis is currently working on a website called to encourage first-time candidates to run for office.

1. Danny Heitman, Sue Kaplan and Jady Regard
2. Steve May, Lanny Keller and John Maginnis
3. Julie Menard and Rep. Stephen Ortego
4. Lexi Baldridge, Julie Menard, Judi Lejeune, Kirk Taylor, Casey Hebert and Reenae Dias Guillory
5. Josh Borill, Nick Kahanin, Mike Michot and Ryan Rodrigue
6. Odie Terry, John Maginnis, Steve May and Cherry Fisher May
7. Kenneth Jones and Jay Suire
8. John Maginnis and Glenn Armentor


In his annual State of the Parish address kicking off the 2013 IND Media Lecture Series, City-Parish President Joey Durel cited taxes, consolidation and annexation as the most important issues facing Lafayette Parish in 2013. Durel spoke for about 45 minutes to a packed Cajundome Convention Center.


1. Beau Borque and Kate Durio
2. Mike Hefner and Kathleen Thames
3. Jay Castille, Thomas Carroll, Bobby Guidry and Bobby Cormier
4. Eleanor Bouy and Kevin Naquin
5. Lynne Durel, Kam and Mazie Movassaghi and Nicole Hebert
6. Zachary Richard
7. Cherry Fisher May
8. Joey Durel
9. Jerry Vascocu, Don Briggs and Dr. Joseph Savoie


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