‘LaPolitics’: Maginnis books optioned; Election returns to be finalized next week

The landmark books written by late author and journalist John Maginnis have been optioned by a Maryland-based media firm hoping to produce documentaries based on the works. Strategic Partners & Media also has an office in New Orleans, says Jackie Drinkwater Maginnis, the LaPolitics founder’s widow. The firm has a two-year option on both books, she adds. The Last Hayride chronicles Edwin Edwards’ 1983 campaign and Cross to Bear recounts Edwards’ race against David Duke. Both books were published by Darkhorse Press, originally a sister company to Louisiana Political Review, which publishes LaPolitics. “Reading between the lines, I think they perceived both books as still being relevant today,” Maginnis says of the media firm. “But I sensed a keen interest in Cross To Bear because of the political situation right now.” Other terms of the deal have not been publicly disclosed.

—Now that Louisiana’s November runoff elections are over, the candidates can face their ultimate fates as state officials publicly ponder what to do about a string of record-low voter turnouts. The October primary ballot yielded votes from just 14% of the electorate, and the tally dropped to 12% for the runoffs conducted two weekends ago. It’s certainly a quick turnaround for the victor at the top of the November ballot, former state Rep. John Schroder, who’ll be sworn in as Louisiana’s next treasurer on Tuesday, Dec. 5, in Kenner…


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