Maginnis Comments On 2010′s Top Stories
As 2010 comes to close, we look back at some of the year’s top news stories with John Maginnis, of “LAPolitics.com”. Maginnis says the year’s biggest story was, by far, the explosion of BP’s Macondo well in the Gulf–which killed 11 men and started the nation’s worst ecological disaster. Maginnis says the oil spill brought Governor Bobby Jindal back into the national spotlight, as he struggled with federal authorities to protect the state’s coast from approaching crude. Another big story this past year was the 2010 election cycle, and the landslide re-election of David Vitter. The election results also spurred a number of defections from the Democratic Party by state lawmakers–giving Republicans their first House majority since post-Civil War Reconstruction. Maginnis says state state budget shortfalls and cuts to health care and higher education also dominated 2010 headlines.