For People Whose Business is Politics

Brian Burgess Profile PicBrian Burgess, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

Inspired by the unstoppable migration of news consumers away from print media to digital and mobile news consumption, Brian saw the need for a one-stop solution that delivers all relevant political news stories – including legacy and new media – into a single source. The result is The Capitolist, a hybrid concept of comprehensive news aggregation and original content, packaged in both a cutting-edge website and a sleek mobile app that is available for Apple iPhone and Android smartphones.

Brian also owns Right Hook Consulting, a media communications consulting firm, helping clients get the right message in front of decision makers, opinion leaders, elected officials, their staff, and the voters who put them in office.  He has more than a decade of communications experience guiding CEO’s, high-ranking government officials, law enforcement, non-profit groups and political candidates through some of the biggest challenges they’ve faced.

Screen Shot 2017-04-03 at 2.51.51 PMAnn Howard, Media Director & Contributor

Ann brings with her more than 18 years of experience from being an award-winning TV news reporter and anchor, to managing media coverage of high-profile cases from Florida, like the Tiger Woods crash and Casey Anthony’s probation stint, to running her own media and marketing firm.

Ann graduated from Virginia Tech, where she studied TV Broadcast News with a minor in Political Science.

She moved to Tallahassee for a job with WCTV as a news reporter and anchor. After that, she worked for the Leon County School system, the state of Florida, and owned her own firm while producing two TV shows that air in Tallahassee.

Ann is responsible for The Capitolist’s social media efforts as well as writing and covering political and policy news across the state. If you’d like to contact Ann, you can reach her at 850.212.5009 or email her here.

Become a Guest Author / Capitolist Contributor

We welcome a fresh viewpoint, a different take, or even very slanted spin about any of the topics swirling about in Florida’s non-stop political circus.

To submit your content for publication on the site, you can contact either Sarah or Brian, or you can use the submission form below. Just be sure to complete all the fields, and we’ll be in touch.  Here are some general guidelines for what we’ll accept:

  • Opinion editorials about politics, government, campaigns, lobbying or other matters of interest to Florida’s opinion leaders, elected officials, government and public affairs consultants, and / or voters.  Opinion pieces should generally range between 500-700 words long.
  • Original content news or analysis is also welcome. We can’t cover everything, so if you’ve got breaking news that we just can’t get to, write something up and submit it here. You can even include press releases, and more. Original content news or analysis should be at least 300 words, but can be longer if more space is needed to tell the whole story. The Capitolist editors reserve the right to fact check, edit and / or comment on the content submitted, as well as format the content to fit within our style guidelines. Some categories that we are particularly interested in:
    • Breaking news
    • Regional stories
    • Personnel moves, promotions, departures
    • Campaign events, updates, and announcements


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